If you’re anything like me, what was once enjoyable (eating) has now become one big complex word problem. You must “identify” yourself in terms of what you do and do not eat: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, etc. It’s exhausting, confusing and more than a little frustrating when you want to eat out and have to pepper the server with questions a mile long. Or, if you’re like my hubby, daughter and me, when you’re plant-based, you can’t just waltz into a nice restaurant and expect to have a five-course meal of plant-based fare. The world, as of yet, just doesn’t work that way. As a vegan author and nutrition expert, I … Read more
Thailand natives Marita Tantivirasut and Asana Nakornchai opened Bites Asian Tapas in November, offering a menu of small plates that blend the flavors of their homeland along with fare from Japan, China, Korea and Vietnam. Complementing the food with lovely presentations and a cozy setting, their Lakeview restaurant is ideal for groups of adventurous eaters. The cheery décor features exposed brick walls, with planked wood tables and mismatched chairs. Potted plants provide extra color, and the plush chairs by the fireplace provide a particularly cozy place to dine. The menu here is very friendly to vegetarians. The deviled eggs can be topped with tender pork belly or crispy tofu, and I actually … Read more
Chef Nicole Pederson of Found Kitchen and Social House in Evanston, IL has been nominated for Food & Wine People’s Best New Chef in the Great Lakes region. Nicole is among other very talented chef contenders (and just happens to be the only female in the Great Lakes region who is nominated). Cheeky had the chance to talk with Nicole about her professional kitchen experience, how she took the news of being a nominee and her go-to cocktail. Cheeky: You are the only female nominee for the Great Lakes region’s Food & Wine People’s Best New Chef. That is a huge accomplishment! Congratulations. How did you receive the news that you … Read more
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