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Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Chicago's West Loop 

Just on the other side of the river from downtown Chicago is West Loop, which was and remains an active industrial district. The city wears its blue collar proudly, and it was in this neighborhood that organized labor staged a rally in 1886 advocating for the eight-hour work day, an event that devolved into a deadly riot. In recent years, the area has transformed to also house some of the country's...
Uncle Tai’s Chinese restaurant bids farewell to Boca after 32 years

Uncle Tai’s Chinese restaurant bids farewell to Boca after 32 years

 Uncle Tai’s Hunan-style restaurant might as well have been the bustling dining room in a relative’s home. This was especially true around the Jewish holidays, when the Boca Raton institution served as a gathering place for visiting relatives.  There was always on-point hot and sour soup, crispy spring rolls, scallion pancakes and Uncle Tai’s specialty, the crispy...
Paying top dollar for scraps of meat — and bones

Paying top dollar for scraps of meat — and bones

The other night, I grilled a flank steak. It weighed a little less than two pounds. It cost 20 bucks. The meat was delicious, thank you. I marinated it for eight hours in a balsamic vinaigrette and served it on flour tortillas with grilled onions and red peppers. But … but … it cost more than 20 bucks. For flank steak. Flank steak, as the name indicates, comes from the cow’s flank...
A simple treatment for stunning scallops

A simple treatment for stunning scallops

Sea scallops, with their beautiful fan-shaped shells, are prized among the luxury seafoods, along with lobsters and crabs. As with many such things, the simplest preparations are usually the best: My go-to approach with scallops is to pan-sear or grill them, which concentrates their flavor and gives them a crisp exterior. Though very fresh scallops may be eaten raw, sliced thinly as for an Italian...
Old recipes, new format: Spain puts historic dishes on video

Old recipes, new format: Spain puts historic dishes on video

When Spanish conquerors brought home a tomato from the Americas in the 16th century, its red color caused a sensation at the royal court. But because of its resemblance to a poisonous fruit found around the Mediterranean, the tomato was long used only as a table decoration. Not until 1755 did it appear in a savory sauce recipe in a Spanish pastry cookbook written by Juan de la Mata, the pastry chef...
How a small-town pitmaster turned a dying cuisine into the stuff of celebrity

How a small-town pitmaster turned a dying cuisine into the stuff of celebrity

The pit room at Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ feels like a sauna without the steam. An open furnace on the back wall blazes with split logs of red oak and hickory, slowly burning down into coals, which the staff will shovel into five custom-made smokers.  There's no thermometer in the building, which squats behind the airy, sun-dappled restaurant, so Scott can only guess at the temperature. But...
What to do with a perfect avocado

What to do with a perfect avocado

A perfect avocado is a lucky find. Neither granite-hard nor squishably soft, it should yield only slightly when pressed, maintain its integrity when sliced, and feel like butter on the tongue when eaten. Sadly, most of the avocados I bring home fall short in all kinds of fibrous, mushy, black-speckled ways. The mediocre ones get trimmed to salvage the good parts, and then smashed into guacamole, other...
Adorable Dallas-area 7-year-old shares her favorite kid-friendly popsicle recipes

Adorable Dallas-area 7-year-old shares her favorite kid-friendly popsicle recipes

Ellington Young, 7, of Cedar Hill, Texas, loves to help out in the kitchen, making ice pops, pizza and even homemade apple dumplings. For summer, ice pops are her go-to treat. Here she shows us how to make a few recipes and gives other kids tips on how to get started in the kitchen. Fill ice pop container with lemon-lime soda and add about 10 gummy bears or other gummy candy. Freeze overnight. Fill...
This simple sauce is summer's best burger hack, and other tips

This simple sauce is summer's best burger hack, and other tips

The beginning of the summer isn't the only time to get creative with your burgers. I appreciate the home cooks who hold back a trick or two to keep the rest of grilling season interesting. If you're like me, here's a secret weapon to upgrade midsummer burgers, courtesy of chef Chris Kronner: a cheese mayonnaise, which combines the rich creaminess of the condiment with the sharp kick of aged cheddar...
Grits cakes make crispy cushion for spicy shrimp

