A Foodie in Paris: Days 1 and 2

Eiffel Tower

In dire need of an adventure both culinary and otherwise, I boarded a plane with my mom for a mother-daughter French excursion. We arrived in Paris on none other than Bastille Day and spent the day roaming the St. Germain arrondisement. Our first meal, dinner/breakfast was at Le Buci, a cute neighborhood café with a surly waiter. Sitting outside we had a perfect spot for people-watching. We ordered the English breakfast which consisted of “coffee or tea or chocolate or white chocolate; croissant + jam or honey + orange juice; fried eggs or fried eggs with ham or bacon or omelette; yaourt (yogurt). It was a lot of food but definitely appreciated after the long flight. Read more of this >>

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Chicago Food Planet Walking Tour

Askenas Deli potato latkeTea GschwendnerAnna at the Spice HouseJackie at The Spice HouseThe Fudge Pot Cocoa BeanBacino\'s Spinach PizzaEthel\'s Chocolates

On a recent Sunday afternoon, the culinary-school-dropout and I decided we needed a little adventure in our lives. Due to time and location constraints we had to pick something close to home, so we signed up for the Chicago Food Planet Near North Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour. Long title, long tour but a lot of fun.

The tour began at the 30-year-old Ashkenaz Deli in the Gold Coast, just one of three places on the tour I hadn’t been to. There we tried potato latkes although we were told the deli is best known for their ruebens. The next stop was also new to me – Tea Gschwendner on State Street. We learned about the differences in various types of tea, some history and how to steep loose leaf teas. Many tea blends were passed about for us to smell and we all left with a large black tea. The most interesting thing I learned at Tea Gschwendner was how the caffeine in tea affects the body differently than tea in coffee, that it’s gentler on the system.

After the tea stop, we meandered our way from the Gold Coast to Old Town. This was probably one of my favorite parts because the tour guide who was new to the company but very knowledgeable shared interesting information about buildings we passed and the history of the neighborhoods. 

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Cubs Take 1st!

Well, maybe the Cubs aren’t in first, but their hot dogs sure are. According to a recent post on The Stew, to celebrate the start of Hot Dog Month, the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council recently released the results of its online poll seeking the nation’s best stadium hot dog. Wrigley Field’s steamed Kosher dogs served on a poppy-seed bun tied with those found in Yankee Stadium. As a lifelong Cubs fan, I’m willing to take this first-place tie.

But the poll simply confirmed something I already knew. I’ve been eating, and even craving during the off-season, Wrigely’s hot dogs since I ate one at my very first Cubs game when I was just six years old. One rule of thumb: never buy your hot dog from a vendor walking through the aisles (although I love hear the yell of “hey, hot dog here”). Instead, make the trip to one of the special hot dog stands inside the stadium. You’ll get a crisp dog and fresh bun along with your choice of toppings.

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