In Good Taste

In Good Taste Has Moved

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

After nearly a year on Chicago Now I have decided to focus my efforts on my primary blog, In Good Taste. I hope you'll join me there for recipes, tips and techniques from my Chicago kitchen.

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From Michigan to Michigan Ave: Cafe 676 Brings Farm to Table Inspiration

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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When I first moved to Chicago I looked at Michigan Avenue with the awe that someone who had never been to New York City probably looked at Times Square. Now that I live here, I certainly don't harbor the same disdain for the Mag Mile as I once did, er, still do for Times Square, but I've never really felt compelled to spend a great amount of time downtown aside from the occasional post-work jaunt to Trader Joe's.

Cafe 676, which opened in early August at the Omni Hotel on Michigan Avenue and Huron Street, has a simple, fresh menu focused on local, seasonal fare.  Last week I had dinner at the sidewalk-only spot and chatted with Executive Chef Daven Wardynski about goat cheese, Green City Market and the restaurant industry.

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Dietzler Farms and one sixtyblue Bring the Farm to Your Table

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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Ever wonder where your food comes from? Well, if you're not ready to be scared into vegetarian-ism for life, skip Food Inc. and look local. The first place to look if you're interested in eating a local, sustainable diet is your local farmers market. Markets are often convenient and accessible and in Chicago, available in most neighborhoods during summer months.

If for some reason, you can't make it to your market, your next best option is to head to your neighborhing farms for a visit. But take my advice, wait until you're invited.

On Saturday, August 7, one sixtyblue will team up with Dietzler Farms in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. to offer a five-course, all-inclusive dinner. Using both fresh ingredients from the one sixtyblue urban garden and meats from Dietzler farms, the two will join forces to create a natural and unique dining experience.

The event will begin at one sixtyblue at 2 p.m. and include a bus ride to Elkhorn that will feature beer pairings and appetizers fresh from the one sixtyblue garden. Upon arrival at the farm, guests can expect a tour followed by a five-course meal with beer and wine pairings.

And as for the most important part? The meal will open with an heirloom tomato red onion panzanella salad with ingredients from the one sixtyblue garden, followed by summer vegetables and rushing waters smoked trout. The third course is a pulled pork ravioli that will be followed by short ribs and ribeye straight from Dietzler farms.

To top off the meal, a sweet and savory peach cobbler will be served. There will also be post-dinner fun with a bonfire, s'mores, beer and wine where attendees will get a chance to mix and mingle with the Dietzler Farm team, and one sixtyblue Chefs. The bus will depart back to one sixtyblue at 9 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.onesixtyblue.com.

Photo Credit: Dietzler Farms.

Chicago's Blue Kitchen Blogger is Character Approved

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

It's always fun when local folks rise to the top. Chicago cheered Lee DeWyze during his American Idol run earlier this year and now, one of the Windy City's own resident foodies was selected as the food category expert on the USA Network's Character Approved Blog.

The site officially launched last Tuesday, so I'm a little late to the game to congratulate Terry Boyd, the author of Blue Kitchen on his new role with USA. Terry Boyd's blog, Blue Kitchen, is a Chicago-based food blog for home cooks.

A frequent contributor to the Chicago Sun-Times food section, Terry's recipes have also appeared in the Red Eye (a Chicago Tribune publication) and on the Bon Appétit and Saveur websites. Terry is an amateur in the best sense of the word--he cooks because he loves it. His cooking focuses on fresh ingredients and big flavors -- a cooking style that I certainly admire.

The blog was created to give readers access to cutting-edge commentary and expert perspectives on what's currently hot in American culture.  Ten bloggers, all experts in their fields, will create one blog per week in the following areas: Art, Tech, Writing, Fashion, Food, Design, Architecture, Social/Giving, Film/TV and Music.

Terry's first post featured an interview with chef Marcus Samuelsson, who I've also had the pleasure of meeting. The best part of the post? I learned a thing or two about Samuelsson, who is spokesman for UNICEF's Tap Project, an initiative to bring clean, accessible water to children around the world.

Samuelsson is also active in C-CAP, an organization that helps NYC high school graduates gain internships to restaurants; and he supports World Childhood Foundation, founded by Sweden's Queen Silvia to aid at-risk children. For more information on how you can get help Samuelsson's efforts visit his website.
 

A Surprising Pairing at Blackbird: Wine & Tequila

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending a wine and tequila pairing dinner at Blackbird hosted by Michael Mondavi of Mondavi Family Wines and Gary Shansby of Partida Tequila.

