House of Waldorf bakes French-meets-Filipino macarons

House of Waldorf bakes French-meets-Filipino macarons

Amber Gibson, Columnist
February 21, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Food/Dining, The Current

When Communication senior Jack Mier didn’t have enough money to buy his friends gifts last Christmas, he turned to baking. Who doesn’t love homemade edible treats? Instead of cookies, brownies or cakes, Mier ambitiously tackled a French delicacy: the macaron. “I wanted something really special... Read More »

Feast & Imbibe with ex-Moto chefs

Amber Gibson, Columnist
February 13, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Food/Dining, The Current

Local foodies will be excited to hear about Evanston’s brand-new pop-up dinner club. Feast & Imbibe is a project from two Moto alumni, chef D’Andre Carter, who is charge of the feast, and Heather Bublick, who oversees the imbibing, marketing and administrative duties. Upcoming Evanston dinners... Read More »

Fuel your studies and workouts with these energy bars

Amber Gibson, Columnist
February 6, 2013
Filed under Columns & Reviews, Food/Dining, Lifestyle, The Current

Energy bars can be a student’s best friend. When you’re studying late at night in the library and need a little fuel, a bar can be the perfect boost. When it’s really cold, windy and snowy out, and your fridge is looking bare, a bar or two can be a suitable alternative to delivery. However, a lot... Read More »

Preview: Where to eat for Chicago Restaurant Week

Amber Gibson, Columnist
January 23, 2013
Filed under Columns & Reviews, Food/Dining, Lifestyle, The Current

Chicago Restaurant Week is back with a vengeance. From Feb. 1 to 10, you can enjoy $22 three-course prix fixe lunches and $33 or $44 dinners at nearly 250 locations throughout Chicagoland. Even a few of Evanston’s more upscale restaurants are participating. For anyone who enjoys gourmet food but... Read More »

Frontera Fresco falls short

Frontera Fresco falls short

Amber Gibson, Columnist
January 16, 2013
Filed under Columns & Reviews, Food/Dining, Lifestyle, Reviews, The Current

My reaction to Frontera Fresco is similar to my reaction to the film “Les Miserables”: Both had been so highly anticipated for so long they were bound to disappoint. That’s not to say there was anything wrong with either; they just weren’t life-changing. Before school even started, students... Read More »

Restaurant Review: Evanston has Found a new classic

Restaurant Review: Evanston has Found a new classic

Amber Gibson, Columnist
January 10, 2013
Filed under Columns & Reviews, Food/Dining, Reviews, The Current

Found, 1631 Chicago Ave., is exactly what Evanston’s restaurant scene has been craving. This is our answer to Lula Cafe, where you can have a nice meal for under $20, or splurge a little and cobble together your own tasting menu. It’s somehow perfect for just about any occasion, from a casual gathering... Read More »

Restaurant Review: Taste real Chinese food at Koi

Restaurant Review: Taste real Chinese food at Koi

Amber Gibson, Columnist
November 12, 2012
Filed under Columns & Reviews, Food/Dining, Lifestyle, Reviews, The Current

Evanston has its fair share of Asian restaurants, but Koi, 624 Davis St., might be the best of the bunch. When it comes to Chinese food, I’m a harsh critic. I’m half Chinese, and my grandparents were both excellent at making authentic Chinese dishes like spicy twice-cooked pork, mapo tofu and zong... Read More »

Restaurant Review: Make Prana Cafe your new study oasis

Restaurant Review: Make Prana Cafe your new study oasis

Amber Gibson, Columnist
November 7, 2012
Filed under Columns & Reviews, Food/Dining, Lifestyle, Reviews, The Current

Evanston’s newest cafe is tucked inside the first floor of an unassuming office building west of campus. Prana Cafe, 1840 Oak Ave., might be off the beaten path for students, but it’s worth checking out. The walls are cozy shades of persimmon, sand and dark cornflower blue. Sturdy reclaimed pine... Read More »

Restaurant Review: Andy's Frozen Custard worth visit even when temperatures drop

Restaurant Review: Andy's Frozen Custard worth visit even when temperatures drop

Amber Gibson, Columnist
October 25, 2012
Filed under Columns & Reviews, Food/Dining, Lifestyle, Reviews, The Current

I’ve had literally everything on the menu at Andy’s Frozen Custard, 719 Church St., so I feel pretty well qualified to judge its frozen custard, which is made fresh on the hour. I go there far too often, which isn’t helped by its convenient location just blocks from campus and... Read More »

Restaurant Review: Book your $10 French getaway at Creperie St. Germain

Amber Gibson, Columnist
October 18, 2012
Filed under Columns & Reviews, Food/Dining, Lifestyle, Reviews, The Current

