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  • Post #2311 - December 17th, 2016, 3:51 pm
    Post #2311 - December 17th, 2016, 3:51 pm Post #2311 - December 17th, 2016, 3:51 pm
    Lentil soup with crispy foie gras at Le Hanger, I have no words.

    Le Hanger
    12, impasse Berthaud - 75003
    Paris
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    For what we choose is what we are. He should not miss this second opportunity to re-create himself with food. Jim Crace "The Devil's Larder"
  • Post #2312 - January 9th, 2017, 10:40 pm
    Post #2312 - January 9th, 2017, 10:40 pm Post #2312 - January 9th, 2017, 10:40 pm
    Apple Salad with sunflower chimichurri at Publican Anker. Everything we ate was really grand, but this was positively singing, and i'm going to be busy recreating it.
  • Post #2313 - January 11th, 2017, 12:19 pm
    Post #2313 - January 11th, 2017, 12:19 pm Post #2313 - January 11th, 2017, 12:19 pm
    Biscuits with cranberry preserves and seafood gumbo at Luella's Southern Kitchen. I have made a bed out of a table and chairs and refuse to leave.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love
    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach
    In the world of apples, Pink Lady runs the whorehouse. ~ James Napoli

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  • Post #2314 - January 11th, 2017, 2:41 pm
    Post #2314 - January 11th, 2017, 2:41 pm Post #2314 - January 11th, 2017, 2:41 pm
    Seared haloumi sandwich and potatoes for lunch at Americano 2211 about an hour ago. I feel pretty certain these are the best potatoes in Chicago.
  • Post #2315 - January 15th, 2017, 1:39 pm
    Post #2315 - January 15th, 2017, 1:39 pm Post #2315 - January 15th, 2017, 1:39 pm
    Has to be the cilantro-centric Aguadito soup at D'Candela. I'd never had this before until the other night and man, was it spectacular. A rich, herbaceous, soul-warming bowl of awesome. It's only available there Friday-Sunday.

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

    I find it a matter of note that in New York or Terre Haute, school cookies always seem to be oatmeal --Mr. French
  • Post #2316 - May 13th, 2017, 7:23 am
    Post #2316 - May 13th, 2017, 7:23 am Post #2316 - May 13th, 2017, 7:23 am
    Potato Crusted Oysters at Edison Food & Drink Lab in Tampa.
    potato_oysters.jpg
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #2317 - May 13th, 2017, 8:32 am
    Post #2317 - May 13th, 2017, 8:32 am Post #2317 - May 13th, 2017, 8:32 am
    stevez wrote:Potato Crusted Oysters at Edison Food & Drink Lab in Tampa.


    Heard great things about that place--was everything else at the same level?
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #2318 - May 13th, 2017, 9:10 am
    Post #2318 - May 13th, 2017, 9:10 am Post #2318 - May 13th, 2017, 9:10 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Has to be the cilantro-centric Aguadito soup at D'Candela. I'd never had this before until the other night and man, was it spectacular. A rich, herbaceous, soul-warming bowl of awesome. It's only available there Friday-Sunday.

    =R=


    Seconded. This is a much-traveled bowl with near-identical versions in southern Mexico (as caldo cantina, usually without potatoes), Colombia, and even Brazil (Taste of Brazil has a great rendition every day). The molten garlic-cilantro combo gilds everything.
  • Post #2319 - May 13th, 2017, 9:17 am
    Post #2319 - May 13th, 2017, 9:17 am Post #2319 - May 13th, 2017, 9:17 am
    boudreaulicious wrote:
    stevez wrote:Potato Crusted Oysters at Edison Food & Drink Lab in Tampa.


    Heard great things about that place--was everything else at the same level?


    Yes! One of the best meals I've had in quite some time. I hope to do a full post once I get back to Chicago.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #2320 - May 13th, 2017, 5:40 pm
    Post #2320 - May 13th, 2017, 5:40 pm Post #2320 - May 13th, 2017, 5:40 pm
    stevez wrote:Kung Pao Tofu at Jade Court. It's not something I would even think to order, but it turned out to be a revelation.

