Category Archives: Chicago


Lao Sze Chuan, Take II

I wrote my first review of Lao Sze Chuan back in February of this year. In short, I had been looking for what I considered a good Chinese restaurant since Ben Pao closed a couple years ago. […]

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Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue, Chicago

It was 4th of July Weekend in Chicago and the weather was beautiful. Valeria was busy on Saturday afternoon and I was in the mood for an All-American lunch. BBQ ribs would certainly fill the […]

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A Taittinger Champagne Dinner at Sepia

I love Champagne. Real Champagne. Capital “C” Champagne from the region of the same name in France. To my taste, almost all of the great wines that France has given the world have been equaled […]

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Oriole Flies High in the Culinary Sky

There’s a new restaurant in town that will almost certainly join the ranks of the Michelin-starred best. It’s named in homage to Baltimore and is quite a challenge to find even with a state-of-the-art GPS or […]

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Martini Bar, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago

I am a foodie. When I go out to dinner, I love ★★★ Michelin restaurants, 12-course tasting menus, and a different fine wine with each course. But not always. Sometimes Valeria and I just want to […]

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Michael Jordan’s Steak House—An Update

It has been almost a year and a half since I wrote a full report on Michael Jordan’s Steak House in Chicago. You can read those witty words and admire the fine food fotography by clicking […]

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Valentine’s Day Part 2: Martians, Venusians and Beatrix

Loyal followers of this blog will have already read Valentine’s Day Part 1: Cards, Flowers and The Kitchen. What? You are not a loyal reader? That’s OK. Go read Part 1. I’ll wait. For some of […]

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Lao Sze Chuan, Chicago

Restaurants come and go. Some very quickly, some after decades of service. Some you never miss, some you still think about years later. Our favorite Chinese restaurant in downtown Chicago was Ben Pao. I should […]

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GT Fish & Oyster Bar, September 2015

I can’t believe it has been over year since our last visit to GT Fish & Oyster Bar. Surely you all remember the amazing blog article I wrote about it then. It’s a terrific place […]

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Brindille, Chicago, May 2015

Some of you may remember that Valeria and I loved a little restaurant called Henri. It was a quiet oasis of French elegance – with no French stiffness or pretensions – on Michigan Avenue. Alas, […]

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