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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This week I spoke with Briana Cardone, chef and owner of Mambo Italiano, about growing up Italian and about her restaurant.

The Diner

By Julia Maish |

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Is there anything more quintessentially American than a good old-fashioned diner? A place that is always open, 24 hours a day, with a friendly waitress who makes small talk, keeps your coffee cup full, and nudges you toward her favorite things on the menu?

Rhyme or Reason (closed)

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A New American restaurant that aims to bring fresh retro to its customers. With live music and soulful food, Rhyme or Reason looks to bring it back to the era of Motown.

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Cat's Corner: Q & A with Momotaro’s Executive Chef Mark Hellyar and Beverage Manager Lance Gresak

By Catherine De Orio |

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Do you love sushi and ramen but want to try some other Japanese classics? Are you wondering what all the fuss is about Japanese whisky? Read on as this week I chatted with Momotaro’s executive chef Mark Hellyar and beverage manager Lance Gresak about all things Japanese.

Japan

By Julia Maish |

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"At its best, Japanese cooking is inextricably meshed with aesthetics, with religion, with tradition and history. It is evocative of seasonal changes, or of one’s childhood, or of a storm at sea.” — Food writer M.F.K. Fisher

Cat’s Corner: Q&A with Liz Weeden of The English Room and Deer Path Inn

By Catherine De Orio |

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Hello and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had wonderful holidays and you are all hungry for some new episodes. This week we visit The English Room, Gundis Kurdish Kitchen in Lakeview, and L’Patron in Logan Square. The English Room is located in the historic Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest and boasts an award-winning wine list. This week, I get the scoop on the place from Liz Weeden from The English Room and Deer Path Inn.

British Isles

By Julia Maish |

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“British food is a celebration of comfort eating. Our traditional savory recipes are all about warmth and sustenance, our puddings a roll call of sweet jollity, our cakes are deep and cozy. We appear to be a nation in need of a big, warm hug.”
— Nigel Slater, British food writer

Twelfth Night

By Julia Maish |

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After the annual long, long build-up, the holidays are finally over. As we drag our dried-out Christmas trees to the curb and regard our bathroom scales (and credit card statements) with mingled horror and regret, most of us in the frigid Midwest are facing, as English poet Christina Rossetti wrote, “the bleak midwinter.”

Not so fast… 

Kwanzaa

By Julia Maish |

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The seven-day celebration of Kwanzaa is held annually from December 26 through New Year’s Day. Its name is derived from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, which means “first fruits.” It was inspired by Zulu and Ashanti harvest celebrations.

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