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TAC Quick Dinner, Thurs, Aug 7 @ 6:30 [new date]
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  • Post #31 - August 4th, 2008, 10:17 am
    Post #31 - August 4th, 2008, 10:17 am Post #31 - August 4th, 2008, 10:17 am
    I hope you feel better! Try a bunch of ice packs and massages. Ice cream doesn't hurt, either.

    I will still be going, but if someone could tell me which of these dishes are spicy when I get there, I'd appreciate it! I'm a bit of a spice wuss.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

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  • Post #32 - August 4th, 2008, 8:56 pm
    Post #32 - August 4th, 2008, 8:56 pm Post #32 - August 4th, 2008, 8:56 pm
    She who hesitates runs the risk of missing out on duck curry.

    I imagine this is too late...but should there be any last-minute cancellations, my husband and I would love to attend.
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  • Post #33 - August 4th, 2008, 9:24 pm
    Post #33 - August 4th, 2008, 9:24 pm Post #33 - August 4th, 2008, 9:24 pm
    Pie Lady wrote:I'm a bit of a spice wuss.


    You may be going to the wrong restaurant for a spice averse person.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #34 - August 5th, 2008, 7:22 am
    Post #34 - August 5th, 2008, 7:22 am Post #34 - August 5th, 2008, 7:22 am
    Oh, there's plenty of things that are not too spicy there. The pork neck, most of the noodles dishes, things like that.

    I'm still in for this, my friend is 90%, I will drag a confirmation out of her today.
    I used to think the brain was the most important part of the body. Then I realized who was telling me that.
  • Post #35 - August 5th, 2008, 8:25 am
    Post #35 - August 5th, 2008, 8:25 am Post #35 - August 5th, 2008, 8:25 am
    What the hell, I'll try at least a bite of everything. I call seconds on the pork necks if I end up crying. Also, I noticed there was no dessert on the menu...? :mrgreen:
    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

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #36 - August 5th, 2008, 8:44 am
    Post #36 - August 5th, 2008, 8:44 am Post #36 - August 5th, 2008, 8:44 am
    There's usually some mango sticky rice at the end. I'll be honest, it's good but I generally find myself looking elsewhere for dessert when I eat asian food. Case in point, Saturday I went to Shui Wah but we hit Canady afterwards for gelato and a couple truffles.

    I'll take the pork neck over dessert 9 times out of ten. It's that good.
    I used to think the brain was the most important part of the body. Then I realized who was telling me that.
  • Post #37 - August 5th, 2008, 11:37 am
    Post #37 - August 5th, 2008, 11:37 am Post #37 - August 5th, 2008, 11:37 am
    Pie Lady wrote:What the hell, I'll try at least a bite of everything. I call seconds on the pork necks if I end up crying. Also, I noticed there was no dessert on the menu...? :mrgreen:


    Pie Lady, I'm not the best judge since my tolerance for heat is very high, but I think you'll be OK. And, yes, the pork neck is that good. I've had dreams about it. :D As for dessert, I talked to the folks at TAC Quick about it when I stopped in. I wasn't sure how many people would be interested. Octarine is right, usually there's mango sticky rice. They also have some Asian flavors of ice cream. It should be easy enough to request dessert for the group when you're there. Like everything else at TAC Quick, dessert options are very inexpensive.

    My situation isn't looking so great, so I regret that I will have to bow out of my own event. I will call the restaurant one last time tomorrow afternoon to confirm the menu and the number of people. Suzy Creamcheese and Mr. Creamcheese are willing to count money at the end of the night and make sure the check is paid properly. (Anyone can do this, of course; I just want to make sure I'm not remiss in any of my organizer duties!) That should be all that needs to be done. Just show up at 6:30!

    Oh yeah, I believe I count 19 people, which means there is one slot for dinner left. Pork neck! On choy! Any takers?
  • Post #38 - August 5th, 2008, 11:47 am
    Post #38 - August 5th, 2008, 11:47 am Post #38 - August 5th, 2008, 11:47 am
    Wow. That's some pig.

    On a completely unrelated note, when did we start using little LTH diamond icons? What do they stand for?
    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

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #39 - August 5th, 2008, 11:51 am
    Post #39 - August 5th, 2008, 11:51 am Post #39 - August 5th, 2008, 11:51 am
    Pie Lady wrote:On a completely unrelated note, when did we start using little LTH diamond icons? What do they stand for?


    I don't know that the icon stands for anything. It's just a choice--to have an icon or not--when you post. It looks a little pretty though...
  • Post #40 - August 5th, 2008, 11:55 am
    Post #40 - August 5th, 2008, 11:55 am Post #40 - August 5th, 2008, 11:55 am
    happy_stomach wrote:
    Pie Lady wrote:On a completely unrelated note, when did we start using little LTH diamond icons? What do they stand for?


