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Archive for June, 2006

06.28.06

Dirty Sugar Cookies

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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This week I speak with Ayun Halliday, a saucy, hip New York City mama. She’s written a food memoir called Dirty Sugar Cookies, which is a wry romp chronicling Halliday’s path from fussy childhood eater with a “pinched” sense of culinary adventure, to wanderlusting adult chomping on Bahn Mi in Vietnam and Mangosteens in Thailand, and then karmically back to her current role as a mother of her picky eating daughter, Inky. It’s a great read for frustrated parents, gourmands, and even the pickiest of eaters.

In this podcast, we talk about great Bahn Mi in New York, raising picky eaters, ramen noodles, the hazards of writing food memoirs, and more.

If you have Macromedia Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Ayun Halliday Interview

06.28.06

The Last Meal on Earth

Restaurant Reviews, Travel


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au pied

Deep fried foie gras.

Deep fried foie gras.

Deep fried foie gras.

Two weeks after eating at in Montreal, this is the phrase that still flutters in the back of my consciousness. I can’t get it out of my head. Yeah, sure they deep fry everything nowadays, Snickers bars, Twinkies, pizza, and tacos, but who the hell is foolhardy enough to deep fry something like fattened duck liver? That’s like deep frying pure fat. More »

06.25.06

Hot Bagels and Polish Jokes

Restaurant Reviews, Travel


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bagel

Historically, the Polish have not fared well at the hand of comedians. We rate somewhere above blondes and just below the Irish as a mocked collective. As a first generation Pole, I regularly suffered jokes and challenges to my intellect. I often responded that Copernicus, Chopin, and Marie Curie were Polish, and that any nation that spawned such cultural icons must have something going for it. More »

06.22.06

Smoke This

Restaurant Reviews, Travel


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Smoked Meat, aka Viande Fume from Schwartz’s Deli

I’ve spent a lot of time waiting in line for food. Last year it was 3.5 hours for life changing oysters and softshell crab at Uglesich’s in New Orleans, and just last week it was a half hour at Hot Doug’s in Chicago seeking French fries poached in duck fat. More »

06.19.06

I Dream of Poutine

Restaurant Reviews, Travel


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poutine

T-Rex poutine at La Banquise.

America is the land of the obese, the home of McDonald’s, purveyor of deep fried Twinkies, inventor of Buffalo wings, mass consumer of pizza, and yet we still cede our title of supreme imperial culinary hedonism to Canada by not adopting poutine, a cholesterol bomb of French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. More »

06.16.06

Taking You Down to Chinatown

Bites: News and Miscellany


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This article first appeared in the Chicago Journal


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The Kung Pao chicken at Spring World

I will be watching you and if I find that you are trying to corrupt my first born child, I will bring you down, baby. I will bring you down to Chinatown!

Robert Deniro - Meet the Parents

What if a wrathful Robert DeNiro dropped you off in Chinatown? Wandering among fiery-tongued dragons, slithery eels, and under dark awnings written in strange Mandarin hanzi, would you become disoriented, collapse in a dusty back alley, and fall prey to a band of opium den operators? More »

06.13.06

Orange You Glad You Know

Food History


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orangesThe room that surprised me most at London’s Hampton Court Palace was the orangery, a large, bright room lined with rows of small, healthy, carefully trimmed orange trees in beautiful, large, porcelain pots. I expected a lot of things in a palace, but not agriculture.

A few years later, I visited Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home in Virginia. I had seen pictures, so I knew what the main buildings would look like, but I was surprised to find, tucked behind some of the fabulous gardens, a magnificent orangery.

This was beginning to look like a trend.

The era of growing oranges indoors was, in fact, only one small segment of the long history of oranges, but the immense cost to which people went to construct these buildings hints at the astonishing popularity of the fruit. While there have been times when their fame was due almost as much to their scarcity as to their taste, abundance has only served to make oranges more popular. Today, oranges are considered to be one of the five or six most important fruits in the world. More »

06.10.06

Grape Conversation

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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Alpana Singh

This week, we catch up with Master Sommelier Alpana Singh. Singh is the director of wine and spirits for Chicago’s Lettuce Entertain you restaurant group in Chicago. She’s also the host of Check Please, Chicago’s popular PBS restaurant review show.

At 26, Singh was the youngest person ever to garner the Master Sommelier title. There are only 120 Master Sommeliers in the world, and only 13 women have earned the distinction in North America. The MS diploma exam includes a blind tasting of 6 wines, for which the sommelier must name the grape varietal, country of origin, district of origin, and vintage. This is certainly a monumental task, even for the most distinguished palate.

In the podcast interview we talk about fusion cooking, whether the newest generation of wine drinkers is being exposed to good wine, the hazards of dating a sommelier, and drinking champagne with Mahatma Ghandi, Bill Clinton, and Larry David.

If you have Macromedia Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Alpana Singh Interview

06.07.06

Thomas Keller, Animal Style

Bites: News and Miscellany


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Animal Style Waygu beef on brioche with a plastic tumbler of Zinfandel, anyone?

Super chefs should use their power for good, and not evil. At least that’s always been our philosophy. If you’re a regular listener to our podcasts, you’ll recognize that we always ask why big chefs don’t pursue more accessible concepts. Now we got our wish. Thomas Keller of Per Se and the French Laundry is opening a burger joint tentatively titled Burgers and Bottles. Keller credits In and Out Burger for the inspiration. Read More.

06.06.06

London Calling

Food History, Travel


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The glories of the English table showcased at Fortnum and Mason.

I wonder sometimes why England has such a bad reputation for food. I’ve been going to England for decades, and I’ve only had one or two mediocre meals, and most of the time I’ve eaten splendidly. Sure, nowadays everyone points to the handful of famous venues that are popping up on “best restaurant lists.” Or people will say, “It’s because of the great ethnic eateries.” Yeah, England has those—big time. When I lived in England as a student, I relied heavily on the ethnic restaurants, though mostly because they were fun and cheap. But even before my university days, I’d already learned to love English food. More »

06.01.06

Bari Bada Bing

Restaurant Reviews


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This article first appeared in the Chicago Journal

prosc and mozz

Bari’s prosciuttio and mozzarella

If Tony Soprano dropped by looking for a good sandwich, I’d take him to Bari Foods. More »


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