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David Lissner
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Sushi vs. kimbap and other ethnic culinary conundrums

  My husband brought back sushi for our late supper the other night, from the Tokyo Lunch Boxes stand at Super H-Mart, the huge Korean supermarket in the ethnic-shopping mecca of Niles. It was all elaborate rolls, which is what’s left when you’re going for the end-of-the-day, two-for-one, markdown, pre-made specials. Spicy mayo-based sauce figured […]

Eat your religion at church festivals this weekend

Church festivals offer some of the best eating. Two good ones are coming up this weekend. St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7373 N. Caldwell, Niles, hosts its annual Big Greek Food Festival this weekend. This is absolutely one of the best food festivals of the Chicagoland summer, with homemade Greek specialties such as loukaniko (Greek […]

Chicago celebrates the season of the pig

This has certainly been a pretty piggy summer so far. Contrary to pork producers’ fears, the swine flu pandemic seems only to have whetted our appetite for pigging out. Pig roasts and other porcine feasts are popping up all over the place. I can remember when local restaurateurs used to complain they had trouble selling […]