    Mr. Z,

    Dug the Kung Pao Tofu, fell head over heels for Jade Court's Hainanese Chicken.
    JadeCourtLTH1.jpg Jade Court Hainanese Chicken


    Jade Court, Count me a Fan!

    Jade Court
    626 S Racine Ave
    Chicago, IL 60607
    (312) 929-4828
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #2321 - May 23rd, 2017, 3:00 pm
    Post #2321 - May 23rd, 2017, 3:00 pm Post #2321 - May 23rd, 2017, 3:00 pm
    justjoan wrote:
    pairs4life wrote:
    pairs4life wrote:Damak!

    I am not much of a chocolate lover. But I spotted a milk chocolate square filled with pistachios and said why not⁉️

    It is delicious. It is new to the states, but well known in Turkey. Don't be put off that it is Nestle. The chocolate and pistachios are from Turkey.
    Just shy of 3oz/80 g cost $
    i am bothered that this is sold by nestles. nestle's is 1 of many big corporations that relies on child labor to grow/harvest its chocolate. a good reason, imo, not to be buying this chocolate bar... http://usuncut.com/news/beware-of-these ... ld-slaves/


    So this changed my day-to-day. I am not much of a chocolate lover but if you know me you know I have literally eaten hundreds of candy bars from these companies over the last few years. This post caused me to stop that. But sent me down the rabbit hole of finding ethically sourced cocoa that tastes okay for baking.
    Today in Costco I spotted Nestle's semi-sweet morsels plainly stamped Cocoa Plan/Utz certified. This is very good news for humanity and those who like chocolate. With Nestle on board my hopes are high that the other major players have similar plans in place.

    http://www.nestleusa.com/csv/nestle-cocoa-plan
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #2322 - May 31st, 2017, 1:43 pm
    Post #2322 - May 31st, 2017, 1:43 pm Post #2322 - May 31st, 2017, 1:43 pm
    Not earth-shattering, but pretty darn good--salad with organic baby kale, radish, yellow grape tomatoes, unsalted cashews, mini-cucumbers, and some Gorgonzola from Ehlenbach's Cheese Chalet in DeForest, WI, just north of Madison. This was topped with cracked black pepper and some Dorothy Lynch Homestyle dressing that I had picked up at Garden Fresh. The dressing is from Columbus, NE and apparently is well-known in those parts. It's sweet/tangy with a limited amount of fat, and really offset the sharp Gorgonzola nicely.
    dlynch.jpeg


    https://ehlenbachscheese.com/
  • Post #2323 - June 3rd, 2017, 12:59 pm
    Post #2323 - June 3rd, 2017, 12:59 pm Post #2323 - June 3rd, 2017, 12:59 pm
    A perfectly grilled Alpine sausage on the roof at Gene's in Lincoln Square today. Nothing feels more summer like lounging away on their beautiful rooftop and eating something so damn delicious.
  • Post #2324 - June 15th, 2017, 10:32 am
    Post #2324 - June 15th, 2017, 10:32 am Post #2324 - June 15th, 2017, 10:32 am
    I was on my own for dinner last night and didn't feel like cooking after shopping. I saw that lobster tails were $6 at Jewel (Addison & Elston) and figured, what the hell. Holy hot damn, those were delicious. Steamed 'em for maybe 10 minutes, and they were sweet, salty, and tender. This may be all I eat until they go off sale. Too bad I can't convince Mr. Pie to eat shellfish.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love
    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach
    In the world of apples, Pink Lady runs the whorehouse. ~ James Napoli

