Posts in category "Food and Restaurants"

Chicago, it’s time to meet and eat poutine

The other night, while out with friends, the conversation unexpectedly veered to poutine. And, it was all my fault. I was with friends who originally hail from Canada. For some reason, I felt compelled to ask them about something I keep hearing about here in our fair city: poutine. Do you know what poutine is? Or, better yet, have you tried it yet?... Read more »

Ethnic food in Chicago: Top 5 global food courts and marketplaces

I think it’s safe to say Chicagoans are hooked on global food courts and marketplaces. In the last year alone, we saw the record-breaking opening of Eataly, the new Italian gourmet food marketplace; the opening and expansion of The Nosh, a series of pop-up markets that bring some of the best Chicago food-preneurs together in... Read more »

Paczki Day is March 4: Find out where to buy paczki in Chicago

2013 was definitely the year of the donut. In Chicago, we saw the continued popularity of gourmet doughnut shops like Glazed and Infused, Do-Rite Donuts, Firecakes and Doughnut Valut, offering the fried treats in a whole host of innovative, decadent flavors like Candied Maple Bacon, Butterscotch Praline, Red Velvet and Mocha Glazed with Nibs. And,... Read more »

The best global candy stores in Chicago

I love candy. It satisfies my sweet tooth like nothing else. Not surprisingly, my sons love it, too. As we tour ethnic neighborhoods across Chicago, we always stop in at the local candy store (or check out the candy aisle in a grocery store) to sample and savor plenty of sweet ethnic delicacies. With each... Read more »

World Nutella Day: Yes, it's real and it's today

Did you know that today is a holiday? Yes, February 5 is World Nutella Day. World Nutella Day is a day that pays homage to the “chocolaty hazelnut” spread loved by so many people, young and old, across the globe. It was founded in 2007 by two bloggers, Sara of Ms. Adventures in Italy and... Read more »

Chinese New Year: Foods to help bring you good luck and health in the coming year

A big part of any holiday tradition is, of course, food and drink. When I think of parties, celebrations, reunions and other events tied to specific holidays, I can’t help but also think of the foods on the table and the drinks overflowing in our glasses as we said “cheers,” “santé,” “l’chaim,” “prost,” and the... Read more »

Where to buy Galette des Rois (King's Cake) in Chicago

In France, people come together on January 6 to celebrate La Fête des Rois, a holiday that commemorates the arrival of the three kings. Together, they enjoy Galette des Rois (King’s Cake), a frangipane-filled tart traditionally cut into slices – one for each person at the table. Traditionally, the youngest person gets to choose who gets each slice. The... Read more »

Chicagoans: Are you ready to be won over by gourmet macaroons?

I admit it. I am usually partial to macarons – the French cookies made with egg whites, sugar and ground almonds, and filled with ganache, buttercream or jam. I love the unique flavor combinations you can find at Chicago bakeries and patisseries. When I want a small, gourmet, flavorful treat, it’s usually a macaron –... Read more »

Photos: Lycée Francais de Chicago Fall French Market

From the time the doors opened, people streamed into the warmth of the school to begin shopping, eating and enjoying the wonders of the Fall French Market.
This past weekend, my days were spent surrounded by people happily shopping, eating and drinking at the 9th annual Lycée Francais de Chicago Fall French Market held at the French international school Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10. For two days, I got to play a behind-the-scenes role with the chef demonstrations, helping local chefs showcase... Read more »

One meal, one jar: The simple power of food to bring us together

Food is a powerful force. It brings us together at mealtime. It shapes our daily experiences. And, it introduces us to new cultures. Just one meal – at home, at a restaurant or even near a food truck – can have a profound impact on our views, our memories and our lives. It doesn’t have... Read more »