Monthly Archives: March 2016

12 New Restaurants Coming Soon to Chicago

12 New Restaurants Coming Soon to Chicago
BRIDGEPORT—Construction is winding down on Kimski, the new Korean-Polish mashup restaurant from and next door to Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar. The interesting-looking space is nearly finished and owner Ed Marszewksi is hoping to …
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House of Blues Gospel Brunch – Highlight Video

Highlight video of the Sunday Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas . Filmed on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2013.

The featured performer for this show was Leona Daniels from Houston, Texas

Filmed with Panasonic GH3 and GH2 both with 12-35mm f/2.8 Lumix-G Lens. Audio was recorded direct to the GH3 with a RØDE VideoMic Pro.
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Curtis Duffy’s Mind-Blowing Tasting Menu at Grace in Chicago

How many restaurants can say they have three Michelin stars and a starring role in a feature-length documentary? Chicago’s Grace, helmed by chef Curtis Duffy, “is a real show,” according to Eater Chicago editor Daniel Gerzina. He notes that the open kitchen “is like a stage, enclosed in glass and lit up,” and the diners are often engrossed by the kitchen staff’s precision. See for yourself in the video of the ten-course tasting menu above.

Fava bean
Teft cracker, Iberico ham, tarragon

Osetra caviar, lychee, chives

Blood orange, black olive, citrus

Alaskan King Crab
Kalamansi, cucumber, lemon mint

Salsify, pomelo, sea cress

English pea
Rhubarb, burrata, apple mint

Smoke, meyer lemon, miner’s lettuce

Miyazaki beef
Romaine, peanut, Vietnamese herbs

Ice cream
Chocolate or vanilla

Chartreuse, kaffir, balm


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John’s Arcade Impossible 2014 – Gameworks Schaumburg Tour, Game Pick-Up, and Chicago Hot Dogs

John's Arcade Impossible 2014 - Gameworks Schaumburg Tour, Game Pick-Up, and Chicago Hot Dogs

In this video John travels to Chicago to hang out with Greg from Arcade Impossible and it frickin’ rules!

Video highlights include:

#1 – Pick up a Baby Pac-Man and a Granny and the Gators from GregBL.

#2 – A tour of the Flux Capacitor Arcade
#3 – Chicago Hot dogs! John and crew go to John’s favorite Hot Dog Place, Gene and Judes. Chicago Hot Dog Bliss!!!
#4 – Tweet Up! Greg and John meet some fans at Gameworks in Schaumburg, IL. We also take an extensive tour of Gameworks in Schumburg in this video. Cool stuff!

Music in this video by my band The Kill Screens
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McDowell’s is Brought to Life By Popular Chicago Hot Dog Spot – McDonald’s may be a fast-food favorite for most, but since they don’t carry seedless buns, it’s pretty hard to compare them to the beloved McDowell’s.

Though the Coming To America restaurant is purely fictional, a popular hot dog eatery in Chicago, Illinois decided to bring it to life for this year’s Halloween festivities – it’s not Queens, New York, but hey, close enough. We spoke to The Wiener’s Circle manager, Yolanda Smiley about the revamp, who says the idea was originated by the new store owners in less than a day. Naturally, the Big Mick was their best seller this past Saturday (Oct. 31) as onlookers and fans of the movie sat underneath the Golden Arcs while being served by workers in classic plaid McDowell’s attire.

This is the first time in 33 years The Wiener’s Circle has decided to try and rival the McDonald’s across the street from them for some good, ‘ol fashioned Halloween fun. Watch on as Miss Smiley chops it up with us about the Wiener’s Circle, their plans for next Halloween and what “very special” treat Chicagoan’s can expect at the hot dog joint on Valentine’s Day.