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National S’mores Day 2015, Taco Tuesday, Indian Independence Day: Weekday Planner

National S’mores Day 2015, Taco Tuesday, Indian Independence Day:¬†Weekday Planner     Top Picks for National S’mores Day   Summer’s quintessential dessert gets its due diligence on August 10, which just so happens to be National S’mores Day. In honor of the gooey occasion, we’ve rounded up some top picks for s’more supremacy around Chicago: […]

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 / […]

Two days to celebrate paczki in Chicago!

In Poland, today is Tlusty Czwartek or Fat Thursday, otherwise known as Paczki Day (say “POONCH-key”). In the U.S., though, many Poles celebrate on Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras, which will be next week. Chicagoans are lucky — we get to observe both days! Thousands of Polish Chicagoans as well as other pastry […]

Friday food porn: Porked!

As if we needed proof that the bacon trend has reached its nadir, Bakers Square restaurants jump on the porcine bandwagon with the “Salty Hog,” a bacon-topped pie. A blue-ribbon winner at the American Pie Council’s 2011 National Pie Championships in Orlando, Fla., the pie has finally made it to the chain’s menus this month, […]

2011 St. Joseph’s Day Tables: Where to feast in Chicago

Chicago Roman Catholics will celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph this weekend with an array of charitable events. Here’s a list of St. Joseph’s Tables.

Friday food porn: Hot chick!

Smoking hot chicken tikka, tender chunks of chicken breast marinated in distinctive, blended spices with lemon juice and yogurt, and roasted in a clay oven ($12.95) — a specialty of Himalayan Restaurant, an Indian and Nepali eatery with locations in Niles, Gurnee and Bloomingdale. The smoky, tandoor-roasted chicken is also available a creamy tomato-onion sauce […]

Dine out to help the hungry

Your dining dollars can help end childhood hunger in America this week. Through Saturday, Sept. 25 scores of local eateries will donate a portion of their proceeds to anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength during the charity’s annual “Great American Dine Out.” The funds raised go to community programs across the country. Participating restaurants include: Brick […]

Eat this! The Chicago hot dog, born in the Great Depression

The “banquet on a bun” had its origins in a Maxwell Street vegetable cart. (Part 2 of a series in honor of National Hot Dog Month.)

Size matters! Be the big man at the wienie roast with this Chicago hot dog

You no longer need to be embarrassed by your puny hot dog, you can have the biggest wiener at the cookout! Gorilla Tango Novelty Meats, a strange new sideline for the folks behind Chicago’s Gorilla Tango Theatre, introduces the Big Hot Dog, a 16-inch-long, 4-inch-diameter, 7-pound wienie. No ordinary Chicago-style dog, this frankenfurter is made […]

What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve eaten lately?

Here’s mine: Yes, that’s a pizza with macaroni on it. I’m not a snob about chain restaurants. I’ve been known to defend McDonald’s — for more than just its clean restrooms. I have eaten happily at mid-priced national chains, like the Cheesecake Factory and Maggiano’s. But I wouldn’t have been tempted by CiCi’s Pizza Buffet […]