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Chicago on a Plate

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Chicago - United States
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A little bit of everything about Chicago's thriving food scene. From high end coffee shops to award winning steakhouses, Chicago is so much more than hot dogs and pizza!

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Meet my new favorite burger. It featured an apple and sweet onion port chutney and melted Brie cheese, meant to replicate the flavors of a wine and cheese platter. Unbelievable delicious!
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Octopus is one of those things I never though I would eat in a million years as a kid. Now, if I see it on a menu, I go straight for it!
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There is something so viscerally satisfying to the basest part of my brain about eating meat off of a sword.
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Feel those New Yearโ€™s resolutions creeping in? Better get all those donut and fried chicken cravings out of the way! Luckily, this place had both of those cravings covered with amazing donuts and succulent fried chicken sandwiches.
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Iโ€™m not usually a big fish eater, but when I laid eyes on this gorgeous tuna tartar, I knew my mind was about to be changed.
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Tis the season for all the sweets! Time to get your binge on before the New Yearโ€™s resolutions kick in!
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Ramen positively exploded in Chicago a few years back. My favorite by far has got to be Strings. Their fresh made noodles are just divine and they actually put filet mingion in some of their bowls! Unbelievably good!
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Italian Beef is one of Chicagoโ€™s lesser known culinary delights. Forget the hot dogs and pizza, this sandwich, which resembles a French Dip, usually comes served with the ultimate Chicago condiment, spicy giardiniera.
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This is Artโ€™s Fried Chicken, and it is a healthier turn on one of the best fried chicken recipes in the world. Also, as it's served with butternut squash, cranberries, and Brussels sprouts, it's perfect for this time of year!
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For a land locked city, Chicago certainly has a lot of really wonderful seafood!
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Jessica Berson 2 weeks ago
Best thing to do with Thanksgiving leftovers? Poutine! I made fries from the mashed potatoes, then added turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and cheese curds. Youโ€™re welcome.
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Jessica Berson 3 weeks ago
Hope those of you celebrating had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Tell me what your favorite holiday dish is below!
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The most common dinner the day before Thanksgiving? Pizza. Makes sense, really! This place offers thin crust (a rarity here in the land of deep dish), which is the perfect pre-feasting pizza, because it wonโ€™t leave you feeling all sleepy and over loaded with carbs!
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Cold nights definitly have me craving sweets. Guess it's time to start packing on the pounds to get through the next frigid Chicago winter.
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Iโ€™m pretty picky about my pies, but this chocolate peanut butter dream is definitly approved to go on my Thanksgiving table.
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Even though it's getting chilly outside, Iโ€™m dreaming of this lemon ice box pie with raspberries on top. Zingy heaven!
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Iโ€™m a big fan of sweet and savory combos, so this honey walnut shrimp is seriously right up my alley!
Kati rolls were something Iโ€™d never heard of before coming here, but now Iโ€™m addicted! Make sure to get the special version with the egg. My personal favorite is the house made paneer and ALL of the chutneys!
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I am hopelessly addicted to macarons. Theyโ€™re just so dang pretty, and with the variety of flavors they come in, I never get bored!
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I๏ธ am not kidding when I๏ธ day that these are some of the best chicken nachos you will ever try. Once again proving you donโ€™t need to leave Chicago to get good BBQ.
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Gotta get all those carbs in before the Chicago winter hits!
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Hands down, one of my favorite burgers in the city is the Alpine Burger at this adorable Germanic themed pub. Instead of fries, you get mini potato pancakes!
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Oysters with a herbed granita. Lovely, but I will never understand why a land locked city like Chicago is obsessed with oysters!
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When you order onion rings and you get architecture instead!
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The weekend is almost here. Time to get lit! I donโ€™t care if Moscow Mules are more of a summer drink, I crave them all year long.
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Crisp might as well be called Crack, because their Korean style fried chicken is highly addictive. Seriously, I canโ€™t even think about it without my mouth starting to water.
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How did your trick or treating pan out? I was quite happy with this hot fudge sundae cupcake from one of my favorite bakeries.
