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  • Kobe beef explained

    Kobe beef explained
    Q: Could you possibly clear up the notion of Kobe beef? From what I have read it is extremely hard to find the real stuff outside of Japan and that in the U.S. it's all just a big scam. —Patrick W. Marsden, Marina del Rey, Calif. A: Genuine...
  • Falling for a divine nectar

    Falling for a divine nectar
    God's fingerprints are all over this place. You see it in the curl of a grape leaf, the camber of the harvest sun. Even the oak barrels are inviting. I want to cut one in half, fill it with leaves, climb in to read a long, difficult book. This time of...
  • Cioppino: A classic taste of San Francisco

    Cioppino: A classic taste of San Francisco
    By Lisa McRee for Oneforthetable.com One of the iconic dishes of San Francisco is the seafood stew known as cioppino. The origin of the name is obscure. The dish evolved in the late 19th century when Italian and Portuguese fisherman ruled the bays of...
  • Bottle blues: Why does the wine taste worse at home?

    Bottle blues: Why does the wine taste worse at home?
    Q: When I've purchased wine lately at either a grocery store, or even a wine shop for that matter, it seems as though some of the wines have a sour taste to them. We can have wine in a restaurant and then purchase the same wine in a store and it doesn't...
  • Phil Vettel recommends: Beaujolais nouveau

    Phil Vettel recommends: Beaujolais nouveau
    Part harvest festival, part good excuse to drink wine, the annual release of Beaujolais nouveau takes place the third Thursday on November. Beaujolais nouveau is a light, fruity, food-friendly and fun red wine meant to be enjoyed young, and preferably...
  • Drinkable wine?

    Drinkable wine?
    Q: I have a bottle of 1993 Bourgogne Blanc by Chartron et Trebuchet. Is it drinkable? It's a bottle I inherited, so I don't know how it's been stored. —Patty Cooper, Chicago A: Call me the cockeyed optimist, but I always hope a wine like this...
  • A hidden gem, in plain sight

    A hidden gem, in plain sight
    There are many things I don't understand about the restaurant business. I don't see why small plates are "shareable." I don't get the appeal of communal tables. And I don't understand why Storefront Company isn't crowded all the time. The year-old...
  • Phil Vettel: Two stars for Bread & Wine

    Phil Vettel: Two stars for Bread & Wine
    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....
  • Can I use Marsala instead of Madeira in sauce?

    Can I use Marsala instead of Madeira in sauce?
    Q: I am planning to make Susan Spicer's goat cheese croutons with wild mushrooms and Madeira cream from her "Crescent City Cooking." I don't have any Madeira. Is Marsala an acceptable substitute? --Andrew Maselli, Chicago A: "Yes," says Spicer,...
  • Ice wine: how long can it last?

    Ice wine: how long can it last?
    Q: I was wondering how long one can keep ice wine. —Barb Person,Oshawa, Ontario A: The answer depends on whether the bottle of ice wine is open or not and how it has been stored. Yours, I gather from a subsequent email, is unopened and has...
  • Where to eat if you're following the Bears to Green Bay

    Where to eat if you're following the Bears to Green Bay
    GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Chicago Bears pull into town a week from Monday, which means a lot of Bears fans will be heading here as well. And because it takes more than three hours to drive here from Chicago (possibly much longer; Interstate Highway 94...