Wednesday, September 26, 2007

places to eat and hang out and dance, that I like

Dodo-SO so good. Little breakfast spot with really good french toast that you can get carmelized bananas on
---Just south of Augusta on Damen CLOSED!! shocking but true, no idea what happened there.

The Breakfast Club-Off Ogden and Hubbard---so so good, and cheap, it's on a side street and a little out of the way, but really a good place for a normal size omelette, and good hash browns.
water there is a good Brownie spot that I want to find

Hopleaf--in Andersonville--Really good Belgian beer--lots of choices in a not so snoootie part of town and the frites are really good! Plus an amazing veggie sandwich option--fig and cheese.., plus tons of good beers, for real! I also Like the greyeure and Ham sandwich with more frites!

Bite-good good food for dinner--fish n On Western next to the Empty Bottle

Sultans Market--super cheap and super good Falafel like you can get up on Kedzie, but in Wicker park, just off the blue line on Damen and then west down North Ave..a block or so on the south side of the street.

Empty Bottle--Free Monday music that is actually really good, and cheap PBR (1.25)for the whores while they last.

The Continental--on or about California and Grand/Chicago. Good small bar, but gets packed late at night.

Tumans-Leavitt/Chicago--O my God! Friday night has a really fun DJ that plays only fun dancing kiddin! And the last Friday of the month, The Dark Room-Leavitt/Chicago across the street has an Idie/retro night of music..good for dancing also. This is so rare..normally it is crappy clubs with super high covers on Friday, but both these places have
no cover and a chill vibe.

Vella: on Western Ave under the Blue Line stop. Fantastic vegan and vegetarian choices, plus a good BYOV bloody mary option. Great food for meat eaters and a pretty adventureous menu to boot! I love that there is NO waitress, just counter service with a number, which makes breakfast sooo much nicer. OPen for dinner til 7, but I haven't been out for it yet, it sounds good and it is always a good cheap meal!

Healthy Food Lithuanian Restaurant-3236 S. Halsted Street, Bridgeport. 312-326-2724(call for hours!)Really good authentic Lithuanian food. Homemade beet or cold. and good entrees as well. Off the beaten path for the downtown area for now, but it is a great area on Halsted. Stop by the Skylark while you are down there for a beer!

Alice and Friends Foods, a super fantasic vegan restaurant that so few people know about. Try everything. But there is no alcohol served or allowed in the restaurant. No need, the food is good, but the service can be a bit slow, so order a smoothie or a drink besides water to keep you occupied. 5812 N. Broadway 773-275-8797

Ina's : Fantasic Fried Chicken-Call ahead and pick it up on your way to someones house..312-226-8227 1235 West Randolph. Between Halsted and Ashland.
Good dining in too, super tv's and it is a diverse menu. Good breakfast and brunch!

Want to try:
Marigold 4832 N. Broadway
Bhabi's Kitchen 6352 N. Oakley--BYOB

Variety of choices to try:
Haro 2436 S. Oakley
Myron and Phils 3900 W. Devon-Lincolnwood-Steakhouse-mom and pop
Veggie Bite 3031 W. 111th St. South Side veggie fast food 773-239-4367
Citizen Bar 364 W. Erie--Roof top Deck

Wine-O club

I have no descriptions or years for everyone, but a list is a list

Gessami- Gramona
Champalou- Vouvray
Elite Cellars- Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2009
Paul Dolan- Pinot Noir, Mendicino, 2009
Vietti-Nebbiolo, PERBACCO 2008
il Vigliacco-Brut Rose, Buglioni 2010
Miccine- Chianti Classico2007
Ca Ca Meo (CDM)- Gavi
Malvira- Roeeo Arneis 2009
Gayda-Viognier, France
Peachy Canyon
Dashe Cellars-2001 or 02 Drk. Creek Zin.
Margado da Andorinha 2003 Vinho Verde/Blanco
Geyser Peak 2000 Shiraz
Cillar D. Silos 2003
Ribera del Duero
Cote EST/Catalan--Grenache/Chardonnay/Marsanne--Lafage
Picada-Blend 2007--Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina--Bodega NQN--Cab, Merlot, Malbec, Pinot--deep ruby red notes-fuity. Cherries
Forrest Estate 1999 Marlborough-Seminllion/Sauvignon Blanc-New Zealand
Jaffelin 1995 Meursalut

Willakenzie Pinot Noir-Oregon
Domaine St. Serene

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Swedish Pancakes

Swedish Pancakes:

The batter needs to rest for at least 2 hours, so plan to make the night before you want to make them.

Makes enough for 4:

3 large eggs
1 1/2c. Whole Milk
1c. AP flour
6T.Unsalted butter, melted
1tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt

1. Beat eggs with 1/2c. milk. Add flour-and stir until thoroughly mixed. Stir in remaining 1c. Milk, butter, sugar and salt, blending well. Cover and refigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
2. Prior to cooking pancakes whisk batter.
3. Grease your skillet and heat to medium-high heat. Drop 2T batter per pancake, and spread into rounds. When edges of pancakes begin to brown turn over and cook til firm.
Make the pancakes to order if possible for best results

Seasame Noodles

Sesame Noodles a la Beth

1#udon Noodles
3T. Tahini
2-3cloves garlic, minced
2tsp. ginger, minced
2T. tamari or soy sauce
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1T. Maple Syrup
1/2tsp. tsp cider vinegar or rice vinegar(the latter perks up the flavor, but both are optional)
1-2T. sesame Seeds
1-2T. Sesame Oil
3 scallions, chopped
1/4 snow peas

1. cook noodles
2. Drain and cool
3. Mix all the ingredients except the snow peas and scallions
4. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary
5. Thin with water if too thick
6. Add noodles and raw snow peas. Toss until well coated
7. Sprinkle scallions on top, and serve!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Renegade Craft Fair 2007!

It was great weather on Division street and I saw lots of great things that I would like to keep in mind for everone who comes to the site!

Try it keeps a good list of links for crafty folks who are selling their goodies!

 Awesome Handmade books, and prints she had some really nifty purses and wallets with a groovy beaked bird! Such gReat Giraffes paintings and cards! Stationery with nice drawing of girls with big eyes and buttons. Very neat neat things to choose from clocks and magnets out of vintage fabrics! this link is a hotbed of what the renegade is all about: people making art. hopefully the link will work in the future and I will upload some photos. for the really cool "you're awesome" gift cards. Just a great way of saying what you really think about that friend who came a bailed you out!

I have tons more! so keep a watch out!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Monkey Bread A la Beth

MOnkey Bread

2-1# loaves frozen white bread dough
1 1/4c Sugar-Divided
1/4c. Packed brown sugar
1/4 c. 1% low fat Milk
1 T. reduced calorie margarine
1 3/4tsp. cinnamon-divided
cooking Spray

1. Taw bread for 12 hours in Refrigerator
2. Combine 1c. Sugar, B. Sugar, milk, margarine, and 1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook 1 min.. Remove sugar syrup from heat, let cool 10 min.
3. Combine 1.4c. sugar and 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon in a shallow dish and stir well. Cut each loaf of dough into 24 equal portions.. Roll each one in sugar mixture and drop into sprayed Bundt pan. Pour sugar syrup over the doughm cover and let rise in warm place for 35 min. or until double.

4. Preheat oven to 350.
5. uncover and bake at 350 for 25 min. or until light brown. Immediately loosen edges with a knife and place a plate over the top and turn pan upsidedown. Remove pan and drizzle and syrup left in pan over bread.

24 servings
Serving: 2 rolls
Calories: 200
2.2 g. fat