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Looking for the city's best egg rolls.

RaeRenee. SWEET. I love good egg rolls, and finding good ones is hard to do these days. I don't even really have a place for a favorite myself, but I love this thread on lthforum, and will try the ones noted when in their area if possible. I believe Kow-Kow is a board favorite if it's still open, but I've never been.

http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic....

Apr 15, 2015
gordeaux in Chicago Area

Off the beaten pah Chicago eats for a first timer

If it's your first time, I'd really suggest an Italian Beef sandwich with giardiniera and sweet peppers. More than likey, you'll be able to score one at the hot dog place you visit. Without knowing where you'll be going/staying, Nsxtasy is right on with Portillos for that. It's totally casual order at a register, and they'll call your number for you to come get it type place. Fries are totally forgettable (get the onion rings instead) but they do a solid rendition of a classic Chicago dog, AND an Italian Beef with giardiniera (salty, oily, hot pepper mix.)

Which cuisines are you into and not into *right* now?

Into:
Thai
Szechwan
Japanese
Indian
Pakistani
Texas BBQ
Korean
Middle Eastern

Not Into:
Italian
Greek

Mar 15, 2015
gordeaux in General Topics

Salsa recipe?

an avocado
Juice of a good lime
decent amount of cilantro
few tbs of olive oil
garlic
serranos and jalapenos (adjust to YOUR heat preference, not someone else's)
Salt and black pepper to taste
Water for blending to viscosity that will coat a spoon (or tortilla chip)

The fresh chile bite will smooth out as the flavors meld. It'll need half a day in the fridge.

That's my new second favorite to standard salsa roja in the blender, which, for me is just fresh pico de gallo, blended.

Mar 14, 2015
gordeaux in Home Cooking

Asian Birthday Dinner for 6? Chicago or suburbs

San Soo Gab San
or
Cho Sun Ok http://chosunokrestaurant.com/

Both for Korean bbq, but they also have the Korean standards, as well. Great for groups celebrating with drinks, imo. Neither are "upscale," like Arun's, however.

Mar 03, 2015
gordeaux in Chicago Area

Source for Patak products in or near Oak Park

Well, Tony's had a sign with a sale price on it for the hot curry paste, but the shelf was bare. Looks like they were sold out. Neither Tony's nor Meijer had the vindaloo, however. I saw no shelf signs for it. Both had other Pataks jars, just not the vindaloo. If I see Tony's has restocked, I'll post something.

Jan 07, 2015
gordeaux in Chicago Area

North American destination city for culinary vacation with young kids?

I tend to agree with bada bing on Chicago and Philly. Once you delve into the Chicago neighborhoods outside of the tourist areas, you'll be blown away by all the little ethnic joints with truly marvelous stuff. I'd guess that I'd check on what types of food you wanna get into, and cross reference with what the area has to offer. Seeing as you're in SF, however, I can definitely see the need for visiting the SE for the southern style eats experiences.

Jan 04, 2015
gordeaux in General Topics
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Source for Patak products in or near Oak Park

I bet you were as disappointed as I was when the Grand Mart on North Avenue shut down almost seemingly before the shelves were fully stocked (if you were around back then.)

I haven't been there in years, but maybe that Food 4 Less on North and 25th might have it? No idea.

I'll still check on Tony's and Meijer within a few days, probably tomorrow.

Jan 04, 2015
gordeaux in Chicago Area

Source for Patak products in or near Oak Park

Hi Masha -
Tony's North Riverside, and also Meijer on Harlem and Cermak.

I'm not sure if they have those exact flavors anymore today, as they scale back and change stock as well, but I guarantee I've seen both at each place in the past. I go to that Tony's at least once a week, so I'll check and post if they have them on the shelf. If you've never been to Tony's, you are about to be a fan. It's not fully comprehensive for ethnic by any means, but they do have a decent amount of some of the more standard items to get in between stock up trips to true ethnic marts. I'd be surprised if you couldn't find both Patak's Vindaloo and Hot Curry if you visited both places in one trip - they are only a few blocks apart. What sucks is that neither carries curry leaf. If you do visit Tony's you'll definitely see the Indian section on the shelf, but do not miss the frozen Indian section as well. Some interesting stuff there, indeed. Again, not comprehensive by any means, but there's some stuff there you might not expect from a standard grocery store. I'm a big fan of Tony's if you haven't caught the drift, lol.

