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Museum Youth Intern Selected for Fifth Star Rising Star Honor Roll 2017

by Swedish American Museum @ Swedish American Museum

The Museum’s IAC youth intern Renee Freville has been selected as a member of this year’s Fifth Star Rising Star Honor Roll. Renee will represent the Swedish American Museum as a visual artist at the 2017 Fifth Star Honors presented by Allstate Insurance Company. The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will honor ... Read More

Korean Chain Makes Noodles in Glenview Strip Mall

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

Fast-food franchises rarely have memorable food, but a Korean company focusing on noodles, is making some memorable – and affordable – dishes, in a Glenview strip mall. The chain is based on a celebrity chef from Korea you’ve probably never heard of, but that doesn’t matter, because it’s all about the handmade noodles.

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Tour San Jose's Vietnamese Food Scene | MOFAD City

Tour San Jose's Vietnamese Food Scene | MOFAD City


Eater.com

Snack shops, comfort food, and a noodle soup empire

Homemade Pastrami All Over Chicago

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

The thought of turkey sandwiches for the next few days doesn’t seem all that appealing, which is why I’m thankful for the city’s myriad (homemade) pastrami options. There are several places now brining, curing and smoking their own briskets, much like they do in New York or Montreal.

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Communist Purge Plays Out in Vietnam’s Trial of the Decade

Communist Purge Plays Out in Vietnam’s Trial of the Decade


WSJ

A Hanoi court sentenced a former official to life in prison, calling it “a necessary warning against the abuse of power.”

Chicago's ultimate guide to Argyle Street Asian food

Chicago's ultimate guide to Argyle Street Asian food


Thrillist

Dim sum is involved. Very, very involved.

What Our Customers Are Saying…

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

“Steve’s Food Crawl was an amazing experience that was uniquely tailored for the palates of our global team.  We were very impressed with the restaurant and bar selected for our group’s outing. Top notch service, and the food and cocktails were incredible. We are looking forward to scheduling another food crawl soon.” Vanessa Reneau-Mack The Warranty […]

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City in a Garden

by Alicia O'Connor @ Lakeshore Magazine

Chicago’s motto, “Urbs in Horto” or City in a Garden, may surprise you.  After all, this city best known for...

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Chicago Spring Break Ideas

by Jeremy @ Bobby's Bike Hike

Chicago absolutely explodes when the weather turns nice and the sun shines out. After months of frigid temps, gallons of hot tea, piles of blankets and weeks worth of Netflix binges, the snow finally melts and Chicagoans burst into the limelight for some outdoor fun. We’ve compiled a guide to make the most of your [...]

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Edgewater Bakery Does Banh Mi From Scratch

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

Chicago is home to many great sandwiches, but I say there’s more than just Italian beef here. A Vietnamese standard – the banh mi – is now sprouting up all over the city, including a relatively new option in Edgewater, where they bake the bread every day.

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Hyde Park Gets First Neapolitan Pizza Option

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

Neapolitan pizza joints have been cropping up all over Chicago the past few years, but none had opened in Hyde Park, until recently. One of Lincoln Park’s best pizza makers closed her shop a few months ago, re-opening in a brand new dorm on the University of Chicago campus, where they’ve expanded their menu. Nella […]

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Chance the Rapper’s Favorite Fried Shrimp is Legit

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

Chicago has a few old-school options for fried shrimp – we’re thinking of Calmet Fisheries, Goose Island Shrimp House and Lawrence Fisheries – but one of Chance the Rapper’s childhood favorites near Englewood is also worth a second look. Haire’s Gulf Shrimp 7448 S Vincennes Ave (773) 783-1818

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Detroit-Style Pizza Makes Inroads in Chicago

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

We all know how serious Chicago is about its pizza, but there’s a relatively new type of pizza making inroads here: Detroit-style. It was created just a few years after Uno’s launched deep dish here, back in the 40s, and while the Motor City’s version has some similarities with our deep style, there are plenty of […]

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Banh Mi at Saigon Sisters

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

(Videography by Todd Rosenberg)   All month long we’re roaming around the Chicago French Market, sampling some of the best bites. So far, we’ve introduced you to the glories of gourmet take-out at Wisma, as well as the crispier-than-thou frites at Frietkoten. Today, we’re heading to Vietnam, sort of, for the traditional banh mi sandwich […]

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Newseum to Open Photo Exhibit Exploring the Tet Offensive

by Newseum @ Newseum

The exhibit includes tactile images and audio interviews with Marines who fought in the bloodiest battle of the Vietnam War.
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Somerset’s Vegetarian Tartar a Stunner

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

The team behind restaurants such as Boka and Momotaro has opened Somerset, its latest project next to the gleaming new Viceroy Hotel in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The restaurant features an all-American menu, but I thought two dishes in particular stood out. I asked Chef Lee Wolen to show me how, exactly, he makes them.

