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Sharing Food with Out of Towners

It's summertime in Chicago, which means the visitors are out in full force. Right now I have two of them occupying a space in my tiny apartment. I've decided that this year, instead of being terrified of the mythical in-laws, I'm going to flaunt Chicago's food offerings like I was Dick Cheney and Chicago's food offerings were my total disregard for accountability and all things ethical. We've mainly stayed in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, showing off that we can walk every where we need to be. On the agenda is a walk down Devon to pick up some spices for my mother-in-law to take back to the small, Florida town they live in (broadband only just became available last month) and a stroll through a farmer's market or two. And speaking of favorite barbecue spots, I'm trying to convince them to let us take them to Smoque, although my husband doesn't want them to go back home and forever be disappointed by their (former) favorite BBQ restaurant in Florida.

So, where do you take family when they come to town?

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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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