Chicago’s Best Asian Restaurants: Part 1

When I moved from New York City to Chicago, Chicago's-best-Asian-Videoone of the things I missed most was great Asian food.  I especially missed the righteous Chinese fare found in NYC.  I struggled for years to understand why Chinese restaurants in Chicago were filling their wontons with chicken.  Say what?!  Why weren’t they using pork?  It was just one of many frustrations I endured.  After 11 years of raising chopsticks in The Windy City, I have cultivated Chicago’s best Asian restaurants. Finally!  My list is actually quite long, so I am bringing it to you in two parts.  Here is part one, according to CTA line:

*Click on the restaurant names for directions and more information.


CTA Blue Line:


Furious Spoon – Chef Shin Thompson is serious about the ramen noodles he’s serving at his Wicker Park place.  He is cranking them out on a mega heavy machine shipped over from Osaka, Japan.  I love his signature Furious Spoon ramen  but Continue reading

NEW POST: Chicago Restaurants Rundown x 12

It has been 3 weeks since I returned home from my delicious culinary romp through Barcelona.  While a part of me wishes I never left, I am grateful that I live in such a fabulous food town like  Chicago.  I got right back into the swing of things by riding the rails to some of the best dishes my city has to offer.  Here is my newest Chicago restaurants rundown.  Enjoy!:



Chicago Restaurants



If I had my way, cars would be prohibited within city limits, with the exception of commercial vehicles and those with special licenses (e.g. people with disabilities).  We should all be held accountable for Continue reading

How I Ate My Way Through Barcelona: 50th Birthday Celebration

It had been 25 years since I visited Spain.  My memories of Madrid, Toledo, Costa Del Sol and Cordoba are still quite vivid.  The sights, the smells, the food.  Yet, I had an overwhelming need to correct a wrong.  I never made it to Barcelona.  On May 11th, I would be celebrating my 50th birthday (yikes!) and I thought it appropriate to do so in style and with great food.  Here’s how I ate my way through Barcelona.



Mercat de la Boqueria in Barcelona



First off, let me say that Continue reading

Labeled: Barcelona · Restaurants/Bars
Chicago’s Best Brunches – Part 1

Brunch in Chicago is a big deal for many people.  It’s another reason to gather and be social over copious amounts of coffee, daytime cocktails and gut-busting portions of food.  But where are Chicago’s best brunches?  Since the weather is getting warmer and people are climbing out of hibernation, I’ve decided to curate a selection of some of the better brunches around town. Welcome to Chicago’s Best Brunches – Part 1:

*Click on restaurant names for detailed rail (or bus) directions:

Batter & Berries:


This bustling BYOB brunch spot is always busy.  Don’t come here if you are in a hurry.  The wait can be Continue reading

Monteverde, Bohemian House | Orgasmic Dining in Chicago

My recent, decadent meals at the newly opened Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio and Bohemian House (BOHO) got me thinking about the intrinsic relationship between food and love…and lust.

“I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them.” – Nora Ephron

The late Nora Ephron was one of the greatest comedic essayists of our time.  She was also a brilliant screenplay writer.  There is no funnier, indulgent or iconic moment in cinematic history than Meg Ryan’s faked orgasm during the diner scene in When Harry Met Sally.  

Food, like love and lust, is part of our id.  It makes perfect sense that we Continue reading