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Market Watch: Season Opening, May 2023

This Saturday is the return of one of Urbana’s most glorious recurring events: the Saturday morning farmers’ market. Champaign-Urbana has two farmers’ markets: Urbana Market at the Square in the parking lot of Lincoln Square …

Five C-U restaurants with good sharable food

The popular phrase “sharing is caring” is something that fits very well into the food traditions of many cultures, especially those of collectivistic societies. When shared plates are served on the table, it brings people …

Maize Mexican Grill is wonderful

Maize has a long-storied history in the C-U area. When they first opened their modest location on Green Street, the buzz was palpable. I remember hearing so many great things about their food, yet it …

Grovestone has dessert, too

What kind of place is Grovestone? For the short answer, it’s a great place to go when you want some high-quality olive oil with knowledgeable staff to help you decide. To go more in-depth, Grovestone …