I knew as soon as I received the invitation that it was an event I couldn't miss. To clarify what I mean by "couldn't miss," I mean that if Satan himself had invited me to dinner, I probably would have accepted. Wine? Tequila? Dinner at Blackbird? Really, who would say no?

I better shut up now or I'll never be invited anywhere again.

At first, when I heard that tequila and wine were being served together, I thought I must have mistakenly received an invitation to a college party. Then, I thought, I'd better take the next day off work. Well, neither of those turned out to be true but I did learn quite a bit about food pairings.  While fine wine has long since been acknowledged as an integral part of any fine dining experience, tequila is treated as a recreational drink or an accompaniment to a Mexican-inspired meal.

The evening began with introductions from Gary and Michael, while we drank delicious agave margaritas  (How delicious? I chatted with another attendee by the bar and I think he drank four while we were standing there. They were just that good). The dinner explored the surprising relationship between tequila and wine.

With dinner, our hosts served a flight of tequila that included Partida's Blanco, Reposado and Anejo varieties to sip throughout the meal and pair with the various courses as desired. As each course was presented, dutiful servers filled our glasses a carefully selected varietal from the Mondavi Family Winery.

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Get Nourished: Wave Restaurant at the W Chicago

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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There is no shortage of brunch options here in the Windy City. Sometimes it seems as though wherever you go on the weekend, you can find a short stack of pancakes or an omelet however you like it.

Sometimes the average diner breakfast will hit the spot, but other times, you want something more than the cafe on your corner. Wave Restaurant at the W Hotel is the perfect place for Chicago natives who are looking to brunch outside the box this weekend.

Wave touts an exotic, new brunch menu featuring traditional dishes with culinary influence from around the world. Executive Chef Kristine Subido holds down the fort in the back of the house, lending her culinary expertise and inspiration to every plate that passes through the kitchen. Last week I had the honor of chatting with Chef Subido and sampling some of her delicious brunch dishes in Wave's bright, contemporary dining room.   

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Simple Spring Salads (and alliteration)

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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It's cliche, but as soon as the weather starts to grow warmer and jackets become but a distant memory, people decide they want to lose weight. Go ahead...watch the Today Show between now and Labor Day and count how many "bikini body ready" and "fit for swimsuit segments" you see. Tell me that it's more than five and I'll bake you cookies.

I kid. That would be cruel.

The thing with losing weight for the summer is that it sometimes means fad diets, full of greens with fat-free dressing and various sugar-free dessert options with indecipherable ingredient labels.

That is why, my friends, I'm going to dispel a mix for you today. A salad? Doesn't even have to contain greens. Salads come in all shapes and sizes and whether you want to cut down on carbs, eat less saturated fat or shave a few calories off your daily menu, there's a salad out there for you.

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The 18th Annual Great Chefs Tasting Party: In Photos (Mostly)

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

Where do you go in Chicago if, once a year, you want to taste some of the finest offerings from town's most elite chefs? You go to The Great Chef's Tasting Party, thrown each to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago.

This year, one of the host committee members was kind enough to give me a ticket so that I could meet some of the Windy City's latest and greatest masterminds from swanky downtown hotels to barbecue joints in the 'burbs. Each chef toted their signature dish and I, being the diligent journalist that I like to pretend I am, left no menu unturned.

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Market Tours: Candyality, for your Sweet Tooth on Southport

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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There's something about candy that makes me think of childhood. It's ironic, because in my childhood, candy was, for the most part, for special occasions: Halloween, Easter, Christmas stockings.

There was a modern penny candy store in one of the local malls in my hometown that closed when I was in middle school; bin after bin of every type of confectionery treat you could possibly imagine.
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Zest at the Intercontinental Chicago: a new summer menu

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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You may have heard an expression that goes "behind every good man is a better woman." Well, I think that's a little outdated. Behind every good restaurant is an even better chef.

In May I attended a media dinner at Zest in the Intercontinental Hotel on North Michigan Avenue, where Executive Chef Kurt Mittelberger will gladly stand behind the seasonal menu he recently debuted that celebrates summer's finest seasonal flavors.

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Fine Dining, Finer Prices

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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I love to eat at great restaurants. I love eating in places where the waiters know everything about the food, because they want to. I love reading menus and choosing the dish I'd be least likely to make for myself at home. I love restaurants where the wine list is friendly and the silverware is always clean. I love it when your water glass is refilled before you have to ask for it and I love exposed brick walls, skylights, outdoor patios.

