Category: Food Review

Chicago, Argentina (Part 2: The Family Behind Tango Sur)

Chicago, Argentina (Part 2: The Family Behind Tango Sur)
El Mercado is a little grocery store on the corner of Southport and Grace in Lakeview Chicago. Across the street is a Dairy Queen. A couple of doors down is the Music Box Theatre. Wrigley Field is about a half-mile away. On the front counter, you’ll find—in my humble Midwestern opinion—the best empanadas in town.... Read more »

Chicago, Argentina (Kierkegaard Intermission)

There’s a little bar in Rosario, Argentina right by the Paraná River. The Paraná River starts in Brazil, carves south through Paraguay, then makes its way east through Argentina emptying into the Rio de la Plata. It’s the second-largest river in South America, trailing only the Amazon. I’ve never been to Rosario. Never been to the bar... Read more »

Chicago, Argentina (part 1)

Chicago, Argentina (part 1)
I love getting a new idea. I love the magic of that initial spark. I’ll be walking Crash, taking a shower, sitting at my laptop, and something will just click. Oh! What if I wrote about this!  It’s hard for me to say, “I came up with the idea,” because the idea came up to me. At... Read more »
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Black & Caspian: Launching a restaurant in uncertain times (Part 2)

Black & Caspian: Launching a restaurant in uncertain times (Part 2)
There’s a country called Azerbaijan. A month ago I had never heard of it. Would have confused it with the magical prison from Harry Potter. Azerbaijan shares a border with Russia to the north, Iran to the south. To the west is Armenia and on the east coast is the Caspian Sea. Go one country over from... Read more »

Black & Caspian: Launching a restaurant in uncertain times (part 1)

Black & Caspian: Launching a restaurant in uncertain times (part 1)
Renaldi’s Pizza. 2827 North Broadway. Whenever Ashley and I walk past, there’s this little burst of heat right over our heads that pumps out the smells of marinara and a buttery crust. If we’re not the ones to say it, there’s someone else declaring: “Ooh, that smells good.” They stop to look at the menu. In the... Read more »

We let sandwich prices get out of control (part 1)

We let sandwich prices get out of control (part 1)
There was a time in America when eight out of ten people were humming the same song. This tune became a national anthem of sorts and was more popular during it’s prime than the peaks of MMMBop, Who Let the Dogs Out, and I’m Blue (Da Ba Dee Da Ba Die). During this time period, if you were... Read more »
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Oh, I heard this was disappointing

Oreos and Chips Ahoy! have the most fascinating relationship in the entire grocery store. They’re not adversaries like Coke vs. Pepsi, but they’re not partners like peanut butter and jelly. They sit next to each other on the shelf cheering each other on, not once getting jealous of the other one’s success. When I grab... Read more »

Blogapalooz-Hour: Love letter to Burger King's original chicken sandwich

Hey – good evening! I’m diving back into the Blogapalooz-Hour waters this month and going with the topic of: “Write a love letter, but it can’t be to a person.” My first thought: well, it’s got to be about food. Second thought: yep, I know exactly who I’m writing this to. Dear Burger King Original... Read more »

It took me 27 years to try a Big Mac

As a five-year-old kid, the Big Mac was larger than life. The burger was the size of my head; the sliced pickles were the size of my eyes. I wasn’t ready, so I ordered chicken nuggets, or maybe one of those flat junior burgers that looked like somebody took a rolling pin to it back in the... Read more »
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Life reflections over a couple Burger King hot dogs

I want to make one thing clear right away, I am not above the Burger King hot dog. I re-read my post from last week and I felt like there was an element of foodie elitism going on. At times it seemed like I came down from my culinary high horse, held the plate up... Read more »