| Jul 30, 2013
| 7:30 AM
In his commentary ("Sequestration hurts," July 22), U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin criticized the political gridlock which led to sequestration. But the senator was an influential participant in the political process whereby Congress could not agree upon which...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 8:40 PM
The Fig & Olive restaurant chain drips with foodie cred.
The eateries, which started in Manhattan, feature fancy olive oils and celebrity sightings. An average diner's check easily breaches $50. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is the antithesis of...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 10:00 AM
The final flourish of your meal arrives at the table — a rich pudding of chocolate cremeux ("creamy" in French), candied pistachios, a crumble made from ground pistachios, and both dehydrated and frozen mandarin. Its deliciousness almost obscures...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 5:06 PM
HARO, Spain — Given the hours spent oozing along roads in L.A., you’d think my ideal vacation would not include driving. Zooming around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris? Dodging Fiats and Ferraris in Rome? Not for me.
But tooling down...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 3:57 PM
After 13 years of countless wine pours and meals prepared by chefs-in-training and home cooks, Laguna Culinary Arts is about to say farewell to Laguna Beach.
Founder Nancy Milby, who along with executive chef Laurent Brazier created a wine and food...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 7:49 AM
99 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-347-7000, Etoile-FrenchRestaurant.com
French restaurateur Herve Maestripieri and his Michelin-rated, classically trained chefs have arrived directly from the French Riviera to bring the essence of Saint-...
| Nov 14, 2013
Reactions, rants and general observations regarding the Chicago Michelin guide star ratings, which were announced Tuesday.
Considering that the number of Michelin-starred Chicago restaurants has been declining (down to 19 restaurants last year), this...
| Nov 15, 2013
The show: "A Christmas Story: The Musical" at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford.
What makes it special?: Musical adaptation of classic 1983 holiday film.
First impressions: All the iconic scenes are there: a kid's tongue sticking...
| Dec 5, 2013
My wife took a bite of the scallop-crab motoyaki, one of the specialties at Kabocha, and smiled beatifically.
"Now this is a signature dish," she said happily. "This rocks."
My wife doesn't dazzle all that easily (though she married me; make what...
| Dec 9, 2013
1954 N. Halsted St. 773-634-4101
Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4)
Push. I've heard a lot of great chefs say it.
Push through the pain. Push forward. Push past your limits. Nothing is impossible if you push.
The difference between the...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Justin Roberts doesn't think it's all that unusual that he went from being a Montessori preschool teacher to a Grammy-nominated musician. The Chicago-based singer-songwriter wrote intelligent, catchy songs to sing to his young students. Roberts has...