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Bone Broth Basics

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

On this edition of The Feed Podcast, we’re talking about the basics of any good bowl of soup – by digging down to the bones, or rather, the broth they create. We talk to some entrepreneurs focusing on broth production in Portland, OR and Chicago, as well as the Chef/Owner of Strings Ramen in Chicago, […]

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Saigon to Stockholm Food Tour

by EzSites @ Tours – Chicago Foodways Tours

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Roberta’s Comes to Chicago, For Pizza Pop-Up

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

A taste of Bushwick is coming to Pilsen, but only for a weekend. One of New York City’s finest pizzas is made in the ovens at Roberta’s, and the team behind this Brooklyn gem will be setting up shop at Dusek’s Board & Beer for a two-day pizza pop-up, November 11 and 12. “While Chicago […]

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Southern Food Inspired by Mississippi Delta in Wicker Park

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

There are, of course, restaurants in the Chicago area that specialize in Southern food, but most of them tend to stick to the same script: fried catfish or chicken, biscuits and a plate of shrimp and grits. However, there’s a new restaurant in Wicker Park, The Delta, where they’re focusing in on the food from the […]

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Young & Hungry: Vietnamese Snacks on Argyle

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

Today I’m turning over this space to all-star intern Samantha Rollins, a student at Northwestern. Her mission: to seek affordable, delicious eats, without breaking her meager budget.   From the moment we got off the Red Line at the Argyle stop, the aroma of Vietnamese food was in the air. You’d be hard-pressed to find […]

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Top Ten Best Guided Bike Tours in America

by Jeremy @ Bobby's Bike Hike

Top Ten Best Guided Bike Tours in America Get your kicks on Route 66 By the widest of margins riding a bicycle is the most efficient and environmentally friendly mode of transportation in America. It also happens to be the most enjoyable way to tour and explore a new city.  And we have [...]

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Acrimonious Breakup at Embeya, Chef Plans Next Chapter

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

Attila Gyulai and Thai Dang in Embeya’s early days   “I was taken advantage of,” says a quiet, almost despondent Thai Dang. Sitting in a Streeterville coffeeshop, looking off in the distance, the former Chef and Partner at Embeya recounted the mind-numbing last few days. Just a few weeks ago, he was leading a culinary […]

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Chicago families can explore global cultures at first-ever Global Kids WorldFest on October 21

by Aimee Thompson @ Raising World Citizens Recent Posts

Living in a diverse city like Chicago, it often feels like you can explore different cultures just from driving from neighborhood to neighborhood across the city. But, there are those special moments when cultures converge in one place, creating a diverse world cultural microcosm where you can seemingly span the globe just by walking from table to table, from person to person and from culture to culture. And, that to me is the allure of WorldChicago’s Global Kids WorldFest, which take place for the first time at Sullivan High School (6631 N. Bosworth Ave.) in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood on Saturday, October 21. Taking place from 10 am – 3 pm, the one-day festival is aimed at helping Chicago families explore global cultures through food, games and crafts. Global Kids WorldFest will feature food trucks, carnival games, arts and crafts, and a kids international village. Event entry is free and activity tickets cost 25 cents. Early bird tickets are available online, and offer you the opportunity to purchase 100 activity tickets for $20. Proceeds from Global Kids WorldFest will benefit WorldChicago’s local and global programs to support citizen diplomacy by engaging the Chicago community and the world. WorldChicago is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting citizen diplomacy by empowering youth to be service-minded global citizens. It choose a special home for the first-ever Global Kids WorldFest - Sullivan High School accepted nearly 100 refugees during the 2016-2017 school year, establishing it as school committed to international diversity. With an immigrant population close to 300, that student group now makes up 45 percent of Sullivan High School’s total student population – and its student body represents over 38 countries and speaks more than 35 languages. In order to establish a mutual understanding of the opportunities and challenges of English-language learning, Sullivan High School students met with delegates from WorldChicago’s Iraqi Youth Leadership Exchange Program over the summer. And, now they’re helping to further Chicago family awareness and appreciation of global cultures through Global Kids WorldFest. So, on October 21, instead of driving through Chicago’s neighborhoods and stopping at different places in order to appreciate global cultures, I plan to make one stop at Global Kids WorldFest – and travel around the world right from there.

