Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ FOODIE FOR THOUGHT: Lt. David Haynes ]]> Lead story image

Chicago Police Lt. David Haynes eats fewer doughnuts and more vegan meals than you’d think. Other than that, he’s a walking cliche — a cop who knows where to find good food all over the city because let’s face it, cops just know. Haynes, 46, is co-author of the 2011 book, “The Beat Cop’s Guide to Chicago Eats,” with humorist Chris “Bull” Garlington. It’s a paean to the places that serve solid, inexpensive meals in under 30 minutes (the duration of a cop’s lunch break, which occurs day or night depending on the shift). “I really like places where the … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:16:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ The 312: Calling out how 'I'm So Chicago' on social media ]]> Lead story image

Facebook recently was taken over by local love notes of Chi-town nostalgia. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:03:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kathy Hart takes her act to Highwood’s restaurant scene ]]> Lead story image

Radio personality Kathy Hart and her husband, Billy Baruth, are buying the former Bertucci’s Italian Steakhouse in Highwood, where they plan to open a new eatery featuring Rustic-American cuisine and a separate venue for live music. Hart is half of “The Eric and Kathy Show” on 101.9 WTMX-FM “The Mix’ radio. Hart and Baruth, who wed in early 2013, were scheduled to close Friday on the purchase of the Highwood restaurant at 246 Green Bay Road. Bertucci’s, which was owned by Bruce and Lynne Bertucci, closed its doors last fall after 23 years in business. Their restaurant seated 200 people … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:41:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ The 312: Twista talks Sole Expo, the sneaker culture convention ]]> Lead story image

In case you didn’t know, hip-hop and fashion often intersect at the gym shoe store. The day of this interview, Twista is rocking some Independence Day-centric Nikes. They are red, white and blue, with spangled stars. His partner, Alan Wehbi, is wearing gray and red Air Jordan 3s. A few months before this interview, Bucketfeet, a local custom, drawn-art-on-sneakers company, announced it had sold a collection to Nordstrom. A year before this interview, Kanye West made his signature Nike Air Yeezy Red Octobers, and they sold out in minutes, showing up now on eBay for about $6,000 a pair. I … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:29:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Zeroing in on the J.Crew controversy ]]>

Some things from childhood never go away. ]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:36:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ FOODIE FOR THOUGHT: Jennifer Pope ]]> Lead story image

‘Is there anything better than a lunch meeting?” It’s a rhetorical question coming from Jennifer Pope, owner of the kids’ boutique the Red Balloon. The mother of two knows her midday meals and family-friendly restaurants as well as she does the coolest toys and fashions for tots through tweens. Food and cooking have always mattered to Pope, 44, who lives near her Andersonville store (she also has a Bucktown location and is opening two more). Her mom owned a catering company for 30 years. Her Hindu mother-in-law is a fabulous cook. And her daughter “can make the Ruth Reichl pancake … ]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:55:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Step right up: County Fairs roll in for old-fashioned summer fun ]]> Lead story image

If you want to see a real live cow, or watch a pig race, or see cars smash up each other, there’s no place like the county fair. There are several county fairs that hearken back to the state’s agricultural roots. Here’s a look at when and where: KANE COUNTY FAIR The 146th Kane County Fair runs July 16-20 in St. Charles. Back again are the free acts, like Swifty Swine racing pigs, KidsBucks Game Show, Miller Petting Zoo, Kiddy Land with younger age-appropriate rides and games, the Sheer Magic show, the big cat show and the talent show, said … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:49:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ FOODIE FOR THOUGHT: Don Sritong ]]> Lead story image

As a kid, Don Sritong longed for good ol’ American hot dogs and hamburgers, not his Thai mom’s spiced attempts at them. Now, of course, he craves his mom’s cooking. The spicier, the better. A sommelier, Sritong always thinks in terms of balance, which explains the detailed menu pairings at his restaurant Coppervine, 1962 N. Halsted. When he eats out, authenticity appeals most to him — but a full-bodied Brunello always helps. Top Thai: “Opart Thai [4658 N. Western] is the real deal. Their ‘Tiger Cry’ beef salad with fresh lime, cilantro, chilies... the beef should be just at medium-rare … ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:04:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Is that food as healthy as its label indicates? ]]>

Food marketers have done just what they set out to do: make people think their food products are healthier choices. But are they? ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:01:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Three Chicago spots are among the tops for burritos ]]> Lead story image

The released its list of the 35 best burritos in America and three Chicago eateries are featured. ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:27:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Keep calm (and cool) and add watermelon ]]> Lead story image

My first trip to China was a long time ago but the memorieslive clearly in my mind. Everything was new and exotic to us. We were a curious bunch, hungry for the experience as much as the foods. Each day, a different chef taught us recipes from their native provinces. We went to the markets, learned about unusual ingredients, discovered new tastes we had not experienced in Chicago restaurants. My diary listed 365 different things we had eaten — my taste buds had quite a workout on that trip. I remember the temples, the crowds, the sight of a live … ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:04:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pies not always a July 4th staple ]]> Lead story image

Apple pie may be as American as the Fourth of July, but it probably wasn’t on the table when the holiday first began. “There wouldn’t have been a whole lot of apples around this time of year,” says Mary Thompson, research historian at Mount Vernon, the plantation estate of George Washington. “They would have eaten them all from last year, and this year’s crop wouldn’t have come in yet.” From blueberry to strawberry to the pie that combines them to represent the flag, pie is associated with Independence Day. But back in the 18th and 19th centuries, when the holiday … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:00:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ What Adam Richman’s rant really shows us ]]>

There’s something else we saw when Adam Richman’s online weight rant went viral and prompted the Travel Channel to postpone the start Wednesday of his new show, “Man Finds Food.” ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:33:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Awesome’ T-shirts for proud Americans ]]>

When the domain name “U.S. of Awesome” is open, you take it. ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:14:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ The 312: Founder of ‘Boriqua chicks’ open Latin restaurant, Maracas, in Bronzeville ]]> Lead story image

You hear a lot of things on 43rd and Cottage Grove. There’s the whizz of the CTA bus hydraulics, the cheery giggles of toddlers entering day care, the sound of elders using walkers to access the dialysis center. But last week something new added to the corner cacophony: the wafting wail of a classic love song by Puerto Rican salsa singer Eddie Santiago. The music poured out of Maracas Restaurant whenever a customer went inside. Eventually even the guys from across the street came over to figure out who was playing “Spanish music” in a decidedly African-American neighborhood. Blame it … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:24:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fitness: Naperville trainer riding wave of surfing-based workout trend ]]> Lead story image

“Surf’s up!” is not a phrase heard much in the suburban Chicago area, but Naperville-based certified personal trainer Justin Reich said he has always admired the physical conditioning of hardcore surfers. Living in landlocked Illinois didn’t leave him many options to take up the sport. Instead, Reich, 27, did the next-best thing: snowboarding. “I was always attracted to the elements of surfing,” he said, those elements include balance, strength and muscle tone, and cardio health. And then Reich learned about SurfSet Fitness, which uses a machine based on the concept of a surfboard, on the TV show “Shark Tank.” Not … ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 06:10:53 -0500