    I don't know that the icon stands for anything. It's just a choice--to have an icon or not--when you post. It looks a little pretty though...


    It does mean something. See here.

    Note to moderators: You probably want to make the definition of this icon more prominent.

    Best,
    Michael
  • Post #41 - August 5th, 2008, 11:57 am
    Post #41 - August 5th, 2008, 11:57 am Post #41 - August 5th, 2008, 11:57 am
    Well what do you know. Thanks!
    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

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #42 - August 5th, 2008, 12:01 pm
    Post #42 - August 5th, 2008, 12:01 pm Post #42 - August 5th, 2008, 12:01 pm
    eatchicago wrote:
    happy_stomach wrote:
    Pie Lady wrote:On a completely unrelated note, when did we start using little LTH diamond icons? What do they stand for?


    I don't know that the icon stands for anything. It's just a choice--to have an icon or not--when you post. It looks a little pretty though...


    It does mean something. See here.

    Note to moderators: You probably want to make the definition of this icon more prominent.

    Best,
    Michael


    Ah! Thank you!
  • Post #43 - August 5th, 2008, 12:32 pm
    Post #43 - August 5th, 2008, 12:32 pm Post #43 - August 5th, 2008, 12:32 pm
    eatchicago wrote:It does mean something. See here.


    And one more thank you to the moderators for coming up with this creative solution to differentiating between LTH-related events and events of general interest, while still keeping everything on one board. It makes navigating the Events board SO much easier!!!
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  • Post #44 - August 5th, 2008, 5:26 pm
    Post #44 - August 5th, 2008, 5:26 pm Post #44 - August 5th, 2008, 5:26 pm
    tarte tatin wrote:And one more thank you to the moderators for coming up with this creative solution to differentiating between LTH-related events and events of general interest, while still keeping everything on one board. It makes navigating the Events board SO much easier!!!
    Agree 100%.

    I'd also like to confirm my attendance with my two companions. We're pretty excited. See everyone there!
  • Post #45 - August 6th, 2008, 11:35 am
    Post #45 - August 6th, 2008, 11:35 am Post #45 - August 6th, 2008, 11:35 am
    Confirmed me +1 for tomorrow night. I get off work at 6 so I'll be on the bike from Glenview, I'm figuring on a 6:45 or so arrival, maybe as late as 7 if the traffic is snarled.
    I used to think the brain was the most important part of the body. Then I realized who was telling me that.
  • Post #46 - August 6th, 2008, 12:02 pm
    Post #46 - August 6th, 2008, 12:02 pm Post #46 - August 6th, 2008, 12:02 pm
    Alas, I have to work late tomorrow :cry: - I am so very sad that I have to miss this terrific dinner.
    Apologies to happy_stomach (hope you are feeling better)
    I'll be thinking of you as you enjoy the delicious menu.

    Jyoti
    Jyoti
    A meal, with bread and wine, shared with friends and family is among the most essential and important of all human rituals.
    Ruhlman
  • Post #47 - August 6th, 2008, 1:11 pm
    Post #47 - August 6th, 2008, 1:11 pm Post #47 - August 6th, 2008, 1:11 pm
    Jyoti,

    I lament your unfortunate work situation, yet my lament is softened by my opportunity to take your place. +1 for me.

    Cheers,

    Aaron
  • Post #48 - August 6th, 2008, 2:06 pm
    Post #48 - August 6th, 2008, 2:06 pm Post #48 - August 6th, 2008, 2:06 pm
    Confirming +1. Can't wait!
  • Post #49 - August 6th, 2008, 2:12 pm
    Post #49 - August 6th, 2008, 2:12 pm Post #49 - August 6th, 2008, 2:12 pm
    Confirming 1 for Thursday.
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  • Post #50 - August 6th, 2008, 2:43 pm
    Post #50 - August 6th, 2008, 2:43 pm Post #50 - August 6th, 2008, 2:43 pm
    Confirming 1 for Thursday.
  • Post #51 - August 6th, 2008, 3:04 pm
    Post #51 - August 6th, 2008, 3:04 pm Post #51 - August 6th, 2008, 3:04 pm
    I am jealous!!!
    happy_stomach - I think we need another dinner :)

    Jyoti
    Jyoti
    A meal, with bread and wine, shared with friends and family is among the most essential and important of all human rituals.
    Ruhlman
  • Post #52 - August 6th, 2008, 4:20 pm
    Post #52 - August 6th, 2008, 4:20 pm Post #52 - August 6th, 2008, 4:20 pm
    jygach wrote:I am jealous!!!
    happy_stomach - I think we need another dinner :)


    I agree! I still have my craving for pork neck and on choy, so TAC Quick will be one of my first destinations when I'm more mobile. I hope you all have a terrific meal tomorrow. I just called to confirm for 20, so everything should be set. Don't forget that TAC Quick is BYO.

