Posts in category "Menu Item Analysis"

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

I had a little bit of an ordering boo boo on this one. I came in and was seated early on and the waitress came over to talk to me.  English was very clearly not her first language, but she was very kind and sweet and putting in effort to have a conversation with me.... Read more »

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

  This visit felt a little bit scripted in how things came to be.  Bourbon Cafe wasn’t originally on my world list, and once I arrived I could see why.  It doesn’t seem like the type of place that advertises itself very heavily.  Despite being in an excellent location — right in the heart of... Read more »

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

With the newfound arrangement I have a mini-plan of attack on still learning a little bit about the culture and cuisine, in that I’m at least going to try to pry some info out of the waitstaff and/or cashiers about the food I’m going to eat.  At 90 Miles my plan didn’t work so well... Read more »
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Let’s do things in reverse: my dinner at Noon O Kabab (Iranian/Persian)

So I like starting things off with the country name, and the country I’m profiling next is Iran.  However this time I’m going to start with the end, so to speak.  I called Noon O Kabab earlier today to see if I could come in for dinner and chat with the manager, and I was... Read more »

I know I’m not reviewing the food, but let’s talk about… the awaze tibs with lamb

A lot of the dishes I’ve had at Ras Dashen have had a similar feel to them.  Most of the meals start off with a diced or stripped meat, and they are then combined with a handful of complementary vegetables (think onions, peppers, garlic) and cooked in a sauce or marinade, typically an awaze sauce... Read more »

I know I’m not reviewing the food, but let’s talk about… my non-mixed adobo dishes

I’m totally cheating on this one.  I’m supposed to mention just one food in these things, and instead I’m going to talk about every dish I had except for one of them.  I’m omitting my mixed adobo dish not because it wasn’t good (because it was great), but because I’ve sort of gone over what... Read more »
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I know I’m not reviewing the food, but let’s talk about... the Bosnian Mix Plate

You know, I really thought I was going to be good again and string together a few blog posts all within a couple of days of each other.  Then busy work happened and then a bachelor party in Tennessee happened.  Oh well.  At least I’m back from the bachelor party in one piece.  (Side note:... Read more »

I know I’m not reviewing the food, but let’s talk about... the salta

Aaaaaand we’re back to our regularly scheduled restaurant posts, after the brief paczki interlude.  I’ll wrap up the section here on Yemen with talking about my meal. I received four food items/plates with my Yemenese meal, and most of them were at least somewhat familiar.  I started with a Mediterranean salad (lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion)... Read more »

I know I’m not reviewing the food, but let’s talk about... the Full Monty

  The first time I went into Jolly Posh, the kitchen was already closed, so I just gathered the more general info and soaked in the scene with the grocery store and the cafe.  I came back later in the week during lunchtime to try out one of their sandwiches. Russell and the chef both... Read more »
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I know I’m not reviewing the food, but let’s talk about... Kabuli pulao

I just returned from a weekend trip to meet my new nephew, who lives in one of the very few (maybe only?) places in the in U.S. that could have better breadth of ethnic cuisines than Chicago — New York City.  My wife’s friend hosted us, and like me he enjoys trying new cuisines and... Read more »