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The celebrity New York chef travels the world to discover its most exotic dishes. You can catch him on the Travel Channel's "No Reservations," now in its seventh season. Here he offers his view of the Midwest's culinary landscape. Q: On "No Reservations,...
Special to the TribuneFor Chris Kurinsky, living in Chicago means access to the lakefront in a neighborhood that provides nightlife options beyond plastic beer cups. Five years ago, he found all that and more when he moved into his one-bedroom condo loft in the Fulton River...
Drive far enough for your radio presets to go fuzzy, where newspaper boxes and area codes look unfamiliar, and your car ride can now be deemed a road trip. An hour from downtown Chicago is that placid slice of northern Indiana and southwestern...
Tags: Tomatoes, Pizzas, Lifestyle and Leisure, Carl Sandburg, Travel
Tribune reporterPaul Kahan is the opposite of an enigma. He is easily explained. He is pleased by simple pleasures. He defines his life by four pillars: chef, record-store geek, husband, law-abiding citizen. Everything else is noise. In judgment, he renders halfway...
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade, or so the adage goes. The clever tippler knows to take that pragmatic advice one step further: Give those lemons a twist — be it a clever garnish, an unexpected flavor pairing or, even, a bright shot of...
Tags: Chicago Restaurants, Lemons, Oranges, Cucumbers, Wines
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had dinner at upscale Mexican restaurant Mercadito Monday while in Chicago for NATO. And as you would expect, he had plenty of company. Besides the Prince's table of seven, the large...
RedEyeThe Taste of Chicago is bringing back its Celebrity Chef du Jour series with a fresh line-up of big-name local chefs. Featured chefs for the fine-dining experience include Rick Bayless, Carrie Nahabedian, Giuseppe Tentori, Gale Gand, The Hearty Boys and...
Here's something you may not know about Open Table, the predominant online restaurant reservations system: When you book a table through the Open Table website, the restaurant is charged $1 per seated guest — so if you show up as a foursome, that'...
Chicago ShoppingWhen Sarah Jessica Parker announced a couple of months ago that she had ditched Manolos for more sensible shoes, fashionistas everywhere died a little. After all, Parker shot to super-stardom based off her fashion-obsessed “Sex and the City”...
Graham Elliot is hot. The much-decorated chef owns three Chicago restaurants and will be inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame in two weeks. He shares screen time with Joe Bastianich and Gordon Ramsay judging "MasterChef" (just renewed for a...
The question for me is whether Blackbird is a four-star restaurant with three-star amenities, or a three-star restaurant with four-star cuisine. For though the food at this 14-year-old restaurant is exemplary (more on that in a moment), there are aspects...
Who eats: This West Loop dining room pulls in business types, a surprising number of students and the occasional mild-mannered reporter. Why eat: Blackbird is one of the finest restaurants in the country (multiple James Beard nominations) as well as...
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