5 August 2012 · 2 comments

From last week’s market to this week’s, tomatoes came in like gangbusters. Does it get any better than this? Twenty-three varieties of cherry and 35 heirloom tomatoes from Leaning Shed Farm, where owners Dave and Denise Dyrek go crazy in planting all sorts of varieties with names you’ve never heard of. A new one this […]



29 July 2012 · 4 comments

I like a good chocolate chip cookie or brownie, but if given a choice, I am way more interested in trying new kinds of pastry. That’s why I’ve been thrilled recently to have come across kouign-amann not only once, but twice, in Chicago. More about where in a minute. The first time I tried this […]


Gemini Bistro

30 June 2012 · 0 comments

Come summer and warm nights, everyone in the city of Chicago wants to eat outside making it nearly impossible to snag a dinner reservation on short notice. But after calling a half a dozen restaurants mid-week, my friend A.  landed a prime-time 8:00 pm reservation this past Saturday at Gemini Bistro. Open more than two […]