Tom Kacich: Love birds find happily ever after in St. Joseph eatery

Questions for Tom? Ask 'em here

This is kind of a love story, but it's also about good food and interesting drink and bicycles and family. You know, many of the great things of life.

My Amish Home: Sunny days call for laundry on the line

"Know ye that the Lord, he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations." Psalm 100:3-5

Go Figure: When UI graduation and Mother's Day collide

As big weekends for C-U's food-and-beverage industry go, it's tough to top one with UI commencement on Saturday and Mother's Day on Sunday.

Just how brisk was business this past weekend? Here's a by-the-numbers summary:


To Your Health: Strawberries perfect for breakfast parfait


Seeing pints of strawberries is a welcome sight at farmers' markets! When they are in season, strawberries tend to be easier to find, taste sweeter and cost less than what we pay during the winter.

Eating strawberries fresh as a snack is a great way to enjoy this sweet fruit. They also work great in easy recipes, like our breakfast parfait.

Today's Special: Downtown Champaign goes Himalayan

CHAMPAIGN — The taste of India and Nepal has arrived on West Church Street in Champaign.

Himalayan Chimney opened May 9.

Owners Bobby Gomes, Sahil Thapa and B.J. Thapa purchased the former Nitaya Thai restaurant late last year and have been converting it to an Indian theme.

"We have decorated it to look like a traditional Indian restaurant," Gomes said.

Ask 'Mimi,' May 14, 2017

Did you go to the Forest-to-Mansion Dinner at the Allerton Mansion last week?

Yes, and I really enjoyed the five inventive and complex yet delicious courses prepared by different chefs, who used wild ingredients foraged from mostly Allerton Park and its fields.

Entertainment listings, May 11-18, 2017


This weekend


Meg Makes: Whole-wheat pancakes can still be a treat

Pancakes are such a pleasure. They can be a special treat in the morning or an easy option if you're open to breakfast for dinner (or as I like to call it, brinner).

Whole-wheat pancakes can be hard. It's hard to convince yourself you're eating something decadent when it's heavy and tastes like health food.

My Amish Home: Whatever I was saving for a rainy day got done

"A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for by the sadness of the countenance, the heart is made better.

Entertainment listings, May 4-11, 2017


This weekend


What: Uniformed re-enactors, representing Allied and Axis units as well as civilians from 1939 through 1945, will gather at the Bunker Hill Historic Area. View living history displays, public battles, tactical skrmishes and more at this free event.