Not quite a year ago, I almost moved to Oak Park. And now, even though I think it was the right decision not to go, every now and then, I think of what it might have been like to live there, especially when I have weekends like this last one. Saturday morning, I met my […]
Within the first few hours I spent in Athens, I got some chicken souvlaki from a fast-food stand—was it called Pita Pan?—for a few dollars, and, maybe it was the jet lag or the excitement, but that pita was the best thing I’d eaten in a long while, char-grilled marinated meat on soft pita, with […]
After visiting my friends, as a last-minute necessity, I ended up meeting my parents at their cabin in Wisconsin late Tuesday night before heading home the next morning. This, conveniently, gave me just enough time to remember all the things I love about their cabin, which I probably won’t be able to see again for […]
When you go to Red Mango in downtown Naperville, by all means sample the Green Tea frozen yogurt. It’s one of two kinds available (the other being Original) and sounds absolutely refreshing, especially on a hot day like it was on the afternoon of the Riverwalk Art Fair. Just walking down the street had me […]
If, under some sort of food tyranny, I were forced to choose only one of the three meals in a day, ever after to eat solely breakfast, lunch or dinner, I wouldn’t flinch: breakfast. Don’t get me wrong: a great pizza pie or an amazing cookie are practically food groups unto themselves, and I’d miss […]
On the first floor of Fifth Avenue Station, tucked behind the elevators that lead to upper offices and loft apartments, Cafe Buonaro’s is a rare find in downtown Naperville, just steps from the Metra: it’s a family-owned Italian restaurant, and it’s not a chain. Everyone in the suburbs seems to know Naperville, ranked by Money […]
In the world of writing, they say you should never judge a book by its cover. Well, in the world of food, the same goes for restaurants. Set in a strip mall on 63rd Street, just past the Target when you’re headed east to downtown Downers Grove, Bok Choy’s neon, red sign, sandwiched between two […]
Step inside Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co, a Lincoln Park landmark, and you enter a dimly lit, wood-heavy restaurant that’s, nine times out of ten, packed with people. Those awaiting seating stay in the front area’s benches or move into the glass-enclosed room at front. A man comes by to ask you How Many? and tell you the wait time. He doesn’t write anything down. He’ll remember your face.