Grits cakes make crispy cushion for spicy shrimp

Grit is grainy and annoying, as in: What’s that grit on the countertop? It’s grating, as in: Scrubbing the countertop makes me grit my teeth. It honors pluck: That girl’s got grit. Perhaps it could also pinpoint one speck of the breakfast mash and Southern side ground from white corn: grits. But there is no scenario that calls for a single grit. Grits are served in stunning heaps...
Central State’s Table lives up to the easy-drinking style

Central State’s Table lives up to the easy-drinking style

The beer: Table by Central State Brewing (Indianapolis). What it is: Central State calls Table a “rustic blonde ale,” though in beer speak it is a “table beer” — a bright, earthy, low-alcohol ale popular in the Belgian and French traditions meant to appeal to a broad swath of drinkers and pair well with a meal. It’s a wonderful, though sadly unappreciated style...
Revealed: The secret to all cooking

Revealed: The secret to all cooking

The single most important secret in all of cooking is just three words: mise en place. It is apparently one of the first things you are taught in culinary school, and the structure on which all other cooking stands. Mise en place is French for “put in place,” and on a very basic level it means to have all of your ingredients ready and measured out before you begin cooking. If a recipe...
Sangria starters

Sangria starters

EASY ENTERTAINING   MAKE THIS CENTURIES-OLD SPANISH PUNCH EVEN MORE FESTIVE WITH A MIX-YOUR-OWN BAR. FRIENDS CAN LADLE SOME SPIRIT-INFUSED FRUIT INTO A GLASS, ADD SOME WINE AND FINISH WITH A SPLASH OF SODA. SALUD!  SIPPING TIPS   Just-ripe produce means firm bites with a kick at the bottom of your glass. (Yes, the fruit is meant to be eaten.) Pick one of the suggested pairings...
Let this glorious ingredient simply shine

Let this glorious ingredient simply shine

My father, who was born in Italy and left it at the age of 5, never shook off the nation’s famous minimalism in the kitchen. When I was growing up, he cooked zucchini blossoms for me by doing very little to them: He lightly dipped them in beaten egg and Parmesan and then shallow-fried them in olive oil. That’s it. This restraint is a beautiful thing. It creates a rich golden-yellow when...
The smartest no-cook dessert you can make is a fool

The smartest no-cook dessert you can make is a fool

"Fool" might be an odd name for dessert, but it has been served for centuries, and no one is quite sure why it is called that. Making it, though, is a pretty smart thing to do considering how easy it is and the reward of doing so: a delightfully creamy whip, infused with the essence of fresh berries. A traditional British fool is made with a custard or an all-whipped cream base, but this...
Julia Child Foundation honors Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken

Julia Child Foundation honors Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken

In 1995 Julia Child created a foundation to bestow grants in the culinary field, and in 2015 the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts began giving awards to those who have made a difference in the American food scene. This year’s winners, who will receive $50,000 for a charity of their choosing, are Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill, who have been a restaurant...
Lake Worth’s Callaro’s Steak House sells for $1.4 million

Lake Worth’s Callaro’s Steak House sells for $1.4 million

Callaro’s Steak House, the downtown Lake Worth restaurant formerly occupied by L’Anjou, was sold for $1.4 million on July 13 to a company based in Philadelphia. “I did it because they were frequent customers in the restaurant and they loved the staff and loved everything about the restaurant,” said Danny Callaro, a managing member of the site on 717 Lake Ave. “It...
‘I swear I’m an adult.’ Starbucks banning plastic straws — but you can have a sippy cup

‘I swear I’m an adult.’ Starbucks banning plastic straws — but you can have a sippy cup

If you were like many other kids, you probably stopped drinking from a sippy cup when you were 3 or 4 years old — and you probably never had coffee in your spill-proof cup. But times have changed. Now years later, it’s time to accept that you may need to start drinking from a sippy-cup-like lid again, even while drinking coffee and tea. As part of a global movement to reduce the amount...
How to transform a bakery croissant into something marvelous

