Café Spiaggia

6 November 2011 · 0 comments

“Oh, it has been ages since I’ve been,” said two different friends on two different occasions about dining at Café Spiaggia. It has been eons for me, too. Seems like the restaurant has fallen off the radar for many people, and having an above-street-level presence doesn’t make it easily come to mind, either. But in […]


The Purple Pig

21 November 2010 · 0 comments

When I sat down at the only open seat at the counter at The Purple Pig last week for dinner after some shopping on Michigan Avenue, the woman to my left had just started tearing into a huge hunk of pork blade steak. There was no denying she was thoroughly enjoying her meal. By the […]


Take one French home cook’s cookbook and combine it with the cookbook from a highly acclaimed Chicago-based French chef and what do you get? A lively dishing session of sorts called the “Combat des Chefs: with Mireille Guiliano and Chef Jean Joho” held at the Alliance Française in Chicago on Thursday, October 28. The two […]


If you’ve ever eaten any glorious pastries in France, you know what works of art they can be. I’ve always had an appreciation for French pastry, but after watching the documentary “Kings of Pastry” a few weeks ago, I’ll never bite into a pastry in France without having a more profound reverence for the art […]


Floriole Café & Bakery

20 October 2010 · 2 comments

How can I count the ways Floriole’s Sandra Holl has gained a loyal following? Could it be her rustic fruit galettes, sesasonal market fruit crisps, or warm bread pudding made with silky-smooth brioche that Green City Market shoppers line up for week after week? Her mile-high quiches?   Or maybe, like me, it is for the […]



1 June 2009 · 0 comments

Chicago skyline June 2009

Hello. Welcome to my blog. This site is where I record my explorations around Chicago in search of good and interesting things. Much of my emphasis is on food for everyday enjoyment. Not only do I find it fun to check out new food shops, markets, artisans, and restaurants, but I also want to eat […]