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Category Archives: Chicago

Dose Market: a cure for the common shopping experience

This past Sunday I visited the opening of Dose Market, a monthly event featuring Chicago food artisans and fashion designers held at the spacious River East Arts Center. Dose is the brainchild of four local food and fashion mavens, including the Chicago editors of Daily Candy and Tasting Table, and their impeccable tastes were evident [...]

Review: Balsan at the Elysian Hotel

The problem I have with dining at five-star hotels is my sneaking suspicion that I’m not supposed to be there, that the maître d’ will take one look at my scuffed-up shoes and send me over to the pizza joint down the street. It’s this apprehension I feel as I climb the grand staircase to the third floor [...]

wasabigelatine’s 2010 holiday gift guide

As the mom of a 14 month old, I haven’t had the chance to travel since my daughter was born. But we’ve explored quite a bit of Chicago this past year mostly because of an exhausted nursing mom’s constant demands for food. From early morning espresso runs with our newborn last fall to lively dinners [...]

wasabigelatine’s 2009 holiday gift guide

This year, it’s twenty items for $20 or under. Enjoy! Honey and honey mustard gift set – $12, Chicago Honey Co-op.  Located on Chicago’s West Side, Chicago Honey Co-op practices sustainable beekeeping and honey production while providing jobs for the city’s underemployed. This gift set is a great way to sample their products and support [...]

Mini-review: Table Fifty-Two

Table Fifty-Two 52 W. Elm 312-573-4000 Chef Art Smith’s upscale Southern-inspired comfort classics and attentive service warm both heart and stomach. Dinner starts with a savory goat cheese biscuit baked in its own miniature cast iron skillet and ends with an array of decadent desserts to choose from. In between are hearty and familiar yet [...]