Category Archives: Chicago

The Docsconz 2014 Wish List

2013 was an unparalleled year for me in hitting restaurants on the top ten of my annual wish list. I managed to dine at a full 60% or 6 out of ten of them. Though I would love to return [...]

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Sunday Photo – In Memorium – Chef Charlie Trotter

I had met him on several occasions, but can’t say that I knew him. I certainly knew who he was, but I doubt that he had any clue as to who I was. We were the same age, though I [...]

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Fermented Elements – Dinner With Matthias Merges and Kevin Farley (The Cultured Pickle)

Fermentation has been around for as long as humans have been eating food and drinking beverages other than water. Many cultures have used it to create their most iconic foods. It is only recently, however, that the techniques of fermentation have gained [...]

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The Docsconz 2013 Wish List

I have had the great fortune of eating at many wonderful restaurants, but there are many, many more that I haven’t eaten at, that I would very much like to. There are restaurants in the far corners of the world [...]

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Next:Sicily – Dinner at a Sicilian Grandmother’s House

The premise was to be a dinner in the home of a Sicilian grandmother. That means abbondanza and amore – plenty of food, cooked with love. As we ate the family style servings at the Kitchen Table of Next: [...]

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Xoco – Rick Bayless Does it Again

He may not be Mexican or from Mexico, but Rick Bayless has devoted his life to studying Mexico, Mexicans and most especially, Mexican food. He has also parlayed this passion into a very nice career. His restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolobampo [...]

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Eddie Huang, Francis Lam, Next and Sicily

Authenticity. How important is that to a restaurant and what does it really mean? A recent discussion between Eddie Huang and Francis Lam talked about that topic with Mr. Huang coming down hard on non-native chefs gaining accolades cooking cuisines [...]

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My Top 25 Restaurant Meals of 2011

I will say right at the top that I have never had a more incredible and deep year of dining than I had in 2011. With visits to a number of Europe’s very best temples of Gastronomy, including many of [...]

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Wish List 2012

My wish list of restaurants that I have not yet visited has evolved a bit with time. Some have made it off the list, because I have finally eaten at them, while others have slid off due to changing interests. [...]

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Grant Achatz Talks with Kim Severson at StarChefs

“I actually thought that Elizabeth Falkner was going to lead us in a seance” Kim Severson joked as she opened up her discussion with Grant Achatz at the latest StarChefs International Chefs Congress. They were there to discuss Chef Achatz’ [...]

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