Posts in category "Food"

Chicago Summer Bucket List: A Guide to Eternal Awesomeness

Chicago Summer Bucket List: A Guide to Eternal Awesomeness
Between unseasonal heavy downpours, temps barely reaching a respectable 75, and cloudy skies galore, it can be hard to believe Chicago is smack dab in the swing of summer. Regardless of your proposed length of solstice, there’s only so much dizzying, mind-melding, gut-busting, summer lovin’ you can fit in just a few short weeks. That’s... Read more »

The Return of "Patio Season"

The Return of "Patio Season"
During these early days of April, we sit in anticipation as the weather slowly creeps closer toward the 60s and 70s. Memories rush back to Chicago residents of unique neighborhood feeding and watering holes that specialize in scenery, service, and spirits. I’m of course referring to what I like to dub as Patio Season. It’s... Read more »

Chicago Restaurant Week: A Beginner's Guide to Foodie Festivities

Chicago Restaurant Week: A Beginner's Guide to Foodie Festivities
Ah, Chicago Restaurant Week….Imagine if you could sample from some of the greatest restaurants in Chicago? Every style of cuisine would be included: American, Italian, Mexican. Along with some of the lesser known types such as Gastro Pub, Eclectic, and Fondue. Now add onto that fantasy by imagining that the head chefs at these restaurants... Read more »
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Night of Firsts:Night Out Ideas for the Health Conscious

Night of Firsts:Night Out Ideas for the Health Conscious
Heading out with this month’s leading lady, Gwyn Eggestein (Gwyspiration for Weight Loss), our prestigious Explorer of the Month, 4-Star Explorer geared up for a night that was true to all first experiences: frightening, slightly painful and absolutely exhilarating. For our month centering around New Beginnings we  consulted with the social worker turned Weight Watchers... Read more »

Cheap Chicago Vacation Ideas

Cheap Chicago Vacation Ideas
Trouble finding cheap vacation ideas? If National Lampoon has taught us anything, it’s that vacations can be a little stressful. A lot of the time you’re so busy trying to plan the odds and ends of what is supposed to be your escape from it all that you forget to relax. And in this Fiscal... Read more »

Chicago Food Wars Series: Harold's Chicken Shack vs. Uncle Remus

Chicago Food Wars Series: Harold's Chicken Shack vs. Uncle Remus
Fried Food. It’s practically one of the basic Chicago food groups along with cheesy and saucy. The city’s South and West sides are noted for their various chicken stands. But with new “rinky dink” eateries opening what seems like everyday, it can be easy to consume an inferior supper most fowl. For this edition of... Read more »
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Tastes like el Pollo del Mar

Tastes like el Pollo del Mar
Mexican Seafood Restaurant. When Alexis Morales, November’s Explorer of the Month, tried explaining to me the fare featured at one of her favorite Chicago restaurants, I had a hard time wrapping my head around the idea. Working alongside Alexis in Chicago’s Little Village area I have come to sample and love a lot of traditional... Read more »

Chicago Food Wars: Giordano's vs Lou Malnati's

Chicago Food Wars: Giordano's vs Lou Malnati's
Vonnie Coleman, the 4-Star Explorer here, bringing our second installment of Chicago Food Wars which covers some of the city’s most famous and prominent food rivalries. Keeping in true savory style we hit up the Chicago institution that is deep dish pizza. Pizza, along with some of the other fine things that have sparked out... Read more »

When Chic Meets Cheap

When Chic Meets Cheap
When throwing ideas around with fellow blogger and this month’s Explorer of the Month, Lauren Valenta, about a great night out event we both agreed upon planning something simple yet sophisticated. The motivation for this outing? Giving you, the readers, a sample of how you can pump up your run of the mill evening out.... Read more »
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Chicago Food Wars Series: Maxwell's vs. Jim's

Chicago Food Wars Series: Maxwell's vs. Jim's
Let’s face it Chicago, when it comes to our city we can be combative. Sometimes that fighting spirit hits a little closer to home. C’mon, the city was built on rivalries. One our most famous being the Crosstown Rivalry between our baseball teams, the Sox and Cubs. I’ve seen many a relationship destroyed over Pro-Cubs... Read more »