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Calling all Serbo-Croatians in Chicago

Sandy's deli is a combination market, deli, bakery and restaurant. It's not very big but has really good food.

Beograd Meat Market is another good source for everything.

A list of restaurants in Lincoln Square:

Beograd Meat Market
2937 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL

Aug 26, 2011
donna5657 in Chicago Area

Frozen Margarita / Mexican

Pancho Pistolas in Bridgeport on 31st is great. Good fajitas, good magaritas and some outside seating.

May 21, 2011
donna5657 in Chicago Area

Middle eastern food in chicago?

You definitely should travel a bit further north to Albany park. Semirami's is delicious and BYOB. The atmosphere is also great. THere are several choices on Kimball Avenue.

Apr 06, 2010
donna5657 in Chicago Area

Fake wedding cake trend?

If the bride and groom decide that dessert isn't that important, why go the extra yard to get a fake cake?

Oct 27, 2009
donna5657 in Not About Food

Chocolate Transfer Sheets in Chicago?

Hi there. I was wondering if anyone knows of a store that sells chocolate transfer sheets in the Chicago area. I found them online, but would like to experiment before investing in an online order.
Thanks. : )

May 30, 2009
donna5657 in Chicago Area

Serbian Restaurant Recommendations?

Both Sandy's and Zupa are great suggestions.

Sandy's is really a deli/bakery that serves hot foot. THey have a few tables and you can order at the counter. There is a larger restaurant affiliated with Sandy's that has a buffet on Sunday's with mostly Serbian fare. It is on Northwest Hgwy in Chicago. If you call Sandy's, they should be able to tell you the name and when lunch is served.

If you can't find the cabbage at Sandy's, you can find it at Beograd Meat Market: \
2937 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 478-7575
They also have an extensive deli/bakery list.

Apr 21, 2009
donna5657 in Chicago Area

Croatian Bakeries and Krempita

Try Zupa on Odgen Ave. in Lyons. They also have a restaurant with, of course, plenty of meat choices, including a gypsy meat platter.

Sandy's deli on Montrose in Chicago also has a variety of good Serbian desserts. I would call first to see if there is krempita. I think they sell out of alot of thngs around holidays/holy days.

Mar 28, 2009
donna5657 in Chicago Area

Westchester $16 Martini [moved from Tristate]

Reminds me of a cocktail i ordered at a pool in Vegas. My strawberry daquiri arrived in a gargantuan (what could be found in 7-11's across the U.S.) foam cup. When signing the bill, I saw that my oversized slushy cost $18. With tip, I was paying $20 for a slurpee. After tasting oversweet, virtually non-alcoholic drink, I went to the bar, handed it to the bartender who knew exactly what I was going to say. He asked me if I would prefer a "top shelf" drink on the rocks. I told him that for $20, he better come up with something very good. Ugh.

Dec 28, 2008
donna5657 in Not About Food

Fake wedding cake trend?

I don't understand the fake cake stuff. Someone in a previous thread said "I had a beautiful cake for $125." But it wasn't a cake. It was a piece of foam. It was a prop.

Dec 13, 2008
donna5657 in Not About Food

Lasagne Fundraiser

I agree. I would pay $25 for a good lasagna. Quality ingredients could easily cost more than what you estimate, though. The packaging would also convince me. If I could just pop it into the freezer and then straight to the oven, I would be sold.

Aug 18, 2008
donna5657 in Not About Food

Mussels from Costco?

I've never tried the mussels, but I am willing to test them if you pass along your favorite mixed seafood grill recipe

Aug 18, 2008
donna5657 in Chicago Area

Skokie Thin Crust Pizza

I can't actually remember tasting Barnaby's pizza. I always burned the roof of my mouth on the first bite. Sometimes, the cheese would even fall and burn my lower lip. For some reason, I went back often.

Aug 06, 2008
donna5657 in Chicago Area

Giordanos, as bad as I remembered

Giordano's has adopted a generic quality that is not a good representative of chicago pizza. The last time I ordered a stuffed pizza, the sausage reminded me of bits of "meat" that one might find on a Tombstone frozen pizza...little round balls of blech.

Their thin crust is just a step above grocery store frozen pizzas as well. For thin crusts, you can't beat your neighborhood joints. For thick, my heart/stomach belongs to Gulliver's.

Jul 07, 2008
donna5657 in Chains

Server Pet Peeves?

I hate when the serves say, "can i get you GUYS something to drink?" I am not a guy. And I agree with another poster...please do not vacuum or sweep while i am eating. blech.

Apr 30, 2008
donna5657 in Not About Food

Serbian or Romanian food in Chicago?

Zupa in Lyons is consistantly good. I don't know about delivery. There's a new place on the north side of the city called Cafe Blue. It has authentic, home cooked, Serbian food. It's on Rockwell just south of Lawrence. They have carry-out.