South Side Greenhouse Providing Year-round Produce

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

In the past, eating fresh salads greens or just-picked herbs only happened in the summertime in Chicago. Restaurants and grocery stores were always forced to import them during the winter. Not anymore.

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Banh Mi in Saigon

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

I just returned from an intensive eating vacation that meandered through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. One of the highlights, without a doubt, were the delicious banh mi sandwiches we ate in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). To call them simply Vietnamese subs would be an insult. They begin with the greatest French bread – much […]

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From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City: Vietnam surprises and delights

From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City: Vietnam surprises and delights


Chicago Sun-Times

A tour about the damages of the Vietnam war was just one of countless surprises Vietnam had in store on a two-week backpacking trip.

Vietnamese Cafe in Pilsen Offers All-Day Dining, Drinking

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

Many Vietnamese restaurants in Chicago are on Argyle Street in the Uptown neighborhood, but Cà Phê Dá in Pilsen offers Vietnamese food served at a slightly higher level. The owners of Haisous on 18th Street opened the tiny coffee shop next door, where the pastries and sandwiches are truly remarkable.

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Top 5 Pho in Chicago

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

The past few days, we’ve laid out our methodology and procedure for finding the best bowls in Chicago and the contenders at play.  Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for. After tasting 31 bowls of pho and countless weeks of crunching numbers and pouring over notes with my Pho Consigliere – Paul Nguyen – […]

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Chicago’s Best Pho, #6 – #10

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

We continue our big reveal this week from the city’s most thorough #ChicagoPhoCrawl. Researched, analyzed and put together between my friend Paul Nguyen and myself, we’ve visited all of the primary pho operations in the city, and have come up with our ranking for each one using a consistent and statistical based methodology.  On Tuesday, […]

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Children’s Museum Garden Gets Refreshed

by Swedish American Museum @ Swedish American Museum

When thinking about planting a garden in Chicago, starting in fall isn’t usually the best idea. However, when your garden is set in pioneer America inside a children’s museum, anytime is a good time! The garden in the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration is one of the most heavily used features of the imaginative space. ... Read More

Fun & Unique Chicago Walking and Food Tours - Bobby's Bike Hike Chicago

Fun & Unique Chicago Walking and Food Tours - Bobby's Bike Hike Chicago


Bobby's Bike Hike

Walking tours that take you through some of the best spots in Chicago. A great way to get to know the city a little better.

Journalists Visit Newseum for IPW Press Brunch

by Heather Bien @ Newseum

IPW is the world's biggest gathering of tourism professionals.
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Vietnamese Cafe in Pilsen Offers All-Day Dining, Drinking

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

Many Vietnamese restaurants in Chicago are on Argyle Street in the Uptown neighborhood, but Cà Phê Dá in Pilsen offers Vietnamese food served at a slightly higher level. The owners of Haisous on 18th Street opened the tiny coffee shop next door, where the pastries and sandwiches are truly remarkable.

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September Is for Seniors

by Newseum @ Newseum

During the entire month of September, the Newseum is offering special senior discounts, classes and free guided highlights tours!
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Black Bean Challenge

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

On this edition of The Feed Podcast (where you’ll find the recipes), a Black Bean Challenge with the Chef and Owner of May Street Café & Steakhouse in Chicago.  Chef Mario Santiago joins Rick Bayless in the test kitchen to come up with an easy weeknight meal in 15 minutes or less, using a can of […]

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Huynh Restaurant

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

Like most great Asian restaurants, Huynh is a family-owned joint, serving up fresh, homemade Vietnamese dishes in a comfortable, urban atmosphere. One of the things a lot of people don’t realize about Houston is that it has a massive Vietnamese population, which in turn results in some of the best pho, banh mi and banh […]

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Armenian, Brazilian & Vietnamese Food (Boston Calling)

