Portsmith Oyster Takeover Series features a tasty lineup of crustaceans

The inviting interior of Portsmith.
Craving some fresh oysters but don’t have time to head to the coast? No worries.  If you love oysters, Portsmith (660 N. State St.) is your place. Ever since the restaurant opened last summer in the Dana Hotel it has been receiving raves for its seafood. Thanks to their New England-raised Executive chef Nate Henssler who has... Read more »

What is a PBR girl doing tasting a $12,500 bottle of Dalmore 45?

What is a PBR girl doing tasting a $12,500 bottle of Dalmore 45?
  “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whisky is barely enough.” …Mark Twain I like to think of myself as a person of simple tastes. Not that I haven’t partaken in some of the finer things in life–often with a touch of gold leaf. But Dom Perignon Champagne, Wagyu Beef, Venezuelan dark chocolate,... Read more »

Taste of Chicago to offer special pre-taste deals from Taste Restaurants and Food Trucks

Taste of Chicago to offer special pre-taste deals from Taste Restaurants and Food Trucks
Start “Tasting” some of the Taste of Chicago’s 300 menu items before the fest begins with special offers at participating Taste of Chicago Restaurants and Food Trucks from July 1–10 New this year  “Ready, Set…Taste” gives food lovers an opportunity to get a preview of menu items being offered at the 38th annual Taste of Chicago with specials and... Read more »
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BBQ Magic with Sandwich King Jeff Mauro and George Foreman

BBQ Magic with Sandwich King Jeff Mauro and George Foreman
With summer just around the proverbial corner, Food Network star and Celebrity Chef, Jeff Mauro, has created the ultimate sandwich for BBQ-season, The Triple Porker with a little help from the George Foreman Rapid Series 6 Serving Grill.  We received the Grill along with Jeff’s exclusive recipe for his “Triple Pork.” The “Triple Porker,” “Pork”  or “Three Pigs” BBQ sandwich... Read more »

James Beard Foundation pulls out the red carpet for Chicago awards gala

James Beard Foundation pulls out the red carpet for Chicago awards gala
The James Beard Foundation, the culinary industry’s most prestigious recognition program. Tonight’s the night. The the James Beard Foundation Awards, often referred to as Oscars of the Food World, will hold its Awards Gals in Chicago at the Lyric Opera House. The black-tie event honors America’s restaurant industry in red carpet fashion with prestigious food-industry awards.... Read more »

Goodbye to plastic straws: Many Chicago restaurants have complied, now shareholders are demanding McDonalds do the same

Two nights ago while I was sipping my Slow Burn cocktail at Cafe Robey, one of my tablemates commented, “Look they’re using paper straws.” I hadn’t noticed the difference, the paper straw never got “gummy” as some claim. So why is there any controversy when it has been shown how bad plastic is for the... Read more »
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McDonalds headquarters restaurant opens in the West Loop: See what's cooking

McDonalds headquarters restaurant opens in the West Loop: See what's cooking
No longer do you have to travel the world to get a taste of McDonald’s global offerings which are now available, on a rotating basis, at the chain’s restaurant  on the ground floor of its corporate headquarters (110 N. Carpenter St.). The new spot, opening today in the hot Fulton Market part of town, just a stone’s throw... Read more »

Chicago Cubs food lineup looks to be a grand slam

Chicago Cubs food lineup looks to be a grand slam
Even though Chicago Cub fans seem to having bragging rights when it comes to their team, the neighborhood and even their recent reign as World Champions, one thing that even the most loyal fans had to accept is that the southside White Sox had better food choices. Many fans at Wrigley have come to accept... Read more »

Live from the Lounge at Wicker Park's Robey Hotel

Live from the Lounge at Wicker Park's Robey Hotel
Chicago’s new hotspot, The Robey in Wicker Park sits high above the six corners intersection where Damen, Milwaukee and North Avenue meet. Known for its laid back attitude, indie spirit and trending bars and restaurants, the Wicker Park neighborhood is where hipsters and hipster want-a-bes hang. The Robey has been a welcome addition to the... Read more »
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Seven Chicago restaurants ranked among best in America

Seven Chicago restaurants ranked among best in America
People are always asking me,”What are your favorite Chicago restaurants?” I don’t always have a fast answer. If I’m in the mood for beef, it’s Gibson’s or Au Cheval. If I want Mexican, I like Rick Bayless’ west loop casual Cruz Blanca Taqueria or Pilsen’s wonderful line-up of Mexican fare, especially along 18th St. Asian, any... Read more »