Apr 26, 2008
donna5657 in Chicago Area

Simple Garlic Chicken Breasts

Apr 17, 2008
donna5657 in Recipes

Baby Shower Menu: Greek Themed With a Challenge

These recipes sound just great. I will not be buying the hummus. I have never found one that I like either. The eggplant dip sounds good. Any thoughts on a substitution for the the mayo? Would a soy mayo work? I have never tasted any, but heard it's not too bad.

Mar 30, 2008
donna5657 in Home Cooking

Baby Shower Menu: Greek Themed With a Challenge

Hello all. I am planning a baby shower and because of the (Orthodox) Easter holiday, we need to create a menu that is lenten, i.e. no dairy/meat products, for those that are abstaining. I was wondering if anyone had any good recipes for the following items:

eggplant salad
spinach rice

Also, we plan to do shrimp and chicken kebabs. Can anyone recommend good marinades and the best way to cook these ahead and keep them warm?

Many thanks : )

Mar 22, 2008
donna5657 in Home Cooking

My first Checkerboard Cake

I have made the checkerboard cake with a boxed recipe and it was fabulous. I used a white cake mix, but instead of just using egg whites, I used whole eggs. This made the cake more dense. I used boxed to practice using the pans, but would use it again because it tasted great.

Mar 22, 2008
donna5657 in Home Cooking


Interesting article in today's Tribune regarding the closing of Schwa:

Feb 13, 2008
donna5657 in Chicago Area

"Family style"

This made me laugh. I actually think I have the largest serving piece collection of anyone I know. I host many family sit down meals where everything is served "family style." I have even spoiled myself by buying multiples of everything so that no serving platters need to be washed and I can still serve food in courses.

Feb 02, 2008
donna5657 in Not About Food

Review of Cheesecake Factory & PF Changs … Chains take Stoneridge by storm

Personally, I love CKF for the oriental chicken salad and a glass of Pinot Grigio. A nice lunch. Not fancy, usually too loud and service is what it is. Admittedly, I could make this salad 10x better at home. However, if I'm at the mall, or just in the area, to get something that is consistantly reliable that tastes good is....GOOD.

Jan 23, 2008
donna5657 in Food Media & News

Eastern European Cuisine In Chicago

7919 Ogden Ave, Lyons

Serbian cuisine, but of course, because of similarities, offers many similar Croatian and Bosnian delicacies. I personally have had the grilled meat platter with a great side salad. The salad was layers of tomatoes (fresh and sweet), onions, cucumbers and shredded feta cheese.

Jan 23, 2008
donna5657 in Chicago Area

Chinese-y Chicken Salad

Another variation is to replace the cabbage with a broccoli salad. Same great texture, a little different in taste.

Jan 13, 2008
donna5657 in Recipes

Healthy food DOES cost more.......

Would you explain, please, what you mean by "what horrible policies do you see coming from a basic awareness....?" I don't understand the term "horrible policies."

Jan 03, 2008
donna5657 in Food Media & News

Double Baked Potatoes

You just reminded me of one of my favorite holiday foods. We haven't made this in years, though! I bake, scoop and then mash the potatoes with butter, sourcream and salt. I then add one small well grated onion, a cup of cheddar cheese and a can or two of crab meat. I have never been able to make them look great when loading the potato back into the skin. Broil them until slightly golden and enjoy.

Dec 31, 2007
donna5657 in Home Cooking

Using photo sharing sites to create a recipe book?

Thanks Cecilia! Blurb seems to be exactly what I was looking for! They don't seem expensive either.

Dec 27, 2007
donna5657 in Not About Food

Invitation for 2, but 4 are coming

I hope everything went well for you. This same thing happened to me at Thanksgiving. I had an additional 5. Various siblings brought their spouses' relatives. I was put off at first. I was actually worried that I wouldn't have enough chargers to put under my china. When everyone was sitting, all 24 people, I realized that I was blessed to have all of those people at my table. Would I feel the same way if (and most likely when) it happens again? Probably, but I will try to remember that no one cares about the china or napkins or even the food...people just want to be part of a group and to feel welcome.

Dec 25, 2007
donna5657 in Not About Food

Using photo sharing sites to create a recipe book?

Great idea. I have been trying to figure out how to do a recipe photo book myself! I thought it would be great to take photos of family favorites as they appear cooking, on the table and what the kitchen may look like during prep.

Please post what you find to be successful. I think this would make a great gift.

Dec 23, 2007
donna5657 in Not About Food

Healthy food DOES cost more.......

I strongly disagree. One can cook something nutritious without calling it something fancy...masala, persimmon or sunchoke...whatever. Pulleeezzz...people from villages all over the world have created foods from whatever is available without cookbooks, internet recipes or food network recs.

Give me a break. If you want to will. Healthy usually requires cooking. I can understand someone not having time if they have 2 jobs... but guess takes alot less dollars to throw together a great pot of vegetable stew/soup than to visit mcdonalds.

Dec 06, 2007
donna5657 in Food Media & News