| Jan 5, 2012
| 12:55 PM
Been pondering this year's Girl Scouts cookie buy? You know, the annual: Should it be two boxes of chocolatey Thin Mints or one each shortbread Trefoils and those peanut-butter sandwich things. Well, guess what? There’s a new sweet in town.
| Jan 6, 2012
| 7:21 AM
A new Girl Scout Cookie flavor will debut this year for the 100th anniversary, but it won't be available in Central California.
It's called Savannah Smiles and is lemon flavored.
There are currently eight cookies available in the Central Valley: Thanks-...
| Jan 13, 2012
| 8:05 AM
When it comes to 4 Rivers Smokehouse, I am a burnt-end sandwich ($6.99) girl with baked cheese grits and corn bread salad on the side. Or smoked jalepenos. Or green beans. Or fried pickles. Well, you get the idea. Add a self-serve unsweet iced tea and...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 1:07 AM
The Girl Scouts changes a man. It changes his family, what he’s willing to do, how far he’s willing to sink to the depths of human depravity.
And it’s all about the cookies.
I didn’t want to get involved with the Girl Scout...
| Jan 19, 2012
When I spent some months in Venice, Italy, years ago, my friend Paolo would show up at dinner parties with prosciutto. I'm not talking about a paper packet of sliced ham but a whole prosciutto di San Daniele, the famous ham from Friuli, cured with the...
| Sep 22, 2012
Don't ask me how it happened. I can't tell you. But certainly these elements came into play: planning too far ahead, not writing things down, friends finally getting back to us with the one possible date they could come for dinner in months, visitors in...
| Nov 29, 2012
Can a restaurant be a hidden gem if everybody knows about it?
A road-less-traveled location and understated-to-a-fault exterior haven't prevented 6-week-old La Sirena Clandestina (which means "the hidden mermaid") from pulling in crowds to its Market...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 5:42 AM
The fields of lavender at Lavender Hill Farms began as food for honeybees.
Linda Longworth and her husband, Roy, were looking to keep farmland along Horton Bay Road near Boyne City intact, and to support Linda's hobby of beekeeping.
She had also...
| Nov 28, 2012
We like a good baking-cookies-with-grandma story as much as the next guy. But it was a breakup story that won our hearts this holiday season.
Victoria Weisenberg, of Northbrook, wrote us with a tale of wooing "a very special man" with a Hanukkah gift...
| Nov 11, 2012
Storm prep calls for action: Lug in the herbs, latch the windows, charge the phone. It calls for supplies: candles, batteries, butter and eggs. It calls for bright fire, cold cookie dough, Monopoly.
During the first hours hunched over the board, while...
| Oct 24, 2012
Review: La Sirena Clandestina
954 W. Fulton Market 312-226-5300
Rating: !!! ½ (Heating up)
Don't recognize the name John Manion? It's not your fault—the chef's largely been out of the limelight since his former home, Mas, closed in 2008. He...