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The 78 Most Annoying Words to Read in a Restaurant Review

I can't believe that "delicious" and "flavorful" didn't make the cut. These words make me crazy when I read them in reviews or hear cooking shows use them to describe the food. It tells me nothing! Why would we eat food if it wasn't flavorful? And is delicious really saying anything about the quality, texture or scent of the food?

And if I ever say "yummo", please someone stab me with a fork.

Jul 19, 2011
yumnum in Features

Not too obnoxious sports bar in PDX to watch Final Four?

I'm a Butler Bulldogs fan in Portland this weekend and looking for a bar with TVs that will have the Final Four on. Preferably not too obnoxious with decent beers and food. Any suggestions?

Apr 01, 2011
yumnum in Metro Portland

50 Things to Do with Sriracha

sriracha on everything! my favorite is a topping for fish tacos: mix it with cold greek yogurt. yum.

Apr 08, 2010
yumnum in Features

American Express Ads Extremely Annoying

I don't usually bitch about things-but every time I click to go to another page on Chow, I am interrupted by an American Express ad that I have to close out of to get to my page. I am sure they paid Chow the big bucks, but it is so annoying!

Please, Chow, consider your faithful readers! I'm going to have to take a hiatus until the ads end.

Dec 11, 2009
yumnum in Site Talk

The Basics: How to Make Grilled Fish Tacos

I just tried the white wine vinegar once and I loved it. Another time I was making it at a friends and all she had was white balsamic and it really tasted good.

Jul 20, 2009
yumnum in Features

The Basics: How to Make Grilled Fish Tacos

I make fish tacos about once a week and here are a few things I like to do:
1. Marinate the fish in white wine vinegar, or even white balsamic. It gives it a beautiful acidity.
2. If you cook the fish stovetop, sweat some onion before adding the fish.
3. If you want a spicy mayo-type dressing, mix a lil greek yogurt and sriracha. So good! I put this on a lot of things.
4. Make a lot of the slaw and fish. It's so east to heat a tortilla and the fish for a quick snack or lunch.

Jul 14, 2009
yumnum in Features

10 Perfect Tequila Cocktails

It's a shame that the El Corazon at Nacional 27 in Chicago didn't make it. Adam Seger's cocktail is made with Corzo Silver (my fav tequila), pomegranate, passion fruit juice and finished with a kosher salt and pepper rim. I love this drink!

May 28, 2009
yumnum in Features

Best restaurant in Buenos Aires- La Cabrera

Staying in Buenos Aires for two weeks, I've had the opportunity to try all the usual dining suspects in the city, like Standard Restaurant, 647 Dinner Club and Dada. By far, the best restaurant and dining experience was at La Cabrera Norte.

This restaurant is so wildly popular among Porteños and tourists alike, that they had to open a second location half a block down the road. We tried our hand at the original location first (around 9pm on a Friday) and the poor hostess just shook her head before I could even open my mouth. So, we walked down to the smaller location, not giving up on the idea!

The hostess was extremely kind and patient and let us know the wait would be about 45 minutes. In the States, this would be unheard of. I tend to not wait for food, because there is always another great restaurant right around the corner! This might be true in Buenos Aires as well, but something told me it would be worth the wait.

Moments later, the hostess began handing out glasses of bubbly to everyone waiting to be seated. I nearly fainted. Without even tasting the food, Cabrera had already won my heart. Then, something equally incredible happened: she began passing hors d'oeuvres! What, what?!? Plates of chorizo, cheese stuffed olives and bowls of peanuts came out endlessly while our champagne glasses were re-filled. We hardly noticed when the 45 minute mark came and went- we were having a great time waiting in the warm summer night on a busy BA street, chatting with others in line.

About an hour later (yes, we did wait nearly 2 hours for a table) we were finally sat. Through some kind of kismet, the British brother and sister we were chatting with outside, were sat right next to us at a shared table for four. The party continued! Right away, beautiful baked bread and butter came to the table and a very friendly waiter brought us our menus.

We ordered a lovely bottle of Malbec for only 45 pesos (about $12 USD) then more chorizo, perfectly grilled vegetable skewers and a great big steak for my partner. It was an overwhelming amount of food. With each order, and totally worth the cubierto (Argentine table charge we found quite charming), they bring out little bowls of everything from mashed potatoes to baked apples to sauteed garlic and a hummous like dip.

At 11pm, the restaurant was packed to the gills with noisy and chatty diners all around us. Songs were being sung by a boisterous table in the back and glasses clinked at tables everywhere. I believe this atmosphere (and maybe the booze too) made the food taste so much more delicious. This meal, this wine, this setting- is exactly the kind of BA dining experience we had been waiting for.

Finally, around 1:00 am we decided we were full and tried desperately to get our waiters attention for the bill (a game I have become very good at after 2 weeks here). After we finally did get the bill, finished our wine and presented our credit card (the whole meal was 200 pesos, about $56 USD), something magical happened. More bubbly! Maybe our waiter sensed our impatience for the bill, maybe he liked us, maybe everyone gets bubbly at the end; I don't care! Send me off happy, why don't you!

At this point, the restaurant was starting to quiet down and people were making plans for their next move, including us and our new British friends. Before we could get up to go, our smiling waiter brought around a huge tower of lollipops for us to choose from. Seriously? Cabrera, could you get any more adorable? As we walked out into the warm BA night with lollipops on our tongues, full bellies and that feeling of euphoria after a great meal, I began to really feel like a Porteño.

La Cabrera, I love you. We will be seeing you again my dear.

Best places for drinks in Chicago?

For the best view, The Signature Room at Hancock Building is great-but pretty lame as far as the scene. Nomi across the street at the Park Hyatt is also a good view of Michigan Ave and the scene is a little younger.

Sep 26, 2008
yumnum in Chicago Area