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Chicago Dining Scene 2013 Predictions!!!

Chicago Dining Scene 2013 Predictions!!!
It’s amazing where the time goes each year. Another year, another failed rapture! This is the third year of my predictions and I’ve nailed the last two prophecies pretty well I think, at least the Michelin parts – 2012 and 2011. I’m not channeling any Mayan gods this year since they can’t be counted on... Read more »

Food Fun Friday

Food Fun Friday
This past week was a bit crazy for me with events and work getting packed in to one week since most will be gone all next week or horribly unmotivated! Monday I got to judge the Bouche Noel contest at the Sofitel. It was a lot of fun to see a modern interpretation of a... Read more »

Food Fun Friday

Food Fun Friday
Lot of fun events with the Holidays nipping at our heels! I’ll be judging on Monday at the Holiday Rock and Roll event so stop by and say hello and help benefit Share our Strength! Holiday Rock and Roll – Pastry Competition at the Sofitel hotel on Monday Dec 17th between 6-8pm. Indulge in modern... Read more »
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20 Questions - Amanda Rockman, Pastry Chef at Balena & The Bristol

20 Questions - Amanda Rockman, Pastry Chef at Balena & The Bristol
 Amanda Rockman is one of those chefs I’ve had commonalities with – places we’ve worked but just missed each other at as well as friends in the industry – but we’ve never really met and had a conversation. You’ll see her at events or in the kitchen at Balena or The Bristol and the focus... Read more »

Bubbly-Palooza: The Outcome

Bubbly-Palooza: The Outcome
I think personally my best ideas for posts not relating to a restaurant experience come from my inner annoyance. That is where the idea for bubbly-palooza was born. You can read how my inner annoyance was driven mad this summer and we did a BBQ Tasting – the first palooza. After an exhaustive taste test,... Read more »

The Bottle Labels from Bubbly-Palooza

 This is the gallery for the Bubbly-palooza wines that were tasted. I hope this helps you identify the labels and you enjoy our drinking notes. What do you think - Were we right or wrong? Any big favorites you were surprised didn’t do well? To learn more about the methodology of the tasting and the background,... Read more »
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Food Fun Friday

Food Fun Friday
I’m a little foggy today for a variety of reasons – it’s kinda rainy and blah out, it’s Friday after a long week and I did a blind tasting of 15 bubblies last night and I should have drank more water! Results on that tasting coming next week. But, for Food Fun Friday there are... Read more »

America’s Sons: Army vs. Navy

America’s Sons: Army vs. Navy
It feels like the college football season is over since we know who’s going where for the BCS games and the myriad of other bowl sites. Yet, I would argue the best game of the season is yet to be played. This Saturday the Army Navy game will be played for the 82nd straight year.... Read more »

Food Fun Friday

Food Fun Friday
I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. I’ve hit a bit of a writing “wall,” of late. It’s equal parts, recovery from minor surgery, holiday insanity, day job and well not finding motivation on what to write. This is not an invitation to tell me about some new menu item. I get a lot of... Read more »
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Two for Tuesday - Night 2 of a Food Writer's Week

Two for Tuesday - Night 2 of a Food Writer's Week
Technically, it’s one post, but I’m keeping the music post theme of the week alive for one more day. Last night, I had a press dinner at Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse for their new menu. For me, I have a hard time saying no to a steak house and a press dinner. I’d heard it was... Read more »