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Wednesday, December 6

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Drink Thu May 03 2007

Cold Beverage (Chicago Remix)

"Food & Wine" magazine recently released Cocktails 2007, a book of some of the baddest ass cocktails from around the country, and Chicago represents well. From the usual suspects: John Kinder, late of Moxie, with his Bonds’s Cocktail No. 1 (Calvados, honey, Lillet Blanc and peach bitters); Eben Klemm’s Rush Street Highball from David Burke’s Primehouse (gin, apple and lemon juices); and a dark horse entry from Las Palmas’ La Melonada (a wonderful sounding frozen margarita laced with cantaloupe and ginger). Nacional 27’s Adam Seger’s lack of presence is a fairly glaring omission. Nacional does, however, garner a mention in the Bar Snacks chapter with a recipe for their Spiced Almonds.

Rounding out the Chicago showing: The Clark Street Ale House with their version of the French Caribbean Ti Punch (white rhum agricole, cane syrup and lime); the late Del Toro for their Watermelon Sangría; the Motel Bar with their take on the Sazerac (pastis, two kinds of bitters, rye whiskey and, in an old school twist, Cognac); Parlor shows up for their nonalcoholic Strawberry Lemonade; and joining Nacional in Bar Snacks are BB’s Crispy Stuffed Olives. And in a bit of shameless self-promotion, Custom House drops by with La Vie en Rose (vodka, framboise, Lillet Blanc and rosemary).

The book also includes a Spirits Lexicon, a nightlife guide broken down by city, and a Resource Guide so you can order your cane syrup and Fee Brothers Peach bitters. I’ve already ordered my quinine powder and am working on a recipe for tonic water.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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