Strolling by the newly opened Suburrito (1053 Lake), I glanced at the menu and spotted morisqueta, billed as a specialty of Michoacán, a Mexican state to the west of Mexico City. Morisqueta. Hmmm. If I don't recognize a menu item, I want to eat it. So I had to have the morisqueta for lunch.
I am not judging those people who supported Trump, nor am I judging supporters of Clinton or Sanders who are also venting their anger over what they may feel was a rigged election. What I am doing is taking every opportunity to be particularly friendly and polite toward my fellow citizens. If someone cuts me off in traffic, I swallow my impulse to shout out a suggestion as to what he or she can do with him- or herself. If someone holds the door for me, I make a point of smiling and thanking them. If I catch the eye of a stranger while we walk down the street, I tip my hat.
Last week, I ordered lunch through Uber Eats from Pancho's Cuisine in Riverside. I got a jibarito, a Chicago-original sandwich, first popularized in the Puerto Rican neighborhood of Humboldt Park. The jibarito is constructed of two smashed planks of plantain, fried and filled with meat, lettuce and tomato. This is a food I'd never make at home, so it was cool to have it delivered to my door in a reasonable amount of time for a reasonable price.
The Strange Foods Festival exemplifies one of the main reasons, aside from appetite, that I like food: it brings people together. When you take the plunge to eat a food from another culture, you're connecting with that culture. And in our current climate of divisiveness, anything that brings people together is a good thing.
Not too long ago, Lodi was largely farmland, producing the usual crops, some of which were grapes destined to be crushed into juice and shipped to Sonoma or the even more established Napa wine region. Relatively recently, Lodi has become more focused on wine production. Lodi is changing, and you can witness the change right now, making it an interesting and exciting case study for those interested in wine and the growth of the wine region in America. An excellent example of this region in transition is Matthew David Winery, a family-run, one-time farm stand that since 1984 has been producing some of the most popular and excellent wines in Lodi.
Last Monday, October 17, Sugar Beet Schoolhouse Programs, in partnership with Autre Monde, presented the first of what will likely be many "family dinners." Under the auspices of the Autre Monde team, children from Sugar Beet Schoolhouse made and served dinner to guests who packed the dining room and spilled out onto the back patio.
We're maybe growing a little tired of regular old kale, which has been a staple on U.S. menus for several years now. Kalettes, a new vegetable, are a way to make this familiar and very popular vegetable feel new again.
Going back to the old days of racism, misogyny and elitism is apparently what the candidate means by "making America great again." Deplorable positions, but add to that his food preferences, and there's no way a reasonable person – or anyone who likes to eat – could vote for him.
The Berwyn Development Corporation's (BDC) Berwyn's Best competition began in mid-September and was fixed on finding the best local cocktail. Lavergne's Tavern (6546 Windsor Ave; lavergnes.com) walked home a winner with its Cucumber Mojito. The Cucumber Mojito is a combination of premium white rum and elderflower liqueur shaken with house made cucumber syrup, fresh squeezed lime juice and muddled mint leaves. The glass is garnished with a slice of cucumber and mint sprig. The drink is as subtle and delicate as it is captivating.
The bad news for our country is that we could end up with a man at the top who doesn't like overweight people and whose contempt is likely to spread throughout the population, making it okay "again" to call someone a "fat ass" (and a lot worse) without being considered – or feeling like – a bad person.