Eat Out

August 22, 2011

ReCPY: Yamahomo’s Molecular Report on Moto (CHI)

by Moto Yamamoto

When you are in Chicago, aside from going on the architecture boat tour, or spend unnecessary amounts of money on the Magnificent Mile, where I stayed (it was basically like 5th Avenue in Manhattan. By the way, sales tax in IL is whopping 9.75%!!), one thing you should enjoy is the food. People say New […]

June 22, 2010

The Chicago Ten: Billy Goat Tavern (#1)

by Kayoko Akabori

Billy Goat Tavern was my absolute favorite place we went to in Chicago. You know a place has really made an impression on you when you keep wanting to go back. Matt and I were only there for three days, but I made sure I went twice. I even bought a tshirt. Ha. Oddly enough, […]

June 17, 2010

The Chicago Ten: Blackbird (#2)

by Kayoko Akabori

Matt left it up to me to decide where to go for our one fancy meal in Chicago. Oh dear. So many options and places to try in so little time! Friends had suggested Sepia, a chic restaurant in an old printing studio, and of course there was Alinea (sigh). I finally decided on Blackbird, […]

June 16, 2010

The Chicago Ten: The Green Mill (#3)

by Kayoko Akabori

Whenever I travel to a new city, I try to make sure to visit a jazz club. The jazz scene in Paris, Tokyo and Rome are unreal! There’s just something about going out and listening to jazz at some grimy club, while sippin’ on a classic cocktail that transports you through time. In New York, […]

June 14, 2010

The Chicago Ten: Frontera Grill (#4)

by Kayoko Akabori

Sorry, these posts on Chicago are totally lagging. I’ll crank these last four out this week, I PROMISE! These will be la creme de la creme of what Matt and I ate during our trip. We went to Rick Bayless‘ well regarded nouveau Mexican joint, Frontera Grill on our first night in town. I practically […]

June 8, 2010

The Chicago Ten: Floriole Cafe & Bakery (#5)

by Kayoko Akabori

My dear friend Leslie alerted me about this bakery when she found out I was going to Chicago. Her friend Sandra Holl had just opened Floriole Cafe & Bakery in the Lincoln Park section of Chicago, and she urged me to make a visit. Sandra and her husband had a supportive following through the farmer’s […]

June 3, 2010

The Chicago Ten: Hot Doug’s (#6)

by Kayoko Akabori

Hot Doug’s (The Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium) was really the ONLY place Matt wanted to go to during our Chicago visit. Our conversations leading up to the trip often went like this: Kayoko: Should we go to Burt’s Place for pizza? Matt: Sure, I’ll leave it up to you. But we’re going to […]

May 28, 2010

The Chicago Ten: The Violet Hour (#7)

by Kayoko Akabori

Photos by Matt K. and myself. Heard about The Violet Hour, a little speakeasy-esque bar in the Bucktown/ Wicker Park area of Chicago, courtesy of Paystyle. When Pay suggests a place, I follow, no questions asked. Matt and I definitely walked up and down the street a few times and looked around like baffled, confused […]

May 21, 2010

The Chicago Ten: Espresso, Ferran Adrià Style (#8)

by Kayoko Akabori

Who knew that the one and only Ferran Adrià had created a coffee “drink” for Lavazza? I definitely had no idea, since I’m so clueless. But of course Matt, my #1 informant for all-things-awesome, knew about this. Hooray for informants!

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 […]