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Category Archives: Restaurants

Recipe: Nightwood Restaurant’s Spicy Duck SOPA

In honor of defiance of SOPA, Nightwood Restaurant featured a spicy duck soup (get it?) on its brunch menu last Sunday. The kicker: it came with a copy of the recipe. There was nothing gimmicky about the soup, though. It was a robust broth with serious complexity, redolent of Asian spices and the mysterious funk [...]

wasabigelatine’s 2011 holiday gift guide

Bright stars on coasters and boxes of toffee Soap for your mittens and booze for your coffee Cookbooks with cuisine so mindboggling These are a few of my favorite things this year!   Isn’t it more fun to give out handwritten recipe cards rather than clicking the “send to a friend” button? Rifle Paper Co. [...]

Chowing down at Lollapalooza

Music festivals aren’t exactly known for the food; after all, you’re there to stand under the blistering sun in tropical-level humidity with ten thousand drunk, obnoxious people while you stare at the band you’re listening to on the jumbotron wishing you’d stayed under the covers in your dark, air conditioned bedroom. Or maybe that’s just [...]

Next Restaurant: Paris 1906

I went to a restaurant that serves “breakfast at any time.”  So I ordered French toast during the Renaissance. – Steven Wright Here’s the concept behind Next: Every three months, the restaurant will serve a menu inspired by a specific time and place. It could be anywhere in the world, decades past or years into [...]

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 [...]