Archive for June 2016

Icy treats from Zoku ice cream maker

Icy treats from Zoku ice cream maker
It was one of those “feels like” 97 degree days–that, in my opinion, we just don’t get enough of in Chicago.  All I wanted was ice cream. Instead, I ended up with an ice cream maker. You could say, it was love at first sight. It was small–about the size of a Chicago softball or... Read more »

Extra virgin olive oil: a guide to tasting, blending and using

Extra virgin olive oil: a guide to tasting, blending and using
Olive oil is simply juice pressed from olives. The highest grade is called extra-virgin (EVOO). The world of extra virgin olive oil spans the globe from the Far East and Europe to Australia and the Americas. At its best, EVOO is lively, bright, and full-bodied. To qualify as EVOO, the oil must meet certain requirements.... Read more »

The Tao of Tacos: pits top chefs in taco throwdown

The Tao of Tacos: pits top chefs in taco throwdown
Who makes best tacos? Is it… Amanda Cohen | Dirt Candy, New York? Abraham Conlon | Fat Rice? Erling Wu-Bower | Nico Osteria? Mindy Segal | Mindy’s HotChocolate? Jason Hammel | Lula Café? Jason Vincent | Giant? Jimmy Bannos Jr. | The Purple Pig? Jose Garces | Garces Group? Joseph “JJ” Johnson | The Cecil,... Read more »
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Why creating is better than destroying

Why creating is better than destroying
ChicagoNow offers a monthly Blogapalooz-Hour where bloggers are asked to participate in a challenge to publish a post in one hour on a subject chosen by our community manager, Jimmy Greenfield. This morning’s challenge–a difficult one, in my opinion–is to “Write about a period or moment in your life when you were at your best.”... Read more »

Michael Jordans Steak House ramps up summer menu

Michael Jordans Steak House ramps up summer menu
When MJ announced his steak in a new restaurant on the Mag Mile, five years ago fans everywhere were ecstatic, naysayers, on-the-other-hand, questioned if Chicago really needed another Steak House while food critics were cautiously optimistic giving a thumbs up to initial offerings with a wait and see outlook for the future. Now five years down... Read more »

A taste of The Gwen: See what's cooking at Chicago's new lux hotel

A taste of The Gwen: See what's cooking at Chicago's new lux hotel
In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a new girl in town and her name is Gwen. Actually the new Gwen is named after an old Gwen. That would be Chicago-born sculptress Gwen Lux–who designed the Art Deco McGraw-Hill building’s facade and architectural sculpture back in 1927–and who also worked on Radio City Music Hall in NYC.... Read more »
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