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Cost Plus World Market

I shop at World Market and always find a new food treat in the aisles. Sometimes they are just new to me, though. Right now I am enjoying the Orange Kit-Kat and the melon Hi-Chews.

So I am curious...does anyone else have any favorites at World Market?Recommendations?

Oct 07, 2012
blue_blanket in Chains

Chicago

I just noticed on the French Market's website a place called Kotel Kosher with an opening date of May 15th.

Does anyone know anything about it?

Apr 30, 2012
blue_blanket in Kosher

Food Words We Love to Hate!

I don't mind some of these if the person using them has the qualifications to do so. "This Kraft mac'cheese is salty with notes of garlic" No, eff off with that nonsense!

Lucious has been making me cringe for years but that is because the word was ruined for me when it kept dribbling off the tongue of this creepy guy I knew who would describe everything he ate like that.

Mar 21, 2012
blue_blanket in Features

Passover Etiquette Dilemmas

It depends on if the author is Jewish or not, frankly.

I grew up with very traditional Seders and if another Jewish person leaves early (especially if there are no babysitters waiting) I would see it as very rude.

A) I have never heard of inviting only the parents to a Seder. If the parents are coming, the kids come too. I used to love falling asleep to the sounds of the Seder. Even babies come. I don't know anyone who leaves the children at home.

B) With very rare exception, Jewish people know what to expect at a Seder. The details might differ from denomination to denomination..but practically everyone knows it is a lengthy night.

Therefore, when a Jewish person opts to leave early, I take it for what it usually is. They find it dull, tedious, and meaningless. Anyone familiar with the Four Sons (of the Seder) might find that rings a bell.

If a non-Jewish person comes and leaves early, it is not as offensive. If it is their first time at a Seder, I understand that for someone who is not familiar with the traditions, songs, and language it can be a little overwhelming. They might not have known how long it can run or any number of other issues.

If the non-Jewish person (or people) who leave are the ONLY guests...then it is rude, but I am not sure what can be done under those circumstances.

No one cares if you eat the gefilte fish. I do not eat it out of a jar, for instance. Tastes awful to me...but my brother LOVES it. *shrugs* It's no big deal. Simply say 'no thanks" or something. Not something obnoxious like.."Nope..I never touch that drek!"

But really, gefilte fish can be really delicious, so try it! You might be surprised.

Mar 21, 2012
blue_blanket in Features

What's Cooking

I heard a rumour that What's Cooking in Lincoln Village closed down.
Does anyone know if it's true or not?

Jan 11, 2012
blue_blanket in Chicago Area

Cheap Drama at Slow Food

I am not a member of the Slow Food movement and honestly, I know very little about it as an organisation with Chapters and hierarchy.

I am just a regular person who works and pays bills, and to my ears, whenever I hear people saying we should all shop at farmer's markets and buy our food locally, and strictly organic to boot, I dismiss it, to be honest.

It is simply not practical for the vast majority of Americans to do that.
I cook most of my meals at home for a number of reasons, but cost is a huge factor for me and every person I know. I cannot afford to shop at Whole Foods, and since we have very cold weather for about 5 months of the year, the Farmer's Markets are longg closed.

Incidently, at least where I live, there is a significant amount of food at the Farmer's Markets that do NOT come from the farm the vendor lives on. They purchase from either other farmers, or from the whole salers, very often.

I, frankly, do not have time to worry about the farmers or other "food social justice issues" which I had never even heard of, until I read it here.

For most of us "regular people" who shop in supermarkets, rely on coupons and do not want to get most of our protein from beans, the Slow Food movement is perceived as a fad, or a "hipster" lifestyle choice. No different than micro-brews, fancy food trucks, or gourmet hamburgers.

I have no doubt that the intentions of the Slow Food movement are noble and sincere! But they are by-and-large irrelevant to the average joe.

I am sorry that people who are dedicated to this issue are experiencing disillusionment and discord, but I can safely assure you that it was not this $5 Challenge that turned regular people off.

More than likely, for most of Middle America it simply did not register on the radar.

Dec 18, 2011
blue_blanket in Features

Subway's Orchard Chicken Salad as $5 footlong -- destined to disappoint?

Bob, I just saw an ad on TV for Arby's. I think it was there that I had the tasty chicken salad sandwich. It looks very similar to the one at Subway, but I think it actually tastes good.

Good luck!

May 18, 2011
blue_blanket in Chains

Subway's Orchard Chicken Salad as $5 footlong -- destined to disappoint?

