Julia Langbein

Photograph by Andrea Fazzari

Since 2005, Julia Langbein has affectionately poked fun at restaurant critic Frank Bruni through her blog, The Bruni Digest. After eight years of eating, writing, and performing stand-up and sketch comedy in New York City, she is a recent transplant to Chicago, where she is pursuing graduate studies in art history. She is that girl you saw conspicuously washing down a ham hock with a bottle of port in the quietest reading room of the Chicago public library.

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food + cooking

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travel + culture

A Midsummer Night’s Sandwich

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food + cooking

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food + cooking

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food + cooking

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chefs + restaurants

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chefs + restaurants

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wine + spirits + beer

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wine + spirits + beer

Alcohol-Free Cocktails?

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travel + culture

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