Alas, the creperie in Norris University Center has been forsaken to make way for Rick Bayless’ Frontera Fresco. What’s a girl to do without $1.25 dessert crepe happy hour? Never fear: Pascal Berthoumieux swoops in to save the day with Creperie St. Germain, 1512 Sherman Ave. Berthoumieux... Read More »

Restaurant Review: Discover Moderno, North Shore's Italian gem

Restaurant Review: Discover Moderno, North Shore's Italian gem

Amber Gibson, Columnist
October 4, 2012
Filed under Columns & Reviews, Food/Dining, Lifestyle, Reviews, The Current

For authentic Italian food, you might be tempted to head into Chicago to Café Spiaggia or Piccolo Sogno, but I recently took the Metra going the opposite direction and discovered some incredible Italian cuisine in Highland Park. It’s merely a 30-minute Metra ride to Moderno, 1850 Second St., and well... Read More »

Food Column: Keeping it classy with boozy desserts

Amber Gibson
February 22, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

I turned 21 last week, but instead of reaching for a cocktail or glass of wine to celebrate, my first inclination was to pop a single-malt scotch chocolate ganache from Theo Chocolate. What can I say? I prefer my booze swirled in desserts. A... Read More »

Food Column: Use fruit to spice up your homemade pizza

Amber Gibson
February 15, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Unlike sausage and pepperoni or tomato sauce and cheese, fruit and pizza are two things that aren't often associated. Aside from the ubiquitous Hawaiian pizza, most seem content to keep their lemons and Lou Malnati's far apart. It's easy to... Read More »

Food Column: Study snacks done right

Amber GIbson
February 8, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Midterms are upon us and will be looming straight through finals. If you're looking for good food to fuel your late-night studying, read on. No more eating the entire package of Oreos while swigging milk straight out of the half-gallon jug. No... Read More »

[FOOD]: Healthy Eating Resolutions for 2012

Amber Gibson and Amber Gibson
January 24, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Your New Year's resolution to eat healthier may have already gone bust during Sunday's dining hall hot cookie bar. If it hasn't, I'm impressed with your self-discipline. However, just because you have one gluttonous day does not mean the rest of the year is lost. You can definitely make healthy dining... Read More »

Soulwich: Evanston's Asian-fusion sandwich shop

Amber Gibson
January 24, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Lifestyle

When Eddie Lakin, owner of my favorite Edzo's Burger Shop, tweeted about a great new sandwich spot in town, I knew I had to try Soulwich,... Read More »

[FOOD]: Healthy Eating Resolutions for 2012

Amber Gibson and Amber Gibson
January 24, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Your New Year's resolution to eat healthier may have already gone bust during Sunday's dining hall hot cookie bar. If it hasn't, I'm impressed with your self-discipline. However, just because you have one gluttonous day does not mean the rest of the year is lost. You can definitely make healthy dining... Read More »

Food Column Jan.12

Amber Gibson
January 11, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

There is a distinct moment that usually occurs about midway through January. You just slipped in slush for the third time today and your fingers have been numb for so long that you don't even know if you'll be able to type that 10-page paper that's due tomorrow. It's at this moment that... Read More »

The backburner: Nov. 10

Amber Gibson
November 16, 2011
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

As much as I love dining out in Chicago, I can't neglect the great dining just blocks from campus. Evanston even holds the coveted "dining capital of the North Shore" title. If you have a favorite restaurant or one you want to try, sign up for its mailing list and ask if it has any special events... Read More »

The backburner: A dining column - Nov. 3

Amber Gibson
November 2, 2011
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

As the temperature drops, why not treat yourself to an afternoon tea? While there's nothing wrong with a butternut squash bisque or hearty chili, afternoon tea is daintier and more luxurious. You can eat, drink and warm up without stuffing yourself and spoiling supper. If you take my favorite Northwestern... Read More »

The Backburner: A Dining Column

Amber Gibson
October 19, 2011
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Gossip

Last time, I introduced a few of my favorite affordable spots to grab a bite in the Gold Coast, near Feinberg's Ward building. But special occasions call for a whole ‘nother set of restaurants. If you're out for a romantic night on the... Read More »

Here and Now: Ethiopian Diamond is hidden gem

Amber Gibson
February 23, 2011
Filed under Archive, Manual

After immigrating to the United States with her older brother when she was just 16, Almaz Yigizaw toiled at Norris University Center's food court for 11 years. Now she runs Ethiopian Diamond, arguably the largest and most successful Ethiopian restaurant in Chicago. "We are in the center of... Read More »