The Nutritarian

Healthy Eating Insight

Carnivale Chicago 702 W Fulton Market

Argentinean, Brazilian, Columbian, Cuban, Peruvian, and Puerto Rican Oh My! Carnivale, from the Latin word, “Carne Vale” or “Farewell to the Flesh” eventually became a Brazilian tradition after the Greek festival honoring Dionysus (god of wine).  The fest is a massive celebratory indulgence of music, food, alcohol, and sex preceding forty days of personal reflection, […]

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Sunda Happy Hour

The bang bang salad ($6) on Sunda’s “Social Menu” is a heaping nest of fresh, raw shaved veggies!  It’s easy to order with nuts and dressing on the side to really enjoy the jicama and other subtle flavors and to make it healthier.

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Healthy Lunch in Chicago

I am always looking for healthy places to explore, especially when they are cognizant of positive environmental practices. While I haven’t tried Pret a Manger, the food sounds great and they have vegan options! The same reasoning applies for Hannah’s.  These sandwiches look like they can be loaded with fresh and organic goodies.  Plus, they list the […]

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AVEC

 A unique rectangular prism covered in flooring.  Bright lighting allows for optimum viewing of your food…and your date.  Close quarter communal tables were perfect for sharing tastes and chatting with friendly neighbors. We started off to a slowly with a very light and fruity Chardonnay, pleasant, yet very un-chardonnay like in its lack of oak and […]

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Cooking presentation by Chef Giacomo Pagano

Have I mentioned lately that I love food and Whole Foods especially?  Fresh, authentic Italian cooking (and accent) from Naples Native Chef Giacomo Pagano ensued last night in the Whole Foods kitchen.   Chef Giacomo conjured up a fun, interactive air of real food and flavor.   Prosecco, cheese, olive and meat antipasti, and vegetarian bean soup (for […]

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Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar 1209 N. Noble St. Chicago

Blue Star has a great variety of tasty wine and daily specials.  I recommend choosing your own flight for $16 which equates to three generous pours of whatever you fancy.  The Gruet NV Sparkling bubbly, Calina Chardonnay, and 14 Hands cabernet sauvignon were all great fun for those who like to dabble with an assortment […]

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Bar Toma: new after shopping Gold Coast locale

Bar Toma Chicago 110 E Pearson St Chicago IL 60611 The best thing that we tasted at Tony Mantuano’s new Bar Toma restaurant was the pepperoni pizza.  Thick, quality Vermont artisan pepperoni added robust flavor.  Our specialty pizza, which came out minus two of the ingredients we ordered, tasted like overcooked mushrooms and garlic.  I […]

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Southcoast Sushi

Southcoast Sushi 1700 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL. 60616 Chicago The Southcoast lounge atmosphere declares sexy and upscale, while maintaining a great level of comfortableness.  Bright and creative style exudes refreshingly from every niche.  As we sat back on cushy benches preparing to order, the chef sent over a lovely little pre-meal surprise to whet our palates. Thick […]

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The Bedford Chicago

The website photography for The Bedford is enticing.  An exhibitionist feel resonates through revamped bank walls.  There is certainly something sexy about a restaurant with a vault, or just a large vault in general. Wild flames dance between panes of glass setting a warm, intimate atmosphere.  It is almost dim enough to dismiss the terribly mod 80′s […]

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Risotrante Quartino: Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Our pizza was covered, literally, with arugula, squash, fresh mushrooms, eggplant, asparagus, and onion.  I have had better sauce, not enough flavor for me, but with so many nutrients and a nice chewy crust, I choose not to complain. Moving on to the prize-winning salad.  My eyes followed an enormous array of leafy greens chock full […]

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