The End of the Tastes

Bad news: it’s been three weeks since my last post.  Worse news: this is the end! I could have mentioned something last time, as my finishing with a clean 50 countries and topping it off with the good ol’ U.S. of A. was intentional.  But where’s the fun in that, right?  I should go out... Read more »

Mini Summary: Chicago’s Worldly Tastes’ tenth five countries

Not gonna lie, this one is pretty cool.  I’ve hit fifty countries of food since I started this thing up.  There was a little lag there for a bit around the holidays but recently I’ve had an improved pace.  I’ve also kept track of the different global categories I created for a little while now,... Read more »

I know I’m not reviewing the food, but let’s talk about… the, er, platter

OK, look.  You know about barbecue.  I know about barbecue.  We all know about barbecue.  So I probably don’t need to do much ‘splainin’.  But I’ll still at least speak to the different dishes I got at Smoque and my experience with them.  Look how kind I am. So I got a platter with two... Read more »
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A look at Smoque BBQ / AMERICAN food

Awwwwww yeeeeeaaaahhhh.  U.S.A., baby.  #50 in my country list (50 stars, 50 states…get it?), but OBVIOUSLY #1 in our hearts. So many American culinary staples from which to choose.  The corn dog.  The Oreo.  Deep fried Kool-Aid.  So how did I make my dinner decision?  Well, I tried to think like a foreigner and see... Read more »

I know I’m not reviewing the food, but let’s talk about… the pide

It’s here!  What you’ve been waiting for since last year!  The surprise dish that I wouldn’t mention in my previous post!  It’s… a pide!!!  There you go.  You can relax now.  I know, it was hard waiting. So what’s a pide (to my knowledge, pronounced “PEE-duh”, with the “duh” being someone subtle), anyway?  The easiest... Read more »

A look at I-Cafe Sukur’s Place / Turkish food

     Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!  I’ve been away for a while, partially because of the holiday season but mostly because my delightful wife is back in town for her winter break from grad school.  I’ve been spending my evenings hanging out with her and as a result the blog has taken a... Read more »

I know I’m not reviewing the food, but let’s talk about… the combination plate

It’s probably just a coincidence, but I feel like I’ve been to places with combo plates a lot lately.  On one hand it feels a little lazy for me to order it, but on the other hand, I’m really at these places to try authentic food.  A combination plate is the easiest way to try... Read more »

A look at Greek Islands / Greek food

This time around I visited a cuisine from a country that has a neighborhood represented in Chicago, and that’s Greektown.  I’d been to Greektown once prior, and that is too few times.   I really haven’t taken advantage of the ethnic neighborhoods that Chicago has to offer like I should.  But hey, I did here.... Read more »

I know I’m not reviewing the food, but let’s talk about… the Northern Thai Combo

All right, this is going to be a struggle, I think.  While this article is about my Thai food, I went to my next restaurant tonight (what was it?  Not telling!  INTRIGUE!!!) and had a hefty meal.  On top of that, I decided to have my last pumpkin beer of the season back at home.... Read more »

A look at Sticky Rice / (Northern) Thai food

Ah, Thai food.  You hold a warm, soft spot in my… stomach.  Thai food was probably the first cuisine as a high schooler that I went out and got on my own as a new experience.  There was a classmate who mentioned how much she loved a Thai restaurant in town, and I tried it... Read more »