Soccer.. football.. call it whatever you want. But regardless of its many cultural variations, one fact remains constant no matter where you are: Soccer and food go hand in hand.
On Saturday, you can watch a live soccer match and enjoy Spanish food and drink at Cafe Ba-Ba Reeba in Lincoln Park. The restaurant will be showing a La Liga soccer match between rivals FC Barcelona and Real Madrid while offering discounted prices on beer and dishes such as goat cheese croquetas and beef empanadas.
Pintxos are $1 and tapas $3 from kickoff (1 p.m.) until the end of the match. Call the restaurant to make reservations.
Cafe Ba-Ba Reeba
2024 N. Halsted Street
Based on the number of volunteers, sponsors and dudes with walkie talkies roaming around the UIC Forum on Saturday, you’d think Baconfest was something well into its 2nd decade. The celebration of all things porcine (especially cured, smoked and belly-related) was a huge hit, attracting more than 3,000 people and well over 100 chefs. I couldn’t stay the entire day, but from what I saw, they were knee-deep in cured belly and lovin’ it. Seriously, Lipitor should be the premier sponsor next year.
I had no idea what to expect when I walked into the Lookingglass Theater for the first time on Tuesday night. I had read pieces of the most recent reviews, but I have been traveling so much lately, I could barely remember what it was about. I saw the same picture in the press, of Rick Bayless dancing with a black-clad señora, and I knew he was involved in the show from a culinary and creative standpoint, but from what I knew, it sounded like those dreaded words: dinner theater. Lord knows I’ve seen my share of that genre at forlorn places like Chanhassen, Minnesota, where the theater is always more interesting than the food. What I hadn’t counted on seeing was the serious Cirque du Soleil-type acrobatics: Read More
I knew I would run across some cool, crazy stuff on a trip through China, but I had no idea what they would look (or taste) like. I’m not about to step onto Andrew Zimmern’s toes here – I have very little interest in culinary one-upmanship by slamming grubs and other paraphernalia down my gullet – but there was some stuff we couldn’t avoid, including the first “robotic chef” I’d ever seen, at X.E. Flavour in Beijing. The company worked on securing nearly 200 patents for it, and they use it exclusively for their large banquet room. Humans are needed only to measure, weigh and plate. I’m sure the service unions in the U.S. would take some issue with that. There were plenty of other oddities in both the north and the south: Read More
For those of you looking for a place to celebrate Passover this weekend, two restaurants not commonly known for their Jewish cuisine will be offering traditional dinners in observance of the holiday.
Joe’s Stone Crab will be hosting a Passover dinner from 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7. The $45.95 three-course meal features dishes such as homemade gefilte fish, chopped liver, braised beef brisket and lemon-herb chicken breast. The meal ends on a sweet note with chocolate macaroon pie. Call Joe’s Stone Crab for further details or to make a reservation.
French bistro Mon Ami Gabi will also offer holiday meals on the same nights from 5-10 p.m. Traditional selections, including matzo ball soup and latkes, will be available both dine-in and carry-out. Meals are $36.95 for adults and $15.95 for children 12 and under. Call Mon Ami Gabi to make reservations or place a carry-out order.
60 E. Grand Ave.
2300 N. Lincoln Park West
A big, porky congratulations to Brian Lambrecht, winner of two tickets to this year’s Baconfest, which happens on April 14th at the UIC Forum. Brian and a guest will also take home a snazzy hat and t-shirt from the event. How come? Well, mainly because Brian and his pork posse put together this creative, original video, based on a Lady Gaga song, that had us laughing out loud.
Way to go Brian, and hope to see you there!