Like many of those on my flist, I am a foodie. Yes, we all think about it. But who spends time talking about it? Well, a good number of us do and today I am joining that group with a full five item review of some food related goodies that have recently rocked my world. I
I am never any good about keeping up with plans to write regularily. That said, I am thinking this would be a good once-a-week feature for LJland. If I remembered, I could even do one each day, but I doubt that would work. I am tutoring, so killing time is part of my to-do list anyways. Here we go, in no particular order:
1. The French Poodle hot dog at Chicago's Dog House
Yum! I read about this place in the Reader and wanted to try one of their special dogs. We were in the neighborhood, so we stopped in for a quick dinner. The Poodle is brie, pears, and Grey Poupon on a hot dog. Robert had a T-Frank with avocado, cream cheese, and some other stuff I can't recall. Their menu also includes gourmet dogs made out of lamb, alligator, or duck - to name a few. All items are fresh and individually grilled (even the frips - fresh, hot potato chips), so it takes awhile. Well worth it.
2. Terry's Toffees
Robert and I went to the Galleria on Clark and found a booth run by Michael, Terry's partner. The lemon toffee is the most amazing candy I have tasted in ages, and the Chai-cago spice is good, too. I can't say enough good things about this stuff! They have two stores in the city and a catalog online.
3. Adagio Teas
I have to thank Amity for this one. If you have not already gotten your $5 gift certificate, just let me know and I will send you one! Many of their samples make 10 cups of tea and are $2-3. Shipping is super fast and inexpensive - I sampled 4 teas for $4. They also give you a free sample blend of zodiac tea. I have not tried these, as they seem fruity, but hey, free tea! I really love the black apple tea - very hard to find outside of ordering it from Turkish importers. Cheaper than Teavana and just as good.
4. Cinnamon Loaf at the Swedish Bakery
Its like a giant loaf of cinnamon roll and makes a great French toast. I went in looking for brioche and came out with this. It also keeps for a long time. If you are ever in Andersonville, I highly recommend it!
5. Oyster Sauce
This is the key ingredient to homemade fried rice. Here I failed, reading dumb recipes that suggested just soy and cooked rice. The other key is DAY OLD rice. Not fresh. It should require some breaking up when you put it in the pan. No more restaurant rice for me - I make great stuff at home now!