Northern City

Ever since restaurants in the actual Chicago Chinatown started becoming more touristy and less authentic, we’ve been venturing out to Bridgeport for Chinese food, of which my favorite restaurant thus far is Potsticker House.  But then we heard about Northern City, which was opened by one of the chefs who had worked at Potsticker House, we had to go and try it out!

Fuqifeipian

Fuqifeipian (spicy beef tripe)

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Singapore Botanic Gardens

P1160811 OrchidsToday is Thursday so I’m going to throwback to some months ago when I was still in Singapore.  One day, I just wandered around the city with a friend who currently lives in the city, and we ended up walking through the gorgeous Singapore Botanic Gardens. Continue reading

Sailing Lake Michigan

IMG_6776 SailingSummer has finally arrived in Chicago, and what better way to enjoy the weather than from out on Lake Michigan?  In case you don’t have a friend with a sailboat or one of those multi-million dollar yachts and don’t want to get on one of those overcrowded boat tours leaving from the Chicago River, then you may want to splurge a bit for an outing on one of Chicago Sailboat Charter‘s sailboats. Continue reading

Camping Luau

I’m not someone who goes camping for vacation, but when I heard there was going to be a pig roast at the Lena KOA (Kampgrounds of America), I was all up for it! This particular campground in northwestern Illinois has themed weekends, and the one with the pig roast is the annual Hawaiian Luau weekend!  But unlike a traditional Hawaiian luau where the kalua pig is roasted in an underground oven, this pig, provided by AJ’s Lena Maid Meats, was slow-smoked in a smoker.  And in order for the meat to be consistent all the way through, the butchers had cut it in half before smoking.

Pig roast

Pig roast

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The Silver Dollar

One of the culinary highlights of our trip to Louisville was eating the lamb shank at The Silver Dollar, a restaurant that is representative of Southern cuisine mixed with the honky tonk music culture in 1950’s California.

Porter braised lamb shank - natural jus, carrots, smashed potatoes

Porter braised lamb shank – natural jus, carrots, smashed potatoes

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Maker’s Mark Distillery

After driving over 40 minutes on a one lane, winding road with a speed limit of 55 mph (do NOT go that fast with large cars) and no other cars in sight, we finally reached Maker’s Mark Distillery, where the entrance was marked with a sign that said “You’ve found the home of Maker’s Mark”.  Thank goodness!

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Found.

Our friend just graduated and is going across the world to Singapore to begin his new job!  So we decided to meet at Found in Evanston for a going-away meal together.  Found Kitchen is a rustic restaurant that is furnished with a mix of tables and chairs that are considered antiques, giving the place a very homey feel.  And you may just fall asleep in the comfy, cushioned seats after a filling meal!

Grilled Slagel Farm Steak with potato pancake, sour cream and spring onion relish

Grilled Slagel Farm Steak with potato pancake, sour cream and spring onion relish

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Sushi at The Sit Down

The Sit Down is a cafe in Hyde Park (Chicago) that serves up dishes from a variety of cuisines, including sushi and pizzas.  So when we sat down, we all decided to go the way of Japanese, which I was honestly a little bit wary about.

Left: Little Red Riding Hood - spicy tuna and cucumber topped with fresh salmon, sweet soy and tobiko Right: Spider roll - deep fried soft shell crab, cucumber and sweet soy sauce

Left: Little Red Riding Hood – spicy tuna and cucumber topped with fresh salmon, sweet soy and tobiko
Right: Spider roll – deep fried soft shell crab, cucumber and sweet soy sauce

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