| Oct 11, 2013
My wife, a creature of habit, likes to shop at Dominick's. Each trip to the store means going by several rival retailers, each of which has, in recent years, stepped up its game in a bid to snag some or all of our grocery business.
There's a small indie...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The news that 72 Dominick's supermarkets are going out of business in the Chicago area is, to some, purely a business story. But this one is about more than spreadsheets and accounting programs.
I grew up in the grocery business. I've seen the promise...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Q: I adopted a Shar-Pei/Australian Cattle Dog cross from a shelter. She had been a stray. She's lovable toward us, and very smart, but when we walk her on a leash, she becomes a devil dog, going after other dogs, barking and spinning. It's very hard for...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 5:51 AM
Dozens of Connecticut restaurants, schools, facilities, wineries and other vendors are participating in the state's annual Farm to Chef Week, kicking off Sunday and continuing through Sept. 21. Each venue will prepare special menus featuring farm-fresh...
| Sep 12, 2013
"These images are difficult to watch."
"Perhaps the most upsetting."
So went the warnings issued by CNN correspondent Jake Tapper on Sunday as he narrated the video clips showing the aftermath of the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 6:00 AM
It was a last-minute trip on a budget too tight to accommodate holiday airfare.
A ticket on the MegaBus cost a fraction of what I'd have paid to fly. The bus is not the bullet train, not by a long shot. The overnight trip is seven hours, and that's on a...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 7:32 PM
Two men stood on an Englewood corner looking at the future and the past.
The future lay across West 63rd Street, where by 2016, according to the startling new plan the city revealed this week, a Whole Foods Market will shimmer forth out of the weeds and...
| Dec 12, 2013
Now that Eataly Chicago has been operating about a week, now that lines form daily in front of each of its 23 eateries, it's about time we recognize that Eataly Chicago, at its overstuffed heart, is also a market. A 63,000-square-foot wonderland,...
| Aug 25, 2013
— The placid cornfields of the Upper Midwest have the look of a place where nothing important ever changes. But here, at a large pig farm 5 miles south of town, the beginnings of a small revolution are unmistakable.
My host today is Bob Johnson, a...
| Aug 21, 2013
Does working with whole fish in the kitchen intimidate you? From 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Whole Foods Market in Winter Park will host a free demonstration on how to clean and fillet fish. The market is at 1989 Aloma Ave. For details, call 407-673-8788. In the...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 7:11 AM
Have you ever ordered a kitchen gadget from a TV? Better yet, have you ever visited a gadget store? I remember visiting an "As Seen On TV" store in the local mall years ago. More recently, I surfed asseenontv.com and found many items of interest. Sure,...