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More tomato feasts in Chicagoland

We’re crazy for tomatoes this month! Here are a few more tempting tomato dishes on offer, as local restaurants use the fresh harvest in everything from BLTs to pizzas. Agio Italian Bistro in Palatine offers a variety of dishes featuring locally grown tomatoes hand-selected by owner Joe Barrutia at the Palatine Farmers’ Market in Palatine. […]

Eat this! Five rib-sticking recipes for Chicago winter

Brr … it’s real winter out. This is the weather for hearty, rib-sticking fare, and we’ve got it for you. Check out these recipes from local restaurants. Ethiopian Diamond, Edgewater and Rogers Park: Doro tibs wat, spicy Ethiopian chicken. Ristorante al Teatro, Pilsen: Timballo Siciliano, Sicilian molded pasta. Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen, Crystal Lake: Pan-seared […]

Where will you drink on National Margarita Day?

A traditional margarita from Guanajuato in Glencoe, which serves more than 40 tequilas, as well as specialty margaritas including mango and blood orange, acai pomegranate and jalapeno. (Photo by Jim Frost.) Tomorrow is National Margarita Day! What’s your favorite version? The traditional lime version or fancy fruity options? Blended frozen slushy margaritas? According to Gourmet […]

Eat this! Enchiladas, Mexican comfort food

What it is: Enchiladas are tortillas soaked in chili sauce and rolled around a filling, a comforting, homey dish from Mexico. Where it comes from: Enchiladas are served throughout Mexico. The word enchilada derives from Spanish enchilar, “to season with chili.” Enchiladas were mentioned in print in what’s believed to be the first Mexican cookbook, […]

Writers’ Theatre hosts a marvelous party of Noël Coward favorites

  UPDATE: Extended through April 18. Also, see more Coward in Chicago. Noël Coward (1899–1973) is one of the lasting symbols of the glamour and wit of the pre-World War II era. Playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, director, producer … but more than those: As Time magazine said of him, “Coward’s greatest single gift has […]