Where to eat in Chicago if you only have 24 hours in town

Before I launched The Takeout, I was a longtime food writer for the Chicago Tribune. When you have a job like that, invariably, you’d get asked a lot about restaurant recommendations. An e-mail I’d receive on a weekly basis is: “Where should a first-time Chicago visitor eat while in town?” I’d answer this question so…

Last Call: It’s time to watch It’s A Wonderful Life again

It’s probably been a while. Time to remedy this! When I was a kid, my parents would let me stay up every Christmas Eve to watch It’s A Wonderful Life on the local PBS station at midnight, resulting in my own, very personal holiday tradition. Lucky for me, awesome local movie theater the Music Box here in Chicago now…

Make Appetizer-Worthy Hard-Boiled Eggs by Wrapping Them in Miso

In the case of the hard-boiled egg, the yolk provides all of the flavor. Though it is a reliable and easily accessible source of protein, the white is aggressively bland, and no fun at all without seasoning. Salt (obviously) works well, but if you wish to outright infuse the white of an egg with tons of nutty umami,…

Office potluck planning spirals to hell after reply-all email sent to 25,000 employees

Thousands of Utah state government employees last Friday perhaps became aware that Carol in human resources makes a mean spinach-artichoke dip, or that Barry in accounting won’t be able to participate in this year’s white elephant. That’s because a harmless email about an office’s holiday potluck gift exchange was…

Get Where You're Going Without Getting Dehydrated With Today's Drinkware Gold Box

The thirst is extremely real in winter. I mean literal thirst, like mouth parched, searching-for-the-nearest-vending-machine thirst. Don’t let the dry air defeat you! Zulu and Ello Drinkware starts at just $6 at Amazon today, and there are all kinds of stylish travel mugs and water bottles in the sale. Stop wasting…

Chrissy Teigen may have tweeted her way into a gig creating airplane menus

Chrissy Teigen is a busy lady. Among the many items on her plate (that’s a pun, because she also has a line of kitchenware at Target): supermodel, television personality, creator of very charming Christmas specials, top-tier Twitter follow, parenting her kids and being married to handsome singing husband John Legend,…

Photoshopped image of Last Supper with Salt Bae leads to journalist's arrest

Folks, if you’re a Takeout reader who lives in these United States, here’s your daily reminder to cherish that First Amendment of ours, which says we’re protected in saying the stupid shit we sometimes say without the government slapping us on the wrist. Citizens of many countries don’t have that privilege, like for…

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