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International meals honor NATO nations

With the NATO Summit in Chicago, the coming weekend might seem like a good time to visit your favorite suburban restaurants, but if you haven’t yet checked out the NATO-inspired offerings of Chicago’s Culinary Crossroads, be sure to dine in the city sometime before May 25. Dozens of local eateries are participating, offering specials inspired […]

Eat this! Polenta, a universal peasant food

What it is: Polenta is cornmeal porridge, a very simple dish made by stirring cornmeal and salt into simmering water. It’s also often made into fried cakes. Historically, polenta was peasant food — cheap and filling. Where it comes from: Today, polenta is commonly served throughout Northern Italy in lieu of pasta. Before the arrival […]

Leah’s Notebook: Ethnic adventures around Chicago

¡VIVA PILSEN! Mexican Independence Day is tomorrow, and more than 25 restaurants in Pilsen celebrate during the second annual ¡Buen Provecho! Participating eateries, such as Mundial Cocina Mestiza, Ristorante al Teatro, Honky Tonk BBQ and Nightwood, show off the community’s range of cuisine. You can try any of them between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. for […]