    Cheers,
    Sharon
  • Post #53 - August 7th, 2008, 10:08 am
    Post #53 - August 7th, 2008, 10:08 am Post #53 - August 7th, 2008, 10:08 am
    Damn, I forgot my giant bottle of hooch.

    But I had to write in because I'm so excited that I finally got my digital camera to work! I can take pictures now too, and post each item in munchalogical order!

    See you soon - I should be there on time unless the bus is late. Has anybody tried the grass jelly drink?
    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

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #54 - August 7th, 2008, 10:35 am
    Post #54 - August 7th, 2008, 10:35 am Post #54 - August 7th, 2008, 10:35 am
    Pie Lady wrote:Damn, I forgot my giant bottle of hooch.

    But I had to write in because I'm so excited that I finally got my digital camera to work! I can take pictures now too, and post each item in munchalogical order!

    Excellent! I won't be able to join in tonight but at least I'll get to see what I missed. :)

    I loves me some TAC.

    =R=
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  • Post #55 - August 7th, 2008, 12:55 pm
    Post #55 - August 7th, 2008, 12:55 pm Post #55 - August 7th, 2008, 12:55 pm
    No time for lunch today.

    Sooo hungry.

    Will try not to get speeding ticket on my way to TAC.
    I used to think the brain was the most important part of the body. Then I realized who was telling me that.
  • Post #56 - August 7th, 2008, 2:42 pm
    Post #56 - August 7th, 2008, 2:42 pm Post #56 - August 7th, 2008, 2:42 pm
    Hey, look at me! I'm a quote!
    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

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #57 - August 7th, 2008, 5:08 pm
    Post #57 - August 7th, 2008, 5:08 pm Post #57 - August 7th, 2008, 5:08 pm
    I hate to cancel last minute, but my wife is stuck at work. I was counting on her to get home in order to hand off Baby Mildred. I apologize and was really looking forward to this. Arggh!
  • Post #58 - August 8th, 2008, 7:57 am
    Post #58 - August 8th, 2008, 7:57 am Post #58 - August 8th, 2008, 7:57 am
    TAC really rose to the challenge of cooking for and serving our large group last night. Food came out in nicely-paced courses, water glasses were always full, and minor mid-stream alterations to our pre-ordered menu were handled with grace. For a place of TAC's modest size, such fine handling was no small feat.

    As impressive as all that was, it was nothing compared to the food. This had to be one of the best sub-$20 meals I've had. It being just my second trip to TAC, I got to try what are standby's for many folks, but new to me. Crispy on choy stole the show - just an amazing array of textures and flavors. I also loved the chicken wings, which in addition to being crisp and juicy, had complex, delicious spicing. Strange as it seemed, I really thought I tasted chocolate in the wing rub. If not, something else gave it a terrific, bitter flavor note. Isaan sausage was very good too, and quite different from the version I get all the time at Sticky Rice. TAC's is more about funky flavors that come from what I imagine are pig parts one doesn't get to (or want to) see very often. The intensity of Sticky Rice's version comes more from herbs and aromatics. I slightly prefer Sticky Rice's sausage, but was glad to have tasted this excellent one too.

    Great company, great meal. Thanks to Sharon for organizing. The kuay tiaw reua seemed like the kind of soup that should cure all that ails you, so I'd suggest expediting your healing process by getting to TAC asap!
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  • Post #59 - August 8th, 2008, 8:02 am
    Post #59 - August 8th, 2008, 8:02 am Post #59 - August 8th, 2008, 8:02 am
    Kennyz wrote:Isaan sausage was very good too, and quite different from the version I get all the time at Sticky Rice. TAC's is more about funky flavors that come from what I imagine are pig parts one doesn't get to (or want to) see very often. The intensity of Sticky Rice's version comes more from herbs and aromatics. I slightly prefer Sticky Rice's sausage, but was glad to have tasted this excellent one too.


    I eat both with regularity. I believe TAC's goes through a more significant fermentation process than Sticky Rice's. I do prefer one over the other, but I won't say which because they're both excellent in their own way and stating a preference is really meaningless ;)

    Sorry I missed the meal. TAC is one of my favorite places and it sounds like a great time.

    Best,
    Michael
  • Post #60 - August 8th, 2008, 9:17 am
    Post #60 - August 8th, 2008, 9:17 am Post #60 - August 8th, 2008, 9:17 am
    Boy do I miss my digital camera! I got there a little late but the food and company were excellent as always. Crispy on choy was a first for me but will be on regular rotation from now on. Garlic ribs were ok, but not in the same league as the pork neck.

    Afterwards a group of us made our way over to Pick Me Up Cafe for pie. The last time I was here was 7am on a Sunday afer a long night and breakfast at the Diner Grill. It was pretty meh after TAC but at 2am after a night on the town it would surely hit the spot.
    I used to think the brain was the most important part of the body. Then I realized who was telling me that.

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