The Food and Wine Hedonist

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Top Chef: New Orleans – Season Premiere

For last year’s season premiere of Top Chef: Seattle, I posted the following: I didn’t know until a couple days ago that it was starting already and, quite frankly, I … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · 12 Comments

Chicago Eats – Belly Shack

Whenever we go to Chicago, we usually stay in the Bucktown area, which is home to a lot of super-hip boutiques and restaurants that give it a Greenwich Village-like feeling.  … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · 8 Comments

The Moby Dick of Burritos

It’s an age old debate… “You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood … back home to a young man’s dreams of glory and of … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · 22 Comments

Guilty Pleasures Recycled – Magnet and Steel

Yo!  It’s time for another re-run, this time for a couple reasons.  First, I had this song running through my ahead again earlier this week and it brought me back … Continue reading

May 17, 2013 · 9 Comments

Chicago Eats – Sunda

Right around this time last year, The Sicilian wrote a post on her dinner at Sunda in Chicago.   I’ve always wanted to go there, especially after years of friends raving … Continue reading

March 20, 2013 · 11 Comments

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

I used to celebrate St Patrick’s Day like a madman.  As a recent college graduate living in Chicago’s Yuppieville, there was no way to avoid an Irish-style pub – Kincaid’s, … Continue reading

March 15, 2013 · 17 Comments

Chicago Eats – Franks ‘n’ Dawgs

During our recent jaunt to Chicago for Christmas, Boom Boom got sick which put the kibosh on a bunch of activities.  On the plus side, one of those activities included … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · 8 Comments

We Ate Our Youth

I was in Chicago a couple of weeks ago for a guys’ weekend which included about a dozen or so Italian Beef sandwiches, a ton of booze, and almost zero … Continue reading

November 5, 2012 · 4 Comments

Two Boudins and Cotechino Risotto

I know, it’s been killing you.  I posted about Publican Quality Meats last week and you’re asking yourself, “What the heck did the Hedonist do with all those sausages?”  Oh wait, … Continue reading

October 29, 2012 · 8 Comments

Publican Quality Meats

So you’re in Chicago and have had your fill of stuffed pizza and the three Chicago originals.  Now you’re looking something a little more fancy, but still casual.  Run, don’t … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · 3 Comments