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Nosh and bike with the Active Transportation Alliance

“Bike, eat, repeat.” The Active Transportation Alliance sponsors “Four-Star Bike & Chow,” a biking smorgasbord across the city and suburbs with stops for pierogies, samosas, spring rolls, BBQ sliders and Goose Island beer on Sunday, August 25. Four bike routes of different lengths, designed for riders at all levels, feature bike-friendly streets and trails on […]

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 […]

Eat this! Polenta, a universal peasant food

What it is: Polenta is cornmeal porridge, a very simple dish made by stirring cornmeal and salt into simmering water. It’s also often made into fried cakes. Historically, polenta was peasant food — cheap and filling. Where it comes from: Today, polenta is commonly served throughout Northern Italy in lieu of pasta. Before the arrival […]

Easter means lamb cake in Chicago

Got Easter lamb? For every table in Chicago that will be serving the meat of young sheep this Easter, at least two will be serving Easter lamb … cake. An ancient symbol of Christ and the Easter sacrifice, the lamb is key in Roman Catholic holiday celebrations. In cities through out the Midwest where Polish, […]

In Chicago, Mardi Gras is Paczki Day!

In New Orleans, the Tuesday before Lent, this year Feb. 16, culminates a riotous season known as Mardi Gras. Here in Chicago, some celebrate Louisiana-style, but to a million or so Chicagoans, Fat Tuesday is Paczki Day (say “POONCH-key”). They’ll be lining up at bakeries to buy dozens of rich, plump Polish-style jelly doughnuts, and […]