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Can anyone identify this Kitchenaid mixer accessory, please?

Thanks, everyone, for your help! We will give it a try (probably one and done, but who knows).

Feb 14, 2012
jayh in Cookware

Can anyone identify this Kitchenaid mixer accessory, please?

We inherited a KitchenAid mixer and, for the life of us, cannot figure out what this accessory is. Nor did we find it in manual or on the website. Thanks!

Feb 13, 2012
jayh in Cookware

Topolobampo- Help!

Sorry, I was unclear. By upstairs, I meant main street level as opposed to downstairs.

Aug 24, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Topolobampo- Help!

Odd but true fact: the last time I was there, there was seating upstairs and down. The nicer dressed couples were upstairs (including my wife and I, who were there on our anniv.), while groups with kids and, yes, tourists in shorts were sent downstairs. You will see where you rate. I would wear black pants at a minimum, not jeans.

Aug 23, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Dinner in Chicago Friday night with a 10 month old

Wildfire on Erie is pretty family friendly. You won't get sneered at there. Cuisine is moderately upscale American grilled, pretty solid. About a 10 min walk from hotel. Nicer than the pizza places. Attractive interior.

Aug 23, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Retro Chinese

The Chinese restaurant that does the best impression of a time machine, in appearance and cuisine, is Orange Garden. It's on Irving Park by Ravenswood, accessible by Brown Line.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/orange-garden...

Just take a look at the signage, it SCREAMS retro. Food is OK, but you are looking for old school, right?

Aug 23, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Somewhat dissapointed with Alinea

You are a wise person for your young age. You are learning a lesson that many adults never learn: it is the rare restaurant that can deliver a meal that matches the expectations of phenomenally high prices. The worst value in dining I have had, for example, was at Tru. Everything looked beautiful, but the execution was weak and the kitchen staff that night appeared to be second-string (per the pretentious tour).

Instead of wasting money on more "food as performance art," and convincing yourself that an OK meal was worth a ton of money, try exploring Chicago's neighborhoods for authentic ethnic cuisine made with love. Eat your way through Chinatown, Pilsen, Lincoln Square, etc., and you will expand your food horizons and have lots of cash left over at the end of the day.

Aug 20, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

What is the best szechuan restaurant in Chicago?

Another enthusiastic vote for Lao Sze Chuan. You can BYO wine for a modest corkage fee.

I recently tried another Szechuan place in Chinatown, Double Li. Food was inferior to Lao and the owners are rotten people. I went at lunch, and got the regular menu. Then a Chinese couple came in and got the lunch menu (after I ordered). Guess what -- lunch menu had $5 options, and regular menu had $10 options and up. Hostess kept the lunch menus hidden underneath a stack of regular menus. Shameful.

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Lao Sze Chuan
2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Aug 20, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Top 3 healthy dishes in Chicago?

Fun idea:

1. Los Nopales in Lincoln Square: Camarones al mojo de ajo (shrimp with garlic).

2. Semiramis in Albany Park: Falafel plate.

3. Encore in the Loop: Grilled Veggie Salad.

If these options do not seem THAT healthy, it explains why I need to lose 10 pounds.

Aug 03, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Azerbaijani communities or restaurants in Chicago area

Sorry, the closest I know of is Jibek Jolu on Lincoln in Chicago. It is Kyrgyzstani, but it has an interesting mixture of Asian cuisines ranging from Russian to Korean to Central Asian. Cute, quite little place, BYO, service is welcoming but can be a bit slow.

Aug 03, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

A challenge for Chicagoans

LOVE LOVE LOVE Kabul House. A must for foodies, BYO, friendly servers, easy parking.

Jun 30, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Please help with lunch for U2 concert GA line July 5

Oysy is terrific little sushi place that is walkable from Soldier Field. S Michigan and 11th, roughly. 25 minute walk.

Jun 30, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Indonesian Restaurants

AS for second part of your question, yes, the Asian marts on Broadway by Argyle do carry Indonesian seasonings/ sauces. We use them for making Indonesian food at home.

Jun 27, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Indonesian Restaurants

Open or not, it is a dismal restaurant. See reviews on Yelp, including mine. There are no good options for Indonesian in Chicago, sadly.

Jun 27, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Worthy Peruvian or Ecuadorian?

Second the Ay Ay rec. Try the ceviche, chicken aji de gallina, and any fish that looks interesting to you. Beef dishes are Ok, pasta is boring.

Jun 16, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Upscale Lebanese Restaurant for a Business Dinner?

