| Nov 21, 2013
| 8:27 PM
Are you hosting a party this holiday season? Let the library help with ideas for planning, preparing and throwing an unforgettable gathering.
"The Butler Speaks" by Charles MacPherson is a guide to stylish entertaining and etiquette ideas to help you...
| Dec 16, 2012
Your face says it all: You are starting to panic. Don't. If you're shopping for a traveler, you might just find the answer to your gift-giving conundrum in these pages. Our team of travelers has tested items large and small, pricey and affordable, and...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 11:36 AM
Lonely Planet's "Food Lover's Guide to the World" ($39.99) is not the sort of book one tosses in a carry-on or backpack along with a toothbrush and passport. It measures roughly 9 by 11 inches and weighs more than 3 pounds.
Yet it's a must-have for...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Salt & Straw ice cream at Joan's: Beginning Friday, Joan's on Third will serve Salt & Straw ice cream by the scoop. Salt & Straw of Portland, Ore., was named one of Saveur’s favorite ice creams, a Sunset magazine "Best of the West" selection, a...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 5:35 PM
Anyone who's bitten into a ripe apricot, peach or plum understands the juicy scents of summer. But today's perfumers have created fragrances that make fruity essences available all year long.
Fancy an olfactory plate of ripe figs? L'Artisan's Figuier...
| Dec 30, 2012
| 2:05 PM
Osteria Francescana, a modern establishment operated by chef Massimo Bottura with just 12 tables in the northern Italian city of Modena, has been named Europe's finest in the Daily Meal website's inaugural list of the 101 Best Restaurants in Europe....
| Feb 27, 2013
| 10:29 AM
In the crowded marketplace of new cookbooks, a stamp of approval from a group like the International Association of Culinary Professionals sure can help an author stand out.
But more important for the home cook, that imprimatur from the IACP, an...
| Mar 14, 2013
There is no shortage of decent Mexican restaurants in the western suburbs, but far too many of them play down to their audiences, falling back on the standard Mexican and even Tex-Mex dishes that everybody prepares.
Today we look at two west suburban...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 1:50 PM
A couple of restaurant concepts have come and gone in the historic Hinsdale Theater in downtown Hinsdale, but the newest try might be a hit.
Opening Saturday is Cine (29 E. First St., Hinsdale, 630-590-5655) and I have a couple of reasons to be...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 9:20 AM
Can't crimp? The pros at the Crisco Pie Hotline are back to serve up expert pie-baking advice, recipes and tips year round and for extended hours during the Thanksgiving season.
I like this one. The InSinkErator site has a good page on how to repair a...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 5:00 PM
MADISON, Wis. — Driving six hours round trip for a one-day visit to a farmers market might seem foolish, especially when there are plenty of decent ones in the Chicago area.
But the Saturday Dane County Farmers' Market in Madison, Wis., not only...