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Category Archives: Shops

Trader Joe’s to pull imported Chinese products

In response to customer concerns, Trader Joe’s will phase out the sale of single-ingredient items from China by April 1. From latimes.com: Food safety experts said there was cause for concern. They cited the application in China of excess or dangerous pesticides, improper use of sewage for fertilizer and the use of illegal antibiotics in [...]

Neal’s Yard Dairy

I love cheese, and over the past few years I’ve been enjoying Neal’s Yard Dairy cheeses thanks to the great selection at Fox & Obel. Neal’s Yard Dairy sells artisanal cheeses from England and Ireland of all sorts — cow, goat, sheep, raw, pasteurized, hard, runny — any cheesy characteristic one could dream of. We [...]

Wine and flowers at A.Vision

Last week I mentioned a wine and candles event; this week — and every week — it’s wine and flowers at A.Vision, a wine and floral shop in Ukrainian Village. The minimalist yet cozy little space offers just a few types of flowers at any given time, but the selection is well-curated to complement the [...]

More is more – new food and wine stores in the South Loop

A gigantic new Whole Foods Market has just opened in the South Loop at Roosevelt and Canal. At 55,000 square feet, it’s the largest Whole Foods in the city and includes such features as a ten-seat Asian noodle and sushi bar, a gelato station, and an in-house meat smoker. But we’re most impressed with the [...]

Wine 101

There’s an excellent article in this week’s NYT Dining & Wine section about wine — specifically, how to learn about wine. I highly recommend reading the article, but for you lazies out there, here’s a summary of what Eric Asimov had to say: 1. The best way to learn about wine is to drink it. [...]