I am not aware of any Lebanese or Middle Eastern restaurants that are nicer inside than Semiramis. It is a very comfortable, well decorated, B+ dining room. Certainly much, much nicer inside than Taste of Lebanon. Also, the entree choices are more complex and expensive than more casual Middle Eastern spots. Because the place is BYO, you could impress your client with high quality wines. It is nicer and has much better food than Noon O Kabob.

Jun 04, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Suggestions for new/improved BYOBs from downtown to Evanston

Consider also ... excellent upscale Mexican cuisine and BYO at Dorado (pricier) and Los Nopales (more casual). See Yelp for details.

May 31, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Fill in the blanks - inexpensive, distinctive food

OK, here goes:

>I was hoping to fit bbq in, as we can't find that at home. I read about Smoque, which has >good brisket (important as I don't eat pork, and love bbq brisket), but it seems far from >everything.

BBQ is not a big strength of Chicago's. While Smoque has good brisket, the neighborhood is relatively uninteresting. The best BBQ in my opinion is at carry-out joints in modest neighborhoods on South and far north sides.

>What about pizza? We are reluctant to try deep dish as we are not fans of super-cheesy pizza, >and love either NY or Neapolitan-style pizza. Is it worth a meal here?

Yes. Deep dish pizza at Malanatis might be a better option for you than stuffed pizza at Giordano's, but Chicago pizza is a unique tradition and can be very good.

>I was intrigued by Beograde for their burek - we love burek and haven't had any since we >were in Turkey, but it too seems like a hike.

I live not too far from Beograde, if you mean the place on Irving Park. I would not recommend it to a visitor to Chicago. There are better options.

>Hot Doug`s is appealing, but sounds super-unhealthy, as we like to consume some sort of >vegetable with a meal.....but I could be convinced, as we will be on holiday.

Well, stuffing bakery goods is not all that healthy either, but i hear you. Hot Doug's is off by itself and at the end of the day is a hot dog joint. You did not schlepp all the way from Ottawa for this.

So far, here is our schedule. All recommendations are welcome, and feel free to recommend we remove something and replace it with something else.

Monday dinner - Sable

>Tuesday breakfast - Bongo Room
>(activity - Art Institute)

How you plan to have breakfast out, and see the Art Institute -- one of the top museums in the world -- before lunch is something I do not get.

Tuesday lunch - ___________
(activity - wander around Loop, Michigan Ave etc)

Lunch near the Art Institute could be Benjyehuda in south central loop -- fast, inexpensive middle eastern. or Cafecito, cute cuban sanwich place just south of the loop.

>Tuesday dinner - Papa`s Casche Sabroso for Jibaritos

Have not been, but Jibaritos are delicious (had elsewhere) and distinctive.

>Wednesday breakfast ____________ (possibly Xoco)
>(activity - CAF walking tour in Loop)

CAF walking tour is terrific. Manny's Deli is a classic Chicago place. Old world cafeteria style service with great pastrami. 30 minute walk from south loop.

>Wednesday lunch - ___________
(activity - need a good neighborhood for wandering and eating in bakeries etc - perhaps Bucktown and Wicker Park)

>Wednesday dinner ______________

Many good options here. My neighborhood, Lincoln Square, is on the north side of the city and is off the Brown Line train at Western. The bakeries include Cafe Selmarie and Lutz. Restaurant options include terrific inexpensive Thai at Opart, excellent casual Mexican at Los Nopales, fun (though a bit out of the way) Peruvian at Ay Ay Picante, and for real Chicago food, honest to God burgers at Bad Apple. Lincoln Avenue has a variety of shops and boutiques, and Gene's is a old world grocery with lots of European goods (including baked items).

>Thursday breakfast Fox and Obel for cinnamon swirls
>(activity - need another fun neighborhood, hopefully not too far from either Fox and Obel or >lunch on Goose Island)

You could walk Michigan Ave and check out the skydeck up top on the Hancock Bldg. Be sure and walk along the Lakefront if the weather is nice. If you are really outdoorsy, you can rent kayaks and tour the Chicago River under your own power (Chicago Kayak).

>Thursday lunch - Kendall College
>Fly home.....

A few other thoughts: Chinatown is fun, and Lao Sze Chuan has very good and authentic food. A true Chicago original is Cemitas Puebla, a unique Mexican sandwich, although you would have to bus or cab to an otherwise bland area. Also consider a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio (and/or a walking tour of Wright's homes) in Oak Park. Reachable by Blue Line train.

Near your hotel in Lincoln Park is a terrific little place, Del Taco, with a Korean take on tacos (and great dumplings, etc). The LP zoo is free and worth a visit in nice weather, if you like that sort of thing.

