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  • From art student to Acadia

    From art student to Acadia
    10:45 p.m. is not the usual time for an interview, but that is how it worked out. As I entered Acadia on South Wabash, pastry chef Ji Yoon greeted me from behind the host stand. She had been waiting for me, and was dressed in her civilians, ready to head home. I was afraid it was too late. Yet she graciously led me to a table opposite the L-shaped bar. Above the bar, large egg-shaped lights dangled from the ceiling and illuminate the starkly decorated lounge. A peek of the dining room down the hall from the bar revealed a more plush setting where the last customers were finishing their 15-course meal. What is immediately striking about Ji is that despite her admirable talent, she is so humble and genuinely reveres the many chefs for whom she has worked, including Acadia's chef/owner Ryan McCaskey. As the bar cleared out and other conversations ceased, it was actually a perfect time to talk.
  • Bainbridge Island: Where Seattle goes for R&R

    Bainbridge Island: Where Seattle goes for R&R
    Bainbridge Island, 35 minutes by ferry from the Seattle waterfront, is an escape from city grit. For locals, the island (population 23,196) is a haven for affluent commuters. For visitors, it's an easy day trip with 30 miles of trails, seven wineries...

    Restaurant review: Salero ★★★

    Restaurant review: Salero ★★★
    Salero is barely 2 months old, but it has Chicago's dining scene buzzing. The Spanish-inspired restaurant is the latest from Wood owner Franco Gianni, and like Wood, is run by executive chef Ashlee Aubin, who is becoming a force to be reckoned with in...

    Cicchetti to close after Saturday service

    Cicchetti to close after Saturday service
    The thing about the restaurant industry is: "You never know." Cicchetti, the Streeterville restaurant with an impressive pedigree of kitchen talent, a restaurant our critic Phil Vettel gave three stars, has succumbed to the realities of the profit-loss...

    Pike Place Market is a magical lure on Seattle's bustling waterfront

    Pike Place Market is a magical lure on Seattle's bustling waterfront
    Somehow, on four visits to Pike Place Market over three decades, I failed to learn where the brothel was. Nor did I hear how the first Starbucks did business for years in this neighborhood before selling its first cup of coffee. Clearly, I was missing a...