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10 top New Year’s Day brunches in Chicago

Happy New Year! Sop up your hangover this New Year’s Day with a hearty brunch and the hair of the dog that bit you. Cantina 46, Gold Coast, 11:a.m. to 4 p.m., $15. Start the new year off with a Latin-style pig roast. Guest chef Troy Graves cooks conchita pibil in a Cuban Caja box […]

20 Chicago cheap dates for New Year’s Eve 2012

New Year’s Eve doesn’t mean you have to lay out a bundle on a party package. Have fun at these spots for under $30 per person. AJ Hudson’s Public House, Wrigleyville, no cover. Toast the New Year as it hits the United Kingdom at 6 p.m. CST, and then again, stateside, at midnight, with Champagne […]

12 things to do on the night before Thanksgiving

“Black Wednesday” in Chicago: It’s the night before Thanksgiving. If you aren’t cooking for Thursday’s dinner, why not go out? Comedian Mike Toomey presents his one-man show, “TV & ME,” a journey back into the land of 1960s and ’70s television at Carlucci in Downers Grove. Tickets are $25 and include a cocktail and an […]

Friday food porn: Squash me!

Succulent, butternut squash-filled ravioli smimming with brown butter and sage, $14, at Pinstripes in Northbrook and South Barrington.

Eat this! Paillard, pounded meat, quick and versatile

In culinary terms, a paillard is a flattened piece of boneless meat, ideal for quick cooking techniques.

Friday food porn: The toast of tomato season at Pinstripes

At Pinstripes in Northbrook and South Barrington they brush slices of ciabatta with extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt bread, grill them and cover them with organic grape tomatoes, chunks of fresh mozzarella and a glaze of 7-year-old balsamic vinegar, and serve them with a garnish of wild arugula and shaved pecorino.

Friday food porn: The Monk Burger

The 9-ounce Monk Burger from The Lucky Monk in South Barrington comes blanketed with Tillamook cheddar and layered with lettuce, onion, tomato and pickles on a toasted sesame bun, accompanied by a side of hand-cut fries (not shown), $9.95.

60 more Chicagoland restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner

Is there anyone left cooking Thanksgiving dinner at home? Most restaurants used to close on Thanksgiving, but no more. Last week I ran a list of 25 Chicagoland restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner and apparently only scratched the surface. I’ve heard from dozens more Chicago and suburban restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving. So here […]

2009 Beaujolais Nouveau arrives in Chicago Thursday

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! Well, nearly. On the third Thursday of each November, the new wine of Beaujolais is uncorked for the world. By French law, Beaujolais Nouveau may be released no earlier than 12:01 a.m. on that date. More than 65 million bottles, nearly half of the region’s total annual wine production, are […]