| Oct 1, 2010
| 4:11 PM
"How Did You Get This Number"
By Sloane Crosley Riverhead, $25.95, 274 pages
Whether she likes it or not, Sloane Crosley keeps being compared to Carrie Bradshaw. Oregon Live called her book “I Was Told There’d Be Cake” “a cooler...
| Apr 6, 2011
| 3:16 PM
"Silk & Venom: Searching for a Dangerous Spider"
By Kathryn Lasky, photographs by Christopher G. Knight
Candlewick Press, $16.99, ages 10-13
"Spiders were here before dinosaurs" and "by means of silk and venom, they have flourished." There are two...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 6:50 AM
Beer geeks are already wringing their hands that the sale of Goose Island Beer Co. to Anheuser-Busch -- better known as Budweiser -- will compromise one of craft beer's leading lights.
But Goose founder and Chief Executive Officer John Hall said the...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 7:43 PM
A couple of years ago I was in a craft-beer bar in Helsinki and felt more than a little pride when I spied Bourbon County Brand Stout on the menu.
I didn’t order it — the thick, black Goose Island brew was close to $40 for a 22-ounce bottle....
| Jul 1, 2011
| 2:00 PM
Monday is the 4th of July and folks will be celebrating with lots of food, plenty of cold drinks and an arsenal of fireworks to let scream across the sky. These days, thanks to supermarkets and restaurants that never seem to close, one can pull together...
| Jun 8, 2011
| 3:00 PM
Lavish but louche hosts have known for generations that nothing sparks a party like something illicit: A woman in a velvet swing in the 1900's, bathtub gin in the 1920s, foie gras in Chicago just a few years ago. But cheese?
| Dec 10, 2010
On the way to work one day this week, I heard Eric Ferguson (of the morning show "Eric and Kathy") mention that a man in Oregon legally changed his name to "Captain Awesome."
"The judge that granted the request made him swear he wasn't changing his...
| Sep 8, 2010
Sometimes it pays to play it cool; just ask President Obama, Lauren Bacall, Johnny Depp and the grape growers and winemakers of Chile's Casablanca Valley.
Located 11 miles from the Chilean coast, bathed in cool breezes and morning fogs from the chilly...
| Jul 8, 2011
Our story about the do's and don'ts of attending a wedding brought in some hilarious e-mails and Facebook comments. Here were some of the highlights:
"One of my high school friends had a reception with no alcohol," wrote David. "Her husband had some...
| May 4, 2011
| 12:37 PM
Former longtime Chicago Tribune reporter Bill Barnhart and his writing partner, Gene Schlickman, were among five Chicago-area writers winning recognition from the Society of Midland Authors, which announced winners of its annual Author Awards Wednesday...
| Jan 16, 2011
I had my doubts as I turned off the isolated highway onto the sandy open desert.
"Drive three miles, then make a left?" I wondered out loud while reading the directions, as my car bounced over mounds of sand, mimicking one of those souped-up cars in a...