Category: Splurges

Only truly incredible dishes reach splurge-worthiness. Being good is simply not good enough.

Splurging on Le Beurre at Paris Club

Splurging on Le Beurre at Paris Club
Ah, Paris Club.  You are such a scene.  If I were a single guy on the lookout for a well-heeled lady, I would be there every night.  The odds (and bachelorette parties) are so in a dude’s favor.  As it is, yours truly is way too cheap (and married) to ever make it to your... Read more »

Shocking News (note biting sarcasm here): Turns Out Hot Doug’s Is Splurge-Worthy

Shocking News (note biting sarcasm here): Turns Out Hot Doug’s Is Splurge-Worthy
We’ve all heard that Hot Doug’s in Avondale is amazing. Indeed, there are many out there who claim HOT DOUG’S HAS THE BEST ENCASED MEAT IN THE WORLD!!! Bon Appetite even ranked it as one of the top 50 restaurants on the planet. And I am not going to argue that. I am only going... Read more »

Yusho OR Obsessing over Mochi

Yusho OR Obsessing over Mochi
It was like making out with a cow. At least, that was according to my husband after trying the beef tongue at Yusho in Avondale.  And he was right, the folks at Yusho do a fantastic job with some of those “less common” cuts of meat, particularly the ones with, shall we say, more tricky... Read more »
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The Sad Truth Behind the Pearls (or Why Bubble Tea Could Make you Fat)

The Sad Truth Behind the Pearls (or Why Bubble Tea Could Make you Fat)
This is a picture of bubble tea, also known as One Of My Favorite Drinks.  Well, actually, it’s the bubbles – or tapioca pearls – at the bottom of the drink that are my favorite.  The rest of it, the tea – often a milky tea or fruit smoothie (as it is above) – is... Read more »

Chicago Events: For the Love of Chocolate

Chicago Events: For the Love of Chocolate
This year’s For the Love of Chocolate event at the Merchandise Mart was a colorful revelry of fine food and inventive performance entertainment.  Hosted by LuxeHome Kitchens* on February 25, the black tie and sold out event benefited the For the Love of Chocolate Foundation, which awards scholarships to students in full-time programs taught by... Read more »

Splurge: Nightwood

Splurge: Nightwood
Nightwood is, without question, completely and totally splurge worthy.  Located a car ride away in East Pilsen, Nightwood radiates a warmth easily recognizable, and appreciated, in the harsh chill of Chicago winter.  The handwritten menu changes daily, depending on the availability of local ingredients and the innovative whims of the chef, and on the night... Read more »
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Restaurant Challenge: Longman & Eagle

Restaurant Challenge: Longman & Eagle
It’s always nice when a restaurant lives up to all the hype, and in the case of Longman & Eagle in Logan Square, there was a more than a significant amount of hype. Gastropub casual and industrial cool, Longman defies its current “it” status with friendly and unpretentious service. Perhaps its Longman’s focus on seasonality... Read more »

A culinary tour de force OR How much can we eat in one weekend?

A culinary tour de force OR How much can we eat in one weekend?
My mother-in-law recently visited (!) and, a foodie herself, we were determined that she experience some of the great food Chicago has to offer.  And, with only a short weekend to work with, we turned her visit into a sort of culinary tour de force.  Here are the highlights: Best cocktail: War of the Roses... Read more »

Splurge: Graeter’s Ice Cream

Splurge: Graeter’s Ice Cream
If I was told I could only splurge on one kind of food for the rest of my life, my decision would be easy: Graeter’s ice cream.  Specifically, Graeter’s double chocolate chip ice cream, with its creamy chocolateness perfected by Graeter’s small batch French pot process and its seriously large, rich chocolate chips. Started in... Read more »
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A Review and a Splurge from a Night Out on the Town: Sushi Wabi Tanks while Hot Chocolate Takes the Cake

A Review and a Splurge from a Night Out on the Town: Sushi Wabi Tanks while Hot Chocolate Takes the Cake
The hubby and I headed out to Sushi Wabi in the West Loop for a Saturday night (date night!) out on the town.   We came armed with reservations (shocking, I know) and hearty appetites.  We were ready for a good time and great food.  Unfortunately, Sushi Wabi did not deliver. The small, urban-esque and techno... Read more »