City Guides

  • Eat/Shop/Stay in Montreal (Chicago Tribune Magazine)

    In their annual Travel issue, the Tribune asked me where I love to eat/stay/shop in Montreal, one of my favorite North American cities. Click here to read...

  • Taste of Malaysia at Serai

    In case you haven’t noticed, every Friday in May, I’ve been featuring a different Asian country for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We’ve covered...

  • Two of Osaka’s Favorite Snacks, Now in Chicago

    Every culture has its favorite snacks. And in Japan, two iconic treats come to mind: takoyaki and okonomiyaki. As part of my Asian American Pacific Islander...

  • Thai Street Food, Now in Uptown

    There’s a lot more to Thai food than simply hot chilies. An Uptown family is taking a unique approach, serving traditional “street food” dishes from...

  • Shaya

    There’s a very good reason Shaya won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in the U.S. in 2016. It’s quite simply one of...

  • Brennan’s

    It’s brunch every day of the week at this New Orleans institution. After having gone through some lean years (and a $20 million dollar renovation)...