Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Banana Bread French Toast from Dixie Kitchen


I’m still lamenting the loss of the Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop in Hyde Park, but the other location – in Evanston – is still humming along. Incidentally, they also have a second location in South Suburban Lansing. The restaurant serves three meals a day, but on weekends, they offer a few extra items, such as banana bread French toast. ‚ Jammed with an intense banana flavor, and capped by a snowy mountain of freshly-whipped cream and a handful of caramelized bananas, this weekend treat could be a delicious habit.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Men’s Book Chicago, Top 10 Pizzas

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click on the story to read more about 10 of my favorite pizzas in Chicago

Monday, October 1, 2012

Chicago Gourmet Rides Again

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Gorgeous day for eating, drinking and learning on the Great Lawn

Organizers couldn’t have dialed up a better weekend for Chicago Gourmet. With crisp, slightly warm weather and clear skies, the city never looked better, as more and more VIPs made their way here for two days of classes, tastings and seminars with some of the city’s top food talent. The festivities kicked off Friday night, on the roof of the Harris Theater, for the Hamburger Hop. Read More

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Chicago Tribune (Sunday Travel Section)

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click on the image to read my story about Portland’s food cart scene, with a sidebar on ice cream shops


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Beer of the Week: A Grand Cru from Belgium

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I had never heard of a beer deemed “Grand Cru.” I had always thought that term applied to a region or wine with a special designation. But this week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper is going crazy for a very special bottle from St. Feuillien, produced by one of the world’s few female brewmasters. This Belgian doesn’t have to be kept in storage for some special occasion. It’s ready to drink now. Cheers!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Burek from Beograd Cafe


Before you know it, it’s going to be steady sweater weather. Enter your perfect antidote: hearty burek, which – depending on where you’re from – hails from either Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia and/or Bosnia.  The Beograd Cafe on Irving Park is a reliable hangout for off-duty construction workers and coffee-sipping ex-pats, and nearly every table has a sturdy, doorstop-worthy plate of burek on it. I’d recommend bringing a friend to help you polish one off.