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Blog Mon Jun 16 2008

The Plaza, the Fountain and the Coffee

I'm a big fan of public spaces, especially when there's coffee available. At 1031 N. State Street, there's a small triangle of land wedged between Rush Street and Bellevue Place, paved with brick, covered with trees, and fitted with outdoor tables and a fountain that provides the soothing sound of flowing water. Such is a refreshing change from fancy restaurants and retailers across the street - a place where I call roll up, casually set my bicycle against the wall of the fountain, and order an iced soymilk with flavored syrup on a hot day. Whispers Cafe serves coffee refreshments from their small structure on the plaza, from which speakers played soft guitar music. I opened a vegan cookie that I had bought blocks south and relaxed.

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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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