I plan to keep planting a variety of tomato plants of all colors, but I’ve come to realize, after years of eating hundreds upon hundreds of tomatoes of all colors, that red is really my favorite, not only because it tastes very good but because it looks very good.
Trendier places have come and gone, but Hemmingway’s Bistro keeps doing what it’s always done, holding fast to the more or less traditional bistro format, without fanfare, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Autre Monde opened this summer on Roosevelt in Berwyn, and it’s been drawing a lot of attention from traditional media (Chicago Tribune, TimeOut Chicago) as well as crowd-sourced bulletin boards (LTHForum.com, Yelp). We went there last week and were knocked out by the food.
In Chile a few weeks ago, I stayed at Tierra Atacama, a resort in the northern desert, as well as Antumalal, in the southern territory. Both places were influenced by the work of the Midwest's favorite architect(s).
Perhaps it’s due to the odd preference for white food (white bread, white meat, marshmallow Fluff), or perhaps buckwheat fell out of favor because people just don’t like the taste (unlikely), but whatever the cause, it’s now very hard to get a pancake or waffle made of buckwheat.
In July, I went to visit a few mall-based restaurants with two very trusty dining companions: Mike Gebert and Jennifer Olvera. Gebert won a James Beard award earlier this year for his food videos, and Olvera recently published Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago, a compendium of worthy dining zones in and around our city.
This segment ran on Eight Forty-Eight, WBEZ (91.5) on August 23, 2011.