Posts tagged "Neighborhood Gem"

Mediterranean Cooking Class with Chopping Block and Common Threads

Mediterranean Cooking Class with Chopping Block and Common Threads
Get ‘em cooking. That’s the mutual goal for nonprofit Common Threads, with its mission to get 1 million kids cooking through healthy-eating and culturally aware cooking classes, and for Chopping Block, Chicago’s renown recreational cooking school whose aim is to get people to cook. This past week the two teamed up for a special Mediterranean... Read more »

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 »

Chewables Chicago's Top 10 “Best of” Chicago 2013

Chewables Chicago's Top 10 “Best of” Chicago 2013
Since everyone loves a good top 10 reflecting longingly on the year that was, I bring you Chewables’ Top 10 “best of” Chicago 2013. Drumroll please: Best restaurant: North Pond. Yes, I am fully aware that this is not a new Chicago restaurant, and that “best of” restaurants are typically either new or by Grant... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

Culinary tourism? In Chicago, it’s not just for tourists.

Culinary tourism? In Chicago, it’s not just for tourists.
Today’s post is a special treat from Marlena Slowik, the Content Manager over at Zerve. She is a self-confessed foodie, ex-Chicagoan, and evangelist for offbeat exploration. Enjoy! There are two things that I know to be true about the Chicago Food Scene: it’s excellent and it’s diverse. Within a short ‘L’ ride from downtown everything from Ethiopian... Read more »
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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 »