How to transform a bakery croissant into something marvelous

Somehow, I got it in my head that almond croissants were for kids; that grown-up connoisseurs would stick to the plain buttery crescents. And so I put away those sweeter childish things. But we all have moments of weakness. Pilates strengthens my core, but it does little for my willpower. A while back, on my way home from class, I stopped at a bakery and found myself ogling a croissant generously...
Ceviche is the refreshing, no-cook fish dish you need this summer

Ceviche is the refreshing, no-cook fish dish you need this summer

Raw fish is a hard sell for some people, and I'll admit it had been for me at one point. That aversion can be a turnoff when it comes to something like sushi. Ceviche, however, is a good intermediate step for the raw fish skeptic, because of its preparation. Like its Japanese cousin, this South American specialty consists of unheated seafood that is allowed to shine. I say unheated, because it is...
In Mexican town, Coke is everywhere. So is diabetes.

In Mexican town, Coke is everywhere. So is diabetes.

Maria del Carmen Abadía lives in one of Mexico’s rainiest regions, but she has running water only once every two days. When it does trickle from her tap, the water is so heavily chlorinated, she said, it’s undrinkable. Potable water is increasingly scarce in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a picturesque mountain town in the southeastern state of Chiapas where some neighborhoods...
One man’s journey from Iranian sailor to candy store poet

One man’s journey from Iranian sailor to candy store poet

A young filmmaker named Arya Ghavamian recently visited Ray’s Candy Store in the East Village neighborhood of New York with his camera. Behind a worn blue counter, a teenage girl slathered melted cheese onto a hot dog for a customer. The narrow fluorescent-lit shop opened on Avenue A in 1974, and it is cluttered with old radios, ice cream machines and hand-drawn signs advertising treats like...
When Eton mess gives you extra yolks, whip them up into ice cream

When Eton mess gives you extra yolks, whip them up into ice cream

I make ice cream when I crave Eton mess — that lovely pile of broken meringue, whipped cream and strawberries so beloved in the U.K. This convoluted cooking happens to me often — an ingredient left from one project prompts another. Egg yolks left over from making the meringues for the Eton mess mean custard or eggnog or, in this case, ice cream. First, let’s talk about Eton mess...
Can craft brewers make good light beer? Our tasting pits them against Bud, Miller, Coors, more

Can craft brewers make good light beer? Our tasting pits them against Bud, Miller, Coors, more

It’s official. Craft beer is better. Or, at least craft beer is often more nuanced and interesting than Big Beer and made with better ingredients that extract superior results. There was no other conclusion after reassembling our panel of brewers from last summer’s macro beer tasting to taste 15 light lagers blind. Five of the 15 could be considered craft beers; four of them finished in...
Savor cuisine, view at Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House

Savor cuisine, view at Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House

MENU Appetizers, soup, salads, seafood, steaks, chicken, pasta, desserts. Sandwiches, burgers, tacos and meatloaf also available at lunch. ATMOSPHERE A tropical oasis overlooking the Indian River and Outrigger Harbour Marina, this is the former resort of movie star Frances Langford, whose celebrity photos still hang at the entrance. Beautiful wooden walls and ceiling beams abound, and a majestic stone...
Enjoy food, brews, vibe at West Palm Beach Brewery

Enjoy food, brews, vibe at West Palm Beach Brewery

MENU The typical brewpub model involves a food truck out back, but West Palm Beach Brewery and Wine Vault takes a more formal approach to food service. The microbrewery operates a full kitchen that serves pizza, wings, salads, tacos and sandwiches. Pizzas cost $12 to $16. The charcuterie plate is the most expensive item at $20. Beer remains the main attraction — West Palm Beach Brewery serves...
This spicy Middle Eastern condiment is finally getting the attention it deserves

This spicy Middle Eastern condiment is finally getting the attention it deserves

The sauce might be red, or green. It might have mint, or jalapeño, or fenugreek, or parsley. It might be called zhug, or zhough, or s'hug, or sahawiq, or daqqus. But it's all the same thing: a spicy Middle Eastern condiment that, at long last, is getting its due in the United States. Zhug, the Hebrew word for the sauce, and sahawiq, one of the Arabic words for it, originated in Yemen, but it...
Could you make it through dinner without checking your phone?

Could you make it through dinner without checking your phone?

