Category: Food

Of Thanksgiving, globalization and my homemade gnocchi.

*This post was written during ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour for November 2016. During Blogapalooz we are given a prompt and we have one hour to post. This is today’s prompt: “ “Write about something you believed as a child or in your youth that turned out not to be true.” Last week, like millions of American families, I hosted... Read more »

The Spanish Square rounds up the Spanish restaurant offer in Chicago nicely

Located in Belmont Ave, The Spanish Square, is a nice addition to Lakeview.
*Note: I am in no way compensated by anyone to write about restaurants. The owner and staff didn’t know that I intended to write about it when I dined there, and this is just my humble and personal opinion of this restaurant, as it would be about any other. In the last few years a... Read more »


I had something different planned for today. Something more wintery. But my niece asked me for this recipe, and Chicago gave us a Spring teaser in February. That deserves a little summer in the kitchen. I have been asked for this recipe many times. And, sadly, my answer is always very vague, as I don’t... Read more »

Food as a cultural statement.

For a long time I have been thinking about starting a recipe section. I like to take pictures of food, and since I have been asked how to cook some of the dishes, I have decided to post them here. Most of them are common Spanish dishes, that I cook the same way my mom... Read more »

Spanish hot chocolate

When you are raising your family away from the place where you were raised, you have to build your own traditions. One of ours is to make Spanish hot chocolate every time it snows, which in Chicago, is quite a bit. Actually, I write this as we are getting  a Valentine’s Day snowfall. Thin and... Read more »

My Chicago Restaurant Week 2016 recap

<a href=""><b>BOKA</b></a>: Starting with BOKA was not necessarily a good idea, since we could only go down from there. We had gone there last year, so we already knew what to expect, and those expectations were certainly met. The service was fantastic, the food and presentation were exquisite and I even liked my drink. The noise level was low, and I love the room and its green wall. We hope to be able to try the full menu some time in the next year, when we recover from the last few dinners out.
Like every year, when the weather turns chilly, and we are cozying up in our warm homes, the Chicago restaurant industry tempts us to get out in the cold for Chicago Restaurant Week. In case you don’t know what I am talking about (and you should), during almost two weeks an increasing number of restaurants... Read more »

The 5 best Spanish restaurants in Chicago (according to a Spaniard)

<b>Number 5: <a href="">Cafe Ba-ba-ree-ba</a></b> At almost 30 years, <b>Cafe Ba-Ba-Ree-Ba</b> is a veteran among the Spanish restaurants in Chicago. This boisterous Lincoln Park tapas bar has only gotten better with the years, and their cooking is at its best. Just an example, we took my aunt the same day she arrived from Spain, and she loved the Calamares a la plancha.
During the twelve years that I have lived here the question that I have been asked the most has to be “What is your favorite Spanish restaurant in Chicago?” The first few years there was not much to say. There were tapas restaurants here and there, but the offer was neither impressive nor sophisticated. Good... Read more »

I just fed my baby McDonalds and he will survive... I hope.

Baby as in 10 months old. McDonalds as in a Happy Meal. I also bought oatmeal, but it was too hot at first. So I offered him a fry. To no one’s surprise, he loved it. And as he did, I sank into one of my worst parenting moments ever. Or maybe not? For the... Read more »

Yep, that's a salad and I intend to eat it or "La operación bikini"

Now that I have plane tickets to go to Spain, and not a lot of time before I use them, I feel the imperative need to do what in Spanish we call “La operación bikini“. In Spain the general population seems to be leaner than here, and you can see how a winter in the... Read more »