Chi town in spring….Cubs at Wrigley Field, Blackhawks in the playoffs

2.21pm, Thursday 14th April, Huron Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Afternoon folks, and we’re on the tried and true trade call circuit today – visiting some of the folks in the ‘North Shore’ outer suburbs of Chicago. Here’s a look at our day in the sun….. Very smart little wine departments lurk in quite flash markets…..this one is in Wilmette

And look what’s on the shelves….

Excellent with pad Thai, Cajun shrimp (we’re on the deck in the USA now folks, so we’re going with the local words…prawns for us) , shrimp cocktail with marinara sauce, shrimp tacos (my favourite, especially loaded with chipotle mayo!), and anything from the raw bar. Not forgetting smoked salmon!

Also on the shelf, and my pick for short ribs – done any way at all, and preferably with sweet potato fries!

On to an old friend at Grayslake….Phil at ‘Wine Knows’…..and he does…..know good wine!


Drop in at Phil’s tasting bench – on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons

Right now we’re at Inovasi, top bistro in Lake Bluff, and I’ve just polished off a beet salad – designed to counteract all those BBQ pork plates! Inovasi and the sister ship Wisma – Beer Wine Food store across the park – thanks for supporting Australian wine….lovely to have a home in this Spring sun drenched (at least for the next three days!) corner of the world

See you later on this evening when we’re doing the Yalumba dinner  at Bacino’s restaurant in La Grange (not the one in the ZZ Top song – that’s between Houston and Austin in Texas – we’ll be there next Tuesday!!) with Dan Bacin

PS and we’re back on the air with Stuart Stansfield – ABC Regional Mt Gambier – tonight….’live’ from that dinner. Last time we called in, we were in Des Moines, Iowa….fabulous Pork and corn country.

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