Archive for November 2015

Ten iconic foods from America's luxury hotels

Boston Cream Pie in Boston. The custard-filled cake with chocolate frosting – now the official state dessert of Massachusetts – got its start at Parker’s Restaurant at Boston’s Omni Parker House in 1856.
If you don’t know what a “Hot Brown” is you’ve probably never been to Louisville, Kentucky.There are many famous foods that we take for granted and others that we may never have heard of that have been around for many moons.  All have their stories. Here are ten iconic foods, created within our borders, that... Read more »

Hey Kroger, please don't mess with my Mariano's

From all outward appearances, it was business as usual at the Ravenswood Mariano’s (1800 W Lawrence Ave.) after yesterday’s big announcement that Kroger would be buying the Wisconsin-based Roundy food chain who is parent to Chicago’s popular Mariano’s stores as well as a much larger chain of Pick ’n Save stores–mostly in Wisconsin. Roundy’s, headquartered... Read more »

Diwali 2015: Traditional foods for the Hindu Festival

Diwali 2015: Traditional foods for the Hindu Festival
Diwali, an important festival for Hindus, is being celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world this week (Nov. 11-15, 2015).  The festival is celebrated for five continuous days. It always occurs sometime between mid-October and mid-November depending upon phases of the moon. According to legend the celebration honors Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation... Read more »
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Home Alone Movie Celebrates 25 with Little Nero’s Pizza in Chicago

Home Alone Movie Celebrates 25 with Little Nero’s Pizza in Chicago
Just in time for dinner…UberEATS and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have cooked up a special celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of Home Alone. In four cities only, one being Chicago and the other three being New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, people who have the UberEATS app on their smartphones can order... Read more »

Latinicity Food Hall comes to Chicago's Block 37

Latinicity Food Hall comes to Chicago's Block 37
Will Latinicity be the blockbuster food emporium that Block 37 has been hoping for? We should find out soon, as the highly anticipated food complex opens its doors today on the 3rd floor of the space at 108 N. State St. Billed as the Latin version of Eataly, the huge Latinicity food hall is an... Read more »

Thanksgiving Secret: Make It Ahead Roast Turkey

Thanksgiving Secret: Make It Ahead Roast Turkey
Is it too early to start preparing Thanksgiving dinner? With the big day only three weeks from tomorrow, the answer is NO. It is not too early to get cooking. Getting everything organized and done in time for Thanksgiving can be daunting and stressful to say the least. But it doesn’t have to be. According... Read more »
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Sunday Breakfast (or any day) with Ina's Heavenly Hots

Sunday Breakfast (or any day) with Ina's Heavenly Hots
Breakfast at Ina’s, the new 50-minute documentary that made its World Premiere at October’s Chicago International Film Festival, got me thinking how much I miss Ina’s. Not just the restaurant but its personable owner Ina Pinkney, aka “The Breakfast Queen.” For over 33 years, Ina’s was a home away from home for many regulars who... Read more »