Posts tagged "Unique Food"

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 »

In Western Michigan, Salt of the Earth is a Must-Eat

In Western Michigan, Salt of the Earth is a Must-Eat
Last weekend the Hubby and I took an impromptu (as in, picked the city/booked the B&B 10 hours before heading out) trip to South Haven, Michigan. It was quaint, it was quiet, and it was beautiful. The perfect mini fall getaway. On Saturday night, after a 20-mile bike ride that afternoon (seriously, I could barely... Read more »

Common Threads' Cook-Off: A Recap

Common Threads' Cook-Off: A Recap
Chicago’s best chefs faced off Wednesday night at Common Threads’ Third Annual Cook-Off, cooking (and competing for votes) in one of four categories: in a shell, on a dish, in a glass, or on a stick. The competition was stiff, with chefs dishing out creative — and delicious — takes on the theme. It was... 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 »

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 »

Does the Mug Make the Moscow Mule?

Does the Mug Make the Moscow Mule?
In bars throughout Chicagoland this summer, there is a new(ish) must-have drink: the Moscow mule. Served in a shiny, elegantly cool copper mug, Moscow mules are easy to spot. And they are everywhere. So why are Moscow mules so popular right now? Is it the conspicuous copper mug? Or is it something else? First, a... Read more »
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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 »

Missing the Mark at Las Tablas Columbian Steak House

I so wanted to love Las Tablas, the long-standing family owned Columbian steak house. And yet, despite some really great food, the hubby and I walked away from Las Tablas feeling an unenthusiastic meh about the whole thing. To start, locating a drink menu proved a daunting task. The first menu was empty, the second... Read more »

Brunch at Little Goat

Brunch at Little Goat
On a beautiful, summer Sunday morning, the type of morning that is the reason for living in Chicago, I ate outside with friends at Little Goat. For those unaware (do you still exist?), Little Goat is the diner-style sister restaurant to Chef Stephanie Izard’s more refined Girl and the Goat, just across the street on... Read more »
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How to Make Amazing Soup (aka Vietnamese Cabbage Leaf Parcels with Shrimp Mousse in Broth)

How to Make Amazing Soup (aka Vietnamese Cabbage Leaf Parcels with Shrimp Mousse in Broth)
As I mentioned here, while in Vietnam I had the opportunity to take a cooking class from Ms. Trinh Diem Vy’s exceptional cooking school. This cabbage soup was not only my favorite dish of the class, but also my favorite dish of the whole trip. There are several steps, but the rich, comforting flavors of... Read more »