December 22nd, 2010 by admin

I’ve recently been asked, what wines NOT to buy at the grocery store?

The words that came right Last-grapeout of my mouth were, “my mama taught me, if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all.”  But wait, as a good techy I always have a way of delivering the bad news in the best possible light.  Here it goes… I’ve listed my top bottom 4 wines to buy at the grocery store:

  1. Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon
  2. Jacob’s Creek Merlot
  3. Black Opal Cabernet Sauvignon
  4. Kanga Reserve Shiraz

Have you tried any of the above wines? If so, tell me about it.

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August 13th, 2010 by admin

Ciao Amore
1134 W. 18th Street
Chicago, IL 60608

Baby, it’s in the sauce…

This unpretentious Italian eatery in the heart of Pilsen boasts some of the best Italian sauces I’ve ever tasted on this side of the world.  As a frequent flyer (that’s for you Gus) at Ciao Amore, I’ve had some outstanding homemade Ravioli in all different shades – cheese, mushroom, pumpkin, and my new found love, lobster.  If I could only bask in the warmth and creaminess of the lobster sauce, but I settled for spooning it up.  My typical 5 hour dinner usually ends up in repeating the menu after-hours with the kitchen staff (thanks for the sauce Eric).  Great food, even better service, and just down right saucy, the chef leaves me speechless and coming back for more – Chef Cesar, I’ll never say good bye to you!

If you’re in the mood for a culinary orgasm, you’ll find it here and don’t forget to BYOB.

After Dessert Ciao AmoreMushroom Sauce - Ciao Amore

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