Category Archives: dinner out

Sister Date: Nightwood

I’ve learned a few things about Chicago restaurants in my time life living here. For one, just because a restaurant is popular does NOT mean that it’s good. Case and point: Rainforest Cafe. Sometimes, little neighborhood places can be much … Continue reading

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Celebrating Spring at Frontera Grill

What do you get when you put two Spanish teachers and three band directors on a train to downtown Chicago on the first day of Spring break? Ok, that’s a really bad start to a really bad joke. Really though, … Continue reading

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A Birthday at Café des Architectes

When Lizz and I were first living on our own, way back in 2003, we would treat ourselves every few paychecks to what we called “grown up dinner.” The requirements were simple: The restaurant had to be a sit-down place, … Continue reading

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Jean Banchet 2012

Here in Chicago, there is an annual award likened to the “Local Emmy’s for Chefs” called the Jean Banchet Awards, named for the renowned Chicago chef. Many months ago, nominations for the annual awards began, and Chicago’s chef and foodie … Continue reading

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Moderno: Beautifully Simple Italian

I get a little excited around birthdays. You all know this about me, right? I tend to go a little crazy, a little overboard, and am genuinely happy to celebrate with family or friends. Family birthdays are particularly fun because … Continue reading

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