dumplings crew, Chongqing restaurant kitchen
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
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.
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.
In Chicago, it’s all about the food. Thankfully, I’m doing a lot of walking. Now that the weather’s heating up, however, I’ll be spending more time indoors, which means….more food, dude. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve consumed: At Ann Sather (Just Good Food): The home-baked breads are a treat. The cinnamon roll was just about the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten Ann Sather’s fried catfish sandwich was a dream. There was also a salad with blue cheese dressing, and cole slaw. I was in Ann Sather heaven. Mexican combo plate – Thursday lunch Half a roasted chicken with pita and cole slaw at Chicken Hut, Belmont & Broadway – Thursday dinner. Thanks to http://www.chicagogluttons.com/ for the recommendation! My first slice of real cheesecake in over 5 years – Bourgeois Pig cafe, breakfast on Friday The Majestic Burrito at Chicago Diner, with sour cream and guacamole – Friday lunch Turkey Panini and chocolate-cheesecake brownie at Austrian Bakery – Friday dinner In case you’re thinking that all I do is eat: the Green Mill lounge in Uptown, dating from the 1920s. Still to come: I have exactly two days left in which to consume the following: a grilled reuben sandwich on rye, a deep dish pizza, Indian food, Thai food, and one final Greek gyros sandwich. Wish me luck.