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

I spent the day in Boston with my friend and colleague Marco Werman, host of both PRI’s The World as well as Boston Calling, a regional program in Massachussetts. I took him around town for some intensive ethnic eating; each of the three stops – Armenian in Watertown, Brazilian in Cambridge and Vietnamese in Dorchester […]

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Experience The Flavors Of Vietnam This Restaurant Week

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

Choose Chicago begins its annual Restaurant Week tomorrow, with some 250 local restaurants offering incredible deals on 3-course lunches for $22 and dinners for $33. This year, Saigon Sisters is participating, and they’ve got something special up their silk sleeves. During the event (which is technically two weeks), guests will have the opportunity to enjoy […]

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Lobster Rolls at Merchandise Mart

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

Lobster rolls are all over the Eastern Seaboard, but there are several places in Chicago now making decent versions. These traditional sandwiches, served in top-loaded hot dog buns, are now showing up at the Merchandise Mart, thanks to a New York City-based chain that is hoping to plant a few more stores here.

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Explore Chicago Through These Amazing Culinary Tours

Explore Chicago Through These Amazing Culinary Tours


TripSavvy

Travel by bike, bus or foot for culinary adventures through Chicago's trendiest neighborhoods, food-focused communities and historic destinations.

Banh Mi Ba Le

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

Tucked away in Dorchester, outside Boston proper, you might ask if Banh Mi Ba Le is worth the trip. The answer is a resounding yes. Their fresh ingredients and proprietary artisan baguette have earned them the distinction of being the #1 Vietnamese sandwich in Boston. And how much for this king of Vietnamese sandwiches you […]

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Chicago Ethnic Food Tours • Lakeshore Magazine

Chicago Ethnic Food Tours • Lakeshore Magazine


Lakeshore Magazine

Beyond the usual tourist destinations, visitors to Chicago and life-long residents alike may experience numerous cultures and traditions in ethnic...

Custom Group Food Tours - Chef Driven Food Tours

Custom Group Food Tours - Chef Driven Food Tours


Chef Driven Food Tours

CUSTOM GROUP FOOD TOURS Let us customize your next corporate, school, or private event for an unforgettable culinary experience. Food is our common ground, a universal experience. - James Beard Door to door pick up and drop off anywhere in Downtown Chicago Area Bonus food stops Native Chicago guides with at least 10 years professional..

Ice, Ice Baby – S. Side Business Crafting Cool Cubes

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

If you’ve ever been to a great cocktail bar, you may have noticed how perfectly geometrical the ice cubes are. They just barely fit into the glass. In Chicago, there is a good chance the bar outsourced the job to someone else. Bars are turning to ice experts to get the job done. On this week’s […]

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Top 5 Banh Mi in Chicago

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

Truly great sandwiches are studies in contrast. The soft chew of a Leidenheimer French bread encasing warm, fried shrimp, crisp lettuce and tomatoes in a New Orleans po’boy at the Parkway Tavern; the perfect crust of a D’Amato’s loaf housing a bevy of thinly-sliced, appropriately fatty Italian meats, dressed with fruity olive oil and thick […]

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Chicago Restaurant Group Opens The Aviary in NYC

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

The team behind restaurants such as Alinea, Next and the Aviary has launched its first project outside of Chicago, in New York City. They’ve taken over the lobby of a mid-town hotel, and have transplanted their cutting edge cocktails, as well as their friendly Midwestern service to the Big Apple.

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Top 5 Pho in Chicago

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

NOTE: Just in case you’ve landed here from a Google search, there is a newer, updated Top 5 Pho post. I ranked all 32 of the pho joints in Chicago, complete with statistical analysis and maps. Published January of 2017.   Nearly every culture has its go-to winter comfort soup. The “Jewish penicillin” has always […]

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Little Italy Food Tour

by EzSites @ Tours – Chicago Foodways Tours

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Chicago Bike and Food Tour Company celebrates 15 year anniversary

by Jeremy @ Bobby's Bike Hike

Bobby’s Bike Hike, celebrating it's 15th season as Chicago’s top rated outdoor bike, walking, and food tour company, has been quite busy this winter.  Creating not one, not two, but three all-new Chicago bicycle tours, walking tours, and food tours launching in Chicago this Spring 2017 just in time for warmer temps and tourism season.  And [...]

