| Dec 18, 2013
I owe Andy Ricker a thank-you card. Before he entered my life, my enjoyment of Thai restaurants didn't delve beyond surface level, that is, fan favorite dishes like pad thai and basil chicken. It all tasted reliable and fine. That is not a ringing...
| Nov 21, 2013
Got a few use-'em-or-lose-'em vacation days to burn before the calendar turns over to 2014? Besides sleeping in, having an extra cocktail the night before and watching trashy daytime television, you'll also be able to finally hit up those ever-so-...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 10:31 AM
Some of the busiest travel days of the year are here, Chicago, and our city's two airports will play a prominent role as people fly in and out of the city to visit relatives for Thanksgiving. Chicagoans who fly often enough have learned to love their...
| Nov 17, 2013
We're supposed to be husky, brawling, big-shouldered. Not whiny, defensive, thin-skinned.
What diminishes Chicago's image, its standing, its brand is not a TV comedian's critique of local cuisine, experts concluding a tall building is no longer the...
| Nov 3, 2013
(Editor's note: This is a longer version of a story that appeared in the Chicago Tribune's Sunday features section.)
Deann Groen Bayless has spent nearly three decades in the Chicago restaurant business and says she has never felt dismissed or...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:43 AM
Dining with a difference: Gourmet waffle restaurant Bruxie will celebrate its third anniversary with a charity fundraiser Friday; 10% of proceeds will benefit the Independence Fund, which provides all-terrain wheelchairs to injured veterans. Area...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 9:59 AM
It seems chef Rick Bayless has been by bitten the acting bug. In addition to next summer's remount of Lookingglass Theatre Company's "Cascabel," a dining-entertainment fusion show being presented at the Goodman Theatre, Bayless will be trying his hand...
| Oct 25, 2013
Mini-review: Sala Bua
2002 S. Wentworth Ave. 312-808-1770
Rating: !! 1/2 (out of four) Take it or leave it
For a long time, Mexican food in America was mostly a Tex-Mex hybrid featuring hefty doses of monterey jack and sour cream on deep-fried flour...
| Oct 22, 2013
Q: Can you freeze guacamole?
—Claudia Perry, Evanston
A: Yes, but you shouldn't. That's what two experts told me.
"Technically you can freeze guacamole. But I don't recommend it," writes Rick Bayless, the celebrity chef, Chicago restaurateur,...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 9:20 AM
On Thursday, Lookingglass Theatre and chef Rick Bayless announced, as expected, that the popular 'Rick Bayless in Cascabel: Dinner - Daring - Desire' will return in July for a month-long engagement at the Goodman's Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. The...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Rick Bayless knows all about how to throw a great fiesta, or party, and a key part of any great fiesta is the food. "I like to welcome guests with this guacamole bar," he says. "I start off with a basic guacamole made with roasted garlic and set out bowls...