More cupcakes – Chicago

More more  more —I just delighted in a visual display of the most beautiful cupcakes at More. Kimberly Deason let me try the Salted Caramel moresel which was delicious and savory. More has such lovely and some unusual combinations like almond and apricot, apple gorgonzola, bacon maple, fois gras, potato our cream, strawberry balsamic, sweet pea, and truffled white cheddar. … Read More

Happy Easter Live from Whispers Cafe Chicago

I’m enjoying my Easter not traditional but more of a Zen tradition. I took a casual stroll down State Street, Chicago collecting my thoughts – it was a rough week for me. But the bright sun and brisk air helped me out of my anger and depression. There’s nothing I can do about the past but learn and create a … Read More

Nookies Too Chicago

It was a stormy Sunday afternoon I just needed some comfort food. Nookies Too seemed to be the spot. It was crowded but I didn’t have to wait because there was a sit at the counter. I seated myself next two nice young men. I’m a New Yorker though and though and usually will be the one to strike up … Read More

Schwa – Chicago

Tasting Arctic Char Roe

Amuse is Amused or better yet a symphony for the tongue presented by master chief, Michael Carlson. Every experience at Schwa is probably unique to the patron. For me Schwa is a legendary adventure, where taste makes taste. You have to have an incredible palette to understand the complexities of this type of cuisine. I have never experienced combinations that are art … Read More

Sepia Chicago

Chicago is all about style – not pretentious style, but beautifully well thought out design style. Logically organized and deliberately functional –  there’s nothing wrong with that. I like the simplicity to the interior of Sepia with lovely unique touches like the lighting affects. It’s also where timelines become fused – mixing metaphors from the past with present day ones. … Read More

Bistro 110

I had a lovely afternoon late lunch at the Bistro 110. Nice French cuisine. For something very traditionally French I tried the Cod and potato like a Brandade de Morue, or a cod mousse. It was delicious but as I am quickly learning Chicago restaurants use a lot of salt. I am not sure why there is a need for … Read More

Mac & Cheese – – – Then and Now

Some comfort foods never go out of style, and macaroni and cheese is one of these. I am personally a fan of mac & cheese. In these recessionary times this popular entrée is all the more desirable. It can be said that Mac & Cheese is a recession specialty. Modern renditions can still capture the homey goodness while featuring up-to-the-minute … Read More

Ja’ Grill Chicago

I was looking for something different for Sunday brunch and came across Ja’ Grill on W. Armitage. Ja’ Grill serves up authentic Jamaican cuisine. For brunch I had Jerk Chicken bone-in chicken, dry rubbed with jamaican jerk herbs and spices marinated and finished on a charcoal grill, with Ital stew which consists of callaloo, butter beans, carrots, onions and mixed … Read More

Kamehachi North Brook, IL

I enjoyed a lovely day in North Brook, IL with Elaine Paque and Jeremy Lieb. We had dinner at Kamehachi. This is the Wonderful Maki…it lives up to its name. Roberto, the sushi chef created this Maki masterpiece. He made about a dozen while we were sitting at the sushi bar. I enjoyed watching him use a torch to carmelize … Read More

Ben’s Chili Bowl – Rocks

Ben’s Chili Bowl is one of those special places you have to visit. The oil grilled hotdog with Ben’s famous chili is AWESOME. When you bite into the crispy skin of a Ben’s Chili Dog your tongue is in for a treat. This tactile moment includes crunchiness, spiciness, heat, and all the goodness of premium pork hot dog. Ben’s is … Read More