Author Archives: DavePruett

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Eddie Merlot’s, Lincolnshire, IL, Sept., 2017

You might not believe it, given all the restaurant reviews I write, but I love cook. During the week, when I am at home in the Chicago suburbs, I cook almost every day. Valeria is […]

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Southern Cut Barbecue, Chicago, July 2017

In the United States, barbecue (long, slow cooking at low temperatures with wood smoke) is generally associated with the Southern states. Texas boasts of its brisket and beef ribs smoked with a flavorful spice rub […]

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Urban Farmer, Portland Oregon, June, 2017

After a weekend of photography in the Alford dessert in the far southeast corner of Oregon, I returned to Portland to overnight before flying home the next day. I have not spent a lot of […]

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Howells & Hood, Chicago, June 2017

Valeria and I have walked by Howells & Hood many times. We often considered making a reservation there, but never did. Reviews often said it was loud, sometimes mentioned poor service, and there was a […]

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Pinstripes, Chicago, June 2017

Have you ever found yourself in the mood for a game of bocce, a few frames of bowling, a drink and maybe dinner? Well, I’ve got the place for you! Pinstripes is a small (currently 7 […]

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Tortoise Supper Club, Chicago, May 2017

The Tortoise Supper Club, as the name will suggest to some of you, attempts to reproduce the atmosphere of the supper clubs that were popular in the 50s (maybe before, but that’s as far back […]

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Le Petit Paris, Chicago, April 2017

Le Petit Paris had been on my list of places to try for a while. I love French Bistro food and it’s only about a 15 minute walk from my place in Chicago. One Sunday […]

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Cuba, Day 2, Part 2: Old Plaza, San Francisco Plaza, El Templete Restaurant

It’s time for us to return to Cuba and continue our exploration of the once largely forbidden (to US citizens, anyway) now somewhat accessible island. Valeria and I traveled with Ross Halleck of Halleck Vineyard […]

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Baptiste and Bottle, Chicago, April 2017

Baptiste and Bottle is a relatively recent addition to the burgeoning craft cocktail-upscale bar food scene in Chicago. I love this niche for nights I don’t feel like a big meal or a fancy place, […]

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A Barge Cruise on the Burgundy Canal, Day 6, Part 3, Farewell

Well, faithful reader, welcome to the 16th and final entry in a series of posts chronicling a cruise down the Burgundy canal aboard European Waterways luxury barge hotel, La Belle Epoque. If you missed any of […]

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