Season 13 - Episode 11 (Full Show)

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The World of Food: Valentine’s Day

By Julia Maish |

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Ahhh…St. Valentine’s Day. If you’re a Chicago history buff, the next word that comes to mind might easily be “…Massacre.” But of course, to most people, this red-and-pink hued holiday is an excuse to shower gifts on, and dine out with, the one you love. Thrifty lovers beware: a fast food place isn’t going to cut it. But you already knew that.

The World of Food: Korea

By Julia Maish |

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Unless you’ve been living on Mars, you’re probably aware that the 2018 Winter Olympics are officially underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As we settle in to marvel at triple axels, giant slaloms, and curling competitions (or each country’s uniforms), let’s take a look at the area’s cuisine, which has taken hold in Chicago in a big way.

The World of Food: Soul Food

By Julia Maish |

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“The soul food version of the same dish has more flavor…it tastes better because of the ingredient called soul.”
— Restaurateur Edna Stewart, when asked the difference between Southern food and soul food

It’s February, and that means we are once again embarking on our annual observance of Black History Month — a time when we explore African American heritage, recall its most seminal figures, and celebrate the richness and diversity of its culture. This includes, of course, its flavorful cuisine, familiarly known as soul food.

Cat’s Corner: Q&A with Mambo Italiano Chef & Owner Briana Cardone

By Catherine De Orio |

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Hello! This is the last new episode before we take a break for the Olympics. This week we visit Mambo Italiano in Mundelein, Bang Bang Pie Shop in Logan Square, and Rhyme or Reason in Wicker Park. I’m Italian and during the cold winter months, there is nothing I crave more than a bowl of pasta and a glass (or bottle!) of a full-bodied red wine. So this week I spoke with Briana Cardone, chef and owner of Mambo Italiano, about growing up Italian and about her restaurant!

The World of Food: The Diner

By Julia Maish |

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Surely you know what a blue-plate is, man? They shove the whole meal at you under your nose, already dished up on your plate — roast turkey, cranberry sauce, sausages and carrots and French fried. I can't bear French fried but there's no pick and choose with a blue-plate."
"No pick and choose?”
"You eat what you're given. That's democracy, man."

– Graham Greene, Our Man in Havana

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Mambo Italiano

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With a relaxing atmosphere and delicious food, you’ll feel right at home at Mambo Italiano. Authentic Italian cuisine is freshly prepared at the family-friendly and family-owned restaurant.

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