Guinness Blonde dinner at Dawson

Guinness Blonde dinner at Dawson
When you write about food people send you invitations to various events. I received an invitation to a beer dinner featuring Guinness™ Blonde American Lager. This was something I had to attend. First, Blonde is the first beer Guinness brewed outside of Ireland. The beer is brewed in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, a famous brewery town. The... Read more »

You say tomato I say chow time

You say tomato I say chow time
Tomato season is here. Those luscious fruits considered vegetables are ready for picking or available in droves at stores and farmers markets. I can make a meal out of tomatoes, cheese, olives, and bread. Who needs anything else on warm summer days except a glass or two or three of wine. Here is a rehash... Read more »

You scream I scream it's Margies for ice Cream

You scream I scream it's Margies for ice Cream
In 1921, Peter George Poulos opened an ice cream parlor on North Western Avenue. A legend was born. In 1933, the name was changed to Margies, after his son George Peter’s wife. The current owner, Peter George Poulos, grandson of the founder, was raised in the store. He learned the art of candy making and... Read more »
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Falafel and Grill offers a taste of Lebanon

If you are looking for good fast food cheap, you cannot go wrong at Falafel & Grill. Located in a small triangular building at 1317 N, Milwaukee (Corner of Pauliana), Falafel Grill offers up satisfying fast food. This is a family run no nonsense operation. You order, eat or carry out. Go on your merry... Read more »

Shelly's Freeze is a cute spot with great food

Shelly's Freeze is a cute spot with great food
I was sent on a mission from God this afternoon. I went from store to store, in between rain showers and sticky humidity, in search of an ingredient. Walking around makes you hungry. While walking down Lincoln Avenue, I saw a colorful little corner restaurant, Shelly’s Freeze. There were signs galore around it and in... Read more »

Jim's Original never changed after 75 years

Jim's Original never changed after 75 years
Jim’s Original was started by a European immigrant 75 years ago on the corner of Halsted and Maxwell Streets. When I attended UIC in 1971, I would catch the Halsted bus at Archer Avenue. The bus always smelled of onions. I later learned the smell came from Jim’s Original and people eating his Polish sausage... Read more »
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Make at home dining an experience

Make at home dining an experience
About ten years ago, my daughter was taking a music or dance class at the Old Town School of Folk Music on Armitage. I would drop her off, park the car, and walk through the Old Town/Lincoln Park neighborhood. There was an old preserved two flat on a corner, with a high brick wall. The... Read more »

H Dogs is the hottest dog house in town

H Dogs is the hottest dog house in town
National Hot Dog Month is drawing to a close. It is our responsibility as good American and Chicago citizens to eat as many hot dogs as possible. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans will consume over 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Chicago is the home of the... Read more »

National Hot Dog Day: Celebrating the Chicago Dog

National Hot Dog Day: Celebrating the Chicago Dog
Today is National Hot Dog Day. As a good American, it was my patriotic duty to celebrate by eating a hot dog. I am a red hot, white bun, yellow mustard kind of guy. I walked over to Budacki’s, which has been a neighborhood institution since 1980. I ordered a dog and for desert, a... Read more »
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Federal Plaza Farmers Market

Chicago is fully embracing farmers markets. There are evening markets for people who cannot get to the afternoon ones. Every Tuesday there is a farmers market in Federal Plaza, in the shadow of Alexander Calder’s Flamingo. Farmers markets provide fresh herbs and several artisan products besides vegetables and fruits. Chefs love them because the fruits... Read more »