    Late-Nite Eats Database
  • Post #2325 - June 18th, 2017, 6:52 pm
    Post #2325 - June 18th, 2017, 6:52 pm Post #2325 - June 18th, 2017, 6:52 pm
    Smoked mackerel and fish spread, saltines, Crystal hot sauce, ice cold cheap draft beer, Ted Peter's, St. Pete FL. Treasure. How that place doesn't have a Beard classic yet, I don't get. Along with Mike's in Detroit, it would be in my inaugural class of non-Chicago GNRs.
  • Post #2326 - June 18th, 2017, 9:27 pm
    Post #2326 - June 18th, 2017, 9:27 pm Post #2326 - June 18th, 2017, 9:27 pm
    Jeff,

    Congratulations. You managed to bag the elusive mackerel at Ted Peters. In all the years I've been going there, they've always been out of it when I tried to order it.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #2327 - June 19th, 2017, 8:10 am
    Post #2327 - June 19th, 2017, 8:10 am Post #2327 - June 19th, 2017, 8:10 am
    stevez wrote:Jeff,

    Congratulations. You managed to bag the elusive mackerel at Ted Peters. In all the years I've been going there, they've always been out of it when I tried to order it.


    Haven't been to Ted Peters in many years but I was always partial to the smoked mullet, a fish that is almost unheard of here but quite popular in that vicinity.
  • Post #2328 - June 19th, 2017, 12:57 pm
    Post #2328 - June 19th, 2017, 12:57 pm Post #2328 - June 19th, 2017, 12:57 pm
    Florida is indeed rich in mullets.
  • Post #2329 - June 24th, 2017, 11:46 am
    Post #2329 - June 24th, 2017, 11:46 am Post #2329 - June 24th, 2017, 11:46 am
    Manchego cheese, shitake mushrooms corn and green onion empanadas served with a sweet corn sauce at Honky Tonk BBQ. Yum.
  • Post #2330 - June 24th, 2017, 5:43 pm
    Post #2330 - June 24th, 2017, 5:43 pm Post #2330 - June 24th, 2017, 5:43 pm
    Matcha almond croissant at Gontran Cherrier in Tokyo. Any number of other things I've eaten in the last few days could easily fit in this thread (e.g., the best ramen I've ever had), but hachi machi, this was good: buttery, almondy, slightly bitter from the generous amount of very good matcha.
  • Post #2331 - June 25th, 2017, 8:32 am
    Post #2331 - June 25th, 2017, 8:32 am Post #2331 - June 25th, 2017, 8:32 am
    Roasted tomato, onion and oregano focaccia at Publican Quality Meats. Wow! Does focaccia get any better than this? Does any bread?
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

    Twitter: brbinchicago
  • Post #2332 - June 25th, 2017, 3:21 pm
    Post #2332 - June 25th, 2017, 3:21 pm Post #2332 - June 25th, 2017, 3:21 pm
    Polish with grilled onions, stone ground mustard, and brie, fresh off the grill in my brother's back yard, washed down with an icy spotted cow. Damn that was good.
  • Post #2333 - June 26th, 2017, 10:08 am
    Post #2333 - June 26th, 2017, 10:08 am Post #2333 - June 26th, 2017, 10:08 am
    The Swedish meatballs with lingonberry jelly at Tre Kroner. Was there Saturday night. Been there 3-4 times and always get the meatballs, they're just too damn good to try anything else.

