Entries Tagged as 'watermelon'

Taste of Chicago

July 16th, 2012 · No Comments

Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago Tickets

Taste of Chicago Tickets

Smoke Daddy at Taste of Chicago


Smoke Daddy’s Pulled Pork

Timothy O’Toole’s

Buckingham Fountain

Eli’s Cheesecake

Rainbow Cone

Adam and his Rainbow Cone

LM’s Pop-Up Restaurant

Watermelon Gazpacho

Illinois Lottery Attracts Bikinis?

Star of Siam

Star of Siam

Chicken Satay with Cucumber Salad

Bobak’s. Is Sausageology a real word!? :)

On Friday I went to Taste of Chicago with some of my coworkers for lunch. Our new office is pretty much right across the street and I hadn’t been to the festival for years, so it was fun to check out, even though it was 95 degrees and broiling.

Josh was working a Smoke Daddy tent at Taste of Chicago, so we made our way to his area first. He was gracious enough to hook us up with some great pulled pork, chicken and beans.

After that we wandered around the Taste and spent our tickets. I got some refreshing watermelon gazpacho from the LM‘s pop-up restaurant and some grilled chicken satay with cucumber salad from Star of Siam. both were really good. The chicken satay was more like a grilled chicken breast and not the skewers of meat that satay usually is, but it was still great. I wished it had a bit less peanut sauce, but whatever. The cucumber salad was nice and fresh and crisp on such a hot day. That’s the thing. It was SO hot, I barely wanted to eat anything, so my goal was light and healthy, hence the grilled chicken and watermelon and not deep dish pizza and fried things.

Oh, and here are two photos of the Taste of Chicago that were taken from my office window:

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Boka Korean Fried Chicken

May 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

Watermelon soju and Korean fried chicken


Bi bim bap


On Friday night I arrived just before dinner-time so by the time I settled in we were hungry. I walked with Jess to St. Mark’s Place to meet Tien at Boka, a place known for their Korean fried chicken. I thought maybe this was an outpost of the place that I had met up with Jeannette and Tien a few years ago, but that was BonChon in Koreatown. Then again, this chicken was very much like that and from what I can tell, St. Mark’s Place has become some sort of little Asia with a ton of Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese restaurants, as well as a sprinkling of karaoke joints.

We all shared a watermelon filled with Soju. It was not very potent, but was very tasty. The chicken was so good. I am usually really picky about chicken on the bone, pulling off the meaty parts and not eating the skin. This chicken was so delicious that I was just picking it up and biting into it. The skin was super crispy and the meat was really moist. We got half drumsticks and half wings and got half of them spicy and half with a garlicky soy. The spicy was definitely really spicy, so we left those for Tien and Jess and I stuck to the soy, which had a great flavor.

We ordered a few Korean sides like japchae and bi bim bap and both of these were great too. Later on we tried a vegetable pajeon (pancake) and that was good. Tien had to leave to pick up his parents at the airport and Jeannette and Yvan joined us. They ordered the ddeokbokki. It’s a rice cake/ball (looks like noodles) in a spicy sauce. This I was not a fan of, but I don’t think it was because it wasn’t good. I just don’t care for it. I remember not being a fan of it before and so this was not a surprise.

The restaurant itself was decorated very warmly with lots of wood. (Don’t use the bathroom, though. It was horrible.) The turnover on the tables was pretty quick and there were a ton of people in and out. We were sort of getting pressured so hurry it up, but we kept ordering more things and ended up staying for like 3 hours! Overall, a really great meal and a great way to kick off my weekend in New York.

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About a Boy, Watermelon

June 23rd, 2002 · Comments Off

I’ve been lazy about updating my site lately, but I finished About a Boy by Nick Hornby and really enjoyed it. It was a fun read. I haven’t seen the movie – now I think I will. I also read Watermelon by Marion Keyes. At first, it was kind of annoying me. The main character was just whiney… but then it got better and I ended up liking it. Not nearly as much as About a Boy, but it was a pretty good read.. romantic, girly: barf.

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