Category: Food

The 5 dishes you should try at Taste of Chicago

The 5 dishes you should try at Taste of Chicago
Taste of Chicago begins tomorrow, so – of course – I’ve already plotted out the five items I most want to try and that you might want to try, as well. To see a full list of of restaurants that will be participating, click here. Be sure to list the items you’re most looking forward... Read more »

Pizza pot pie? What the what?

Pizza pot pie? What the what?
Pie – in its purest form – is the most wonderful geometrical food of them all – a tantalizing circle cut into luscious triangles. As for pizza pie, well that’s just geometrical food heaven. Oh, I’ll eat a square pizza. Don’t get me wrong. But there’s just something special about the pizza pie. Needless to... Read more »

Indian cuisine: So delicious, yet so very, very painful

Indian cuisine: So delicious, yet so very, very painful
I love Indian cuisine. My stomach, however, does not. When it encounters a strange spice it hasn’t encountered before, it’s all like, “What the heck is this? This, my friend, is not pizza. Please try again.” So, my taste buds and stomach were in for a war once again when on Wednesday night my wife... Read more »
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Ah, the glory of the cherry pie

Ah, the glory of the cherry pie
On Father’s Day, my wife and I spent the day at my her parents’ house where her dad grilled for the family. Chicken, potato salad and corn on the cob. All of it delicious. But the best was saved for last – a homemade cherry pie he had whipped up. If I were a superhero,... Read more »

Food Network's Guy Fieri: Doesn't he kind of remind you of a rock star penguin?

Food Network's Guy Fieri: Doesn't he kind of remind you of a rock star penguin?
My wife and I were at the Chill & Grill Festival in Waveland Park on Saturday when suddenly – out of nowhere – Food Network chef and personality Guy Fieri appeared in all of his magnificent bleached-highlights glory. (OK, so maybe it was more of a scheduled event than a magical appearance, but you never... Read more »

Chill & Grill: Please, may I have some more beer-can chicken?

Welcome to the Chill & Grill. Let's get ready to eat!
My wife and I on Saturday went to Waveland Park for the Chill & Grill Festival – the perfect chance to try a variety of food from different restaurants throughout Chicago. It was a fun festival, and I especially enjoyed it because it gave me a chance to try food from some of the restaurants... Read more »
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Video: ChicagoNow takes on Kobayashi in an eating contest

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On Friday, May 25, five ChicagoNow bloggers took on famed speed eater Kobayashi in a battle of wills (and stomachs) to see who could eat Italian beefs the quickest. The above video tells their story:

Video: Geneva's 60 Men Who Cook 2012

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I thoroughly enjoyed being a participant in Geneva’s 60 Men Who Cook for the fourth year in a row. For those interested in seeing what it looked like, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce put this video on its YouTube site. (Don’t bother looking for me. I’m better hidden than Waldo. My cherry almond granola on... Read more »

60 Men Who Cook: Why are they letting me cook again?

60 Men Who Cook: Why are they letting me cook again?
In my three years as editor of the Kane County Chronicle in the western suburbs, my all-time favorite event every year was participating in “60 Men Who Cook.” I mean, doesn’t this look like fun? I made stuffed grape leaves my first year, red velvet chocolate cake balls my second year and low-sodium raspberry muffins... Read more »
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The Food List Challenge: 100 foods to eat before you die … and where to find them in Chicago

The Food List Challenge: 100 foods to eat before you die … and where to find them in Chicago
Over the last few weeks here at Going for Gusto, I’ve been trying to find out where in Chicago one could find the “100 foods to eat before you die.” Some – such as lobster, cheese fondue and Hostess fruit pies – have been easy to find. Others, such as crickets, nettle tea and squirrel... Read more »