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Celebrate Tamale Season

For Thanksgiving, I didn’t grow up eating green bean casseroles, canned cranberry sauce, or soggy bread that was shoved in a turkey cavity and left to cook there. Nope! Thanksgiving meant using ...

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Knife, A Neighborhood Steakhouse

I dine out quite often, but I rarely go to steakhouses. You might assume that’s because I’m a vegetarian or just not a fan of red meat but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I am a hardcore ...

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Take a Gamble on Shishito Peppers

Apparently I’m obsessed with Shishito peppers. I say “apparently” because the amount of times I order them while dining out seems perfectly normal to me, but my friends think it’s excessive. So what ...

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Passport to Paris

When I realized that Bastille Day was coming up this Thursday, July 14, I figured that was a good excuse to indulge in some French food (as if I even needed an excuse)! Bastille Day, for those that ...

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Dinner and a Show at Alinea

The past few months have been a whirlwind of epic meals: birthday dinner at Le Bernadin; Nashville Hot Chicken at its birthplace, Prince’s; rabbit and truffles in a cave in Rome; and salsiccia ...

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Aw Shucks: A Beginner's Guide to Oysters

When I think of summer, I think patios, rose and oysters. Technically, oyster season used to be the complete opposite of summertime (with old adages telling you to only eat them during months with an ...

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Latin Flare at Café Tola

One of the great things about moving apartments is exploring new surroundings. While I have lived in Lakeview for most of my time in Chicago, I seem to pass at least one place every week I haven’t ...

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The Best Burgers in Chicago: VPT

Let's face it; springtime in Chicago hasn’t been the most exciting thus far. With my seasonal allergies acting up, random downpours of rain, and being pelted by snow recently, I really need something ...

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Has Creativity in Food Gone too Far?

One of my favorite things about Chicago is the array of dining options. I love going out and seeing what the chefs of this great city are doing with food. It is exciting to see the creativity that ...

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Recreating my Favorite Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Chicago

Grilled cheese is just one of those things that you just can’t get enough of. It's a comfort food from your childhood that now needs to live up to your adult palate.

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