Eating America: The Best Food in Chicago, Part 1: Budget Restaurants

Consider this the food blogger's guide to Chicago. As I say on my About Page, being a GastroGnome is not about sitting idly on the front lawn of culinary cottages. Each year I tell my stories of trips to Beijing, Hanoi, and Mexico, but sometimes I leave out my favorite places right here in the U.S. No more! This is the latest installment of my 'Eating America' series, featuring the best eating around our fine nation. In my few trips to Chicago, I’ve mostly had the chance to eat at only a few places while passing through the city on the way to Brett’s family’s place out in the burbs. … [Read more...]

Little Nibbles: Spring Food and Spring Events

Spring has, as they say, sprung. It sprung in 65 degree days (hey, that's warm here), in crowds walking around Green Lake, and of course, in the form of bounty at the farmers markets. Here's a round up of what spring looks like in my kitchen, my city, and across the interwebs. In my kitchen: I had bought these lovely lamb shoulder pieces to remake an incredible yogurt curry. I had made it the first time in late evening and by the time it was done I was hungry and the light was gone. It was Seattle, I was sure there'd be more time to make curry and photograph it for the blog. A few days … [Read more...]