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Restaurant Fri Aug 08 2008

Toasted Sandwiches @ Couture Crepe Cafe

An unfamiliar crepe cafe might not be the first place on a vegan's choice of dinner spots. (I typically associate crepe batter as not especially vegan, some exceptions of course). I was strolling along Clark Street in Lincoln Park, looking for food with a friend before a movie at Landmark, and feeling adventurous in the search, so I popped in to see what this one crepe spot's modern but slightly raw look was all about. Magazines announced themselves from underneath glass tabletops. The staff was vibrant, just like the toasted sandwich they made me. The sandwich was filled with well-placed savory finishes throughout, and included a caper berry so large I might have taken it almost for an olive if the chef behind the counter had not set me straight. That chef also expressed keen interest in figuring out a vegan version of their crepe recipe, which made me smile a bit more. Couture Crepe Cafe, 2568 N. Clark, (773) 857-2638.

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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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