Today's Special: Ozu Ramen soups up Campustown

CHAMPAIGN — The doors of a new Japanese restaurant have opened in Campustown.

Co-owners Tony Ho, Vicky Mei and Dustin Lee were drawing a crowd at Ozu Ramen at 601 S. Sixth St., Suite 102, C, (at the corner of Sixth and Healey) on Jan. 26.

The restaurant is named after the city of Ozu, in southern Japan.

Champaign Kraft plant working OT to meet Super Bowl demand

CHAMPAIGN — Americans spend millions on snacks for Super Bowl Sunday, and workers at the local Kraft Heinz plant have been working overtime to meet demand.

My Amish Home: Convalescing leads to idle hands

"O sing unto the Lord a new song; sing unto the Lord, all the earth. Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; show forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods." Psalm 96:1-4

Meg Makes: Squash soup will warm you up nicely

My mom has made this soup for me twice this winter, and the second time, I realized I needed the recipe.

Its ingredients are simple, but the squash makes it hearty and the wild rice gives it a little something special.

UI study: Coffee add-ins come with a latte calories

URBANA — Your favorite mocha latte may be packing more extras into your cup than you realize, a new University of Illinois study suggests.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: Sam's the man

CHAMPAIGN — Among the regulars at Sam's Cafe, the modest downtown diner, are athletes from the University of Illinois. Oftentimes, they'll complain to owner/chef Sam Issa, about having to wake up before dawn for 5:30 a.m. workouts or weightlifting sessions.

My Amish Home: Finding some sunshine on dreary days

"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything, give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Abstain from all appearances of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, 22-23

Meg Makes: Pining for summer with stuffed peppers

Last weekend's warm weather has me craving food that tastes like summer. I blame the neighbor brave enough to use his grill. His dinner smelled amazing.

My husband created this recipe a few years ago while on a sausage-and-pepper kick. They're originally meant to be cooked on the grill, but you can just easily bake them. They make a great side dish.

To Your Health: Enjoy whole grains for burst of flavor (and nutrition)


Typically, this column focuses on fruits and vegetables that are in-season for Illinois. Since it is January and there are fewer items growing outside, it's time to discuss another favorite: whole grains.

There are two types of grains in our diet: whole grains and refined grains.

Today's Special: UI grad opens Chinese restaurant in Campustown

CHAMPAIGN — After operating restaurants in New York and Chicago, 2013 University of Illinois grad Yongzheng Dai has come home to launch another in the heart of Campustown.

Following a soft opening in December, Mid-Summer Lounge officially opened Jan. 16 in the former Casablanca Kabab House space at 623 E. Green St.

Dai promises authentic Chinese food.