When Marc and Kara Lyons take their family out for a nice dinner, they typically hand their two sons cellphones to play games and watch YouTube videos. Sometimes, the parents grab the devices back to check their own email and text messages. But on a recent night at Hearth, an Italian-inspired restaurant in the East Village, the boys, 5 and 7, colored on blank white paper with crayons. Their parents...
Here's what we learned about buying and cooking beef after spending time with Niman Ranch

Here's what we learned about buying and cooking beef after spending time with Niman Ranch

Not everyone would be clicking their heels at the invitation, but I was over the moon. It was a personal invite to join the Niman Ranch Senior Executive Angus Beef Education Conference and Tour in Sabetha and Manhattan, Kan., in May.  I had been included the year prior in their Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner Weekend in Iowa, where I had taken a crash course in naturally raised pork. The idea...
Greece is the word: Food for the immortals

Greece is the word: Food for the immortals

Yes, the recipe for moussaka has 25 ingredients. No, I never run recipes that long, because who has the time? — To be honest, when I decided to write about the food of Greece I wasn’t even thinking of including a recipe for moussaka, because it is too obvious a choice. Most everyone who wants to make moussaka already has a recipe for it. — But then I saw that the recipe came from...
How to take your fruit salad from boring to brilliant

How to take your fruit salad from boring to brilliant

Admittedly, fruit salad might not be something your friends and family would swoon over. After all, some of us remember the syrupy canned concoctions of our youth. Maybe the mere mention of it conjures a bunch of random fruit thrown into a bowl. There is room for improvement. Here are a few tips on how to upgrade the flavor and appearance of your next fruit salad, without a tremendous amount of effort...

Veiga da Princesa’s Albarino is a Spanish white worth savoring

I’ve got another gem for your treasure chest. It’s an Albarino, from Spain, and one of my three favorite white varietals. Veiga da Princesa Albarino might be the best one I’ve had in years. Even though I had this Spanish gem with an ITALIAN seafood salad, they both played nicey nice together. Albarino is a exceptional wine to pair with seafood, especially shellfish. So the pasta...
With 9,000 bottles of dirty ‘spring water,’ a Chinese artist gets results

With 9,000 bottles of dirty ‘spring water,’ a Chinese artist gets results

The 9,000 bottles of water on display at an art gallery in Beijing last month appeared identical to those of Nongfu Spring, one of China’s most popular spring water brands, with one jarring difference. Inside each bottle was brown, murky groundwater collected from a Chinese village. The water from the village, Xiaohaotu, in the central province of Shaanxi, is polluted with heavy metals, the...
Explore Michigan’s diverse wine scene, one of the country’s most exciting developing regions

Explore Michigan’s diverse wine scene, one of the country’s most exciting developing regions

Michiganders have a way of showing their hand. They have a technique — a tradition, really — of lifting their right hand and pressing their left index finger into a spot on their palm to give you, the Michigan-geography-challenged, a lesson in what’s where. The state looks like a mitten (thus the palm, with closed fingers and a slightly extended thumb), sitting solidly in the Midwest...
You’ll welcome this bit of steam heat at your table

You’ll welcome this bit of steam heat at your table

This meal of crisp vegetables and plump shrimp is light, fresh, flavorful and fast. It is just the thing to whip up when you need to reset from a weekend of typical summer party fare, heavy on the grilled meats and mayonnaise-y salads. This dish celebrates the season healthfully by letting colorful summer vegetables - zucchini, red peppers and sugar snap peas - simply shine. And it couldn’t...
Grilling burgers? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes

Grilling burgers? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes

To any real fan, a hamburger is never just a burger. Rather, it’s a work of art, passionately thought out and painstakingly executed. A great burger is the very extension of the grill master’s identity, the perfect blend of meat for flavor and just enough fat to keep it juicy and rich, flavored with the right mix of spices. Top that beauty with colorful veggies, a slathering of homemade...
Flavored vodka is moving on from its whipped cream, PB&J past

Flavored vodka is moving on from its whipped cream, PB&J past

Though they may never grace an award-winning bar menu or be spoken of in the hushed tones used for rare single malts, flavored vodkas are coming of age. “What’s tarnished their reputation is that a lot of brands put out flavors that were not naturally grown,” says Grey Goose global ambassador Joe McCanta, referring to flavors such as peanut butter and jelly and whipped cream. &ldquo...
A tasty summer salad that’s throw-together simple

