Late last week, a company called Uncle Milty's announced plans to launch a restaurant in Oak Park that will specialize in seafood spermatozoa; they currently have three locations, two in Japan and one in Cleveland. Uncle Milty's is looking for an appropriate space in Oak Park right now.
When I was a kid growing up in Elmhurst, Illinois, Chinese food meant one thing: chow mein or chop suey from the takeout place downtown. Now, Chinese in Chicagoland can mean Cantonese, Sichuanese, Hunanese, Taiwanese, Singaporean and now…Dong bei, or northern Chinese-style cooking.
Though future posts will address more food-related items at the International Home + Housewares Show, I was most taken by the Famibot, a "multifunctional home service robot" that does a lot of things, like talk to all your other appliances and care for your family.
Kombucha, if you don't know, is a bubbly drink made by fermenting tea with yeast and other bacteria. It probably originated in Manchuria, northern China. You can make it at home…and it may help prevent cancer.
If you were to ask any 10 chefs in the Western world to name the most influential living practitioners of their craft, chances are good that Ferran Adrià of elBulli would head up many of those lists. When I got a press invitation to hear Adrià talk about coffee at Eataly's La Scuola last Friday, I couldn't say no.
My amazement at people's love of White Castle and Girl Scout cookies need not be reiterated here, but I think that such foods fall into the category of stuff people had as kids, foods they're fond of because they played a role in their biography, but foods that are, alas, sad.
Oak Parker Jim Slama is the founder the Good Food Festival & Conference, which ten years ago was the first and only local sustainable food and farm trade show in the U.S. The GFF&C is happening at UIC Forum March 13-15.