Don’t Miss the Signature Jamaican Jerk Sauce at Uncle Joe’s Near The Blackwood

January 28, 2015 11:01 am

You don't necessarily have to go to Uncle Joe's to try its house-made Jamaican jerk sauce—but it will be fresher if you do. The popular sauce fills the shelves at a few grocery stores around Hyde Park and Chicago, so even those who can't make it to Uncle Joe's can enjoy the family recipe. However, the spicy sauce is best fresh from the kitchen at its home restaurant near The Blackwood.

Head to Uncle Joe's for its Jamaican barbecue fare, like jerk chicken. You can also opt for more unusual versions of the country's cuisine, such as jerk red snapper or jerk lobster. Then again, the menu also holds brown stew catfish, curry goat, and even oxtail, so the exotic options are many. No matter which entree you order, expect it to arrive with a side of plantains, rice, peas, bread, and the house's Jamaican jerk sauce.

Uncle Joe’s
1461 E. Hyde Park Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 241-5550

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Explore Your Bookish Side at 57th Street Books The Blackwood in Hyde Park

January 21, 2015 11:01 am

For more than 30 years, 57th Street Books has been serving Hyde Park residents' book needs. Just a short way from The Blackwood, customers say there's something magical about this bookstore. It's not a typical big chain bookstore; it's a cozy, underground haven packed with shelves and shelves of great titles.

Known to many as the sister store to the Seminary Co-op, 57th Street Books offers a great variety of fiction and nonfiction from both popular and less establish authors, making it the perfect place to visit for both the avid and casual reader. Plus, unlike the Co-op, 57th Street offers children's books. Visitors will also find great mystery, science fiction, and cookbook titles. 57th Street Books hosts plenty of events, including panel discussions, launch parties, and author talks.

57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1300

Public Domain/Public Domain

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Set up a Wet Bar or Bar Cart at The Blackwood in Hyde Park

January 14, 2015 11:01 am

If you often entertain guests at The Blackwood, you might consider putting together a bar cart to take your hosting skills up a notch. To get started with building your own home bar cart, you'll need these items:

  • Blender. Keep a blender under your cart so you can make that icy margarita that your guests request.
  • Bottle opener and corkscrew. You'll need to have these tools handy for the wine and beer drinkers.
  • Cocktail shaker. To mix drinks and pour them without spilling them, use a high-quality cocktail shaker.
  • Martini glasses, wine glasses, tumblers, and highballs. Use these glasses to serve just about any drink.
  • Cutting board and knives. You'll need these materials to cut the limes, lemons, and other fruits that you use to garnish drinks.
  • Coasters. Keep a supply of coasters on your cart so guests can place their drinks on these instead of your nice tables.
  • Cocktail strainer. Eliminate the ice, pulp, and other solids from getting into your drink with this tool.

The Guide to A Well-Stocked Wet Bar [Esquire]
25 Essentials for a Legit Home Bar [Complex]
10 Things You Should Have in Your Home Bar [Buzzle]

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