Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How to Make a Sazerac

Filed Under: Adult Beverages , Blog , Features , How To


With the Super Bowl in New Orleans this Sunday, every TV show in the country is showing people how to celebrate like they do in NOLA: gumbo, jambalaya, etc. But I say if you want to party like a local, you really should be drinking a brandy milk punch or a sazerac.


I’ve always loved cocktails. But the problem as of late has more to do with bar chefs clouding the flavors of the hard-to-source, sought-after spirirts that are supposed to shine through. Does every other drink have to contain elderflower (St. Germain) or a rosemary/blueberry/fill-in-the-blank syrup? Sometimes, I just want a simple, straightforward cocktail, like this all-American classic.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tamales at El Tinajon

In terms of Guatemalan food in Chicago, the first thing most caucasians probably think of is Pollo Campero, the Central American-born, international chain of fried chicken shacks with cult-like fans. But for nearly 20 years, the tiny kitchen at El Tinajon in Roscoe Village has been pumping out Guatemalan classics as well. One of the most significant culinary achievements is the tamale; yet unlike its South American or Mexican cousins, these tamales differ in texture, filling and even the vessel within which they steam.

Monday, January 28, 2013

ABC 7 “Hungry Hound” Weekly Recap

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Ramen from scratch at Oiistar

It was a delicious week in Chicago… from homemade ramen at the brand new Oiistar in Wicker Park, to cooking classes for people of all ages in a Glen Ellyn cookware store; Balkan dishes are the focus at Kiko’s Market and Restaurant in Lincoln Square, while the chicken pot pie gets a makeover (in the form of pheasant and foie) at Tortoise Club in River North. Here’s a link to my four most recent “Hungry Hound” stories on ABC 7.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Top 5 Cheap Gourmet

Beware the Big Star, once you go, you’ll never stop

By Camille Izlar
Hapless Intern


So you want to eat the most amazing thing Chicago has to offer as long as it doesn’t cost more than $10? You must be a tourist. Or, as is more likely the case, constantly hosting tourists. Fortunately for you, me and your second cousin’s boyfriend’s little brother, you live in a great city with talented chefs who don’t need to charge $100 a head for a great meal. Here are my top five. Feel free to comment with your own! Read More

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Beer of the Week: Wookey Jack

Filed Under: Adult Beverages , Blog , Features , Videos

When I first heard this week’s BotW, I thought there was some Star Wars connection. But when The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper told me it was connected to the Firestone family – yes, the same one that produce tires – I thought, how good could this possibly be? Turns out, if you like your beers deep and dark, with more than a hint of rye, you’re going to love this week’s pick. Cheers.

Monday, January 21, 2013

ABC 7 “Hungry Hound” Weekly Recap

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Hoosier Mama in West Town make pecan pie with a Midwestern hook (maple syrup)

Check out last week’s videos on creative curries, made from scratch in both the Indian and Thai traditions; Southern-style BBQ in Forest Park and MLK’s favorite dish: pecan pie (in this case, from Hoosier Mama Pie Co.).