Another nice neighborhood for walking, shopping, etc, is Andersonville. They have classic breakfast like Tre Kroner, Ann Sather's. Also, a great and unique sandwich place, Gaztrowagon. I cannot vouch for the Swedish American Museum. I am not going into too much detail because you can look all these up on Yelp.

Consider also seeing some music performances -- folk and more at Old Town School, jazz at Green mill (adorable little Dib restaurant is nearby), blues and rock at numerous spots. Check out the Chicago Reader for shows. And Second City is deservedly famous and is close by your hotel.

Avoid eating around Navy Pier, as it is predictably touristy. Have a great visit. Canadians are much loved here (except when the Blackhawks are playing one of your teams).

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Hot Doug's
3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Cemitas Puebla
3619 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Lao Sze Chuan
2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Bongo Room
1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Cafe Selmarie
2327 W Giddings St, Chicago, IL 60625

Cafecito
26 E Congress Pkwy Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60605

Del Taco
9507 S Cicero Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

XOCO
449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

May 03, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Small grad party - 15 people - Goldcoast/River North

Bin 36 on State/Wabash has solid contemporary American food and can handle groups. Also consider Nacional 27. Both in River North.

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Nacional 27
325 W. Huron, Chicago, IL 60610

Apr 15, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Wisconsin-style Fish Fry?

Jury's in Lincoln Square has a Friday Perch special, if that helps any:

http://www.jurysrestaurant.com/dailys...

Casual, old school place.

Apr 15, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Good Mexican eats around Mag Mile

Agreed, Salpicon is dreadful. Avoid at all costs.

Apr 12, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

best reuben in chicago?

Chuck's Cafe, made with Montreal Style smoked beef:

http://www.chuckscafe.com/menus/foodm...

Casual, fun place SW of Midway Airport.

Apr 06, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Birthday dinner

We had a similar event recently at Mosouleh, a Northern Persian resto in Rogers Park. Varied and unique food, cute interior, friendly service, BYO, and room for your sized group in a long table format.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/masouleh-rest...

Another idea is Opart Thai on Western in Lincoln Square. Or Nano Sushi, another LIncoln Square BYO with great food.

Mar 31, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

North Pond/Sable/Purple Pig dish recommendations for this week would be so appreciated

At Purple Pig, the Beef Marrow is awesome, unique, rich and flavorful (but not for kids). Sliced raw asparagus with pecorino cheese is simple but excellent, you will want to try at home. Pork shoulder is a hit and more family friendly. Beets are outstanding. PIg ears and chicken kabobs, for me, not so much. Enjoy.

Mar 31, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

My wife wants to watch baketball...really.

Well, I have never met her but I like your wife already. You can call MK, of course, but what I think you really need is a more traditionally -- forgive me -- masculine restaurant. Someplace like Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab. It has a bar/lounge with first-come seating and TVs. You can dine in the bar. Or the bar of one of the many steak houses downtown (see Yelp, Metromix for details). Not too many fine dining places in Chicago have TVs.

Mar 28, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Best Steak/ Steakhouse on a budget?

How about a great skirt steak at Los Nopales in Lincoln Square? Tender, juicy, flavorful, and reasonable. Plus BYO. Or, get even more adventurous and pick a Korean BBQ, like Hae Woon Dae, on the far north side You cook your own meat (like kalbi, short rib beefy deliciousness) on a little grill in the table.

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Hae Woon Dae
6240 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

Mar 08, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Chicago Dim Sum

Chicago Water Taxi services Chinatown on the weekends. So you can ride down the Chicago River from Michigan Ave. (Wrigley Bldg.) to Chinatown.

http://www.chicagowatertaxi.com/docks...

Check to make sure it is running at this time of year, it looks like it from the website.

Mar 08, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Ideas for an "appetizer crawl"

I second the Purple Pig, which is right on Michigan Ave and is hard to get into at night. Great food. Try the beef marrow and the asparagus with pecorino cheese.

Mar 08, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Chicago Dim Sum

You did not say where you are staying. But if you are on the north side, you do not have to schlep all the way to Chinatown. Furama has a solid dim sum with carts on Broadway near the Argyle red line stop.

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Furama Restaurant
4936 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640

Mar 08, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area

Poetry in Meat

Thanks very much for the tip, I have been searching for this delicacy since a fondly remembered Montreal trip. The closest I have come is Chuck's on 79th in Burbank, which has a killer smoked corned beef rueben.

Mar 08, 2011
jayh in Chicago Area