Monday, May 5, 2014

A Trio of Mother’s Day Brunch Options In, Around Chicago

Filed Under: Blog , Brunch , news
Drunken Devils

Bacon-wrapped prunes with Armagnac honey, one of the many dishes at Untitled on Mother’s Day.

There’s no better way to let mom know you appreciate her on Mother’s Day than by taking her out to a nice brunch. This year, a few Chicago-area restaurants are making it easy for you to say “thanks,” by offering special brunch menus and a little something extra for moms.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

A Night of Neapolitan Pizza

Filed Under: Blog , Dinner , news

Eataly and Spacca Napoli will be serving up Neapolitan-style pies for a special, one-night-only menu.

Call it an Italian response to way too much Corona and guac on Cinco de Mayo, and forget the deep dish. On Monday, May 5th, Eataly Chicago and Spacca Napoli are coming together for one night only, to celebrate Neapolitan-style pizza. The event, called “Pizza A Quattro Mani,” will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature a special menu with pies from both Eataly’s Rosso Pomodoro and Spacca Napoli pizza makers. All guests are invited to Eataly’s La Pizza restaurant (43 E. Ohio St.) for the special. Could this be the beginning of an annual Cinco de Nea Festa?

Friday, May 2, 2014

5th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week on Tap

Filed Under: Adult Beverages , Bars , Blog , news



Though Chicago has no shortage of up-and-coming craft breweries, odds are you can’t hit all of them in the span of 10 days. But thanks to Chicago Craft Beer Week, now you can. The fifth annual beer week, presented by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, will take place from May 15th to May 25th throughout the Chicagoland area and will include daily events at the city’s craft brewpubs, breweries and bars. The 10-day celebration, which aims to promote the local craft beer scene, will also feature tap takeovers, beer dinners and pairings at about 300 local venues, including Public House, Blackfinn Ameripub and DryHop Brewers. Read More

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Beer of the Week: Anchor Brewing’s IPA

This week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper is heading west, to San Francisco, home of Anchor Brewing. The legendary brewer has recently come out with its first India Pale Ale (IPA) and he says surprisingly, it’s more subtle than a lot of its west coast brethren. Partly, that’s due to additional malt, which lends a tad more sweetness than what you might be accustomed to for an IPA (and I say hooray, since I’m not a huge IPA fan). Cheers to that.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Vikram Vij Talks About Humble Beginnings, Lamb Lollipops

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Vikram Vij in his namesake restaurant

Vikram Vij in his namesake restaurant (photos: Julia Pelish)



Last Sunday, I wrote about Vancouver’s Vikram Vij, a chef who has spent the past 20 years re-educating Canadians about the nuance of his beloved cuisine, butter chicken be damned. When I was out there, I also recorded a great interview with him, where he goes into more detail about how he began, and then went back into the kitchen with him, to see how he developed his signature dish, lamb “lollipops.” If you have a few minutes, click here to listen to my edited audio interview. Warning: you might get a sudden urge to order in lamb with fenugreek and curried potatoes afterward.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants (according to 910 people)

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#1 in the world. Again.

#1 in the world. Again.

LONDON – For the second year in a row, the top three restaurants in the world have pretty much stayed the same. At a gala reception last night here at The Guildhall in Central London, Copenhagen’s Noma returned to the top spot, knocking El Cellar De Can Roca from Girona, Spain down to #2. Modena, Italy’s Osteria Francescana again remained at #3. As for North America, New York City’s 11 Madison Park moved up one spot to #4, while Chicago’s Alinea jumped six spots to #9, a surprise even to chef/co-owner Grant Achatz. “To be perfectly honest, I did not think we were going to be going up at all, let alone that many spots” Achatz confessed after the awards ceremony. “I didn’t think we’d crack the top ten.” Read More