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Chicago food

Published on August 3, 2014, by in Chicago, Food, Travel.

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks basically living out my food fantasies in Chicago, or re-living fondly remembered tastes from my past. Chicago is a food-lover’s city; if you’re in doubt, just check out the Flickr group Chicago Gluttons. Here’s a photo tour of some of the food highlights, both alone and with my brother Kenton:       My first meal in Chicago after getting off the plane at O’Hare: my brother took me to Sultan’s market for inspired middle eastern food – chicken shawarma, hummus, falafel, salads, pita bread. Yummmm.       Urban Vegan Thai food       Grilled Reuben sandwich on rye, Miller’s Pub; a blast from the past – I adored this sandwich when I was a college student in the 70s.       Native Foods – vegan nachos and “chicken” appetizers       Karyn Cooked, River North area: vegan falafel sandwich       Mexican lunch in the Chicago Loop, La Cocina Mexican Grill     Rangoli Indian restaurant on North Ave., one of the best Indian meals I’ve had; I ate chicken korma.     Rangoli appetizer, fried cauliflower     Another blast from the past: Five Faces on Division Street, open till 5 am. In the late 70s my friends and I would come here after the bars closed for the gyros sandwich with fries. The place is still here after all these years.     Gyros sandwich at Five Faces – just as I remembered    




Published on December 18, 2013, by in Food.

dumplings crew, Chongqing restaurant kitchen


麻婆豆腐 mapo doufu

Published on December 14, 2013, by in Chengdu, Food.

part of our lunch at a dumpling restaurant in Wenshufang, across the street from Wenshu monastery Mápó dòufu is a popular Chinese dish from Sichuan province. It is a combination of tofu (bean curd) set in a spicy chili- and bean-based sauce, typically a thin, oily, and bright red suspension, and often cooked with fermented black beans and minced meat, usually pork or beef. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mapo_doufu


burger & fries

Published on May 3, 2012, by in Chengdu, Food.

This week I’m highlighting The Spot, a new burger restaurant that opened in the Blue Caribbean Plaza near campus.  Their chef used to run a felafel stand on Kehua Bei Lu, which he has since left to join the restaurant.  The limited menu hasn’t gotten boring (yet), as I’ve eaten their burgers three (or is it four?) times in the past week.  Oh yes, the thick-cut fried potatoes are to die for.  Next time I go, I must take my own bottle of French Dijon-style mustard with me. Other than that, today was rainy, and after my class I returned home for an afternoon nap.  I’ve just signed my teaching contract for the next year, which includes 12 months instead of 10.  That means I’ll get paid all year round, including summer, but I will be available for full-time teaching during July and August. No summer vacation this year, but it will be a great chance to save my money for future travel.              



Published on December 10, 2011, by in Chengdu, Food.

noodle restaurant   Today was my birthday.  It was gray, cold, and slightly damp, but I went out with my camera anyway.  I figured I could shoot in black and white and maybe get some good results.  I debated about where to go, not feeling very festive, and ended up at a Lanzhou noodle restaurant (the kind that are hand-pulled). I ate some good 牛肉炒面片 – sliced noodles fried with beef. I started to take a walk, but it was getting rainy, so I bought some food for me and the dog and went home.  Tonight the moon is full and and an eerie orange color.  Another birthday come and gone.