Nandini Khaund, Spirit Guide at Cindy's
How did this career find you?
The revival of the cocktail began in the early 2000s… and I was at the right place and time to embrace it. I studied biology, psychology, physics, film, performance, music, history, and the arts. Ultimately, I found a way to be creative and express ideas in a layering of flavors imparted by the unique histories behind spirits.
What makes a great drink?
Balance and integrity. A well-balanced drink should hit tones like a harmonious chord of sweet, sour, spirituous, and bitter.
Why is Chicago a great food + DRINK city?
The brutality we call our weather has a silver lining—we create our own spaces, emboldened by architecture and the love of design, buttressed by a blue-collar work ethic, and freed by the sense of collaboration rather than competition.
Which local women inspire you?
The ladies of Lula slay (chef de cuisine Sarah Rinkavage and pastry chef Kelly Helgesen.) Rachel Dow is the megaforce behind The Betty. Julia Momose is the brilliant artist at Green River. Eden Laurin is the mastermind at Violet Hour.
What are your favorite places to eat and drink in the city?
Avec, Lula, Cafe Marie-Jeanne, Rootstock, El Che Bar, Wyler Road, Parson’s Chicken & Fish, Joong Boo for Korean groceries and the snack bar, the Donormen food truck, Le Bouchon, Charleston, Big Star, Violet Hour, and I just can’t beat the first love, the Rainbo Club.