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News Wed Feb 20 2008

Mmm, Midweek Links

• Schwa has reopened, and reports are trickling in. Reservations remain difficult, mostly due to a full voicemail box, but you may be surprised to get a call back from Chef Michael Carlson himself. The Stew's Chris Borrelli went last Friday and was surprised to find the restaurant empty. Chris LaMorte has a review and some tips on the BYOB dilemma. (Related: Michale Nagrant's take on LaMorte's post, and some heated discussion of Phil Vettel and Monica Eng's interview with Carlson over on LTH Forum.)

• Lots of "Top Chef: Chicago" news, too. The Stew learns about some locations and challenges, while The Watcher has a load of video clips. Not to be outdone, Chicagoist offers up video profiles of the three Chicago-connected competitors, Valerie Bolon, Dale Talde and Stephanie Izard. The new season debuts March 12.

• The Sun-Times dug through its archives on its 60th anniversary and came up with an interesting food snapshot of the city through the decades.

• Mike Sula follows up his Omnivorous column on Korean soup at Chodang Korean Village with some supplements on the Food Chain -- video from Chodang's kitchen and a visit to H Mart for green tofu.

• Also in the Sun-Times, Chuck Sudo visits BJ's Market & Bakery in Chatham.

Chicago Bites bag on La Madia.

Joelen's Culinary Adventures take her to Ethiopian Diamond and Kukulu Market, an Ethiopian grocery across from the restaurant.

GrubHub has gone green. A Fresh Squeeze has more details.

• Chicago Foodies suggest you try cooking with a tagine.

MenuPages gives the White Palace Grill its close-up.

Lychee bubble tea cupcakes... weird, but worth a try?

• And speaking of unusual, how 'bout a round lasagna?

Wow, that's some cake. There's a lucky teenager out there somewhere.

The Beer Bistro wants you to join them in a polar bear plunge March 2. [via]

Happy first birthday to My Vegetable Blog! We're practically the same age!


Mari / February 20, 2008 9:59 PM

Thanks for the nod on my round lasanga!!!

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