Dining out is about more than just the food, it's about the whole experience. The truth is, though, that often, it can be hard to afford a great restaurant tab on my twenty-something salary. Luckily, Chicago is full of great deals for delicious fare and these are a few of my favorite restaurants that offer wallet-friendly options without losing their aspirational appeal.

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Chicago Food Planet Food Tours: Wicker Park/Bucktown

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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Tour guide Gina, leading the way. 

I've talked before about how much I've come to love this city in all it's new-to-me glory. I love that the lakefront is just steps away from my front door. I love that I have a friend around the corner who can just stop by with her pup for dinner on a whim to rehash a wild weekend. I love that the El that I ride to work is relatively clean and I love that the restaurant scene leaves very little to be desired.

I also love that I recently I received an email from Chicago Food Planet inviting me to participate in one of their Chicago Food Planet Food Tours. They offer tours of two of Chicago's iconic neighborhoods: Near North and Wicker Park/Bucktown. I work in Near North so I opted to attend the latter.

I am not exaggerating when I say it was one of, if not the best, days I've had in Chicago.

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Choose Your Own Adventure: Bruschetta at Frasca Pizzeria

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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On the border of Roscoe Village and Lakeview, nestled underneath the Paulina brown line station, is a wonderful neighborhood pizzeria & wine bar that is just the kind of place that everyone should have on their block.

At Frasca Pizzeria, you'll find all of the essentials: pizza, pasta, salads and an extensive beer and wine list. The prosciutto pizza and the caponata pizza are easily my two favorites but being new to Chicago, I wouldn't dare sit here and tell you what kind of pizza you should be ordering.

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Be a Better Baker: 6 Tools You Should Have in Your Kitchen

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

Last week I wrote about some tips and tools that you need when setting up your first kitchen. If you're a casual cook, it's important to keep the basics on hand but if your friends and family expect you to go above and beyond the call of butter, flour and sugar, here are some essentials that I couldn't live without.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer: Before I owned one, I dreamed about the day that I'd be able to let a machine do my stirring, mixing and kneading for me. As much as I love to get my hands dirty in the kitchen, a stand mixer will change your life and pay for itself in breads, brownies and pie crust. Available at www.kitchenaid.com.

Perfect Brownie Baking Set: Okay, I suppose I could technically live without this one but I wouldn't want to now that I've tried it. As someone who has never once been able to cut a perfectly square brownie (or draw a straight line and I think the two are somehow related) I appreciate that all you have to do is pour the batter into the pan, insert a divider and an hour later, eighteen perfectly proportioned brownies will be ready right out of the oven. Available at www.perfectbrownie.com

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Spring Gifts for The Hostesses In Your Life

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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It's easy to find treats and trinkets to give party-throwers during the winter holiday season. From baked goods and fruit cakes to holiday ornaments, the opportunities are endless. In the springtime, when the weather starts to take a turn for cheerful and long, formal dinners give way to back-porch barbecues and wine under the stars, your hostess gift options are better than ever.

Whether your humble hostess is a food or wine lover, an ace in the kitchen or a semi-pro home cook, the Chicagoland area has plenty of options for you.

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Market Tour: Nettelhorst French Market

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

Before I had even lived in Chicago I couldn't wait to get to the Green City Market. I moved here after Thanksgiving so the market was already closed and after getting lost on two attempts to find the indoor market over the winter, I gave up until two weeks ago when I vowed to finally go.

Two weeks ago, I slept in and didn't have time to go before the plans I had on Saturday afternoon. Last week, I took a Chicago Food Planet Food Tour (more about that later) and didn't want to lug my bag of produce all over Bucktown.

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Girls Night Out: Learn from Pros at The Chopping Block

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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Last week when my mom visited Chicago we took a demonstration class at The Chopping Block, recreational culinary school and kitchen store in the Merchandise Mart. I work at the Mart and pass the storefront daily, so I thought that the Girls Night: Beauty from the Inside course had potential to be educational, entertaining...and delicious.

The Chopping Block offers hands-on classes,  but this particular session was demonstration-only, which turned out to be a better bargain than we expected. Though we didn't walk away with new techniques, we were able to spend two hours listening to a local chef talking about food and cooking, sampling his delicious creations and drinking a little of this in between courses:
 
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What's For Dessert? Grown Up Kid Stuff (Your New Favorite Chocolate Sauce)

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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You know what I really like? I mean really, really like? Maybe even draw-its-name-in-my-notebook like, call-it-by-a-code-name like? Yes, more-than-friends-like like?

