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Openings Fri Feb 17 2012

Balena to Open its Big Mouth Soon

For those of you disheartened by Boka Restaurant Group's closing of Landmark Grill last summer, fret no more. Its replacement Balena--Italian slang for "whale"-- a collaboration between Boka and the folks at The Bristol, is on its way in the same location (1633 N. Halsted) sometime this week, or next week...or whenever the paint dries.

The menu concept is based around rustic Italian-inspired food, like kale panzanella and margherita pizza, and fans of mixologists Debbi Peek and Benjamin Schiller can get a taste of their interpretation of the Italian cocktail with an inspired drink and wine menu. But if this place takes off like all the other Boka restaurants have, be one of the first to get in the door.

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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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