Category Archives: Restaurant Reports

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A Holiday Season Dinner at Allium

Several years ago there was a trend for high-end hotels (Ritz, Four Seasons, and the like) to convert their high-end restaurants to something more casual. Some of the conversions were successful, some not so much. […]

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Beatrix, Chicago, November 2016

It was the Sunday after (American) Thanksgiving and Valeria and I had been crazy busy for several days. While our actual Thanksgiving celebration was small, we did a lot of Christmas decorating, Christmas shopping and […]

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Rural Society, an Argentinean Steakhouse

There is a lot for a foodie to love in South America. The restaurants in Lima, Peru put it among the great culinary cities in the world. The wines produced in Chile are delicious and still, […]

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Beatrix, Streeterville, Chicago, Oct., 2016

Valeria and I first visited Beatrix restaurant on Valentine’s Day this year. The menu at Beatrix is largely built of fresh, healthy choices based on fresh juices, vegetables, lean protein and the like, but it also […]

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Steadfast, Chicago, October, 2016

After reading several good reviews of Steadfast, a new fine-dining restaurant in the Klimpton Gray Hotel, Valeria and I decided to pay a visit one crisp October evening. The restaurant is small, seating about 70 people. […]

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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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