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Where can I buy truffles?

And I don't mean the delicious ones from Godiva, lol... I'm looking for the type Mario Batalli is always using on Food Network. I just want to try them, but can't figure out where to even look. Anybody here buy them in the past around Chicago?

Jun 30, 2008
autothing in Chicago Area

NoMi

I attend the Chicago Auto Show's Media Preview annually and always try to stay in a premium hotel with a premium restaurant... for the room service convenience, of course.

SO! I stayed at the Park Hyatt on Michigan, home of NoMi, and enjoyed my $140 (single diner) tab. My friend got a hamburger, but he gets one EVERYwhere, NoMi or McDonald's (ah yes, the cultured, lol...)

I had their famously varied Risotto, which is like $30-40 for literally a small soup bowl quantity of Italian-style rice. Mine was with truffle, so it hit the latter end of the aforementioned price scale.

Next, I had some kind of lamb dish with vegetable ragout (I forgot what that term means). The flavor was mint, which I still think is proof of evolution: lamb and mint make the perfect couple. With this, I also ordered another meal since I knew they were small... It was a small piece of Tilapia, but very tasty with the citrus gel layered on it and I believe quickly broiled on top.

Desert was "ok," as I was pretty full from multiple dishes. It was a raspberry tart with a small scoop of homemade mascarpone and raspberry ice cream. Come to think of it, pretty delicious!

Overall, NoMi is a bit overprice for the quality... Not as inventive as I anticipated; I presumed menu items would be more foreign for the price, but they kind of just cook a thing or two differently and call it gourmet. For the money, I still prefer to try Charlie Trotter's one day, but NoMi does it's 'thing' pretty well and will likely get better with age.

Jan 16, 2008
autothing in Chicago Area

cool new places in the 'burbs

This isn't a post for the suburbs, but if you love Thai food, "Once Upon A Thai" is amazingly good... It's in the Roscoe/Wrigleyville area, in case you're ever close.

Jan 16, 2008
autothing in Chicago Area

Homemade soups in Chicago

Wow, their list of soups reads like a recipe book... I'm in the Roselle/Schaumburg area, but they offer enough for me to make a special trip in the next week or two. I love soups, but only Panera has them easily/quickly available in the suburbs. If you're there, the Parisian Chicken is their newest and best (I couldn't make it better at home, to be honest). Anyways, SoupBox, here I come...

Dec 18, 2007
autothing in Chicago Area

Best Brunches in Chicago

While you expect it to be expensive, the Four Seasons (Bloomingdale Building on Michigan Avenue) has an awesome brunch. From the prime rib that gets cut on-the-spot to the chilled crab claws, the all-you-can-eat brunch is about $40-50 per person and considering all the meat/seafood available, it's like a good dinner with no limit on the luxury food items. For the money, be sure to skip ALL your meals for the day so that you arrive hungry.

Dec 18, 2007
autothing in Chicago Area