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Creative Veggie Sushi

Hi,

I'm going to be a new transport to NYC for the next four years after studying in Chicago. I've spent the last two days trolling Chowhound, NY Mag, and as many food blogs as I could get my hands on to pull together a list of what to eat while I'm in school here.

I found a ton of recommendations for the usual stuff (a ton of Asian- and South American-associated places, Italian food, new Brooklyn indie food producers, bagels/pizza/etc), but I wasn't able to find anything on places serving veggie sushi. I can't enjoy the beauty of raw fish, so the next best thing for me is what many would consider the semi-bastardized maki rolls with crazy flavor combinations that taste really good.

Does anyone have any ideas for a place like that (ideally less than expensive)? To give you a point of comparison, the Veggie Crunch at Meiji in Chicago:

"Veggie Crunch
sweet potatoes, cream cheese, avocado, tempura crunch, wasabi mayo and unagi sauce...11"

Thanks very much!

Jul 23, 2009
ttraveler08 in Manhattan

Cheap Cheese/Wine Classes?

I'm looking for a class on wine and cheese offered by somebody reputable in Chicago to give as a birthday present. The specific subject doesn't really matter (e.g. what kind of wine and what kind of cheese) as long as they're pretty general. My main caveat is that the class should be $20-$30 -- I can't really afford more than that.

I've looked at some classes at Pastoral and Bin 36, but these are too expensive. Fox and Obel is one place I've considered, but I'm looking for some more options. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

Mar 30, 2009
ttraveler08 in Chicago Area

Mixed Drinks classes

thanks for the tip - i'll definitely take a look.

Jun 29, 2008
ttraveler08 in Chicago Area

Mixed Drinks classes

Hi, there. I'm interested in taking a couple of evening or weekend courses on making mixed drinks or learning about liquors (not so much on wines and beers). Does anybody know of a good (and preferably not that expensive) courses somewhere in the city? Thanks a lot!

Jun 19, 2008
ttraveler08 in Chicago Area

Breakfast in the Loop at 7 am on a Saturday?

Hi! I'll be taking the MCAT this Saturday (eep), and I'm looking for a place to charge up on proteins, fats, and carbs prior to the test. My school's dining hall is closed, as are most places I seem to be able to find online near the testing center (on Clark between Washington and Madison).

If anyone can recommend some place that serves any kind of food at 7 am on a Saturday within a few-block radius, it'd be a pretty big relief. Thanks!

Mar 31, 2008
ttraveler08 in Chicago Area

Hard request: Vegetarian in the Yucatan or Oaxaca

Thanks to everyone who posted! I just returned from a 3-day stay in Cozumel with my father. We found Mexico to be especially accommodating and were completely happy food-wise with the Yucatan.

For more specifics: we stopped in at the Rock 'n Java cafe for dinner on Friday night. The vegetable fajitas and their acclaimed veggie burger were not bad, but nothing to write home about.

Dinner on Saturday night was much better -- Casa Denis seemed very familiar with vegetarians. The tortilla chips were perfect and the salsa was nicely sharp. We had vegetable fajitas again -- these arrived still sizzling on a skillet with warm tortillas and fresh guacamole. We also had cheese enchiladas that were absurdly delicious.

If we had more time in the area, it would have been really exciting to explore some of the panaderias in town and branch out into less touristy chow spots. I look forward to doing this on another vacation -- as it is, I completely understand why anyone with access to Mexico complains about Mexican food in the US. Thanks for your help!

Jan 05, 2008
ttraveler08 in Mexico

University of Chicago

My usual comfort lunch is a large, cheap plate of something from Noodles, Etc., followed by a Mexicana milkshake from the Med bakery next door. They're a straight shoot from the hospitals down 57th street (about a 15 minute walk?). For quick and cheap in the University area, it's definitely yummy enough.

Good luck to your father!

Dec 22, 2007
ttraveler08 in Chicago Area

Hard request: Vegetarian in the Yucatan or Oaxaca

Thanks for the help Re: Cozumel and Merida -- we'll definitely put your tips to use!

Dec 21, 2007
ttraveler08 in Mexico

Hard request: Vegetarian in the Yucatan or Oaxaca

Thank you so much for all the tips -- although I am unfortunately not going to Oaxaca, my foodie friend is staying there while studying abroad for the next three months -- I will be sure to pass on the information.

Dec 21, 2007
ttraveler08 in Mexico

Hard request: Vegetarian in the Yucatan or Oaxaca

Thank you so much, everyone, for responding! I certainly didn't mean to ignore the posts -- I was just planning on responding after we'd returned from our trip. Reading over the responses and factoring in our time constraints, we've decided to go to Cozumel. It's great to hear that there are options there, and Oaxaca is definitely a place I would like to travel to in the future. I will be sure to post back on our experience once we return.

Dec 21, 2007
ttraveler08 in Mexico

Finding Blue Bell near the Alamo in San Antonio

Thanks for the recommendations on both location and type of Blue Bell to get. I ended up snagging a pint of Cookies and Cream at the Walgreens on Houston and Navarro. I also realized later that room service at the hotel had delivered some Homemade Vanilla to boot.

Between those two, I freely admit it: Blue Bell really is the cat's pajamas.

Dec 12, 2007
ttraveler08 in Texas

Finding Blue Bell near the Alamo in San Antonio

Nope -- my friend and I are both still college students. Thanks for the Walgreens tip -- it was perfect (as was the Blue Bell :D).

Dec 12, 2007
ttraveler08 in Texas

Hard request: Vegetarian in the Yucatan or Oaxaca

My father and I are planning on taking a 3-day trip to Mexico in the next two weeks, and we are trying to decide between going to Merida or Cozumel in the Yucatan or Oaxaca.

What's making our trip planning really tough is that we're both vegetarians by religion, so that means no beef, chicken, pork or fish (lard is a don't-ask-don't-tell thing, and dairy/eggs are fine). Are any of these areas accommodating at all for strict vegetarians who know enough Spanish to ask for just cheese and vegetables, or are we better off hauling our own food around? The latter prospect is truly disappointing in a country with such a rich food culture, so any suggestions would be really helpful. Thanks!

Dec 09, 2007
ttraveler08 in Mexico

Finding Blue Bell near the Alamo in San Antonio

Hi, I'm a student tagging along on a trip to San Antonio for a day or two. My Texas friend gushes at least once a meal about Blue Bell ice cream (which we don't have up here in Washington D.C.), and I'm pretty eager to try some and see how much it lives up to the hype. However, I'm trapped in a hotel on the Riverwalk without a rental car, which makes heading to the actual Blue Bell creamery difficult. Is there a place within a mile or two of the Alamo area where I could just walk and get some of this supposedly mindblowing ice cream? Is this stuff sold in grocery stores?

Much thanks for the help!

Dec 09, 2007
ttraveler08 in Texas