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Weekly Planner: Record Store Day, Tarot Cards and Cocktails, Eataly’s

Weekly Planner: Record Store Day   Record Store Day at Lost Lake In honor of Record Store Day on April 22 and in the spirit of friendly community spirit, Lost Lake is opening its doors early at noon and partnering with its neighbor, Bric-a-Brac Records. While the tiki bar gets going early, the record store […]

Sweet of the Week: Deep-fried Mai-Tou With Condensed Milk at Sweet Station Restaurant

Chicago is a city with a sweet tooth, packed with unique pastries and desserts in every neighborhood. I’m a guy with a sweet tooth, so each week I’ll report on a different dessert you need to try. I mean, I’ll eat more than one dessert of course, but only one standout confection gets a shout […]

6 spots for noodling around Chicago in March

March is National Noodle Month! Think chow fun, chow mein, lo mein, pad Thai, pad kee mao, pho, ramen … yum! Try these spots for slurp-worthy versions of the slippery stuff. 1. Joy Yee’s Noodles, Chinatown, University Village, Evanston and Naperville. 2. Koi, Evanston. 3. Le Colonial, Near North Side. 4. Pho Xe Tang / […]

Friday food porn: Ay, ay, ayu!

Ayu, a Japanese river fish also known as sweetfish, is skewered, lightly battered and deep-fried tempura-style at Lure Izakaya Pub in Chinatown, $7.

Gung hay fat choy! 8 Chicago Asian New Year celebrations

Get ready for the Year of the Dragon! With dragon parades and lion dances, clashing cymbals and banging drums, firecrackers and a plethora of traditional foods, the Asian Lunar New Year explodes into Chicago this week with a variety of events at restaurants and around town. 2012 also marks the 100th anniversary of Chicago’s Chinatown. […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

Friday food porn: Eat it raw!

Beef sashimi with truffle oil, togarashi mayo and chives ($5), one of some 60 small plates designed to be shared at Lure Izakaya Pub, a late-night option in Chinatown.

Chicago’s Italian Americans celebrate

August in Chicago is full of celebrations of Italian-American heritage. Events include: Aug. 11–14: Taylor Street Italian Festival, Taylor Street and Ashland Avenue, Chicago. This Little Italy festival lines Taylor Street with booths offering a variety of Italian food, a wine garden, culinary presentations and four stages of continuous live entertainment including The Rat Pack […]

Happy Chinese New Year, Chicago!

Gung hay fat choy! The Asian Lunar New Year, 4709, The Year of the Rabbit, hops into Chicago this week with firecackers, parades, traditional dragon parades and lion dances. Local restaurants will offer symbolic dishes, including half-moon-shaped dumplings, long noodles, whole fish and glutinous rice cakes. Most often hailed as Chinese New Year in America, […]

Five September foodie freebies

FREE Every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar in River North offers a buy-one-get-one-free deal on its $10.95 lunch buffet. The lunch spread offers such dishes as taquitos, empanadas, tamales, enchiladas, braised and grilled meats with house-made tortillas, plus soup, sides and dessert. There’s still time to earn a […]