When you do Filipino theatre, you get “eating” as a part of the rehearsal and performance scheduling. And such was the case when we performed for our playwright at a quaint coffee shop and diner in Chicago’s South Loop (a little northeast of Pilsen) at a place called Station E Café. The company I worked for was the first catering event they did at their place, and I’d say it was a success. Why? Because of this little gem:
This is their homemade molé sauce, and it’s probably the best molé in the world. It’s a lot sweeter and thinner than usual molé, but poured over rice and your choice of pan-seared tilapia or pork lumpia rolls… Holy crap. I had two plates. I tell you, that night, I’m sure the chef saw before his eyes the epitome of “a starving actor.” I’m not sure if they have this dish on their daily menu, but based on their Yelp page, a lot of people love their sandwiches and breakfast menu as well! If it wasn’t so far away from me, I would come all the time! If you need a place to go when you’re in that part of the city, be sure to stop by! Tell them RJ from CIRCA Pintig says hi!
Hey everyone, I just wanted to take the time to tell you all to have a happy holidays! The holidays is the season to eat and be merry, so I hope you all have a fun, safe, and most importantly… DELICIOUS holiday season!
You’re probably wondering what this post then has to do with the holidays… Well, it was the only new picture I had with me in it and with food, so I figured, why not! This was taken at a Korean sports bar in Rogers Park called Yeowoosai where they not only serve you giant hot plates of kimchi fried rice (with spam and eggs!) but a heaping plate of popcorn chicken (also with their own spicy version too!) with their house specialty sauce! This place was awesome, you guys. Not only is hearty Korean soul food the best food to have at a bar, but the music they played were all K-Pop. Yes, it will suck you in and make you want to listen to only K-Pop forever.
So it may not be the most Christmas-y post, but hey, I like doing things different here! So hope you guys have a great holiday season, and be sure to eat and let me know what you guys had, or maybe even send some pictures and recipes of what you’ve made! Can’t wait to hear from you all!
This beautiful lunch is brought to you by a new discovery. As soon as you get off the Argyle red line stop, make sure you stop by the Vietnamese sandwich shop Ba Le. It offers Banh mi—Vietnamese sandwiches with a little French deli twist! The one you see is their special (Dac Biet) which has a crackly French roll as a bun, filled with various cold cuts and pate. The cilantro on it and jalapenos add a little fresh crispness and kick that really completes the sandwich! Paired with one of their fruit smoothies and juices, a dessert from their French bakery like macrons, and you’ve got yourself a full meal for under $8! If you’re not the crazy eater, this is a great place to try and get yourself acquainted to some unique ingredients that you know for sure will taste great!
For a brief moment in history, I worked as an ice cream maker at Lakeview’s Bobtail Ice Cream and one of the joys of that job was making my own unique flavors! My one shining flavor was this: SMORES!
Yes, I made "Campin’ Out" - a vanilla ice cream base with a fudge swirl, graham cracker bits, and mini marshmallows. And let me tell you—it was a hit! I barely got to taste it myself, since it sold out so quickly!
Unfortunately, I only serve ice cream now. The demand of ice cream was too fast-paced for me, and I was never any good at working fast and mass-producing ice cream at record speed, so…
I’ll always have the memory of my amazing flavor.
A Year in Review: Hungry Hungry Freshmen!
Can you believe it—an entire school year just finished in a flash! Now that I’m back home, I can definitely reflect on the awesomeness of the Chicago cuisine after only experiencing it for 9 months! Here’s a quick summary of what I’ve learned this year. Hopefully it’ll help out future Chicagoans out there too!