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Booze News: Sangria in the City

These days Spaniards drink more Gin & Tonics than sangria. But that wasn’t always the case, according toMark Sotelino, the general manager at Lincoln Park mainstay Café Ba-Ba-Reeba. More than 2,000 years ago, when the Romans ruled what is now Spain, everyone poured red wine in their drinking water because straight-up water wasn’t safe to consume. They […]

Five uncommon Easter meals in Chicago

Ham, ham, ham … who says you have to have ham on Easter? We got 100 press releases for Chicago restaurants all serving variations of the same Easter brunch. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a handful doing something a little different, this Sunday, March 31. Filini Bar and Restaurant in the […]

Friday food porn: Something rare

Bites of seared ahi tuna ahi tuna. served with wasabi cream cheese-mashed potato wontons, avocado mango salsa, and ginger-soy reduction, $15, at People’s Tapas Lounge in Wicker Park.

29 last-minute Chicago ideas for Valentine’s Day 2013

Uh oh, you forgot to make Valentine’s Day reservations! We’ve got you covered. As of today, these restaurants were reporting they still had openings. You can make reservations right from within Dining Chicago, too. But hurry, we don’t guarantee they’ll still have openings. Aquitaine, French bistro, Lincoln Park. Bin 36 global, River North. Branch 27, […]

Taste Spanish olive oil

Taste the bold flavors of olive oil from Spain at Vermilion in River North and Mercat a la Planxa in the Loop. Both restaurants will feature dishes inspired by the during the week of Nov. 5 through 12 in honor of “A Spanish A-Fare” to be held at Vermilion at 7 p.m. Nov. 7. The […]

International meals honor NATO nations

With the NATO Summit in Chicago, the coming weekend might seem like a good time to visit your favorite suburban restaurants, but if you haven’t yet checked out the NATO-inspired offerings of Chicago’s Culinary Crossroads, be sure to dine in the city sometime before May 25. Dozens of local eateries are participating, offering specials inspired […]

Eat this! Garlic, good for everything

What it is: Allium sativum, or garlic, is a bulbous root related to lilies and onions, used as a seasoning throughout the world and revered for a variety of health benefits. Where it comes from: Garlic is believed to have originated in Central Asia, but its use goes back before recorded history. In the United […]

100 Chicago restaurants open Christmas Day 2011

You don’t have to cook Christmas dinner.

Molecular gastronomy showcased in Chicago premiere

“El Bulli: Cooking in Progress” screens through Thursday.   “The more bewilderment the better.” So said Chef Ferran Adria, creator of the erstwhile molecular gastronomy destination El Bulli. Spain’s most famous closed restaurant features in a documentary, “El Bulli: Cooking in Progress,” focusing on Adria’s unique culinary philosophy. The Chicago premiere screens through Thursday, Dec. […]

65 Chicago places to eat Thanksgiving dinner, 2011

North Side, South Side or in the Chicago suburbs, you don’t have to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner. Chicagoland restaurants offer bountiful holiday feasts. Call for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended if not required everywhere. Many restaurants also offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for carry out — several days’ notice is typically required. […]