Chef Roy Choi Talks Hunger and Food Insecurity at This Year’s MAD Symposium


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In South L.A. 44 percent of children live in poverty, 17 percent in extreme poverty.

Hunger in this country is an important topic that can be over looked in the food world but Chef Roy Choi gave a talk he called, “A Gateway to Feed Hunger: The Promise of Street Food” at this year’s MAD Symposium.   He called upon his fellow chefs and people with influence to think about how to feed the hungry.

Through food trucks Choi has been able to bring affordable and healthy food to the many food deserts in LA.

Read the full article and see the inspiring talk at

Chef Roy Choi Talks Hunger and Food Insecurity at This Year’s MAD Symposium.

What To Eat/Drink/Do/Make on Valentine’s Day/Fat Tuesday


Whether you are a fan of Valentine’s Day or not it is a good excuse to get out and eat some good food and enjoy some good company. Or stay in and invite a date or friends over and share some food and drink. In fact, none of this requires a holiday to do but it’s always fun to take a theme and customize and celebrate how you want. And if you absolutely hate Valentine’s Day then just go with celebrating Fat Tuesday. Recipes at the bottom of the post! Continue reading

Chicago Restaurant Week Starts Feb 1st!

Chicago Restaurant Week 2013

It’s that time again; Chicago Restaurant Week kicks off on February 1st and will run through February 10th. You don’t have to join anything just-show up, however, reservations are strongly recommended, as this is a very popular week. The prix fixe menus start at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner.

Here is a handy dandy restaurant finder to help you navigate the over 250 restaurants that are participating – Click here.

Eat up, Chicago!

More info:

Chicago Restaurant Week – Choose Chicago.

Hold That Mini-Burger: Restaurants Forecast Food For 2013 : The Salt : NPR


Food trends are like fashion trends to me, some are good, some are bad and some are just ridiculous. Out this year:

  • Bacon-flavored chocolate
  • Gazpacho
  • Sliders

Got that? According to the National Restaurant Association, sourcing and sustainability will be what consumers are going to look for and value in 2013. This of course would fall into the good trend. Some others:

  • House-cured meats (swear this has been happening in Chicago for a while now…)
  • Artisanal cheeses (ditto above)
  • Gourmet lemonade (hmm…)
  • Food trucks (yay!)
  • Peruvian food (I’m intrigued…)

To read more on the upcoming trends check out The Salt:

Hold That Mini-Burger: Restaurants Forecast Food For 2013 : The Salt : NPR.

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Boxed Wine, It’s All About The Temp: The Salt : NPR

I have some fond memories of celebrations that involved Franzia so I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for boxed wine.  The upside of boxed wine becoming trendy is the bar for quality has been raised.  The integrity of the wine will depend, however,  on the storage temperature. NPR points out:

“Perhaps the more important finding is that at the colder temperature, boxed wine had basically aged the same as bottled wine. That’s because companies have been layering different oxygen-stopping polymers over the initial breathable layer. “They’ve fine-tuned that bag for the wine industry,” she says.”

Moral of the story, keep your Franzia cool. Read more at The Salt:

When It Comes To Boxed Wine, The Cooler, The Better : The Salt : NPR.

The Mind of a Chef (Preview) Coming to PBS Nov. 9, 2012

Anthony Bourdain hosts the new show on PBS that will focus on going “inside” the mind of David Chang of Momofuku fame. “The Mind of a Chef is a reinvention of a travel-cooking show,” says Bourdain. “This season we go inside the kitchen, the world, and the mind of chef David Chang. This show is a chance to explore that mind in all its tangled glory.”

I did not get to catch all of the Layover shows so I am looking forward to seeing what Anthony Bourdain can do with this format.

Craft Spirit Week Chicago – Celebrating the Art of Fine Spirits | Oct 1st – 6th

Be apart of Chicago’s first Craft Spirit Week! The week will include tastings and events with the mid-week feature of the Independent Spirits Expo on October 3rd. Their mission:

Real spirits is real taste, and the ever-growing community of craft distillers and craft drinkers is privvy to experience these spirits like never before! Through tastings, parties, dinners, seminars, and more, we bring the spirits straight from the source – from those who make them to those who enjoy them.

Tastings will happen all over town including The Whistler, Fountainhead, Big Jones and Jerry’s Sandwiches. Check out the calendar of events. I am even loving their logo. See you there!

celebrating the art of fine spirits. made by hand. drank by hand..

Fresh Moves – Mobile Produce Market | Chicago

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“The drought is over!” This is the message Fresh Moves is sending to Chicago. Fresh Moves was created to serve communities in Chicago that fall within a food desert, areas that have no access to grocery stores or healthy, affordable food. Imagine having to travel miles to get fruit or vegetables. This is especially hard for people who are elderly or are constantly working and the only free time to get food is late at night and takes 2 buses and a train to get there.

I love food trucks and this repurposed CTA bus is top on my list for the needs it is serving. Consider volunteering your time or donating to Fresh Moves to help keep Chicago fresh.  To find out more information check out their website: Fresh Moves – Mobile Produce Market |.

Need a Skin Detox? Official Glowing Green Smoothie (R) Recipe

I’ve been trying to eat a bit healthier these days. This morning I woke up and began making the greenest smoothie I’ve ever had. I knew it would be good for me but what about the taste? That was my excuse for sitting on the recipe for, well…months.

My blender isn’t very big so I used about half what the recipe calls for in spinach and romaine but used all of the fruit and still had enough for two servings this morning and another two for tomorrow. I don’t need to tell you how healthy this is, one serving has about as many greens as most people have in a week, makes your skin glow, helps you lose weight, etc. What I need to tell you is this is good. Not just kind of good but, for real good. There is really no reason you shouldn’t make it. The fruit gives it a sweet taste, it is very filling and it is very easy to make. You can easily change up the greens (kale, arugula) and the fruit (strawberries, blueberries) to suit your taste.

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The original recipe is at the link below but these are the proportions I used:

  • 1 ½- 2 cups very cold, filtered water
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 1 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 stalks of organic celery
  • 1 organic apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 organic pear, cored and chopped
  • 1 organic banana
  • 2 Tbs. fresh organic lemon juice
  • Ice cubes (the extra coldness can help newbies with the taste)

Check out Kimberly Snyder’s site for more recipes and information.

Kimberly Snyder’s Official Glowing Green Smoothie (R) Recipe.

America’s Best Doughnuts | Food & Wine

Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, sorry but these doughnuts might put you over the edge.

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Food & Wine give their take on 16 of the best Doughnut shops in the country. In the first spot, I am happy to say, is The Doughnut Vault in Chicago. I haven’t been here yet but I heard the line is long and starts early. A good sign, if you have time.

Another two on the list that I’ve had the pleasure of tasting:

Café du Monde, New Orleans, LA – quick post about their coffee and beignets here last summer.

VooDoo Doughnut, Portland Oregon. Check out their Captain my Captain doughnut.

Couldn’t resist, one more pic for ya:

maple bar with bacon from Voodoo Donuts I've b...

maple bar with bacon from Voodoo Donuts I've been back living in Portland for 3 years and finally got around to trying Voodoo on Saturday. Evil, but so good. Better than I had expected 🙂 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

See the full list at the link:

America’s Best Doughnuts | Food & Wine.