A tasty summer salad that’s throw-together simple

Sometimes, I’m up for anything in the kitchen: ready to experiment, excited by recipes that require multiple processes. Most weeknights, though, my pressing question is: What can I throw together quickly — I mean, immediately — that will still taste good? And as the days and nights get warmer, my desire for effortlessness increases. That’s why I love a recipe that says, in...
The aligoté defense rests

The aligoté defense rests

We believe in the virtues of an open mind here at Wine School. Yet we would be less than honest if we did not concede our own struggles with practicing what we preach. Certain styles have proved difficult for me to appreciate with meals. Big, fruity reds, for example, that are high in alcohol and give the impression of sweetness, tend to overpower most foods. They are better for people who enjoy wine...
Full of healthful fat, salmon is one of the easiest fish to grill

Full of healthful fat, salmon is one of the easiest fish to grill

If you’re new to grilling fish, salmon is one of the best to try first. For starters, salmon can take the heat. It’s a dense fish with firm flesh that holds up well to grilling directly on a hot grate. Choosing salmon means you’re also getting a dose of healthful fat. Think about the Mediterranean diet recommendations of eating healthful fats, fish twice a week, plenty of plant-based...
A super-easy chilled soup that’s a hot-day lifesaver: Vichyssoise

A super-easy chilled soup that’s a hot-day lifesaver: Vichyssoise

The name is the fanciest thing about this summertime soup, and you don’t even say it the fanciest way. Vee-she-swah, the pronunciation that’s most divorced from actual letters — usually the way to go when it comes to French — is, in this case, incorrect. It’s vee-she-swaazz, an even more hilarious hey-I’m-wearing-a-beret mouthful. After I said it recently, a friend...
It’s mango season. Try this quick fruity summer salad

It’s mango season. Try this quick fruity summer salad

Here’s a quick summer salad. Sweet mangoes, roasted chicken and a tangy dressing provide contrasting flavors. Lush, ripe mangoes are hanging from the trees in Florida. It’s the best time of year to buy mangoes throughout the United States. Buy roasted chicken breast in the cooked meat case or deli for the salad. No cooking is needed for this dinner. Cucumbers cut into cubes mixed with...
Leave those bottled dressings behind and make your own vinaigrette

Leave those bottled dressings behind and make your own vinaigrette

I am the kind of person who buys a bottle of salad dressing, uses it once and then promptly forgets about it in a jumble of other condiments until well after the expiration date. I suspect I’m not alone. Even when I have a bottle of dressing socked away, I am much more tempted to just whip up a quick vinaigrette myself. That way, I never have to worry about being stuck with too much (although...
In-season strawberries add rich flavor to steak

In-season strawberries add rich flavor to steak

Big, red, juicy strawberries are in season and full of flavor. For this quick dinner, I blended strawberries with soy sauce mixture to make a dressing for steak. Sesame noodles and spinach accompany the steak. The strawberries give a rich body and texture to dressing and complement the beef. If pressed for time, omit the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and ginger from the recipe and use bottled teriyaki...
Restaurants in West Palm’s Northwood Village offer major dining deals

Restaurants in West Palm’s Northwood Village offer major dining deals

Northwood Village wants to put its tastiest side on display with a new restaurant promotion it calls “Summerlicious.”  Consider it the eclectic district’s way of saying, “Hey, there’s more to Northwood than hipster shops and galleries.” Eight restaurants, including the newly revamped Café Centro,  and the popular new Pétanque...
Cheers! One of West Palm’s largest craft beer festivals is this weekend

Cheers! One of West Palm’s largest craft beer festivals is this weekend

The Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest pours into the South Florida Fairgrounds Saturday. Beer lovers can sample more than 200 craft beers, all in air-conditioned comfort! The beer bash includes the following participating breweries: Twisted Trunk Brewing, Accomplice Brewery and Ciderworks, Islamorada Beer Company, Due South Brewing Co., Mathews Brewing Company, Barrel of Monks Brewing, Cigar City...
Cal Ripken Jr.: MLB should supplement the Home Run Derby with a skills challenge

