Christopher Ranch’s California Garlic Blog

It’s no mystery that fresh garlic is one of the most popular, versatile ingredients ever. What remains relatively unknown, however, are the distinct flavor, quality and health differences associated with varying garlic varieties. Christopher Ranch, a family farm in Gilroy, Calif., grows a California heirloom garlic that is a leader in each category. All Garlic Is Not Created Equal. We’ll show you why.

Chicago – A Foodie’s Dream

I arrived in Chicago yesterday, and Frank Sinatra said it best – “Chicago is my kind of town.”

What’s not to love – you’ve got the Cubs and Wrigley Field, The Second City, boating on Lake Michigan, “Sue” at The Field Museum, concerts at Grant Park, shopping on The Magnificent Mile…the list goes on.

One of the most intriguing aspects about Chicago, however, is the food culture and dining experiences the city offers. For a self-proclaimed eataholic like myself, who values celebrating flavorful, fresh food in a sexy atmosphere with top-notch hospitality, Chicago’s chefs and restaurants routinely deliver on all fronts. (And Chicago restaurants love California garlic – maybe not as much as the Cubs, but love nonetheless).

Chicago is a foodie’s dream.

Many associate the seemingly more progressive coastal cities – like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle – as being the more sophisticated food locales, but Chicago deserves a top spot. Home to chefs and restaurants like Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill, Charlie Trotter’s and Spiaggia, not to mention the biggest outdoor food festival in the world with Taste of Chicago, Chicago offers endless tastes for every pallet.

A few Chicago eateries I never miss – and neither should you….
Carmine’s – fantastic, traditional Italian with generous portions – like eating with mi famiglia.
Gibsons Steakhouse – mouth-watering cuts of beef that will make vegetarians reconsider.
Everest – Chef Joho’s French touch, located on the 40th floor of Chicago Stock Exchange – breathtaking food and ambiance.
Giordano’s – Chicago-style pizza – need I say more?
Naha – a menu that can best be described as fresh, global – yet local – innovative and delectable.
The Wiener’s Circle– who doesn’t want to eat a Chicago dog and get verbally berated at 3 a.m.?

As Frank Sinatra said, “Chicago is one town that won’t let you down”…especially if you come with an appetite.


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