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Serena Dai

Entries by Serena Dai

Chicago Baconfest 2012: "Bacon Gives Me a Lardon"

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 6:14 PM

We did not eat bacon in my house.

I know: It's dreadful to think about. It wasn't until the fifth grade at a friend's sleepover when the magic happened. Her mom fried up turkey bacon, which I liken to a gateway drug of sorts. There was no turning back.


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Chicago's Lush Wine And Spirits: Paradise for Gourmet Lovers

(3) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 4:20 PM

It's a horse away from water. A flower, shriveling in the absence of the sun. It's me, when I'm away from Chicago. I've been melting away in Knoxville, TN for a month, and two words: chain restaurants. If you have ever been to any suburb anywhere, then you probably know...

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Chicago BYO Butcher & the Burger: New Joint Offers Great Meat, Lacking Service

(4) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 4:11 PM

Chicagoland is not lacking in delicious burgers with thick, high-quality meat. Kuma's Corner, Edzo's in Evanston, Portillo's... this list goes on, the order of which is highly debated. And now, adding to the list: Butcher & the Burger, Chef Al Sternweiler of Duchamp's latest venture. It...

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Chicago BYOB Sunshine Café: Seek Comfort From Cold With Japanese Food

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 1:21 PM

Occasionally, a pair of charming, smart, and even okay-looking people simply can't find people to have dinner with. Really! Ben and I are really okay-looking people when we try. And yet, come the eleventh hour of our Saturday evening BYOB outing, we found ourselves alone. One buxom lady had an...

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Chicago BYOB Rokito's Mexican Streetside Kitchen: Don't Party With Dry Meat

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 7:42 PM

A BYO resto writes its own death certificate when it doesn't have a bathroom. Honestly, don't even say you are a BYO if you can't accommodate broken seals -- especially if you're going to take a while to serve food. Alas, I was forced to sit with a permanent Kegel...

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Chicago Costa Rican BYOB Restaurant Irazu: Get an Oatmeal Shake Before Cold Weather Hits

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 10:52 PM

When my partner-in-crime Ben and I imagine the world's beginnings, the seven days start with the immaculate conception of the first primitive humans, which is immediately followed by the frying of plantain-filled empanadas and the distilling of value wine. At the end of the week, human, food, and booze meet...

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