Meal. Watch. Tun. – Best Jibaritos, ‘Easter Sunday’ Review

Happy Thursday, Chicago.

There’s a lot of history in the food and art news this week.

First, food critic Louisa Chu dives into the story behind the jibarito, a Chicago invention featuring crunchy plantains that contain everything from squid — an increasingly popular dish in the area — to adobo-seasoned steak. And she writes that one restaurant does it better than everyone else.

If you’ve ever taken a scenic stroll through Graceland Cemetery, you’ve no doubt spied a few famous names. Now author and former cemetery guide Adam Selzer has released a new book that reveals hundreds of stories – and more than a few mysteries – of the historical figures buried in the sprawling grounds.

There’s a new concert venue in a historic salt shed with an iconic girl carrying an umbrella. and a conversation with a political advisor for some of Chicago’s most historic politicians. And while it can be fascinating to look back, I’m also excited for a few upcoming events, from this weekend’s Windy City Smokeout to an art exhibit at Humboldt Park, all proceeds of which will donate to the rebuilding of a cherished Puerto Rican museum.

Until next week.

— Ariel Cheung, food and travel editor

Jibaritos have to be the most unpredictable of our iconic Chicago-style foods, writes Tribune critic Louisa Chu. The best of them are garlic-coated plantains that crackle and crunch with every bite, with the jarring texture of chicharron.

And the best of the best can be found at Jibaritos y Mas, says Chu. Read her full review here.

There’s nothing quite like the Salt Shed in Chicago.

The former Morton Salt complex in West Town is being converted into a venue and had its first outdoor concerts this week – with plenty more to come.

Tribune food critic Nick Kindelsperger has spotted the trendy cephalopod in a shocking number of new restaurants, from Alpana, Alla Vita and Nisos Mediterranean to Lyra, Peanut Park Trattoria and Rose Mary.

What are chefs saying about the increasingly ubiquitous dish? Pretty much, as it turns out.

There are grills from Chicago and across the country. It has A-list country music stars from Willie Nelson to Miranda Lambert.

And it’s happening this weekend. Here’s the full lineup and everything else you need to know about Windy City Smokeout 2022.

As this summer’s newest big action movie is a drag of sorts, a smaller comedy that provides a whole host of laughs and unleashes audiences with a generational karaoke rendition of “I Gotta Feeling” hits the spot – even with its misses, writes Tribune critic Michael Phillips. Read his review here.

Two months after a lukewarm consumer reaction to pricey NFT versions of Goose Island’s famous whiskey-aged beers, Chicago’s oldest brewery has announced the good old-fashioned liquid versions of this year’s Bourbon County beers, including the return of two old favorites and beers , designed to mimic fig Newtons and biscotti.

Tribune beer writer Josh Noel takes an early look at the Black Friday release.

In Puerto Rico, the Museo de Arte de Ponce building has offered Puerto Ricans an even greater lifeline than the art within. Over the years it has served as a haven from Hurricane Maria, earthquakes and COVID-19.

But it has suffered major damage from the series of natural disasters and has been forced to close indefinitely during the pandemic. Here in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Art and Culture wants to send help in the form of proceeds from its “Nostalgia for My Island” exhibit, which features artwork never before shown in the States from the Museo de Arte.

In a small, thoughtful way, David Axelrod’s podcast Ax Files, which is airing its 500th episode this month, has constructed a sometimes nuanced, occasionally touching, ongoing oral history of these political times, viewed from both the right and the left .

The Tribune’s Chris Borrelli sits down with the longtime Chicago political adviser — and former Tribune City Hall reporter — to discuss Axelrod’s approach to interviewing the likes of Kellyanne Conway and Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who worked with the former Chicago mayor, Harold Washington, collaborating, and his predictions about what’s coming in the November elections.

Graceland Cemetery is one of Chicago’s great curiosities, a place that’s become less of a cemetery and more of an open-air history lesson.

And there are secrets to be discovered year after year. The latest revelation comes from author Adam Selzer and his latest book, Graceland Cemetery: Chicago Stories, Symbols, and Secrets. Read more about how the book came about here.

In 1994 the movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert was on so that one day RuPaul’s Drag Race could take off.

But when it comes to the stage version of the film, which is currently at the Lakeview neighborhood’s Mercury Theater, Tribune critic Chris Jones says there’s a big problem: There’s just too much talent on stage for a canned backing track.

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