Category: Food

Ten Great Tastes You Won't Find at the Taste of Chicago

Sushi leaving you with a fishy taste in your mouth? Why not give Frushi from Orange With A Peel a try! Made with fresh fruit with coconut rice, frushi is the perfect start to your breakfast and is vegan-friendly to boot!
Follow @RunningJayhawk to keep tabs on all That’s Awesome! I make it no secret among my friends just how much I detest the Taste of Chicago. While I think the concept is pretty cool, the thought of cramming tens of thousands of people in a small space as they gorge themselves on traditionally unhealthy, overpriced... Read more »

Have You Seen The New Boston Market?

...and really, who doesn't like having someone else clean up after them?
Several years ago, I used to live on the 1400 block of North Wells, right in the heart of Old Town. I was spitting distance to a handful of wonderful watering holes and pricey, fun boutiques and a quick commute into the loop. What more could a poor college grad want? Food that won’t break... Read more »

Celebrate International Bacon Day!

When River North hot spot, Xoco, launched their Mexican Soft Serve, ice cream lovers across the city became giddy with anticipation. Imagine their surprise to find an affordable gourmet dessert (less than $5) under the name of maple-pecan-bacon-streusel topped with salted caramel sauce...I like to call this "awesomeness with a spoon" for short. With a mouthful of a name, you know you'll get more than a mouthful in taste.
I’m going to come right out and say it…bacon is the new black.  We all should have something wonderful to celebrate today. And not just because this weekend we’re celebrating the Labor Day holiday. Did you know that today is International Bacon Day? It just so happens to be the first Saturday before Labor Day... Read more »

Cupcake Porn.

<i>Photo by Dawn Woodcox. </i>
Last night as the hubs and I were talking, I subtly mentioned that for our anniversary (which is Saturday), he should surprise me with some awesome cupcakes. I’m a chick with a notorious sweet tooth who can bake like a fiend, but have never actually succumbed to the temptation of the ever popular gourmet cupcake.... Read more »

BACONPALOOZA: 101 Awesome Bacon Products You Can't Miss!

BACONPALOOZA: 101 Awesome Bacon Products You Can't Miss!
Over the past few years, it’s hard to deny that bacon has been catapulted into the limelight. Bacon can now be found in practically everything. Sales of bacon have been sizzling. Swine-related novelty gifts are on the rise. As are memberships to Bacon of the Month and various Bacon Lovers clubs online.  And do you... Read more »

Eating Your Way Through Fleming's Steakhouse &amp; Wine Bar on a Budget

Eating Your Way Through Fleming's Steakhouse &amp; Wine Bar on a Budget
Earlier this week, I was invited to a media event for Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar to taste samples from their menu and experience a few wine pairings. Led by Operating Partner Curtis Nordeen and Chef Partner Jerl Griffin (alumni of the Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago), the duo introduced us to their... Read more »

Belgian Beer Tasting at the Chicago French Market's Frietkoten

Beer lovers unite and start your weekend early! Frietkoten at the Chicago French Market is hosting a Belgian beer and fry tasting this Thursday night (8/5) from 4:30 until 7:30 (131 N. Clinton). For just $15 (at the door), you get to sample 6 different Belgian beers from their menu and indulge in the awesomely delicious... Read more »

Join Eli's Cheesecake 30th Birthday Celebration

Last year's cake was so large, it had to be brought out on a forklift!
This Saturday the insanely delicious Eli’s Cheesecake is turning 30 and you’re invited to join in the celebration! Starting at 1pm during the The Taste of Chicago at the Buckingham Fountain, Eli’s Cheesecake will unveil their awesome 2,000 pound cheesecake featuring layers of their famous four cheesecake flavors from 1980: original  plain, chocolate chip, pineapple... Read more »

Succumbing to Late Night Cravings

You know what’s awesome? Giving in to late night cravings.  It’s not something I do very often, so on the rare occasions I do cave, I tend to make it count. And by count, I mean it’ll usually increase my daily caloric intake by at least 30-40%. Yeah. I’m that bad. But sometimes, it’s good... Read more »

Ten Awesome "Tastes" You Shouldn't Miss at The Taste

Ten Awesome "Tastes" You Shouldn't Miss at The Taste
The Taste of Chicago is upon us once again, dear friends. Starting tomorrow, Chicagoans and tourists alike will flock en mass to Grant Park tomorrow to gorge themselves on delicious food, ignore ever-expanding waistlines, and brave the unrelenting heat and crowds (and rain…because clearly we haven’t had enough of it the past week). Should you... Read more »