Food

If you are a food lover, you know about Commander's Palace, the home of haute Creole cuisine in New Orleans' Garden District. A new book about Miss Ella Brennan, the 90 year old proprietress and icon of the American Food Movement is out (penned by her daughter Ti Martin) and it's a fascinating read.  The book traces the culinary icon's life from managing her brother’s dive bar on Bourbon Street in the 1940s to helming one of the...

How to eat your way around St. Louis Chef Rick Lewis of Southern and Mike "Pappy" Emerson of Pappy's Smokehouse, both located in St. Louis, talk about their restaurants' specialties. (Amy Tara Koch / Chicago Tribune) Amy Tara Koch for the Chicago Tribune Some cities reveal their charm effortlessly. Walk out of a hotel room in London or New York, and you can easily stroll into a compelling neighborhood, its curated boutiques and trendy cafes smacking of local verve. Other cities...

An Under Canvas tent that fuses design and comfort. CreditTiffany Rose The notion of nodding off under the stars to the crackle of a fire in the shadow of ancient ponderosa pines sounds dreamy. Here’s the catch. Though I love communing with nature, I detest discomfort. This includes interacting with moist soil and insects as well as partaking in tiresome camp chores like tent pitching, fire making, food schlepping and foraging for makeshift, leave-no-trace toilets. Sleeping on...

Whenever I'm traveling, I pick up beautiful things for my kitchen, a tray and quirky bottle opener from a flea market in Paris, a salt cellar from Morocco, oils from Budapest, spices from Provence. I am always cooking. So, having the spoils of my travels displayed throughout the kitchen reminds me of my many adventures.  Each time I reach for the garlic housed in a Cafe Flore ramekin, I remember the heaven of a gooey...

I have never understood the hoopla over Disney World.  As a tween growing up in South Florida,  Disney was an easy, grab and go weekend activity. My mom packed up the station wagon and we schlepped five hours north to Orlando, my uncle and cousins often trailing behind. Polynesian Village was our hotel de choix, the South Seas themed decor and Spirit of Aloha dinner show felt extremely glamorous at the time. Here’s what I remember:...

I don’t need much of a reason to head to LA for a few days. Especially in the middle of a Chicago winter. So, after a brief chat with my husband (don’t we need a parent getaway?) we packed our bags and headed west armed with a checklist of all that is new and buzzy on the left coast. [caption id="attachment_20160" align="alignnone" width="500"] The Broad Museum[/caption] First stop after reviving myself with a vanilla iced blended from The Coffee Bean? Anastasia...

She’s boisterous, beautiful, and so dynamic that prolonged exposure to her charms is known to weaken the senses. New York City is a siren. Give her a few days and she will seduce you with her beguiling brand of grit and glamour. Pick your passion. Art? Iconic edifices? Broadway shows? Shopping? Generation defining restaurants? All of this-and a few slices of killer pizza- are at your disposal. Plan well and dream big. It’s the NYC way.   1....

David Burke’s Primehouse at The James Hotel is known for massive steaks and classic, gut expanding sides. But, for summer, the restaurant veers from its meat and potato repertoire with a super cool ice cream program, a Friday afternoon Pop Up ice cream shop located within the hotel’s smack-in-the-middle-of-everything Rush Street lobby. To keep things interesting, flavors are rotated weekly and announced on Wednesdays via Primehouse social media platforms. What’s new? This summer Executive Pastry...

Now that the weather has changed, it’s all about enjoying the great outdoors. Here are five excellent activities to take advantage of this June! AL FRESCO DINNER Expat 118 N Green St. Element Collective’s groovy al fresco pop-up restaurant on a sidewalk on Green Street features fresh, local flavors, boozy sno-cones and an extensive rosé list. Parson’s Chicken and Fish 2952 W Armitage Ave. If you want to avoid overpriced cocktails, head west to this hipster patio in Logan Square for...

In this landscape of hyper esoteric menus, it is refreshing to break bread-or, ham hock hush puppies in an al fresco situation that offers high flavor and low pretension. Just west of the city, Parsons Chicken and Fish is a beacon for hipsters with a penchant for honest food and drink that is fast, simple and cheap. The patio (which becomes an ice skating rink during the winter) has a cult following for its $8...