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It's chilly these days, so I have been majorly craving soup dumplings. Imperial Lamian always has a variety of uniquely flavored ones on hand, like truffle, cheese, and crab.
The day we got Nandoโ€™s in Chicago was the day I could finally stop being jealous of all my British friends. Whoโ€™s going for a cheeky Nandoโ€™s now, hu?!?!
Arroz con pollo with couscous, made by the amazing Michelle Bernstein. I immediately wanted to go home and recreate this!
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Cannot stop thinking about going for hot pot last weekend. These appetizers were just the beginning of an incredible culinary adventure. My favorite here was the fish paste tofu, but the scallops were a close second.
I had an amazing experience last week getting to sample vintage Ferrnet Branca while snacking on some anti pasta. I loved getting to learn about the history and the ingredients of this truly unique spirit.
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I love pretty much every dumpling Iโ€™ve ever met, but these gyoza are pretty special. Very gingery and moist filling plus a paper thin wrapper. Just perfect!
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Chicago winters get a bad rap, but you know what gets us through them? Soup. Lots of warm, delicious soup. Seasoned bread bowls help too.
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The pasta at Ugoโ€™s is some of the best Iโ€™ve ever had. The chef only ever has two pasta dishes on the menu at one time (one of which is a carbonara that never leaves the menu), but there is so much love and thought put into each of them that any carb lover is going to come away satisfied.
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My first shabu shabu experience was a total success! Even though everyone at the table had our own bowl of broth, it was still a communal activity that had us giggling and chowing down for nearly four hours. I canโ€™t wait to go back!
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Finally got to experience shabu shabu and now I want to install a soup warmer in my counter at home ๐Ÿคฃ
This steak was not kidding around! I literally gasped when they put this monster down in front of me. But my goodness, was it one sexy hunk of meat!
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Pumpkin spice is all well and good, but to me, nothing says โ€œFallโ€ like maple!
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Chicago: a land locked city obsessed with oysters. At least here, you can look at the river while you enjoy them!
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More food festival madness this past weekend at Taste Talks. These dirty BBQ ribs were definitely one of my favorite things!
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Final tally from this yearโ€™s Chicago Gourmet festival was well over fifty different dishes. And thatโ€™s just the ones that I got to! If you are a serious food traveler, make plans to get to Chicago for this festival. And come hungry!
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If you told me when I was a kid that one day I would actually enjoy eating squid, I probably would have said nothing... because I was kind of a shy kid. Still, inwardly, I would have been skeptical.
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Chicago has certainly helped to take cocktail culture to where it is now. Wine and beer are all well and good, but a well crafted cocktail can be just as satisfying a meal.
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It's a crazy time if year for Chicago sports fans, with The Bears trying to establish a new regime and The Cubs looking towards a possibly impossible repeat championship. Either way, sports bars are where it's at and messy pulled pork sandwiches are a total must.
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It's extraordinary how some food can literally warm your soul. This rustic beef dish with spatzle and a light gravy is just the kind of thing I start craving when the weather turns cold.
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Happy Friday! After this week, I'm going to need one of these gigantic cocktails from Bar Takito. Don't judge me, join me ๐Ÿ˜‰
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I'm actually pretty shocked that a burger this good came from a Canadian restaurant. Is there nothing those guys can't do better than us Americans? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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I started off this year's Chicago Gourmet with a boozy rainbow jello push pop. I wish I could start every day like this!
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It's unseasonably warm in Chicago, yet here I am, on a rooftop, next to a fire pit. Why? Because these cocktails are THAT good.
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Well, just got to accept the warm weather for now. Might as well make he best of it with some tacos out on a patio!
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Since Chicago has decided its summer again, I'm heading for some ceviche and margaritas to cool off. There just is no predicting what you're going to get this time of year in the Windy City!
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It's the big one this weekend: The Chicago Gourmet festival! And this year is the 10th anniversary of the extravagant food festival, so you know it's going to be amazing. Let me know if any of you are planning on attending and/or if you have any questions about how to navigate it! I have fool proof strategies for getting the most out of the weekend. Happy eating!
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