The Food and Wine Hedonist

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Guilty Pleasures – Chicago

That’s the band, not the city.  There’s absolutely no reason to feel guilty about liking the city, unless you’re some kind of hayseed who doesn’t like big cities.  Or you’re … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

Ann Arbor Eats: Slurping Turtle

I was so excited when I heard that Iron Chef and Top Chef Masters competitor Takashi Yagihashi decided to open his second Slurping Turtle in Ann Arbor.   I had been … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · 40 Comments

Chicago Eats – Xoco

I FINALLY got around to trying Rick Bayless’ Mexican streetfood place – Xoco. It’s been open for a few years but the few times that I was in the area … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · 16 Comments

Eataly Chicago

The bus I took to Chicago deposited me right smack downtown where I immediately realized that it was the day of the annual St. Patrick’s day parade.  The whole area … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 23 Comments

Chicago Eats – Penny’s Noodle Shop

When we lived in Chicago, Penny’s was our equivalent of the local neighborhood diner.   You know the place – it’s close, they know you there, it’s super cheap, and … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · 17 Comments

Chicago Eats: Little Goat Diner

During our recent trip to Chicago, I was hanging with The Pieholes and decided to have lunch at Little Goat Diner. * This is Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard’s take on … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · 11 Comments

Chicago Eats – Andy’s Thai Kitchen

Sometimes it takes a change in scenery for you to see how good or bad you have it.  One of the first posts on this site dealt with how there’s … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · 15 Comments

Some Love for the Italians on this St. Patrick’s Day Weekend – Again

I was just in Chicago this past weekend and totally forgot about it being St Patrick’s Day weekend.  I was going to write up a new post for St Patrick’s, … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · 14 Comments

Top Chef NOLA Episode 15: Leaving New Orleans

Episode 14 Finale Part 1 * Brian got booted from last week’s episode mainly because of his head-scratching decision to use boneless, skinless chicken breast in his dish.  So on … Continue reading

January 23, 2014 · 6 Comments

Ann Arbor Eats – The Best Fried Chicken Ever

I LOVE fried chicken. While I’m not an expert on fried chicken by any stretch, I’ve had some absolutely terrific chicken over the years.  One of my favorites has always … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 · 30 Comments