Chocolate. I like my chocolate pure, unadulterated. Sure, I'll relent and admit that there is something to be said for raspberry chocolate truffles or walnuts in brownies,. I've even dabbled in mint chocolate martinis and that's about as adulterated as chocolate can get.

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A Little Bit Vintage

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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When I lived in New York I used to go to an adorable little wine and cheese cafe in Hell's Kitchen called Kashkaval. It didn't look like much from the outside; the front of the storefront looked like one of the trillion cookie-cutter delis that pepper the streets of Manhattan the same way pale-blue vinyl siding lines suburban cul-de-sacs.

From the inside, it was a cozy bar lined with bottle after bottle of vintage red and a cafe area with too many tables sandwiched next to one another so that no matter where you sat, you were practically in a stranger's lap. The food and wine were equally perfect and somehow, no matter how harried you felt when you arrived, tangled in your tote bag and trench coat, sweaty from the subway, you would leave in a better mood than you thought possible.

In only six months I feel more connected to Chicago than I ever did with New York but I hadn't found a Kashkaval. Until, of course, last week (you had to know that this was going somewhere).

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Your First Kitchen: Tips & Tools You Need to Get Started

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

Setting up your first kitchen can be a daunting task. Whether you're shopping on Craig's List, browsing the aisles at Target or hauling as much as you can carry home from Pottery Barn, most people begin with a budget.

Whether you're moving into a shoebox-sized studio apartment for one or settling into your first home as newlyweds, everyone should start off with more than just a stack of paper plates and the pint glasses you took from your favorite college bar (why of course I'm not speaking from experience, why would you ever think that?).

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The 18th Annual Great Chefs Tasting Party is Coming to Chicago

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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Did you ever wonder what it would be like to have the chefs from Carnivale, The Purple Pig, Lockwood, The Bristol, Piccolo Sogno, Pastoral Artisan and MORE Cupcakes all in one room?

You know what? Until recently, neither had I.

That is, until I heard about the 18th Annual Great Chef's Tasting Party benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago (UCP). On June 3, some of Chicago's finest chefs and specialty food purveyors will gather at the
Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers for a cocktail reception and dinner.

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PlayingTourist in Chicago: What to see, do and eat?

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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Next week my mom is coming to visit me in Chicago. Not only is it her first visit to the city since I've lived here, it's her first time to Chi-town, ever. I'm looking forward to seeing her and to showing her my little corner of the city over here but I'm a bit at a loss for what to actually do with her.

I've already taken the architectural boat tour that everyone raves about and a visit to the sky deck on the Sears/Willis Tower probably wouldn't do much to help her fear of heights. Sadly, we'd probably find ourselves quietly napping through the Joffrey Ballet and as much as I'd be happy to waste a day (or two) shopping on Michigan Avenue, Mom's not a lover of department stores.

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Ice Cream on the Cheap: 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin Robbins

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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Everyone has a vice. Some people are hooked on coffee, some on substances more powerful. It's true that I can't start my day without something Starbucks, but my real kryptonite is ice cream.

Some might call it an indulgence or guilty pleasure, but there is no reason why a person can't enjoy it regularly, in moderation (of course...in moderation...always). Astonishingly, it isn't a staple in my freezer, because that would take all the fun out of indulging in one of my childhood pasttimes: going out for ice cream.


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Market Tour: Old Town Oil

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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When it comes to markets, I'm not easy to impress. Aside from the rare, spectacular Whole Foods Market I can never usually find everything I need under one roof.

Organic grocery stores don't usually stock the cheap-o canned and paper goods that I buy (who really needs to spend $3 on a can of black beans?) and my local Jewel doesn't have the produce selection that I can find at a farmer's market to supplement my weekly CSA share.

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Sweet Bitters: Dolce Amaro Cocktail Recipe

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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Summer is just around the corner and even though mojito-and-margarita season is just around the corner, don't forget about the other spirits that might be lurking in your cabinets.   

Perfect for a ladies night where you want to feel flirty or as an apertif before a meal with your special someone, Averna is a sweet liqueur made entirely of natural ingredients, no artificial colors, dyes or flavoring. Using a mix of roots, herbs and citrus rinds and colored with natural caramel, you can drink it on the rocks or in a beverage.
 
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National Food Blogger Bake Sale: Saturday, April 17, 2010

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

Mark your calendars for April 17th 2010! This is the big day! We are kicking off the Share Our Strength fundraising season with the first annual National Food Bloggers Bake Sale!!

