Tag: Unique Food

Healthy Eating in Vietnam

Healthy Eating in Vietnam
I just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Southeast Asia, including some time in Vietnam. And let me tell you, Vietnam is totally a healthy eating nut’s dream. There are the freshest of fruits and vegetables everywhere, and, even better, the Vietnamese are not shy about incorporating these ingredients into their dishes and... Read more »

Ombra: A Neighborhood Gem Serving Fine Northern Italian Cucina

Ombra: A Neighborhood Gem Serving Fine Northern Italian Cucina
While great Italian restaurants seem nearly ubiquitous in Chicago, great Italian restaurants serving food from the Tre Venezie region (think Verona and Venice) are not. Fortunately for us, there’s Ombra, the Andersonville restaurant serving delectable dishes inspired by Northern Italian flavors. Every last detail of the restaurant is thoughtfully executed without being fussy. The salvaged... Read more »

Thank You, Trenchermen!

Thank You, Trenchermen!
A big, hearty thank-you-very-much to Trenchermen for organizing the perfect birthday celebration for the hubby and me last Saturday night. Leading up to the event, Trenchermen (and Telo) were absolutely great to work with and super flexible when working out details. The night of, Andrew and Danny took brilliant care of us, making sure that... Read more »
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A great Chicago mystery: why is Frog n Snail not more popular?

A great Chicago mystery: why is Frog n Snail not more popular?
The truffle dumplings are transformative. If you remember nothing else from this post (and why would you?), remember this: dumplings = amazing. If they served pasta in heaven, this is what it would be. Small, satisfyingly chewy dumplings with a cheesy-like filling tossed with perfectly cooked cauliflower and aromatic leeks. The hubby and I had... Read more »

A Belated Valentine’s Day at Tango Sur

A Belated Valentine’s Day at Tango Sur
This year, the hubby and I celebrated Valentine’s Day a bit late. I was in Cincinnati for work, and he was working 90+ hours on the job. Totally romantic, right (insert eye roll here)? While he was working, I got spend Valentine’s Day with our adorable 6-year-old niece who lives in Cincinnati. She took me... Read more »

Super H Mart has changed my world (and other tales from suburbia)

Super H Mart has changed my world (and other tales from suburbia)
Last Sunday, the hubby and I found ourselves in unfamiliar territory: the Chicago suburbs. We were meeting some friends for brunch, including the author of the book City of Exiles – coming out this week. It’s the sequel to the Icon Thief, which I loved, and I cannot wait to read the next book. (Yes, shameless plug,... Read more »
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Like tea and talking to interesting people? Go to Madame ZuZu’s.

Like tea and talking to interesting people? Go to Madame ZuZu’s.
In a land where coffee and tea shops are overly commercialized and mass produced comes 1930s style Chinese tea house Madame Zuzu’s in Highland Park (that’s near Ravinia for all you city folk). The vibe is chill and somewhat quirky — intricate red and black wallpaper, ostrich feathers, a black stand-up piano, and a cabinet... Read more »

LuxeHome’s Chill 2012

LuxeHome’s Chill 2012
Picture this: you’re at the Merchandise Mart with showroom after showroom of the highest of the high-end kitchens and bathrooms. The toilet (remote controlled, of course) is a mortgage payment; the kitchen costs as much as your house. Everywhere you look, there are lust-worthy fixtures, tiles, countertops, ranges, etc…. Now imagine that each of these... Read more »

When You Go to Girl and the Goat, You Get the Whole Goat

When You Go to Girl and the Goat, You Get the Whole Goat
Girl and the Goat.  It is so dang hyped. Everyone loves it. Everyone loves Stephanie Izard. Blah, blah, blah love fest. Well, there’s a reason for it, my friends, and that’s because Girl and the Goat is freakin’ amazing. Totally off the charts, worth-all-the-buzz spectacular. Not only is the food top-notch, but the service is... Read more »
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The Savoy: A Fresh Take on the Raw Bar…and Absinthe

The Savoy: A Fresh Take on the Raw Bar…and Absinthe
I don’t often rave about a restaurant. One, it would be disingenuous, and two, it would be annoying. But newly opened Wicker Park raw, seafood, and absinthe (legal) bar, The Savoy, deserves an unabashed rant. It is excellent. And reasonably priced. So here goes…. Executive chef Brian Greene (who could not have been sweeter when... Read more »