Here we go, locked firmly in the grip of another Chicago winter, spending as much time as possible trying to stay warm. Granted, it's not exactly Antarctica (or Anchorage), but we have plenty of chilly days and nights to deal with until April.
There are an awful lot of ampersands floating around Chicago lately. Bangers & Lace, Blokes & Birds and Owen & Engine have all opened in the past few weeks; the latter two really trying hard to look and feel like a British gastropub.
I'll always remember Saturday afternoons at the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud, MN, going to see movies for a buck. We didn't care what was showing, as long as it was PG and my folks could drop me and a friend off for the afternoon.
We've just had our first snow, and for a Minnesota boy like me, that means one thing: soup. But finding Minnesota wild rice soup is nearly impossible in Chicago. That's why I try to make it to one of the three area Soupbox locations when it gets cold out.
Hannukah - also known as The Festival of Lights - began last night. The eight-day holiday is, for Jews, not exactly as big as Christmas (it celebrates the miracle of oil lasting eight days, after the destruction of a Jewish temple).
There are a few differences between Chicago's Downtown Farmstand, in the Loop, and Cleetus Friedman's City Provisions Deli in Ravenswood. Both locations carry an abundance of local and regional artisanal products.