P.s. - I think Priya in FP is no more.

Jan 03, 2015
gordeaux in Chicago Area

Costco party fare?

The hummus tray with the three or four different flavors is totally edible.

Chicken salad placed in mini rolls or halved croissants would be easy. They normally have tubs of tortellini salad at my Costco as well- right next to the chicken salad. Never tried it tho.

Dec 11, 2014
gordeaux in Chains

Why would anyone go to Denny’s these days?

I stopped going to Denny's for political reasons a long time ago. I don't have many limits when it comes to that type of stuff, but Denny's and Wal-Mart aren't even options for me any more. I used to be a Denny's fan - not many places that serve discount pancakes are on my bad list.

Dec 06, 2014
gordeaux in Chains
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Tito's Tacos Red Salsa Recipe

If Tito's is average, then Taco Bell is fine dining.

Nov 08, 2014
gordeaux in Home Cooking

Turkey in Mexican cuisine

If you find anything really interesting, please report back.

Nov 08, 2014
gordeaux in Home Cooking

Turkey in Mexican cuisine

Pavo En Mole.

Web that up for as many recipes you can shake a turkey breast at.

Nov 08, 2014
gordeaux in Home Cooking

Deep freezer essentials

Vaccuum sealer.

Now's the time of year I start smoking up meats for the winter. BBQ in December is always welcome.

I do a lot of big batches of pancakes and waffles, banana bread, and bbq. Soups too - especially after I get the T-day turkey carcasses.

Also, get ready to really be able to enjoy those grocery store sales you come across once in a while when you wished you had room for the items. One of my favorite stores had choice lamb chops priced as the lamb shoulder roasts they were sitting next to in their cooler. After doing a double and triple take on the pricing, I would up with 40 or so pounds of the best lamb chops I've ever had. You might also wanna look into buying a whole or partial animal - cow, pig, lamb, etc..

Nov 02, 2014
gordeaux in General Topics

'Upscale" Sauce for Seared Scallops

butter, cream, garlic, salt, pepper, parsley, and a splash of gin.

Oct 29, 2014
gordeaux in Home Cooking

Things You Eat Frozen (or Thawed and Uncooked)

Any kind of snack cake frozen- Twinkies, Ding Dongs, etc.

Oct 26, 2014
gordeaux in General Topics

French door refrigerators...

I should clarify that my wide, bottom drawer, I really have no complaints with. It's the two smaller drawers above it that are my complaint.There are days when I feel like taking a sledge hammer to the fridge to exact my revenge on those two drawers. The fridge looks nice, and it keeps things at 38 degrees just as it should, but the two drawers on the model I have are garbage.

Oct 19, 2014
gordeaux in Cookware

French door refrigerators...

Please consider:

Test the construction of the gliding components (drawers/shelves.)
If I could do it over, I wouldn't have bought my KA model for this reason. It's VERY obvious that's where they saved $ in production on this model. I noted it when comparing in-store, but a few ppl told me that when the drawers were filled, they would be smoother. Not so at ALL, and I should have listened to my gut. Still,even when filled and weighted, the drawers are flimsy, and have to be twisted and fiddled with to close properly 4 or 5 times out of ten. Another thing that happened is the lever to adjust "humidity" on one of the drawers broke within a month. Both are definitely "first-world problems," but I could have bought 6 other models that would not have these problems. (I think I would have gone with GE or the big ol' Samsung, OR found a different KA model.)

Other than that, unless you're paying for one of those fancy multi- zone, let-you-know-when-your-jam-jar-is-low, or milk-is-near-expiration, $7k+ fridges, my biggest concern was ice/water in door (took up too much fridge space for me, so that was a no.)

Don't overthink it. A fridge keeps food at 38 degrees. 38 degrees is 38 degrees no matter how many gadgets are involved.