Cal Ripken Jr.: MLB should supplement the Home Run Derby with a skills challenge

Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. has some thoughts on how to spice up baseball's All-Star Game and they include MLB borrowing a page from the NBA and NHL. "I always liked the skills challenge concept and idea," said Ripken, who played in 19 Midsummer Classics during his Hall of Fame career. "I know I participated in a few of them early, when we had the relay-throwing contest, and I think...
Where to find the best hot dogs in Palm Beach County

Where to find the best hot dogs in Palm Beach County

Today we honor one of America’s national prides: The Hot Dog. Happy National Hot Dog Day! And we found the best ones to help you celebrate.  From traditional American hot dogs to South American versions with experimental toppings, these local hot dog spots may have you barking for more. Choose from more than ten different American hot dogs at this beach-themed spot. You’ll feel so...
Healthy lifestyle guru Jules Aron on living your best, Florida summertime life

Healthy lifestyle guru Jules Aron on living your best, Florida summertime life

It’s a forgone conclusion that summertime in South Florida can make one hot, as in steamy and gross, which means it’s often hard to also feel hot, in the sexy, self-assured and non-gross way. But best-selling cookbook author, food writer, yoga instructor and healthy lifestyle coach Jules Aron swears it’s possible. “Make tiny little changes,” says Aron, 44, ...
When summer corn is at its sweetest, this Thai salad adds a little heat

When summer corn is at its sweetest, this Thai salad adds a little heat

When I crave fresh corn - meaning all summer long - I usually want an easy preparation that showcases its sweet flavor. Often, that means simply grilling, barely steaming or microwaving it. I'll cook more than I need for one meal on the weekends, shave it off the cob and keep it around for salads, cold soups, grain bowls, tacos and more. But when I'm after something a little more complex, I start...
Diabetes Quick Fix: Lemon pepper shrimp and couscous on a bed of spinach

Diabetes Quick Fix: Lemon pepper shrimp and couscous on a bed of spinach

Hot, spicy, lemon pepper shrimp with couscous and olives combine to make this a tasty one-pot meal that can be prepared in 15 minutes. The shrimp marinates for a few minutes in lemon juice and cracked black pepper while you prepare the remaining ingredients — Diced fresh onions can be found in the produce section of the supermarket. — Frozen diced onion can be used instead of the fresh...
A restaurant takes on the opioid crisis, one worker at a time

A restaurant takes on the opioid crisis, one worker at a time

Five years ago, Rob and Diane Perez found a spoon and a ramekin in the trash at a branch of their Saul Good Restaurant & Pub, and realized that their top server was doing heroinin the bathroom. They had already lost the first manager to join their staff; she died in jail after trying to obtain prescription pills illegally. But they did not put the pieces together until last year, when they got a call...
7 fast food chains agree to drop

7 fast food chains agree to drop "no-poaching" clauses

Seven fast food chains have agreed to drop "no-poaching" clauses that bar employees from switching between company franchises, agreeing to end a practice critics say drags down wages for millions of workers amid scrutiny from state authorities and federal lawmakers. On Thursday, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, D, said that the seven chains - including Arby's, Carl's Jr., and McDonald's...
How to dry-braise chicken and banish badly poached bouncy meat

How to dry-braise chicken and banish badly poached bouncy meat

Poaching is a crime. If it’s not yours, don’t swipe it. And if it is yours, and it’s a plump chicken breast, and you’re craving the clean flavor and moist bite you attribute to a boiling bath, please: Consider the consequences. Dropped in hot water, the egg turns tender. But poaching leaves chicken bouncy and bad. See? Crime doesn’t pay. Try a dry braise, a crime against...
It’s easy. It’s impressive. It’s dinner.

It’s easy. It’s impressive. It’s dinner.

I always thought of my mom as an impressive home cook. When I was growing up in the San Fernando Valley, she made things that felt a bit fancy in a California-in-the-'90s way, like steamed artichokes with lemon butter and toasted rice pilaf, sun-dried tomatoes scattered on everything. But it was her whole butterflied trout with garlicky breadcrumbs that dazzled 12-year-old me the most. There she was...
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