To "What's your favorite restaurant?" I usually answer "Birrieria Zaragoza on Pulaski," because that place, which specializes in stewed goat meat, is one of the few places I've ever gone to more than once. Now, there's a Birrieria Zaragoza in Melrose Park. Huzzah!
At the National Restaurant Association show, I'd availed myself of a few sample products from several vendors. In the course of the day, I tried a bottle of Five-Hour Energy drink that was offered by a pleasant, chatty gal who had obviously been sampling her product throughout the day.
If you went to the Cheney Mansion sale, and you were disappointed that you couldn't pick up the usual vegetable plants, you can donate and help contribute to the new green house. Details will be up soon on cheneymansion.com.
Although Eric Larson has left the building, the spirit is still there behind the cheese counter, at the registers and in the café. I'm sorry to see him go, but I'm very glad that the market and café looks like it will be around a while.