Oct 19, 2014
gordeaux in Cookware

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

LOL-
I friggin' LOVE the White Linen, so I was ecstatic to see the ad showing both, hoping my store would have it again. They didn't. I bought the Victoria, hoping for the best, but I don't like it nearly as much as the WL. The Victoria is ok, but the WL totally "did it" for me. If I had only known back then. I bought the two pack of White Linen clearanced for 1.97. I opened it when I got home, tasted it cold, and decided I was going back the next day to buy at least 5 more two packs. It was all gone, however.

Oct 19, 2014
gordeaux in Chains

Chef Friend Visiting . . .

Zaragoza fits your bill.
Divey, but the food is soooo serious. It's not for vegetarians, either. Roasted goat, done sooo right.

La Chapparita on 25th and Whipple is another dive with a taquero, Caesar, who pays much attention to detail even tho the place might not have white linen.

Both of those places are absolute gems for fantastic food, even tho they have no ambience to speak of, imo.

I'm not sure on the state of Leesiana/Gulf coast taquerias, but if your chef friend likes dives with great food, those are two of my favorites.

You might wanna ask them if there's anything special they'd LIKE to try?

Oct 02, 2014
gordeaux in Chicago Area

Hello, I am looking for some recommendations for store bought marinades, sauces, and pre-mixed seasonings for chicken

I'm gonna have to give that one a try. I've had a few of their pastes and was not overly impressed, but they were definitely worth trying.

Sep 30, 2014
gordeaux in General Topics

Slowing the ripening of avocados

Yup.

Hello, I am looking for some recommendations for store bought marinades, sauces, and pre-mixed seasonings for chicken

Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning in the little jar. It's the paste. You won't regret it.

Braised Beef Tacos

Web up recipes for "barbacoa" for more ideas.

Sep 15, 2014
gordeaux in Home Cooking
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The great noodle soups of the world roundup

Meant K's, not D's.

Sep 13, 2014
gordeaux in General Topics

The great noodle soups of the world roundup

Howdy, JungMann-
For the Yat Gaw Mein soup with roast duck, it's a total hole in the wall. I haven't been in 4 years or so, but I remember that soup so well. I used to get it often, but I moved far away, and I'm rarely in the area anymore:
Empire Restaurant
49 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL
312-943-6818
I used to get that soup or Lo Mein ONLY. The rest of the food was pedestrian at best. Total hole in the wall, no waitstaff.

If you are looking for some real deal Szechwan noodle soups or perhaps pho, I'd be happy to help out. Not sure if you have those types of spots where you're at. One place I am absolutely in love with right now is called Katy's Dumplings, or D's Dumplings. If you like spicy Szechwan foods, and hand pulled noodles, Katy's is the bomb. They have a few locations, just not in Chicago proper.

Sep 13, 2014
gordeaux in General Topics
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China town recommendations

So, this has me thinking. In Chinatown, where do y'all go for Szechwan?
I see a decent amt of folks saying the Lao joints are not to their liking, but I mostly view those places as Szechwan food specialists with generally speaking, a lack of enthusiastically prepared Cantonese dishes. When I think Moon Palace, or Little Three Happiness, I don't consider those places as apple to apple comparisons for "Chinese Food" to Lao Sze Chuan or Lao Beijing.

What's up with Szechwan for you?

Sep 13, 2014
gordeaux in Chicago Area

O'Hare-Rosemont - help?

What time, and where are you staying? Will you have a car?
What kind of food are you lookin to get?

Sep 12, 2014
gordeaux in Chicago Area

The great noodle soups of the world roundup

When I saw the thread title, I immediately thought of a roast duck noodle soup I get in Chicago. It's a simple Yat Gaw Mein, but the addition of bone-in roast duck chopped into bite size parts adds so much flavor, and the skin stays crispy in the soup. Fatty duck and crunchy duck skin in hot broth with chewy noodles? HUGE fan. Add a nice slick of hot chili oil, and I'm not done til it's all gone.

Sep 12, 2014
gordeaux in General Topics