| Nov 8, 2010
We have the best intern program in the region if not the state. Not only do our interns get a chance to work in our newsroom and learn what it takes to be in the news industry, they also learn how to FEED THE TEAM! LOL. Well, I am not totally joking....
| Jul 31, 2010
Ice is nice. Mostly because it's cold. And we're hot. So hot we'd like to plunge headfirst into the iceberg. Or something somewhat softer, like the chopped iceberg. Available in the portable portion known as the snow cone. Or the snowball, shave ice,...
| Jan 30, 2011
German chocolate cake is an aggravating cake. It's not German (it's named for Sam German). It's barely chocolate (it relies on the low-wattage "sweet chocolate" German developed). It's filled with a sticky mix of pecan bits and coconut flake, which goes...
| May 12, 2011
Mexican-French fusion isn't a new concept in Chicago -- Carlos Gaytan does it rather well at Mexique, and even the newly opened Fogon in River West crosses the Atlantic for a dish or two -- but credit chef/owner Yanitzin Sanchez (chef Yanni to her fans)...
| May 5, 2011
What started off 17 months ago as a modest banh mi stand inside the West Loop's French Market has become one of the city's most interesting Vietnamese restaurants.
Saigon Sisters may have been born from a sandwich shop (which still operates in the French...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 1:19 AM
When a family has lived in the same house for many years there tends to be a bit of wear and tear. For instance, the scratches etched on the ceiling near the backdoor of our family room are from the time my son, Steve, brought home a huge Christmas tree...
| Jul 2, 2011
This past week, I was on the road to Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel Island and Captiva for a travel piece to run in the Orlando Sentinel in coming weeks.
Summer is prime time for the beaches, of course, but after checking out this list of fall activities on...
| Jul 14, 2011
It's impossible for me to view Paris Club, the hip French bistro that opened in River North five months ago, without feeling a sense of loss.
Paris Club, you see, replaced Brasserie Jo, and I've loved that restaurant ever since it opened in 1995...
| Aug 25, 2011
Next, the shape-shifting restaurant by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas (the principals at world-famous Alinea), dazzled diners with its inaugural "Paris 1906" menu. For an encore, the kitchen went about as far afield as possible. To Bangkok, in fact.
| Nov 23, 2011
| 6:04 AM
Sad anniversary: Natalie Wood died Nov. 29, 1981, 30 years ago Tuesday. She was 43.
Little Natalie was my favorite bad female actor of all time. After she died, I tried to replace her but just couldn't find anyone I loved as much. Lord knows, there are...
| Feb 25, 2012
| 12:28 PM
Much like Dorothy in the Land of Oz, our South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership trip to China experienced many wonders. While seeing many amazing sights in China and Vietnam, there is no place like home. Driving back from Sioux Falls Sunday night, it was...