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Drink Sun Feb 13 2011

Lillie's Q's 'MoonSwine' Basically a Swine-Infused Moonshine

First of all, have you been to Lillie's Q yet? If not, we'll cut you some slack. Not much, but a little. It's no secret that Chicago has a glut of overrated, underwhelming BBQ joints. (Steve Dolinsky listed his top five last December.) This is not one of them. Everything from the Brunswick Stew to the five, custom-made sauces on each table is absolutely awesome. The latest addition to their list of potent potables, MoonSwine, is an original from Head Chef Charlie McKenna. It's a small-batch moonshine infused with, you got it, bacon. From their PR: "[We take] Benjamin Prichard's Lincoln County Lightning (a 90%-proof white corn whiskey) and infuse it with house-smoked bacon, brown sugar simple syrup, black pepper, and spices in Ball mason jars for 48 hours." The resulting concoction is then poured through a coffee filter and served as a shot or a sipper on the rocks, $8.

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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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