Archive for September 2011

Restaurant Challenge: Al Johnson’s

Restaurant Challenge: Al Johnson’s
One of Door County’s most renowned restaurants, Al Johnson’s, certainly heeds the old Gypsy advice, “You gotta have a gimmick.”  The restaurant serves up heavy Swedish food – Swedish pancakes, lingonberries, and Swedish meatballs (think Ikea) – delivered by waiters and waitresses decked out in kitschy costumes.  While the food and décor leave much to be... Read more »

Splurge: Table 52

The morning after dinner at Table 52, I was in the need of redemption.  Redemption in the form of a torturous workout to atone for the night before.  Totally.  Worth.  It. Known for its southern comfort food and hospitality, Table 52 in the Near North Side is a gem in the Chicago dinning scene.  We... Read more »

Splurge: Hubbard Inn

Question: is the flourless chocolate cake at Hubbard Inn in River North worth the splurge?  Answer: absolutely.  Rich and dense, Hubbard Inn’s chocolate cake triumphs in its simplicity.  At roughly an inch thick and served with powered sugar and whipped cream (strawberry compote is optional), it was so intense we couldn’t even finish it.  That’s... Read more »

Restaurant Challenge: Coco Pazzo

Complimentary Panini
One of the best things about living in Chicago is that, in any neighborhood, you can randomly happen upon an absolutely amazing spot that you never knew existed.  Such was the case on a recent Friday night when, exhausted after a long day of work, my fiancé and I stumbled upon Tuscan inspired Coco Pazzo... Read more »

Healthy Recipe: Fresh Popcorn

Popped Corn
I love snacking on light or fat free popcorn (particularly the 100 calorie mini bags), but the recent murmurs of health issues related to butter flavoring and bag lining have made me hesitant to indulge.  Enter Nichols Farm & Orchard, one of the vendors at Green City Market.  Nichols sells whole ears of corn on the cob... Read more »

Chicago Events: Windy City Wine Festival

Set beneath the beautiful backdrop of Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, the Windy City Wine Festival celebrated a successful seventh year on September 9th and 10th.  When I went on Saturday, the weather could not have been more perfect – a cool late summer night ideal for spending time outside…and sampling wine with friends. With over... Read more »

Classic Restaurant Review: Tango Sur

The foundation of Argentine cooking is savoring the excellence of a perfect piece of meat without unnecessary adulteration: a little salt, a little pepper, put it on the parilla (grill), and you have steak the way God intended it to be.  Tango Sur smartly heeds this tradition, and, although not serving the flawless pampas-raised beef... Read more »