Healthy Eating Out: Italian

Healthy Eating Out: Italian
When it comes to eating healthy out, Italian food gets a particularly bad rap: pasta and bread and cheese, oh my! But I’m here to tell you that Italian food need not be the forbidden fruit or path straight to dieting hell. Rather, it’s just misunderstood. Strip away excessive American portions and alterations, and Italian,... Read more »

Culinary tourism? In Chicago, it’s not just for tourists.

Culinary tourism? In Chicago, it’s not just for tourists.
Today’s post is a special treat from Marlena Slowik, the Content Manager over at Zerve. She is a self-confessed foodie, ex-Chicagoan, and evangelist for offbeat exploration. Enjoy! There are two things that I know to be true about the Chicago Food Scene: it’s excellent and it’s diverse. Within a short ‘L’ ride from downtown everything from Ethiopian... Read more »

Does the Mug Make the Moscow Mule?

Does the Mug Make the Moscow Mule?
In bars throughout Chicagoland this summer, there is a new(ish) must-have drink: the Moscow mule. Served in a shiny, elegantly cool copper mug, Moscow mules are easy to spot. And they are everywhere. So why are Moscow mules so popular right now? Is it the conspicuous copper mug? Or is it something else? First, a... Read more »
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How to get Jews to Synagogue? Go to Church.

While I absolutely love writing about restaurants and healthy eating, I’ve been known to occasionally rant post about other topics as well. My latest – How to get Jews to Synagogue? Go to Church – has just been published here at the RJ.org blog!     Subscribe to Chewables Chicago! Just type your email address in the... Read more »

Chicago’s Best Happy Hour is at Shaw’s Oyster Bar

Chicago’s Best Happy Hour is at Shaw’s Oyster Bar
If you ever find yourself off work before 6pm, do yourself a favor and head down to the Oyster Bar at Shaw’s Crab House, the famous Chicago institution, for happy hour. It’s the best in Chicago, at least for those of us of a certain age who are more excited by half price oysters than... Read more »

Missing the Mark at Las Tablas Columbian Steak House

I so wanted to love Las Tablas, the long-standing family owned Columbian steak house. And yet, despite some really great food, the hubby and I walked away from Las Tablas feeling an unenthusiastic meh about the whole thing. To start, locating a drink menu proved a daunting task. The first menu was empty, the second... Read more »
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Brunch at Little Goat

Brunch at Little Goat
On a beautiful, summer Sunday morning, the type of morning that is the reason for living in Chicago, I ate outside with friends at Little Goat. For those unaware (do you still exist?), Little Goat is the diner-style sister restaurant to Chef Stephanie Izard’s more refined Girl and the Goat, just across the street on... Read more »

Nature’s Remedies: Our “Healthy” Window Box

Nature’s Remedies: Our “Healthy” Window Box
For the past few summers, I have planted my 3rd floor window box with a different theme. Last year, it was a cocktail garden (see that post here). The year before, brightly colored flowers. This year, I was inspired by two things. First, my indoor aloe plant that was desperate to go outside. And second,... Read more »

Travel-Themed Baby Shower

Travel-Themed Baby Shower
For the globetrotting mama-to-be, coming up with a travel-themed baby shower was easy. And the best part was designing the menu, all based on different places she had been. Here’s what we did…. Oh, and by the way, it’s a girl!
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Our Unsustainable World

Our Unsustainable World
It’s easy to forget how good we have it. When we’re hot, we turn on the air conditioning. When we’re cold, the heat. When we’re thirsty, we drink water – directly from the tap. And when we’re hungry, we go to the supermarket where we purchase products imported from all over the world. Here in... Read more »