Posts in category "Food and Restaurants"

Can you name the foods in a full English breakfast?

During the winter, my family loves to spend our weekend mornings at an English pub – in Chicago. Yes, with the cold weather upon us and English Premier League soccer well under way, an English pub is a fantastic place to spend a morning fueling up and cheering on our favorite teams – even with our young sons. For us, there’s nothing like... Read more »

Forging a cultural connection with food: What recipes will you pass on to your children?

So many of my childhood memories revolve around food. When I think of my grandma, I think of us shopping together at Jewish delis and bakeries, picking up chocolate ruggelah, lox and corned beef – and always a bag of kichel for my mom. When I think of holidays, I think of my family crowded around the dining... Read more »

Eating sufganiyot during Hanukkah in Israel - and now Chicago

As a child living in the US, I always associated Hanukkah with one main food – potato latkes. Yes, whenever it as Hanukkah, I always awaited the smell of hot oil frying in a pan, knowing that soon potato latkes would be fried up for all of our friends and family to enjoy. Starting at... Read more »
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Chicago's top chefs take guests on a French culinary journey at Passport to France

To many of us, the third Thursday of November marks the release of the year’s Beaujolais Nouveau. Across the globe, people get together to grab a glass and celebrate the vin premier. But, to me, the third Thursday of November isn’t just about the release of a new wine. Rather, it’s a global celebration of French food, wine and culture. And, that’s why I... Read more »

Chicago-area chefs demonstrate globally inspired dishes at 2014 Fall French Market

On Saturday, Chef Tim Kirker of <a href="www,=.bistrotzinc.com">Bistrot Zinc</a> got the morning started off right with the perfect brunch dish - Almond Cake with Macerated Berries.
This weekend, thousands of people came to shop, eat and create à la française at the 10th annual Lycée Français de Chicago Fall French Market, which took place Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 9. The French  fête boasted more than 75 vendors selling specialty and artisan goods. Shoppers didn’t need to worry about running out of energy... Read more »

Global desserts: Spanish churros

The other weekend, my husband and I lured our sons out of the warm comfort of their beds with one singular temptation – churros. We had our sights set on spending the afternoon in Pilsen, taking advantage of the Chicago neighborhood’s annual art gallery walk. But, before we did, we knew we had to make sure our two young sons... Read more »
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Bagels: The origin, popularity and varieties of the circular bread with the whole in the middle

My family’s roots can be traced to Germany, Romania, Russia and Poland. But, culturally, we’re Jewish, too. For most of our large, casual family gatherings, you can rest assure that one item always plays a starring role on the dining table – bagels. There may be sesame, poppy seed, onion, raisin or everything bagels. But,... Read more »

Global desserts: Enjoying trdelník in Prague

Food is a huge part of experiencing a culture. It’s the star of any holiday gathering. It’s front and center at street festivals. It’s enjoyed by people of all ages. It grabs your attention and makes you hungry to find out more. And, food and travel go hand in hand. It’s nearly impossible to truly experience a... Read more »

Crêpes aren't just French: Japanese-style crêpes delight fans in Japan and the US

I used to only associate crêpes with France – until I went to Tokyo. While in Paris, my family sampled many, many French crêpes, most often made to order with decidedly French ingredients like Nutella, lemon and sugar, and even ratatouille. No matter if we ate them from a street-side cart or a quaint Bretagne-style restaurant, the crêpes felt... Read more »
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Buying milk in a bag in Israel – and remembering when I first realized the beauty of travel

“Mom, in Israel, people drink chocolate milk out of a bag!” That one statement, excitedly yelled by my younger son as he got off the camp bus just a few weeks ago, triggered a memory I had long forgotten. And, instantly, I was mentally transported back to when I was a student participating in a... Read more »