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Chicago on a Plate

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Chicago - United States
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A little bit of everything about Chicago's thriving food scene. From high end coffee shops to award winning steakhouses, Chicago is so much more than hot dogs and pizza!

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The pasta at Ugoโ€™s is some of the best Iโ€™ve ever had. The chef only ever has two pasta dishes on the menu at one time (one of which is a carbonara that never leaves the menu), but there is so much love and thought put into each of them that any carb lover is going to come away satisfied.
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My first shabu shabu experience was a total success! Even though everyone at the table had our own bowl of broth, it was still a communal activity that had us giggling and chowing down for nearly four hours. I canโ€™t wait to go back!
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Finally got to experience shabu shabu and now I want to install a soup warmer in my counter at home ๐Ÿคฃ
This steak was not kidding around! I literally gasped when they put this monster down in front of me. But my goodness, was it one sexy hunk of meat!
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Pumpkin spice is all well and good, but to me, nothing says โ€œFallโ€ like maple!
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Chicago: a land locked city obsessed with oysters. At least here, you can look at the river while you enjoy them!
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More food festival madness this past weekend at Taste Talks. These dirty BBQ ribs were definitely one of my favorite things!
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Final tally from this yearโ€™s Chicago Gourmet festival was well over fifty different dishes. And thatโ€™s just the ones that I got to! If you are a serious food traveler, make plans to get to Chicago for this festival. And come hungry!
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If you told me when I was a kid that one day I would actually enjoy eating squid, I probably would have said nothing... because I was kind of a shy kid. Still, inwardly, I would have been skeptical.
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Chicago has certainly helped to take cocktail culture to where it is now. Wine and beer are all well and good, but a well crafted cocktail can be just as satisfying a meal.
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It's a crazy time if year for Chicago sports fans, with The Bears trying to establish a new regime and The Cubs looking towards a possibly impossible repeat championship. Either way, sports bars are where it's at and messy pulled pork sandwiches are a total must.
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It's extraordinary how some food can literally warm your soul. This rustic beef dish with spatzle and a light gravy is just the kind of thing I start craving when the weather turns cold.
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Happy Friday! After this week, I'm going to need one of these gigantic cocktails from Bar Takito. Don't judge me, join me ๐Ÿ˜‰
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I'm actually pretty shocked that a burger this good came from a Canadian restaurant. Is there nothing those guys can't do better than us Americans? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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I started off this year's Chicago Gourmet with a boozy rainbow jello push pop. I wish I could start every day like this!
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It's unseasonably warm in Chicago, yet here I am, on a rooftop, next to a fire pit. Why? Because these cocktails are THAT good.
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Well, just got to accept the warm weather for now. Might as well make he best of it with some tacos out on a patio!
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Since Chicago has decided its summer again, I'm heading for some ceviche and margaritas to cool off. There just is no predicting what you're going to get this time of year in the Windy City!
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It's the big one this weekend: The Chicago Gourmet festival! And this year is the 10th anniversary of the extravagant food festival, so you know it's going to be amazing. Let me know if any of you are planning on attending and/or if you have any questions about how to navigate it! I have fool proof strategies for getting the most out of the weekend. Happy eating!
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