Peruvian Street Food in Chicago – Tanta |River North

Tanta Chicago Quinoa BurgerWith dozens of restaurants around the world under his belt famed Peruvian Chef Gastón Acurio brings Peruvian street food with its Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and Incan influences to Chicago delivered in an upscale package.

The space is bright, lively and a welcome addition to River North. There is a bar and outdoor space on the second floor so keep it in mind for summer.

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Ay Ay Picante – Discovering Peruvian Cuisine in Albany Park

Ay Ay Picante Sign

If I found out my ancestors are from the Andes I would not be shocked based on my lifelong love of anything with chilies, corn, avocados, tomatoes, and potatoes.  Ay Ay Picante is an exciting mix of traditional Andean, with a splash of influence from Spanish and Japanese immigrants that have made Peru their home. They specialize in seafood and steak with an extensive menu featuring at least a half-dozen vegetarian and fried rice entrees as well as a large selection of ceviches.

This review is looooong overdue as this visit was on a warm October day back in 2011. Continue reading

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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