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Swedish American Museum Blends Contemporary Swedish Culture With An American Flare

by Swedish American Museum @ Swedish American Museum

Story preview: “Located in the heart of Andersonville, Illinois, the Swedish American Museum has been providing a glimpse into Swedish heritage to the most traditionally Swedish area of Chicago for over 40 years. Andersonville has long been known for its Swedish roots, boasting an active tourist population looking to purchase Swedish foods, gifts, and partake ... Read More

Banh Mi from Nhu Lan Bakery

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

  Colonization has led to some amazing culinary stepchildren. Granted, foreign occupations rarely come to an end peacefully, but just look at some of the results: you can find world-class Indian food in London, authentic Portuguese bread in Goa, along India’s West coast and in Vietnam, there is always that reminder of French colonization: the […]

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Strange Foods Festival Hits Town Sunday

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

If you’re the kind of intrepid eater who thrills to the prospect of trying fried grasshoppers, fermented water jelly and tripe ragú, you might want to check out the 2nd annual Strange Foods Festival this Sunday, November 5th, at the Stan Mansion (2408 N. Kedzie) in Logan Square. Keng Sisavath is a one-man ambassador for […]

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5 Unique Experience Gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day in Chicago

by Jeremy @ Bobby's Bike Hike

Instead of going the traditional route and getting flowers and yet another coffee mug to celebrate your mom on mother’s day, give her something that will be unforgettable like a culinary class or take her on a bike ride through Chicago.  'Experience gifts' create memories that will last, provide amazing pictures to share on social [...]

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Chicago Pho Crawl, Ranking 31 Bowls in 31 Days

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

In the middle of winter, several bowls vie for your attention. In Chicago – home to the largest Polish enclave outside of Warsaw – borscht and bigos (hunter’s stew) are a given. But our melting pot culture, and patchwork of 77 distinctive neighborhoods, also means you can indulge your memories of that backpacking trip to […]

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Grow Good Food with Yellow Tractor Gardens

by Alicia O'Connor @ Lakeshore Magazine

For Wendy Irwin, the Founder and CEO of Yellow Tractor, this is personal.  Growing up in the shadow of Texas...

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Pre-Theater Dining in The Loop, Part 1

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

The Oriental, the Goodman and the Cadillac theaters draw many people to Chicago’s Loop during the holiday season, so I wanted to offer a few good options for places to go before (or even after) a show. You’ll be able to eat well in an abbreviated amount of time. Next week, I’ll offer up part […]

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Marisol Chef Gearing Up for CPS/Pilot Light Fundraiser

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

Nearly two dozen of Chicago’s best chefs are getting together for a unique fundraiser this Friday for a non-profit called Pilot Light, which works with Chicago Public Schools children. One of the key chefs involved is Jason Hammel, known for his work at Lula Cafe. From the kitchen of his new restaurant, Marisol, inside the Museum […]

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Flowers of Vietnam Brings It Home with Reopening

