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When it comes to treating yourself, there are few things more satisfying than a homemade cookie. However, Lorena Petani, an expert Site Finder for films who is based in Chicago, Illinois, shares a time-tested recipe that traces back to the Calabria region of Italy.

Honey cookies, also known as Scalille (as well as Scalille Calabresi or sometimes Taralli), are deep-fried heaven . Petani has a long history with honey cookies; she notes that a friend used to rush inside her childhood home to watch her grandmother craft them. Every detail of the process was etched into her friend’s mind. …

When it comes to places to escape to in the U.S. for a couple of days, there are few places that will offer up more true Americana and charm than Nashville, Tennessee, home to a rich history and several celebrities including famous musicians according to Lorena Petani, an expert Site Finder for filming who is based in Chicago, Illinois.

But even though Nashville is known as “Music City,” it’s more than just musical talent that draws visitors to this hotspot of American culture — although there are some musical landmarks to check out once you’re in the city. There are…

The kanga is a traditional East African article of women’s clothing. These cloth pieces are uniquely printed with vibrantly colored designs in geometric, floral, and other arrangements.

Kangas are only found in Kenya and Tanzania. They are a popular item of everyday clothing among women in the Swahili culture, and they are also occasionally worn by men. Kangas are frequently given as hospitality gifts, and it is said that every woman should own a thousand of them.

Lorena Petani from Chicago, Illinois, has always been intrigued with kangas. …

When it comes to romantic getaways with your significant other, you might think of a romantic city like Paris, France, off the top of your head. But Lorena Petani, an expert in Site Finder and photographer, says her state of Illinois is a great starting point for a romantic loop from Chicago and back.

There’s no need to leave the country at all to take in some beautiful sights, which is perfect for convenience and spontaneity.

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The first stop is in Sheboygan, WI, where you’ll spend some quality time in Kohler-Andrae State Park. You’ll take in beautiful views of Lake…

When it comes to photography, Chicago, Illinois’ Lorena Petani knows a thing or two. As someone who also enjoys baking and cooking, she has used her photography skills to up her game in food photography.

Learning how to master the art of stills in the kitchen can help if you’re looking to launch a food or recipe blog. People may even want to license your images for use if they’re the quality for marketing materials.

Still photos of food take about as much consideration as preparing the meal itself. That means creative planning, proper lighting to really show off the…

When it comes to the best towns to check out in the Midwest, many of them are in Illinois, says Chicago’s film Site Finding expert Lorena Petani.

These small towns offer up lots of history and charm, while also offering prime dining and accommodations. They also offer tourist spots that are worth stopping for and exploring — some of which have attracted the attention of film companies.

Explore the Former Home of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield

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One destination that is a must-visit is Springfield, Illinois. …

As an expert Site Finder for filming, Lorena Petani, knows that small towns in the Midwest not only offer great places to film, but also great places to visit for their charm and history.

For example, she says if you’re a fan of old gas stations, then Dwight, Illinois, is a place you should consider visiting. The village is home to Ambler’s Texaco Gas Station, a 1933 site named after a former manager. The station was turned into an auto garage and eventually became property of the Village of Dwight, which put resources into restoring it.

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Original Gas Stations a…

Lorena Petani

Lorena Petani is an expert site finder who works in the filming industry.

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