Archive for May 2012

Why Your Hostess Must Be The Mostess

Why Your Hostess Must Be The Mostess
And now, a short rant…. Restaurants of Chicago: train your hostesses!  They’re often your first point of contact, and therefore your first line of defense, between your restaurant and your customer.  If your hostess sucks, the (now one time) customer’s entire dining experience can be tainted. All that effort you put into developing your menu?... Read more »

Cocktail Garden: Our Herb Garden for Booze

Cocktail Garden: Our Herb Garden for Booze
Last year the hubby and I bought a window planter and filled it with beautiful flowers…only to later realize no one could see all our efforts from the street.  And while we at least enjoyed the flowers, this year we opted for something a little different.  Something that, since no one else could see it,... Read more »

Date Night Scallops

Date Night Scallops
The hubby had been putting in an obscene amount of hours at work, so I decided to cook him a special date night dinner.  I just had no idea what.  I headed to the nearest grocery store, which this day just happened to be Whole Paycheck Foods. Typically, because the prices at Whole Foods can... Read more »
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The BEST Brunch in Chicago: Nookies

The BEST Brunch in Chicago: Nookies
I’ve been around the brunch block quite a few times, and year in and year out, through hot new openings and other celebrated mainstays, I keep on coming back, time and time again, to one Chicago brunch spot: Nookies on Wells.  There is nothing fancy about Nookies.  It is not swanky, the food is not... Read more »

The Kid Stole the Show at Revolution Brewing

The Kid Stole the Show at Revolution Brewing
Revolution Brewing is a great space just south of Logan Square.  Its warm, exposed brick interior is open and airy, giving it a welcoming and casual vibe. It has the fresh hay smell of hops from its on-site and visible brewery.  It comes complete with super hipster bartenders and waitresses.  Its prices are good.  The beer,... Read more »

Long Waits Be Damned, I’m Going to Bistronomic

 Long Waits Be Damned, I’m Going to Bistronomic
Turns out not all good brunches require an hour plus wait.  In fact, for some you can even make reservations.  What?  In Chicago?  It’s true!  On a recent (super rainy, slightly chilly…where is spring?) Sunday, the hubby and I met a friend in from out of town who was staying in River North and was... Read more »
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Chicago: A City with a Brunchin’ Problem

Chicago: A City with a Brunchin’ Problem
It is no secret that Chicagoans love their brunch.  It is an institution.  An art.  There are places that specialize in brunch – think Bongo Room, Nookies, Yolk – and places with special brunch menus – think Nightwood, Sola, Perennial Virant.  As an homage to the Chicago brunch, and because it’s a great excuse to... Read more »

Shocking News (note biting sarcasm here): Turns Out Hot Doug’s Is Splurge-Worthy

Shocking News (note biting sarcasm here): Turns Out Hot Doug’s Is Splurge-Worthy
We’ve all heard that Hot Doug’s in Avondale is amazing. Indeed, there are many out there who claim HOT DOUG’S HAS THE BEST ENCASED MEAT IN THE WORLD!!! Bon Appetite even ranked it as one of the top 50 restaurants on the planet. And I am not going to argue that. I am only going... Read more »

Yusho OR Obsessing over Mochi

Yusho OR Obsessing over Mochi
It was like making out with a cow. At least, that was according to my husband after trying the beef tongue at Yusho in Avondale.  And he was right, the folks at Yusho do a fantastic job with some of those “less common” cuts of meat, particularly the ones with, shall we say, more tricky... Read more »
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