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  • Top 5 Ramen in Chicago*

    Before we go any further, let me just say that if you have never seen the movie Tampopo, do yourself a favor and rent it....

  • And The Winner Is…

    Congratulations to Genie Bae, the winner of our “Omakase With Steve” contest.   Last month, we had asked you to name three Japanese ingredients you’ve...

  • Sardinian Sandwich from La Madia

      If you’ve been a semi-regular reader of this blog, you probably know by now that I’m a sucker for a good sandwich. You know...

  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    There are no cabs in St. Louis.   Well, that’s not completely true, of course. But hailing a taxi here, in the “Gateway To The...

  • Roll Away Your Fears, Embrace The Maki

    By Benita Zepeda Hapless Intern   I absolutely love sushi, but I’m not going to lie, there was a time when I was intimidated by...

  • Top 5 Corned Beef Sandwiches in Chicago

    Since Chicago doesn’t have near the competitive deli culture like they do in New York City, I realize wading into this subject isn’t fraught with...

  • How To Store Cilantro

      How many times have you opened up the fridge, craving some guacamole, only to discover that, besides the one mealy avocado you have left...

  • Uskudar from Cafe Orchid

      Eggplant is the Rodney Dangerfield of vegetables. Honestly, beyond the occasional baba ganoush, how often do you see this purplish, bulbous ingredient – looking...

  • Dare to Gougère

    The gougère (pronounced goo-ZHERE) is one of those little amuses or hors d’oeuvres that I always love seeing at a party. Perfect with a glass...

  • How To Make a Negroni

      Want to impress your uncle or cousin who suddenly has a thing for classic cocktails this Thanksgiving? Here it is, complements of Tony Abou-Ganim,...

  • Shrimp & Grits From 2 Sparrows

      There are Trotter alums everywhere it seems, especially in Chicago. But the two guys running the show at the new 2 Sparrows in Lake...