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Food & Drink

Incredible atmosphere and food at Hacienda Agave

When Alexander’s Steakhouse closed in Champaign, many people including myself were extremely disappointed. It was a wonderful long-time staple of a restaurant. When news broke that a new Mexican restaurant was taking Alexander’s spot at …

Thou shalt eat fish

This time of year, eating fish on Fridays is a whole thing. In Champaign-Urbana, if we get a hankering for fish on a Friday, where to go? We’ve published a few fish lists over the …

Chocolate desserts for chocolate-lovers

I don’t mean to brag, but I’m pretty experienced when it comes to eating chocolate. Decades upon decades, I’ve been enjoying chocolate. Growing up, I picked the same flavor for my birthday cake year after …

Afghan Cuisine restaurant is a must

Recently, I checked out a new spot in Champaign: Afghan Cuisine Restaurant. This new year has brought a lot of cold and snow. With all the treacherous roads, and windy weather, going out to eat can …

Cannabis four ways for winter days

Winter is coming, and it’s best to be prepared. Every winter, I pull out my electric blanket, find the snow shovel, and stock a little cannabis, too. When it’s freezing outside, I just want to …

Xinh Xinh Cafe is pretty excellent

For fourteen years, an unassuming plaza restaurant called Xinh Xinh Cafe (pronounced Sin Sin) has served Vietnamese food in the same space: a ten-table cafe doors down from Schnucks in Urbana. Sometimes hole-in-the-wall restaurants can …