Chicago’s New Velodrome

A velodrome recently opened at 8615 S. Burley, on the far, farĀ  South Side of Chicago on the grounds of the US Steel South Works Site, and judging from the response of residents, it’s already making a difference. “Have you seen our new velodrome?” one neighbor proudly yelled to us, from his yard, as we […]

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Fun with Burrata

I only recently discovered burrata cheese. Soon after moving to Chicago, I had dinner with friends at La Madia. A burrata pizza was on the menu. I asked my chef friend what burrata is, and she said it’s mozzarella made with cream. Which is true, but it’s so much more interesting than that. It’s indeed […]

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A Gift from Dubai

When I saw that J called, my first thought was, “Oh God. What’s wrong?” She’s the mother of my friend, D, who has been living in Dubai with her husband, G and their darling daughter L for a few years now. The call was so out of the blue, it made me nervous. Turns out […]

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El Pollos Locos: Taste-testing chicken from Popeye’s, White Castle, Chick-fil-A and Burger King

It started with a commercial. Greasy human fingers were gleefully ripping apart finger-like tendrils of Popeye’s fried chicken from what looked like a fried palm. “Have you seen this? The Chicken Ripper?” asked Neil. “It looks like a hand.” “I want to put White Castle Chicken Rings on that Popeye’s chicken hand,” I said. And […]

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