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You are what you (and your microbiome) eat, scientists say

You may know there’s a whole world that lives inside you. Not just you, but each of us. Your microbiome, not to be confused with a biodome, is in fact an ecological system dependent on the food you eat. “The microbiome is the sum total of bacteria, fungi and viruses that live inside our body,”...

Eat This: Why you should be eating conservas

Hearing the words “canned fish” conjures images of gray, salty chunks of fish floating in water, waiting to be tossed with jiggly globs of mayo and too-big chunks of celery. Time to banish those thoughts. Known as conservas in Spain and Portugal — doesn’t that already sound better than canned?...

Black-as-night charcoal lattes claim detoxing properties

Forget fairy toast and unicorn Frappuccinos. It’s time to embrace the darkness. Charcoal lattes as black as night are being spotted around town, but there’s more to them than their dramatic presentation: Charcoal can be loosely tied to ancient medicinal uses. “The whole premise of a charcoal latte...

Chicago Restaurant Week guide: Phil Vettel's list of best bets

In 2008, Chicago’s very first Restaurant Week featured 35 restaurants. The 11th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, which begins Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 8 (yes, it lasts two weeks) boasts more than 370 city and suburban participants. I’d call that a success story. It’s a great way to entice diners,...

Sun Wah BBQ to receive coveted 2018 James Beard America's Classics award

Sun Wah BBQ, the Uptown Chinese restaurant best known for its duck feast, will receive one of the five coveted 2018 James Beard America's Classics awards, the foundation announced today. “We’re still trying to get over the shock,” said Kelly Cheng, general manager, whose parents Eric and Lynda...

Philly-style sandwich chain Taylor Gourmet opening Monday, giving out free hoagies

To celebrate its first Chicago location, Taylor Gourmet is giving away free hoagies and donating a portion of proceeds to a local charity. The restaurant, which opens 10:30 a.m. Monday, will give out free hoagies to the first 50 customers, while a portion of opening-week sales will benefit After...

Farmer's Fridge introduces two new grain-based bowls

Chicago-based Farmer’s Fridge, known for selling fresh salads and breakfast goods out of vending machines, is adding two grain-based bowls to its, erm, menu for those days when you need something heftier. “I love salad, but I eat Farmer’s Fridge on average more than once a day, so it’s a great...

What you need to know about how oak barrels affect wine

There’s something about a barrel room in a winery. On the surface, it’s just a giant room filled with a bunch of identical wooden barrels stacked in rows. That alone can be an impressive sight, but when you think about what is happening in that room, that’s when the potential and energy of the...

5 things to eat, drink, and do this weekend

If you’re tired of digging your car out of the snow and stomping off the dirty slush before you step into your apartment, check out some of these things to eat, drink and do this weekend to shake off those winter blues. 1. Dia de la Concha is both a celebration of concha, a Mexican sweet bread,...

Top Chicago women chefs push back against industry's culture of sexual harassment

They are, unapologetically, a tough bunch: survivors raised up in a world of literal fire and 16-hour shifts on their feet. They accept, almost without comment, bare-knuckled realities like 60 pounds of bones that have to be dragged up cellar stairs to the kitchen. Or room-size freezers that must...

Why you should be cooking

As my great-aunt June used to tell me, “Your grandfather was a bum. Your father was a bum, and you’re a bum. Get outta my house!” Reading between the lines, what I think she was trying to say, in her own, frothing fashion, was, “Don’t let the good be the enemy of the perfect.” (You got that, too,...

Honey's closes abruptly, lays off staff

Despite an automated phone message saying that Honey’s was closed for renovation and remodeling, a former employee said Wednesday that the entire staff was actually let go last week and that the restaurant, and attached bar concept, The Hive, are closed. Calling the restaurant yields a message...

What to drink with sloppy joes: Wines with fruit and richness

This dish is both savory and sweet, and it’s also pleasantly tangy, so a healthy dose of fruit and richness in a wine is a good bet. Here are a Champagne, a white from Greece and a red from Italy that will stand up to this zesty and busy sandwich, and won’t get lost in the crowd. MAKE THIS Turkey...

Long-awaited Red & White Wine Bar now open in Bucktown

It’s taken some time, but Red & White Wine Bar is finally open. Quietly opened to the public on Jan. 4, the spacious, European-style wine bar adjoins the 10-year-old retail space of the same name. Don’t expect to see the same bottles, though. “Nathan has cellared and stocked cases of precious,...

How to turn tabbouleh into a hefty wintry dish

Food writer is a job description that’s easy to digest. Everyone, it seems, eats. Cocktail in hand, chitchat in air, I’m rarely met with blank stare. That’s a luxury few astrophysicists share. And yet, misconceptions abound. Food writing springs from an affinity, not an affliction. Consider the...

Basil Hayden's adds rye with a hit of port, but don't call it flavored whiskey

Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye is a duck-billed platypus of a spirit that’s a combination of Kentucky rye, Canadian rye and California port. At first glance, you might dismiss it as a flavored whiskey, such as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Liqueur or Jim Beam Kentucky Fire Whiskey. But that’s not quite...

Monteverde wins big at 2018 Jean Banchet Awards

Sarah Grueneberg's Monteverde, the perpetually packed pasta spot in the West Loop, won restaurant of the year at the 2018 Jean Banchet Awards. The Chicago-based awards ceremony took place on Sunday night at Venue Six10, with Michael Muser returning as the host. Muser is the former partner and general...

Ask us anything you've wondered about Chinese cuisine, Chinatown and more

Have you ever had burning questions about Chicago’s robust Chinese culinary history, whether it’s about food traditions, restaurants or cooking recipes at home? Our special project, “What’s the Story?”, solicits questions from readers like you, sending our reporters after answers and stories, such...

It may not cure your cold, but the hot toddy sure can warm your heart

It's January, and all around me in the warren of cubicles, I can hear the human groundhogs wheezing. Sneeze. Hack, hack, hack. Sniffle, sniffle. Sounds I can't quite identify: maybe the office heating system struggling to keep up with the cold, maybe someone's phlegmy lungs. I try to keep my head...

24 foods you can stuff inside a croissant

If you thought walking into a bakery with smell of buttery croissants baking in the oven was drool-worthy, we just upped the ante by taking the crown jewel of Viennoiserie and adding sweet and savory fillings. The final result tastes a whole lot like a juiced-up Toaster Strudel. This croissant...

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