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Prairie Grass Café, Northbrook, IL, January 2019

As the 2018/2019 Holiday Season was winding to a close, Valeria and I decided to visit the Chicago Botanic Garden. It was a warm day (for January) and we thought t would be nice to […]

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Swift & Sons, Chicago, September 2018

Chicago has a long history of great steakhouses stretching back to 1865. That’s the year the Union Stock Yards opened to slaughter and process farm animals brought in, primarily by rail, from across the country. […]

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Booth One, Chicago, April 2018

Way back on October 1, 1938, a restaurant called The Pump Room opened in a hotel that was then called The Ambassador East. Over the next 40 years or so, virtually every celebrity that passed […]

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Carson’s, Chicago, March 2018

Devoted readers (there must be one out there somewhere! 😀) will remember that I visited the downtown Chicago location of Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue back in July of 2016. I wrote about the experience […]

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Steadfast, Chicago, December, 2017

It was just over a year ago that we paid our first visit to Steadfast, the main restaurant in Chicago’s Klimpton Gray hotel. We enjoyed it, as I wrote here. This year, Valeria, her mom […]

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Empire Steakhouse, New York, November 2017

New York. The Big Apple. The City that Never Sleeps. When people around the world think of a city in the United States it will very likely be NYC. Most foreigners visiting the US want […]

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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 to cook. During the week, when I am at home in the Chicago suburbs, I cook almost every day. Valeria […]

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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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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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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Chicago, April 2017

Valeria and I had eaten at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood not long after it opened. We went before the theater, so we were on a deadline. We did not have a bad experience, nor did […]

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