May 19, 2010

The Chicago Ten: Wow Bao (#9)

by Kayoko Akabori

We stumbled across this place, Wow Bao, on the ground floor of a huge, blingy, 80’s-style mall on Michigan Avenue. My friend Ido had mentioned it to me, so I was ecstatic that we randomly came across it. A fast food joint of exclusively Chinese steamed buns! Their tagline is Hot Asian Buns, which is […]

May 17, 2010

The Chicago Ten: Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria (#10)

by Kayoko Akabori

To celebrate our birthdays, my great pal Matt and I met up in Chicago for a weekend of eating and drinking. Followed by more eating and drinking. And drinking. Then, eating. Ad infinitum. It’s just how we roll. Matt had just gone to Chicago in 2009, when he dined in the Holy House of Grant […]

May 6, 2010

Miller Lite Love

by Kayoko Akabori

Chicago loves Miller beer. Maybe it’s a Midwest thing (provenance Wisconsin), but seriously, it was everywhere. I saw people walking down the street with 12-packs, they were stocked in our hotel fridge, signs for them were plastered along the windows of every 7-Eleven, and people at bars simply yelled out to the bartender, “Gimme a […]

May 5, 2010

Whiskeys on Tap (CHI)

by Kayoko Akabori

Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve and JD on tap. Life can be so sweet. Kuma’s Corner. CHI.

May 3, 2010

Postcard from CHI: Spoon on the L

by Kayoko Akabori

May 2, 2010

Postcard from CHI: Gold Star Bar

by Kayoko Akabori

Gold Star’s a little dive bar in Wicker Park, Chicago. The bartender was a gracious, round lady, who bought her regulars rounds of drinks. She’s the daughter of the owner, meaning this bar has been around for decades. How old do you think this Bud Light wall clock is? The tamale guy came through the […]

May 1, 2010

Postcard from CHI: Creepiest McDonald’s In The World

by Kayoko Akabori

I’m frolicking around Chicago at the moment with @totallymatt, eating and drinking my way through this magnificent town. Just yesterday we went to Hot Doug’s for lunch, Kuma’s Corner for a beer, Blackbird for an incredible fancypants dinner, then The Green Mill for a jazz nightcap. At a certain point late in the night, we […]