Cheese at Marion Street Cheese Market is not what you'd call cheap. It usually is, however, high value because you get what you pay for and I'm fine paying a few extra dollars for a much better cheese…like Tilston Point blue.
Because I've enjoyed the fact that this place makes basically the one thing – slow-cooked goat – I sat in fear that Zaragoza would announce that now they'd also be serving pizza puffs, Chicago hot dogs or some other sop to the masses that would dilute the purity of their current offerings.
In the kitchen, Divya Singh was preparing a typical Rajput dinner of mutton (which in India means goat, not lamb). In the old days, the Rajput would have hunted the mutton; now, it's bought at a local butcher as hunting is, like firearms and ammo, severely restricted.
Rachel Dennis, who also owns Oak Park's Lake Street Kitchen + Bar, is presenting Piggyback Tavern as a BBQ place, with a wood-fired grill and a focus on beer and tequila. Sounds pretty safe, and Oak Park currently has a deficiency of BBQ places, with legendary Charlie Robinson perhaps scaring off a lot of potential competitors.
We were was less than enthusiastic when Romertopf sent us another chicken cooker. However, this one turned out to be a ceramic pillar mounted in a ceramic tray. One look at it, though, and Carolyn said, "Hey, that would cook from the inside out. Let's try it."
It always surprises me when people – Anglos, that is – evince surprise and a little shock that Mexicans are "so comfortable" with such images of the dead. I'm sure people from other cultures are equally shocked that we Americans celebrate a holiday by simulating cemeteries in our front yards or by hanging effigies of bloody corpses from our second story windows.