Flowers of Vietnam Brings It Home with Reopening


After5 Detroit

Southwest Detroit’s Flowers of Vietnam is back and better than ever with some of the most flavorful dishes you’ll ever find and five nights of service, Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Unless you’ve been spending your weekends under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard about the Vietnamese pop-up that began as one night a week and evolved as a full weekend pop-up that was making magic in Southwest Detroit out of the long standing Vernor Coney Island. The Flowers of Vietnam concept, launched by Southwest Detroit native George Azar, has drawn wild attention and was dubbed one of the “Best Restaurants in America 2017” by GQ Magazine, in addition to being named one of the Detroit Free Press’ “Best New Restaurants 2017”. Flowers of Vietnam doesn’t share their Vernor Coney Island space anymore, it’s all theirs, but they did keep the light up sign that has lit up the storefront for years and years. From when you’re greeted upon entry to when you sit down and listen to the kind and knowledgeable Flowers of Vietnam team explain the menu, to when you receive your first dish hot from the kitchen to when you visit the bathroom, this place is a full experience. Yes, we said bathroom. You walk in there and have the option to be entertained by a ceiling-to-floor projection of photos as if the whole place is made of moving art parts. Standout dishes include Azar’s Caramel Chicken Wings which will literally make your mouth water and your fingers sticky. The crispy rice under their Cơm Tấm dish is as good as you’d guess, accompanied by grilled pork chop, Chinese sausage, sugarcane shrimp and a sunny side egg. The combo of Chinese sausage, shrimp and pork chop is overwhelming in the tastiest way possible. To end the night, you can order their extremely rich Egg Cream Coffee they offer for dessert. Try it spiked with bourbon, if you dare. As for cocktails and beverages, you can order from their menu of rotating drink creations, beers and wines from around the world, and their menu of drinks made by other people, where they showcase drinks from other cocktail geniuses around. The Green Suede Gatorade (a Flowers of Vietnam original cocktail) is in popular demand over there and we get it. With its refreshing taste, cool color and light citrus tang, it will remind you of early springtime. Another touch of hospitality they throw in on your way out is a blue glossy covered chocolate bonbon. Flowers of Vietnam had Detroit chocolate makers Guilt Chocolates make them their own special candy, reminiscent of their Egg Cream Coffee. Azar has spent his more recent years in kitchens all over the world, building his experience and gearing up to open his own restaurant with his own take on Vietnamese food right in his neighborhood. He’s worked at Alinea in Chicago, Bouchon in Las Vegas, and recently worked with Noma during its pop-up in Tulum, Mexico. Flowers of Vietnam 4430 W. Vernor Highway, Detroit, MI 48209 Wednesday -Sunday – Monday: 5pm to midnight   Photo credit: Facebook

Banh Mi in Saigon

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

I just returned from an intensive eating vacation that meandered through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. One of the highlights, without a doubt, were the delicious banh mi sandwiches we ate in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). To call them simply Vietnamese subs would be an insult. They begin with the greatest French bread – much […]

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The Slanted Door

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky » Vietnamese

Definitely considered cutting-edge Vietnamese when it opened, The Slanted Door consistently produces modern, fresh and vibrant Vietnamese food, courtesy of chef/owner Charles Phan. The original location has closed, but the restaurant is now Ferry Building Marketplace downtown. The Slanted Door 1 Ferry Building #3, San Francisco, CA 94111; (415) 861-8032

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Chicago’s First Handroll Bar Opens in Wicker Park

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

Sushi bars are nothing new in Chicago, but Anaba in Wicker Park offers something different. It shares an address with the veggie-friendly Mana Food Bar at 1742 W. Division St., and like its sibling, it’s laser-focused on just one thing: handrolls.

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Digging in Down Under

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

Here is a story I wrote for The Chicago Tribune’s Travel section about my food-filled trip to Sydney and Melbourne in 2017. Click here to read it.  

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New in the Kerstin Andersson Museum Store

by Swedish American Museum @ Swedish American Museum

Coming this spring to the Kerstin Andersson Museum Store is a product that will make pet lovers howl. Happy Pet Project Ceramic Food and Water Bowls, from Magisso, are ceramic bowls designed especially for your dogs’ and cats’ dining pleasure and health. Self-cooling ceramic pet bowls will keep pet food and water cool for hours, ... Read More

Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide

Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide


Travel + Leisure

“An com chua?”If you’re going to understand Vietnam and the Vietnamese, this three-word phrase is key. A friendly greeting exchanged throughout the day, it poses a seemingly mundane question: “Have...

Street food isn't as scary on a guided food tour in Hanoi

Street food isn't as scary on a guided food tour in Hanoi


chicagotribune.com

An unadventurous eater dives into Hanoi's sidewalk street food scene on a guided food tour.

Museum Expansion

by Swedish American Museum @ Swedish American Museum

On Sept. 8, 2017 the Swedish American Museum at 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, purchased the three-story building on its north side for future expansion. “On the heels of the return of our rooftop water tank, this opportunity to grow is exciting to us,” said Executive Director Karin Moen Abercrombie. Planning has begun for eventual ... Read More

Discover Oak Park

by Alicia O'Connor @ Lakeshore Magazine

Just west of downtown Chicago, the Village of Oak Park is alive with architectural and literary history.  The quaint town...

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Chinatown Tour | Philadelphia Food Tours | Free Tours By Foot

Chinatown Tour | Philadelphia Food Tours | Free Tours By Foot


Free Tours by Foot

Check out Philadelphia's best Asian cuisine on Free Tours By Foot's Chinatown Tour. Sample the best that Philly's Chinatown has to offer on this food tour.

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