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Best Bites and Sips of Summer 2015

Best Bites and Sips of Summer 2015 The best things we ate and drank in Chicago so far this summer.   Hate to shatter the illusion, but summer is ending soon. With August more than halfway over and Labor Day right around the corner, we’ll be in full-fledged pumpkin spice latte before you know it. Before […]

Raspberry Pretzel Pie at Local Foods: Sweet of the Week

Raspberry Pretzel Pie at Local Foods: Sweet of the Week Whodathunk that a market would be home to one of the finest and most original slices of pie in Chicago? Newly opened Midwestern Mecca Local Foods operates as a veritable indoor farmers’ market in its Bucktown warehouse facility, showcasing anything and everything locally sourced, from […]

National Ice Cream Month Get The Scoop

National Ice Cream Month Get The Scoop   There’s valid reasons why people scream for ice cream. And it’s not only because that alliteration sounds smooth. In the heat of summer, there is nothing more sweetly satisfying than a cooling scoop of ice cream. And with July being National Ice Cream Month, there’s no better time to […]

Sake Dinner at Izakaya Mita, Luau Thursdays: Weekday Planner

Sake Dinner at Izakaya Mita, Luau Thursdays: Weekday Planner   July Sake Dinner at Izakaya Mita Pro tip: the newly launched sake dinner series at Izakaya Mita is one of the best bargains in Chicago. For $60 per person, guests at this slick Bucktown eatery get several courses of Japanese cuisine paired with one-of-a-kind sakes […]

Share Our Strength BBQ, Luau Dinner: Weekday Planner

Share Our Strength BBQ, Luau Dinner   Dining Chicago Weekday Planner: Weekday food and drink planner for Chicago: June 29-July 3. 4th Annual Share Our Strength BBQIt’s time once again for the Share Our Strength BBQ dinner at The Bristol. Because the only thing that can be better than Bristol BBQ is Bristol BBQ with a […]

Taste the Rainbow: Gay Pride

Taste the Rainbow: Gay Pride   As the glittery Gay Pride Parade gets underway this weekend, it’s a fine time to feast on all things rainbow-hued in Chicago. And in honor of Gay Pride Month, restaurants and bars have rolled out a miscellany of colorful eats and treats.     Things get sweet at Magnolia Bakery, where Pride-friendly […]

Lottie’s Pub, Cuisine of Poland Celebration: Weekend Planner

Lottie’s Pub, Cuisine of Poland Celebration: Weekend Planner Lottie’s Pub, Cuisine of Poland Celebration Chicago’s sister city, Warsaw, Poland, steps into the spotlight at a special culinary event on June 4 at the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club. Hosted by the Warsaw Committee of Chicago Sister Cities as a means to showcase the cuisine of Poland, […]

Top Dishes and Drinks to Try This Season

Top spring dishes and drinks to experience right now in Chicago   People say that “spring has sprung” in March, when the seasons actually shift. But let’s be honest, spring doesn’t do any springing until mid-May at best, when the weather has had time to stop dicking around and warm up. This is when fresh, […]

Strawberry-rhubarb Pop Tart at Bake: Sweet of the Week

Strawberry-rhubarb Pop Tart at Bake: Sweet of the Week   Chicago is a city with a sweet tooth, packed with unique pastries and desserts in every neighborhood restaurant and bakery for dining and snacking in Chicago. I’m a guy with a sweet tooth, so each week I’ll report on a different dessert you need to […]

Catalina Wine Mixer Part 2, Spring Saturday Supper: Weekend Planner

Catalina Wine Mixer Part 2:   Catalina Wine Mixer Part 2 After you’ve sufficiently boozed and shred on Friday, relax with a leisurely prix fixe Saturday supper at Birchwood Kitchen. Taking place from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., the spring-inspired dinner features choice of starter, with options like sweet pea soup and goat cheese galette, followed […]