Sun-Times & Reader: Upcoming, Urban Belly, Dr. Vino

Sometimes it feels like all we read about anymore is wine and Urban Belly. Don’t get us wrong — there are worse fates — but when you’re sitting at your computer all day and visions of lamb-brandy dumplings and bottles of pinot are swimming in front of your eyes, it can be a little overwhelming.

The Sun-Times hands us two journalistic confections from Mister Pat Bruno:
• Welcome to the Sun-Times fall dining preview! Have you heard about this place opening up soon called The Publican? Also a slew of other upcomings (and recently-openeds) that have already been covered to death on the blogs and in the other publications: More Cupcakes, The Bristol, Jackson Park B&G;, and that as-yet-unnamed new place in Pilsen from the folks behind Lula.

• Our favorite thing about Bruno’s review of Urban Belly? The URL basename: after a string of standard-issue tracking numbers, it’s “brunobelly19,” which we’re now considering making our new AIM screen name. But seriously, folks, Bruno — like everyone else — is raving over Urban Belly, his particular favorite being the fourteenth item on the nineteen-item menu, noodles stir-fried with eggplant. Yum.

And from OSBMS (for new readers, that’d be Our Secret Boyfriend Mike Sula, who might actually be downgraded soon to make way for Christopher Borrelli, but that’s another post for another time), over in the Reader, we get an interview with Tyler Colman, author of the intriguingly-titled Wine Politics: How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters, and Critics Influence the Wines We Drink. It turns out that the forces at work in getting a sip of wine from the vine to your mouth are far broader than just growers, distributors, and pushy wine-store clerks. Colman is in town for various signings and readings, check out Sula’s Q&A; for dates and times.

[Photo: a raspberry-topped cupcake from More]


Sun-Times & Reader: Upcoming, Urban Belly, Dr. Vino