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Category Archives: Restaurants

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 [...]

Mini-review: Icosium Kafe/Crepe & Coffee Palace

Icosium Kafe 5200 N. Clark 773-271-5233 Crepe & Coffee Palace 2433 N. Clark 773-404-1300 Two names, two locations, double the crepe goodness. These cafes serve sweet and savory crepes with an Algerian twist, such as the Crepe Palace (raisins, pears, and rose water with pistachio ice cream) and the Crepe Marrakech, which includes olive tapenade, [...]

Alinea @ Google

Last month I attended a Google Authors talk featuring Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, chef and co-owner of Alinea.  It was fascinating to hear stories about the creative process behind the inventive food and restaurant concepts. I appreciated the obsessive amount of detail put into every aspect of the dining experience, especially this one: Alinea [...]

wasabigelatine’s 2008 holiday gift guide

…because it’ll be Christmas before you know it. These exquisite animal shot glasses are a far cry from the college logo-emblazoned ones we’re all too familiar with. They’re made of black glass and pewter and are designed to balance on their noses or horns when filled with your beverage of choice. Head side up, they [...]