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  • Restaurant review: Spiaggia ★★★★

    Restaurant review: Spiaggia ★★★&#9733
    This is not your father's Spiaggia. It isn't even Obama's Spiaggia. Chicago's finest Italian restaurant (and a favorite of You Know Who) closed for three months at the beginning of the year to accommodate a Mark Knauer redesign and send its about-to-...
  • Oregon chardonnay: Hitting the high notes

    Oregon chardonnay: Hitting the high notes
    When I consider the world's various chardonnays, especially as they express themselves in hugely different styles given their place of origin, I think of the keyboard of a piano. Low-profile unoaked chardonnays, from very cool climates such as...
  • Acidity the key aspect to matching wine and food

    Acidity the key aspect to matching wine and food
    The word "acidity" has a negative connotation in English. We think of it as something harsh, scouring, even hurtful. People often use another negative word when describing wines that they feel are too high in acidity: "sour." But, in balance with other...
  • Impressions of Italy

    I'm lucky that my work allows me to spend a good part of the year in Italy. Here, lifelong travel memories are like low-hanging fruit: They're yours to harvest. Even after 30 years, Italy continues to pelt me with experiences and delight me with new...
  • Meaty fish can go with red or white wines

     Meaty fish can go with red or white wines
    A certain class of seafood could be called "cows that swim" or "steers with gills." The fish are meaty, fleshy, sometimes rich in fat, can take to a grill and are best served slightly rare at the center. Sounds like a beefsteak because that's their twin....
  • Burgundy: Wine, Barging, and Beyond

    My favorite corner of France is Burgundy, a region overflowing with edible, drinkable, scenic, and floatable delights. Its rolling hills and a handful of sleepy villages have given birth to the superior wines and fine cuisine that say "French." The...
  • Musical talking points: Jessie J, Juggalos, JB, Miley, K. Hanna, more

    Musical talking points: Jessie J, Juggalos, JB, Miley, K. Hanna, more
    While you were busy this week dealing with life, a thousand more hours of music were released and a million words were written about them. More importantly, one very saucy cover image of Nicki Minaj spawned a legion of admirers. Lorde officially was named...
  • Enchanted union at 42 Grams

    Enchanted union at 42 Grams
    The underground-dining world has become quite the fertile breeding ground for impressive restaurants; the stellar Elizabeth, the award-winning Fat Rice and Bonsoiree (the last sadly gone but dazzling in its day) all have their roots in underground dining....
  • How to be mistaken for a restaurant critic

    How to be mistaken for a restaurant critic
    Jared Wentworth remembers the day that Jean-Luc Naret, director of the Michelin Guide, strolled into his restaurant — anonymously. "He didn't give his real name," says the chef of Longman & Eagle in Logan Square. "But we get a pretty local crowd,...
  • Seniors on the Go: Travel with a focus, part 3: Design your own personal quest

    Seniors on the Go: Travel with a focus, part 3: Design your own personal quest
    As noted last week, travel can be far more interesting when you have something specific in mind that you want to see or do. The two previous reports in this series dealt with tour packages that serve special-interest travelers, along with ways to cut...
  • Understanding French culture

    Understanding French culture
    I love France -- it is one of Europe's most diverse, tasty, and exciting countries. It brims with the good life and a special appreciation for culture, music, art, food, and wine. But Americans can feel pretty dowdy when confronted with the casual...