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 […]


Plum Kuchen

3 September 2010 · 6 comments

The arrival of late summer finds me biking to Café Selmarie for plum kuchen. One bite reminds me of why it’s worth making the seasonal trek: the simple sweet dense cake cradles sliced, juicy Italian plums curled and tinged from just the right amount of time in the oven. It’s the perfect way to bring […]



5 May 2010 · 0 comments

When it opened last September, expectations were high for Xoco (“little sister” in Aztec), Rick Bayless’s quick-stop, Mexican “street food” eatery offering mainly tortas (sandwiches), salads, and caldos (soups). And so were the lines. Bayless had just won Top Chef Master and anticipation from Chicagoans had climbed after more than a year of waiting for the opening. […]


Another thin-crust pizzeria? I say bring it on. Chicago’s long-running reputation for deep-dish pizza is steadily being eroded by the proliferation of new pizzerias popping out thin-crust creations. When my friend Lisa and I were wondering where to have dinner on this Saturday night, we opted to try the latest newcomer to the Chicago pie […]


Uncommon Ground in Edgewater is not your typical restaurant. You might go there to listen to live, local music nightly in the back room. Or to view the latest local art exhibition on the walls. Or maybe to shop at the organic farmers market in the parking lot on Friday evenings during the summer, and […]

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