Posts tagged "Good Value"

Matzah Balls + Cheeseburgers at Au Cheval

Matzah Balls + Cheeseburgers at Au Cheval
It was a cold and rainy night (also known as May in Chicago) when the hubby and I sat down at Au Cheval in the West Loop. The restaurant had maintained a near permanent resident status on my to-try list, so I was thrilled when an after work event nearby along with an improbable lack... Read more »

Belly Shack: A Unique Concept with Decent Execution

Belly Shack: A Unique Concept with Decent Execution
Tucked under the rumble of the Western Blue Line station, Belly Shack serves fast-food style Asian-Latin American fusion with a Korean bent. It’s a small space, where customers order menu items by number at the counter, and then either take food to go or eat at one of the few dimly lit tables. The atmosphere... Read more »

Grilled Vegetable Pizza, aka the “Triple Threat” of a Homemade Dinner

Grilled Vegetable Pizza, aka the “Triple Threat” of a Homemade Dinner
The other night, while I was wrapping up some work, the hubby pulled together one of the best meals I’ve had all summer, grilled vegetable pizza. Our sweet banana pepper (yes, just one, but we are some very proud sweet banana pepper parents) was finally ripe and we had a bunch of fresh basil. Such... Read more »
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Healthy Eating Out: Italian

Healthy Eating Out: Italian
When it comes to eating healthy out, Italian food gets a particularly bad rap: pasta and bread and cheese, oh my! But I’m here to tell you that Italian food need not be the forbidden fruit or path straight to dieting hell. Rather, it’s just misunderstood. Strip away excessive American portions and alterations, and Italian,... Read more »

Chicago’s Best Happy Hour is at Shaw’s Oyster Bar

Chicago’s Best Happy Hour is at Shaw’s Oyster Bar
If you ever find yourself off work before 6pm, do yourself a favor and head down to the Oyster Bar at Shaw’s Crab House, the famous Chicago institution, for happy hour. It’s the best in Chicago, at least for those of us of a certain age who are more excited by half price oysters than... Read more »

Ombra: A Neighborhood Gem Serving Fine Northern Italian Cucina

Ombra: A Neighborhood Gem Serving Fine Northern Italian Cucina
While great Italian restaurants seem nearly ubiquitous in Chicago, great Italian restaurants serving food from the Tre Venezie region (think Verona and Venice) are not. Fortunately for us, there’s Ombra, the Andersonville restaurant serving delectable dishes inspired by Northern Italian flavors. Every last detail of the restaurant is thoughtfully executed without being fussy. The salvaged... Read more »
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Dale Levitski, the Self-Proclaimed Reality TV Show Grandpa, on Frog n Snail, Seasonal Eating, and Lakeview

 Dale Levitski, the Self-Proclaimed Reality TV Show Grandpa, on Frog n Snail, Seasonal Eating, and Lakeview
On a cold, rainy day this past week (seriously, where is spring?), I sat down to speak with celebrity chef Dale Levitski at his restaurant, Frog n Snail. The restaurant had just celebrated its one-year anniversary and Dale a significant birthday (he started Frog’s dinner service on his birthday last year). Despite the weather outside,... Read more »

What Happened When I Finally Gave Flat Top Grill a Chance (spoiler: I liked it)

What Happened When I Finally Gave Flat Top Grill a Chance (spoiler: I liked it)
I don’t know what I had against Flat Top Grill. I had been to one years before and liked it enough. But every time the hubby suggested the one just down the street from our apartment, I always turned him down. It sounds exactly like your kind of food, he would tell me. I was... Read more »

Super H Mart has changed my world (and other tales from suburbia)

Super H Mart has changed my world (and other tales from suburbia)
Last Sunday, the hubby and I found ourselves in unfamiliar territory: the Chicago suburbs. We were meeting some friends for brunch, including the author of the book City of Exiles – coming out this week. It’s the sequel to the Icon Thief, which I loved, and I cannot wait to read the next book. (Yes, shameless plug,... Read more »
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Suc(culent) It!

Suc(culent) It!
I know, terrible heading. I couldn’t help it. It was just too easy. Anyways….if a plant could be “in,” it would be succulents. Seriously, these little guys have been showing up everywhere the past year. And for good reason: they are incredibly hard to kill. They need some direct light, a little water, and good... Read more »
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