Eating in Chile, I learned that one should not be hesitant to break out the silver for any sandwich. It's much more pleasant to nibble food from a fork rather to gnaw off big hunks, like a starving baboon, with one's teeth.
Tapas 7232 on Madison is celebrating one year in business. It's been recently remodeled by the folks at nearby Yearbook. I should have taken it as a red flag when, after checking online, I'd discovered this one-year-old place has no website. Odd.
At Hamburger Hop, the kickoff event for Chicago Gourmet, Oak Park-based television chef and food celebrity Jeff Mauro won the People's Choice award for the best burger. This award is given based on a popular vote by people who attended the Hamburger Hop event on Friday, September 27th, 2013.
The curanto I had at Raices de Chiloe included a kind of potato-flour fritter, mussels, clams, sausage, a hot dog-type wiener, pork chop, chicken leg, and potato. There was also a sheet of cooked dough (seen in picture) that was kind of a mystery to me, but it added to variety. Broth was on the side.
About half way through the meal, our server let us know it was guanaco…and I was thrilled, not by the taste, but by the opportunity to sample what had been for dinner for thousands of years in this neighborhood. Guanaco, once rigorously protected and thus unavailable to schmos like me, is making a comeback.