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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 PM

Booze News: Sangria in the City

These days Spaniards drink more Gin & Tonics than sangria. But that wasn’t always the case, according to Mark Sotelino, the general manager at Lincoln Park mainstay Café Ba-Ba-Reeba.

More than 2,000 years ago, when the Romans ruled what is now Spain, everyone poured red wine in their drinking water because straight-up water wasn’t safe to consume. They eventually added pieces of fruit to liven up the beverages, but at some point it lost its appeal because the majority of Spaniards now drink those aforementioned Gin & Tonics.

Sotelino says sangria sipping remains “a touristy thing in Spain,” and the Spanish-focused eatery embraces the old-school tradition in Chicago with six different varieties daily—including a seasonal offering. Café Ba-Ba-Reeba’s sangria is so popular, in fact, that the restaurant goes through 250 gallons a week. The classic red wine sangria is most popular, with white peach and passion fruit also big sellers.


Tavernita's sangria on tap. (Photo: Tavernita)


The restaurant’s featured sangria since opening in 1985, and to more effectively serve it, a draft system was installed about 10 years ago. All ingredients are made in-house, and with sangria on draft, guests are assured they’ll get the same cocktail each time. Café Ba-Ba-Reeba’s sangria may be ordered by the glass, pitcher (six to seven glasses) or half pitcher (three to four glasses). 


Additional spots around town where you can enjoy a great glass of sangria:


Café Iberico. The always bustling Spanish spot features affordable sangria by the pitcher. And that’s a good thing because there’s typically a wait for a table and you’ll need something to do at the bar as you wait.

La Taberna Tapas on Halsted. At the intimate Little Italy hang guests may order sangria by the flight, glass or pitcher. The peach cava sangria is infused with fresh peaches and topped with sparkling wine.

Mercat a la Planxa. The Catalonian-inspired restaurant also offers sangria by the flight. Those who order it will have the opportunity to sample all three varieties: white sangria (pineapple, coconut), red sangria (cherry, pink perppercorn, bay leaf) or a seasonal offering.  

Tavernita. A colorful setting, Spanish street food and sangria on tap. That’s right, sangria ON TAP. The mixology dynamic duo The Tippling Bros. (Paul Tanguay and Tad Carducci) have created spicy sangria recipes that come in red (red wine, brandy, orange, grapefruit, mallorca melon tea syrup) or white (white wine, brandy, peach, litchi, orange, grape).

Bustling eatery specializing in tapas and the regional foods of Spain. Housed inside, Delii-Berico, offers Spanish-style cold cuts and cheeses by the pound. Cafe Iberico accepts eservations for groups of...

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Chicago's first tapas bar is still going strong. Drop in for sherry and a pre-theater nibble at happy hour or stay for a wide variety of tapas or larger meals,...

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Named after the casual corner eateries in Spain, La Taberna features the flavors of Spain’s Basque region, Latin America, Mexico and the Mediterranean. The menu is executed by the culinary...

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