5 Places to Get Solid Southern Food in Chicago
Big Jones, Wishbone, Chicago Q, The Southern and Lillie’s Q. Hit them all up as soon as you can, you won’t regret it.
Fried eggs in pepper baskets
This is one of those things that I guess you can call a dish, that I reacted to with a “why haven’t I ever thought to do this before?” It’s simple: cut any kind of bell pepper into slices. Place on pan w/ a bit of olive oil over medium heat. Crack 1 egg into each slice and cook until the white are firm and the yolks almost so. Sprinkle with salt and ground pepper. Flip...
What I Drank in LA: Hops
Some friends of mine took me to Blue Palms while in LA, and they had an awesome beer selection. I did a flight so I could taste a bunch. Left to right, I had: Pliny the Elder (a double IPA described to me as the quintessential California IPA), Blue Palms’ own Hefeweizen, Beachwood BBQ Belgian Black Ale, and He’Brew ReJewvenator (described as a belgian/german hybrid w/ concord...
How to Make Homemade Wheat Thins
They’re super salty, and taste amazingly similar to the real thing. Oh and cheaper, less preservatives… highly recommend making these. See the full recipe and photo set here.
What I Ate in LA, Pt. 2: Animal Style
So eventually my taco streak had to come to an end. Sad, but it made way for 2 more awesome meals. I’m sure you can guess where the above giant burger is from. But first I went to lunch with my bosses at a place called Farmstand in El Segundo. This place was real cute on the inside, decorated in a farm theme with leather cowprint seating. We got the Roasted Eggplant & Caramelized...
What I Ate in LA, Pt. 1: 24 Hours of Tacos
I didn’t plan to eat almost solely tacos fro 24 hours while on this trip, but I did. And I’m so glad I did! For lunch one day, a coworker took me to what’s supposed to be one of the best food trucks in the city, Komodo. This is one that started out truck, and turned into a brick-and-mortar restaurant as well, which is always impressive to me. You can order their stuff as tacos...
On my way out of town on a trip to LA, I was almost as excited to eat at Tortas Frontera as I was to go on the trip. I loved Xoco and especially loved the Mexican food I had when Rick Bayless helped out with Taco Hell at Lula Cafe, so I felt pretty sure I’d be having a good meal. And I was right. I got the chipotle chicken torta, with a side of chips, guacamole and salsa. The torta...
Peanut Butter, Dulce de Leche Cheerios →
So these exist. I’ll need them immediately, and to make some Rice Krispie treats with the PB ones as the cereal base. I wonder how widely available they are? I’ll be on the lookout.
Chicken Tikka Masala
I’ve posted this recipe before, and it held up to its reputation. It’s very simple, it just takes a bit because of the multiple steps. If you invest in the right spices, it’s great to make a lot of and have in the fridge for future meals. I think it might even get better as it sits. I always crave Indian food but I think this time of year more than ever. When I adapted this...
The Muffaletta Sandwich
Muffaletta, Local Option, Chicago. This Creole-yet-Italian sandwich is huge, heavy and can be found all over Chicago. Find out more about it here.