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Catherine De Orio

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Hello all and welcome back! I hope you are as excited as I am about the new season of Check, Please! In the season premiere, we visit Forbidden Root in West Town, a brewpub that opened in 2016. While Chicago has seen an explosion of craft breweries in recent years, Forbidden Root defines itself not just as a brewery but as a botanical brewery. What does that mean? Read on to find out from the team at Forbidden Root as to what they are all about. 

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Julia Maish

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“The problem with eating Italian food is that five or six days later, you’re hungry again.” – George Miller
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Julia Maish

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It’s an inexpensive snack food! It’s low-fat, cholesterol-free, protein-rich, and high in fiber! It’s also used in wearable fashion and home décor! What is it?

 

Popcorn, of course…the official state snack of Illinois.

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Julia Maish

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“Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.” — George Bernard Shaw
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Julia Maish

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Vietnamese food is a compendium of culinary contrasts: sweet and sour, mild and spicy, cold and hot — a true example, if you will, of yin and yang. If your idea of good eating is a little bit of everything (with a generous amount of fish sauce!), you should definitely give this cuisine a try.

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Julia Maish

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“Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack…” — “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (Norworth/Von Tilzer, 1908)

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Julia Maish

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Here at The World of Food, we’re enjoying National Potato Month, a great time to celebrate one of the world’s perfect foods.

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Julia Maish

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Invite the neighbors, heat up your charcoal briquettes, toss your burgers, brats, vegetables, and what-have-you on the grill, serve it all up with a bottle of grocery-store sauce and deli side dishes, and voilà! You have yourself a barbecue. Easy-peasy.

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Julia Maish

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Heat. High humidity. Sunburn and sand between your toes. Deep-fried everything. Yes, those dog days of summer are upon us again.

 

So perhaps it would be a good time for a refreshing change of pace — a journey to someplace far away, invigorating, and entirely different.  Someplace like…

 

…Iceland.

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Julia Maish

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Did you know that Americans collectively consume approximately 100 acres of pizza per day, which translates to 350 slices every second?

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Julia Maish

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“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” — Carl Sagan

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Julia Maish

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Each year on July 28 and 29, the country of Peru holds its annual two-day Independence Day celebration, (or, as it’s known locally, Fiestas Patrias peruanas). This year marks the 19th anniversary of its liberation from Spanish rule and is also an opportunity to honor its armed forces and national police, plus inaugurate a newly elected President if there is one. The importance of this holiday in Peru is second only to Christmas.

 
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Julia Maish

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July is National Ice Cream Month, so designated by President Ronald Reagan back in 1984. At the same time, he also declared that the third Sunday in July would thereafter be known as National Ice Cream Day.

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Julia Maish

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In anticipation of the national premiere of WTTW’s new special and website, Weekend in Havana with Geoffrey Baer, we thought we would provide a quick overview of Cuba’s mouthwatering cuisine, which goes perfectly with a generous side of salsa music, a refreshing cocktail, and (of course) a good cigar.

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Julia Maish

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“Any month whose name contains the letters A, E, or U is the proper time for chocolate.” — Sandra Boynton

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