Going to Battle Against the Winter Doldrums

Going to Battle Against the Winter Doldrums
Ugh. It’s winter. And post holiday winter at that. The glitz and glitter of December have lost their shine, and there’s basically nothing to look forward to until about April (not to be dramatic about it). Here in Chicago it is frigid, dark, and snowy. The fight is on: winter doldrums versus us. The faint... Read more »

Chewables Chicago's Top 10 “Best of” Chicago 2013

Chewables Chicago's Top 10 “Best of” Chicago 2013
Since everyone loves a good top 10 reflecting longingly on the year that was, I bring you Chewables’ Top 10 “best of” Chicago 2013. Drumroll please: Best restaurant: North Pond. Yes, I am fully aware that this is not a new Chicago restaurant, and that “best of” restaurants are typically either new or by Grant... Read more »

The Thanksgiving Healthy Eating Poem

The Thanksgiving Healthy Eating Poem
T’was the season of Thanksgiving, And all across the land, Anticipation abounded, For the holiday most grand. Thoughts of turkey, stuffing, and pie, Danced in our heads, While notions of ruining our diets, Filled us with dread. ‘Cause Thanksgiving meals average, 3,000 calories, Nearly a pound of weight, just one night, Wrecking havoc on our... Read more »
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A baby is brewing: a non-traditional, co-ed, beer themed baby shower

A baby is brewing: a non-traditional, co-ed, beer themed baby shower
Baby showers need not be all pink lace bonnets and blue baby shoes. Nor do they need to be exclusively for the ladies (we all know how we got into this situation; it (typically) takes two). Besides, why shouldn’t the guys be tormented by get to partake in the age-old tradition of baby showers? It’s... Read more »

In Western Michigan, Salt of the Earth is a Must-Eat

In Western Michigan, Salt of the Earth is a Must-Eat
Last weekend the Hubby and I took an impromptu (as in, picked the city/booked the B&B 10 hours before heading out) trip to South Haven, Michigan. It was quaint, it was quiet, and it was beautiful. The perfect mini fall getaway. On Saturday night, after a 20-mile bike ride that afternoon (seriously, I could barely... Read more »

Common Threads' Cook-Off: A Recap

Common Threads' Cook-Off: A Recap
Chicago’s best chefs faced off Wednesday night at Common Threads’ Third Annual Cook-Off, cooking (and competing for votes) in one of four categories: in a shell, on a dish, in a glass, or on a stick. The competition was stiff, with chefs dishing out creative — and delicious — takes on the theme. It was... Read more »
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Common Threads' Cook-Off Event

Common Threads' Cook-Off Event
I’ve been looking forward to Common Threads’ Cook-Off event all summer, and it’s finally here — this Wednesday night at Fulton’s on the River! Join us and vote on dishes created by Chicago’s best chefs while raising money for a great cause. Tickets are still available!

Belly Shack: A Unique Concept with Decent Execution

Belly Shack: A Unique Concept with Decent Execution
Tucked under the rumble of the Western Blue Line station, Belly Shack serves fast-food style Asian-Latin American fusion with a Korean bent. It’s a small space, where customers order menu items by number at the counter, and then either take food to go or eat at one of the few dimly lit tables. The atmosphere... Read more »

Brisket for the (High) Holidays

Brisket for the (High) Holidays
Growing up, brisket was synonymous with the Jewish high holidays, especially when Grandma was cooking. Over the past few years, though, I’ve noticed that brisket seems to be, shall we say, off-trend. And for really no good reason; insofar as meat goes, it’s relatively cheap per pound, it’s not a complicated dish to prepare, and... Read more »
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Grilled Vegetable Pizza, aka the “Triple Threat” of a Homemade Dinner

Grilled Vegetable Pizza, aka the “Triple Threat” of a Homemade Dinner
The other night, while I was wrapping up some work, the hubby pulled together one of the best meals I’ve had all summer, grilled vegetable pizza. Our sweet banana pepper (yes, just one, but we are some very proud sweet banana pepper parents) was finally ripe and we had a bunch of fresh basil. Such... Read more »