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Catherine De Orio

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Hey there! It seems that winter has officially arrived and the restaurants on this week’s episode are perfect places for warm-your-belly, comforting food. Our stops are River Roast in River North, La Largartija in West Loop and Fat Rice in Logan Square.

Fat Rice is unique in that it is the only restaurant serving Macanese food in Chicago. This week, I spoke with chef/co-owner Abraham Conlon and co-owner/director of operations Adrienne Lo of Fat Rice to get the lowdown on Macanese cuisine. Here’s what they had to say.

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Catherine De Orio

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Plin

 

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had wonderful holidays and that you are ready for some great new restaurants. This week we take you to Osteria Langhe in Logan Square, Shokolad in Ukranian Village, and New Star in Elmwood Park.

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Catherine De Orio

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Japanese whiskey at Arami

 

Hello! This week on the show we take you to sample Japanese and Nepalese cuisine and even stop by one of POTUS’s favorite spots (Valois) when he’s in town! Our stops are Arami in West Town, Chicago Curry House in South Loop, and Valois in Hyde Park. I spoke with Ty Fujimura who is the owner of Arami, as well as a certified sake professional. He gives some guidance on how to have a fantastic dining experience at Arami, choose sake for you meal, and gives his advice on sake bombs. 

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Catherine De Orio

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Buttered chicken at Wicker Park's Pub Royale

 

Hello! I’m just back from London, and pub and Indian food are still fresh on my mind! So this week I spoke with chef Nate Tano and beverage director Michael McAvena of Pub Royale, the anglo-indian pub in Wicker Park that was named one of Bon Appetit’s 50 best new restaurants across the country.

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Catherine De Orio

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Matthias Merges, Chef & Owner of Hyde Park's A10 in Chicago

 

Hello! We visit A10 in Hyde Park, JAM in Logan Square, and Taste of Thai Town in Albany Park, and I was excited to talk with Chef Matthias Merges, who gained recognition as former executive chef at Charlie Trotter’s and has since become an award-winning restauranteur in his own right. Matthias adhered to and promoted farm-to-table principles long before they became ubiquitous in the industry. We chatted about opening his first restaurant on Chicago’s South Side and he shared recipes that are sure to take your Thanksgiving entertaining from simple to spectacular. 

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