Ponte Fresco – Chicago

Ponte Fresco is my special place for fresh chopped salads. I’ve been going there for the past 6 months as frequently as twice a week. My favorite mix greens are spinach and romaine lettuce. I ask to mix into the greens either chicken or salmon, chickpeas, olives, broccoli, artichokes, and sweet peas. All fresh! Then the theatre portion of Ponte … Read More

3rd Coast Chicago, IL

I’m having a very late breakfast at the 3rd Coast on Deerborn & Goethe. I had a western omelette with potatoes and fruit. This place is awesome. The staff is frienly. Its a great neighborhood place.

Tea and scones in London

I know “afternoon tea” isn’t really something Londoners actually do (or have time for!), but I couldn’t resist taking an afternoon out with some friends (none of whom happened to be British, btw) for it. We went to the Orangery at Kensington Gardens, which is a beautiful restaurant: The food came out in courses and not one of those tiered … Read More

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