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Love to bake? Love to eat? Then, you might want to read on. Earlier this year, my friend Gaby Dalkin contacted me about helping plan the Chicago leg of the first annual National Food Bloggers Bake Sale, part of the Great American Bake Sale.

Who: Some of Chicago's finest food blogs and bakeries will be there, including Kudos Kookies & Foiled Cupcakes.

What: Remember your childhood bake sales? This one will be even better! Food bloggers and baking aficionados are teaming up to give readers the opportunity to sample some of their favorite baked goods and treats. Proceeds from the sale benefit Share Our Strength. 

When: Saturday, April 17 from 12pm - 3pm (CST)

Where: Smash Cake Bakery, 2961 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago IL 60657 (at Wellington) Get a sneak peek at its BRAND NEW location!

Why: Food bloggers from across the country will unite to support the Share Our Strength's efforts to end childhood hunger in America by holding bake sales in their states. Proceeds from the sale will support the 17 million children (almost one in four) who face hunger in America. More information on SOS can be found at www.strength.org.

I'm leading up efforts here in Chicago and if you are interested in baking, volunteering your time on site at the event or helping to promote the event to your friends, readers, fans or followers, please send me an email at maris.callahan@gmail.com.

(This is a cross post from In Good Taste. I rarely duplicate content but this is an important event for a great cause and I want to spread the word wherever possible!

Favorite Saturday Mornings, Twisted Sister Bakery

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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I have a vision of a perfect Saturday morning, if such a thing even exists. While Sunday mornings are for cozy at-home breakfasts, in bed or around the kitchen table, Saturday mornings are on-the-go.

My perfect Saturday morning is rooted in reality despite the fact that this sequence of events has never actually happened, but I suppose that's what makes it unattainably ideal. On my perfect Saturday morning I would wake up, feeling refreshed from a good night's sleep after a long week. I'd don running tights (which I don't own) that make my toned legs look great (toned legs?) and go for a long run. Not just any run though; the kind of run for which you can carb-load the night before and ice your muscles afterward (that I've never done).

After my long run, I'd pop by a local coffee shop, such as Twisted Sister Bakery, feeling energized and flushed from my workout, to refuel with a great cup of coffee and a healthy, yet delicious breakfast. Now, we're talking a bit more realistically. 

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Beefeater 24: 7 Things You Never Knew About Gin

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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Last week I attended the launch party for Beefeater 24. Before I talk about the interesting people (like Dan Warner and Desmond Payne, pictured above), the spirits and cocktails and delicious food, I'm going to make a quick confession: gin was the first alcoholic beverage I ever tried. Needless to say, I did not like it.

Between my first gin experience and the fact that it's often served with tonic water, which I highly dislike, I never thought much of the juniper-infused spirit. When I drink cocktails, I often for look for those that feature vodka as the headline ingredient, with the occasional margarita thrown in there during hot summer day happy hours.

I'm sure you all know where this is going. Yes, I tried gin again at the launch party and was impressed at how versatile it was. Surprisingly refreshing, Beefeater 24 is unlike other gin in that it is made with exotic botanicals, like rare Japanese Sencha tea and aromatic Chinese green tea that lend unique flavor.
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Underground Mexican cuisine: Chilam Balam

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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Last Friday night, my friend Rachel and I decided to have a ladies' night in Lakeview, complete with wine, Mexican food and conversation that would have embarrassed our waiter (because what more is there to a ladies' night? 

 We would up at Chilam Balam, a Mexican small plates restaurant hidden underneath Monsignor Murphy's on North Broadway and Wellington. 

Don't worry, though: just because the restaurant specializes in small plates does not mean you'll leave hungry. In fact, just the opposite. From the time we opened our vibrant menus (pictured above) and ordered guacamole with fresh tostadas until we pronounced ourselves full after two bites each of a refreshingly light pineapple upside down cake, our palates were happy. 

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Tea Gschwendner: It's always time for tea

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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If you're like me, you once thought that loose leaf tea was intimidating; that making it was a long and arduous process only for the most seasoned tea drinkers. When I thought of tea, I always thought of Lipton, a flimsy red and yellow cardboard container stashed in the back of the cabinet at the ready for colds and sore throats.

Next to water, tea is the most common beverage in the world. In two days, there is enough tea drunk for everyone on the planet to have one cup. Recently I was invited to stop by Tea Gschwendner to sample some tea and visit with tea experts Joe Capp and Melissa Meier, VP North America and State Street store manager, respectively.

After one great cup of green coconut tea and forty-five minutes of great conversation, I know more about tea than I ever thought I could.
 
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