| May 14, 2013
| 11:26 AM
When Fat Rice's owners chef Abraham Conlon and general manager Adrienne Lo bring Spring to the tables of their West Diversey restaurant, it's seasoned with their family histories. Conlon traces his to Portugal, via Lowell, Mass.; Chicago-born Lo to China....
| May 16, 2013
| 7:05 AM
Found at: Millwright's Restaurant and Tavern (Simsbury)
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
From the building. We also think regionally. We go back to the days of two- to three-ingredient cocktails. We are all about making the...
| May 16, 2013
| 8:57 PM
Before you start the wisecracks, be advised that Rhubarb the Bear has heard it all:
Yeah, he knows that he looks like those famous bears at that theme park down the road. He's heard enough Chuck E. Cheese jokes to last a lifetime.
And don't talk to...
| May 9, 2013
To appreciate Bread & Wine, the 16-month-old restaurant in the Irving Park neighborhood, it helps to be less literal and more observant.
For instance, you might be surprised, as I was initially, to discover that the kitchen doesn't set out much bread....
| May 1, 2013
| 5:09 AM
Some restaurants just feel comfortable.
E.W. Beck's Pub is one of those places. From the food to the service, dinner at the restaurant is easy, fun and enjoyable.
Scene A Sykesville staple since 1992, E.W. Beck's occupies a large building right on the...
| Feb 23, 2013
Where to find a good selection of amari to stock your own bar?
Most good wine shops carry at least a couple of the most popular ones, such as Fernet Branca, Averna or Ramazotti. The best selection though is at K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, where...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 11:21 AM
Rhubarb is one of the great joys of spring, with its rosy color, earthy tang and old-fashioned allure, and the story of its local rise and fall is as intriguing as its flavor. Just a generation or two ago, it was widely cultivated in Southern California,...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 4:32 PM
With the economy the likely focus of Wednesday night’s first debate between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney, I invited veteran reporter Scott Reeder (right), the journalist in residence at the Illinois Policy Institute, a free-...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 4:39 PM
A couple of Sundays ago, I was invited to a glorious run-through of the contemporary music pianist Gloria Cheng would be playing at a concert on the East Coast the next week. It began at 6 p.m. at the new......
| Jun 21, 2012
| 9:32 PM
Today, I debate the 2012 presidential race with Jeff Berkowitz, a former business litigation lawyer and economics professor who hosts "Public Affairs," a cable interview show that focuses on Illinois politics. From Jeff, to Eric: In your Sunday column,...
| May 4, 2012
| 7:44 AM
Soon enough we will be inundated with a bountiful spring and summer harvest.
Farmers and other purveyors will be lining our city streets once a week to hawk their wares and tempt us with colorful vegetables and tender lettuces. If you're a step ahead...