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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, […]

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. […]

Mardi Gras? In Chicago, prepare for Paczki Day!

Other cities go all out for Mardi Gras, but here in Chicago, Louisiana-style celebrations and Latin-American Carnivale fiestas take a back seat. In our town, the Tuesday before Lent, this year March 8, is Paczki Day! Here are a dozen spots for Polish pastry perfection.

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.)

The Chicago-style hot dog: ‘A masterpiece’

“A hot dog is a masterpiece,” says Jim Photopoulos, proprietor of Photo’s Hotdogs. (Part 1 of a series in honor of National Hot Dog Month.)

10 top spots to spend Super Bowl Sunday in Chicagoland

The New Orleans Saints take on the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday, Feb. 7. You could stay home and watch it on your dinky TV, but then you’d have to fix your own food and drinks. Here are some great alternatives around Chicago and the suburbs. Murphy’s Bleachers Super Bowl Pig Roast, […]

50 Chicagoland restaurants and bars open on Christmas Day

You don’t have to eat Chinese food on Christmas.

Leah’s Notebook: Win a Champagne tour and other weekend doings

UPDATE: Congratulations to Elizabeth Towle of Uptown, who won two tickets to Tour de Champagne. Elizabeth was randomly chosen from those who correctly answered our question: The Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Perignon said, “I am drinking the stars,” on first tasting sparkling Champagne. WE’VE GOT PRIZES. Who said, “I am drinking the stars?” E-mail me […]

Ach du Lieber, it’s Oktoberfest in Chikago

  Oktoberfest season continues, with a lot of Chicago places that aren’t remotely German the rest of the year going all oompah. Prost! on Paulina, West Lakeview, 6 p.m. TONIGHT. The restaurants and bars around the Brown Line’s Paulina L stop host an Oktoberfest pub crawl, beginng at The night begins at Frasca Pizzeria and […]