    Also, never realized they had such a nice outdoor patio seating till this weekend, definitely sit out there if the weather allows.
  • Post #2334 - June 27th, 2017, 12:17 am
    Post #2334 - June 27th, 2017, 12:17 am Post #2334 - June 27th, 2017, 12:17 am
    Panzanella at Eataly with their housemade focaccia and a handful of peak basil ribbons. I'm easy since this is an ultimate comfort food for me, but you know that thing where when eating anything with cherry tomatoes you're just waiting for one to suck, and then it does? Never happened with this batch. Little sublimated orbs of sunlight.
  • Post #2335 - June 27th, 2017, 9:45 am
    Post #2335 - June 27th, 2017, 9:45 am Post #2335 - June 27th, 2017, 9:45 am
    Last night's dinner at Big Jones was excellent, but I'll put the strawberry shortcake as one of the best things I've eaten lately. We got the last one of the night and it was plate-licking good. (No, we didn't lick the plate...but we thought about it!)
    -Mary
  • Post #2336 - June 27th, 2017, 3:59 pm
    Post #2336 - June 27th, 2017, 3:59 pm Post #2336 - June 27th, 2017, 3:59 pm
    Pie Lady wrote:I was on my own for dinner last night and didn't feel like cooking after shopping. I saw that lobster tails were $6 at Jewel (Addison & Elston) and figured, what the hell. Holy hot damn, those were delicious. Steamed 'em for maybe 10 minutes, and they were sweet, salty, and tender. This may be all I eat until they go off sale.
    I rarely shop Jewel, was near Parents house and needed a last minute item so stopped in, spied the small lobster tails on sale ($5 burb price). Opened one side of the shell, placed a skewer through the meat & put some minced garlic & olive oil on the meat, then grilled. Holy crap they were tasty, went back a number of times to do the same prep.
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #2337 - June 28th, 2017, 12:42 pm
    Post #2337 - June 28th, 2017, 12:42 pm Post #2337 - June 28th, 2017, 12:42 pm
    The lightly breaded and deep fried Ipswich Whole Belly clams appetizer served on a bed of celery root slaw at Hemingway's Bistro in Oak Park last night.
    Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
    Woody Allen
  • Post #2338 - July 2nd, 2017, 10:42 am
    Post #2338 - July 2nd, 2017, 10:42 am Post #2338 - July 2nd, 2017, 10:42 am
    Sweet Willie wrote:
    Pie Lady wrote:I was on my own for dinner last night and didn't feel like cooking after shopping. I saw that lobster tails were $6 at Jewel (Addison & Elston) and figured, what the hell. Holy hot damn, those were delicious. Steamed 'em for maybe 10 minutes, and they were sweet, salty, and tender. This may be all I eat until they go off sale.
    I rarely shop Jewel, was near Parents house and needed a last minute item so stopped in, spied the small lobster tails on sale ($5 burb price). Opened one side of the shell, placed a skewer through the meat & put some minced garlic & olive oil on the meat, then grilled. Holy crap they were tasty, went back a number of times to do the same prep.

    I remembered these posts when I saw small lobster tails on sale for $4 at Mariano's in Vernon Hills. I broiled two for just a few minutes, shell up then shell down, and ate them with melted butter with garlic and dill. They were great!

    The Jewels (ha ha) near me had them for sale for $3.99 Wed-Fri. I missed that sale but plan to get back to Mariano's this weekend to pick up a few more for $4.
    "I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."
  • Post #2339 - July 5th, 2017, 6:31 am
    Post #2339 - July 5th, 2017, 6:31 am Post #2339 - July 5th, 2017, 6:31 am
    Katie wrote:saw small lobster tails on sale for $4 at Mariano's in Vernon Hills. I broiled two for just a few minutes, shell up then shell down, and ate them with melted butter with garlic and dill. They were great!
    Just to the side of Mariano's Elston meat counter on the 4th was a free-standing display of $4 lobster tail on ice. Remembering this post I picked up a few tossed them on the grill and they were in fact delicious.

    LobsterSteak3.jpg 4th of July
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #2340 - July 6th, 2017, 6:37 am
    Post #2340 - July 6th, 2017, 6:37 am Post #2340 - July 6th, 2017, 6:37 am
    A nutella shake at Slim's on Montrose (2020 W. Montrose). I was walking past there one Saturday morning a couple of weeks ago and saw a sign in the window for nutella shakes. I finally went over there. They don't have them on the menu on the website, but they have a huge variety. I only needed to confirm they have nutella. It was thick and rich, about 16 ounces for $3.05!

    I've never been there before, but I will be back.

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