January 3, 2013

Authentic Mexican Cuisine At Zocalo Chicago

A sign displaying the name of Zocalo Chicago

This weekend, I got to have some of the most authentic Mexican cooking that I’ve had outside of Mexico. It was at Chicago’s own Zocalo, a beautiful restaurant located on Ontario Street. The unassuming exterior leads to a beautiful and warmly decorated interior, filled with authentic Mexican art and photos of famous Mexican people. The food served there literally took me back to Mexico; as a Mexican-food-lover, I didn’t expect any food to be able to take me back there. The freshness, the spice, and the wonderful mixing of authentic flavors came together in a wonderful dinner.  Read the rest of this entry »

December 17, 2012

III Forks? 5 Stars.

3 Forks Filet with sides

I don’t hide my disdain for chain restaurants. I define a chain restaurant as a brand that has at least five locations. I find that the original idea behind a chain may be good, but it becomes tough for the subsequent locations to maintain the food quality. Eventually, chains become synonymous with mediocre food at decent prices. So when I was invited to III Forks to have dinner on Saturday night, you better believe I was worried. III Forks is a steakhouse and seafood restaurant with 3 locations in Texas, 3 locations in Florida, and one location in downtown Chicago. I was preparing myself for a mediocre experience, but what I got is one of the best restaurant experiences that I have ever had.  Read the rest of this entry »

January 12, 2012

Hearty Dinner Thursday: Seafood Edition

In the history of Hearty Dinner Thursday, we’ve covered everything from rich meaty casseroles to vegetarian entrees like lasagna. In our review, we have not covered all of the delicious ways that seafood can be used to make delectable and filling meals. Keep reading to see our meal suggestions, and tell us about your favorite seafood. Read the rest of this entry »

July 31, 2011

How to Grill Fish

Welcome back to week 2 of my Sunday how-to lessons!   This week’s topic: fish and how to grill ‘em. Grilling fish can be tricky; cook them too little and you could get sick, but overcook them and you have dry, flavorless (and maybe even charred!) fish.  Keep reading to learn the one rule of thumb for grilling fish that every person should know, plus plenty of other helpful tips! Read the rest of this entry »

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