A Hunger for New Flavors: Looking Back on Twenty Years of LTHForum.com

In all humility, I feel the city of Chicago owes LTHForum.com a debt of thanks, for shining a spotlight on the smaller, lesser-known places that contribute so vitally to the personalities of our 178 official neighborhoods and the character of this great food city.

Just Say Wow: Traveling Through the Tastes of Cariño

I knew I was going to like Cariño when, moments after we sat at the counter of this Uptown restaurant, we were served a kind of vase holding sheets of chicharrón, the fried pork skins served on streets all over Mexico and in Chicago neighborhoods like Pilsen and La Villita.

All About the Bubbles: What to Drink on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and if you’re looking for the perfect wine to celebrate the one(s) you love, you can’t go wrong by sticking to the classics. For us, this Valentine’s Day is all about the bubbles.

In the Thick of It: The Midwest Comes Through with the Rye

Turns out the Midwest really is the center of rye production and rye use in the U.S! You can get it other places, but mostly it’s shipped from right here. Of course, knowing the region, I had some idea that it was related to settlement patterns. But it turns out that much of the Midwest offers an environment that is ideally suited to rye.

Wet Your Whistle in Dry January: Beverage Testing Institute’s Top 25 Spirits

Since 1981, the Beverage Testing Institute has annually reviewed thousands of spirits, wines and beers, assigning each a score on a hundred-point scale and offering tasting notes. Last month, they released their top twenty-five spirits for 2023. Here’s the list with explanations of less-than-familiar terms and a few comments.

Buon Natale: Have Yourself a Merry Little Italian-Style Christmas

Every Christmas, I make a stop at Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Market in Elmwood Park. Walking along the aisles of shining fruit and veg, ogling the tempting sausages and cheeses, getting way more exotic olives than we probably need, picking through what is probably the area’s largest selection of holiday panettones, I just adore the place.

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