It is bland! So bland that it was like eating bread filled with...moist.
Maybe I got a bad one, I don't know. I thought I had eaten it a few years ago but now I'm thinking it was somewhere else.

Skip it.

May 16, 2011
blue_blanket in Chains

Need advice re: grocery stores

Thanks everyone. I found some shelf-stable mexican entrees at Jewel. I think I will be heading up to Trader Joe's too this weekend.

Jan 06, 2011
blue_blanket in Chicago Area

Need advice re: grocery stores

Hi, I am wondering if there is a grocery store around that has a good selection of either single serve, packaged foods, or microwavable shelf-stable foods. They can't require a freezer or refrigeration.

My husband is overseas and I am looking for new and interesting things to send him. He does not have cooking facilities, beyond a small fridge, a microwave and can opener.

Even an online source for things like this would be great, and most appreciated.

Thanks!

Jan 04, 2011
blue_blanket in Chicago Area

New Red Lion?

@Eldon
Thanks for the great review! I am eager to get over there and try it out.

Jan 04, 2011
blue_blanket in Chicago Area

Best fish tacos in Chicago area?

I really like the ones at Garcia's on Western. They are grilled tilapia (I'm pretty sure it's tilapia). They serve them with your choice of corn or flour, and come with a guacamole and mayo on the side.
I love that the fish is not breaded or fried.

Jan 04, 2011
blue_blanket in Chicago Area

Where can I buy fresh quail eggs?

I just saw them at Gene's in Lincoln Square. I would call first to make sure they were not just for the holiday, though.

Jan 04, 2011
blue_blanket in Chicago Area

New Red Lion?

Thanks for the metromix link. I wonder if there is any connection to the original Red Lion.
Maybe the ghosts pushed for the relocation due to rising housing costs? lol

In the meantime, I have also found these links.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chicago-IL/The-Red-Lion-Lincoln-Square/145806858774863?v=wall

And this one which initially says it is the same owner, then in the comments says it isn't.

http://chicago.grubstreet.com/2010/06...

I guess we will have to wait for more information.

Dec 04, 2010
blue_blanket in Chicago Area

New Red Lion?

I came across a brief mention in a blog I neglected to bookmark that there is a new place
opening near the Brown line, maybe Kedzie? It says Red Lion Pub, but a comment left on the
blog said there is no relation to the old Red Lion.

Has anyone heard anything about this? The blog posting was a bit confusing, as it linked to
the old Red Lion website.

TIA!

Dec 03, 2010
blue_blanket in Chicago Area

Belgian in Chicago

Thanks everyone!

Dec 03, 2010
blue_blanket in Chicago Area

Belgian in Chicago

Does anyone know if there are any Belgian restaurants, or restaurants serving Belgian food, in Chicago? I am looking for something other than waffles and beer.

Thanks!

Nov 28, 2010
blue_blanket in Chicago Area

New Kosher Place in Chicago

Has anyone tried Chicago Pizza and Fish yet? I have tried looking for a website or menu online, but when I google the name of the restaurant Chowhound comes up. :-)

Although, really Chicago Pizza and Fish, I'm guessing the menu is well...errr...pizza and fish. lol

Nov 08, 2010
blue_blanket in Kosher

Is Pepsi okay?

I prefer Pepsi over Coke when I am drinking the sugary kind.
But I prefer Coke Zero over any other diet pop, and cannot just substitute for what's there.
So it's water w/lemon for me, in those cases.

Oct 28, 2010
blue_blanket in General Topics

What discontinued products do you miss?

I miss Pudding Pops too! :-(
I loved McD's Fried Apple Pies! The apple would burn the heck out of my mouth and tongue
each and every time, but soo delicious.
I also miss Kraft Creamy Garlic dressing. Not only good on salad, but on baked potatos too.
Silly Faces drink mix?

And I don't know if anyone knows what this is, I don't even know the brand.
But it was bridge mix that came in a rectangular box, and had one giant yellow ball in it.
I think it was yellow chocolate, maybe colored white chocolate?
My grandma in Chicago used to buy it (so maybe going back 25+ years? *blush*)
I have been looking for it for ages. Maybe it was just a dream? lol

Oct 28, 2010
blue_blanket in General Topics

New Kosher Place in Chicago

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows anything about a new place opening
in Chicago? I have read a passing reference or two to it being called
Devon Pizza and Fish.

Thanks!

Oct 28, 2010
blue_blanket in Kosher