Why we live in Chicago: the food


Hi! It’s Becky, the sister, guest blogging about my life in, you guessed it, Chicago. I’ve lived here for almost six years now and I thought I would share some of my favorite parts of it.

Phil, my boyfriend, and I are both adventuresome eaters. I like to try new flavors and foods and he likes to try, well, new body parts. When our friends invited us to their neighborhood for dinner last night we got to try a little of each.

First of all I thought I would mention we took the bus. I snapped a photo of the gas station across the street as we waited for it and gas was $4.35. We haven’t had a car for a year and a half and we have never been so glad.

Back to dinner, we ended up at a Vietnamese restaurant called Tank (yes that is a picture of an army tank on the left side of their sign). Phil had the Chao Cong Doi which translates to Pigs Innards Congee (a kind of soup). Here is what was in it: Vietnamese sausage, pork liver, pork heart, pig intestines, cooked pigs blood and pork tongue. Needless to say, I didn’t even try a spoonful. The blood was in large gelatinous chunks and Phil said he didn’t dare show me the hearts. He thought it was tasty!

We also stopped at a Vietnamese market and he picked up some Instant Natural Jellyfish. The back of the package reads, “It has the unique refreshing and crisp, and tender and smooth tastes of its own.”

We love the food here, but for different reasons.

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June 29, 2008 - 1:11 pm

mama - OK B, a warning label might have been appropriate. It just so happens that I WAS eating lunch as I read your post. Notice the past tense verb. Promise me that if I am ever so fortuate as to get to come to Chicago to visit you, we will avoid that restaurant.

June 29, 2008 - 2:18 pm

Bob & Sue Stover - I’m so glad we will be “traveling” Chicago this week. I love Melissa’s photos/posts but I will enjoy the city life too. Bob and I visisted Chicago once but we did the tourist Like your Mom, don’t think I want to try this place!!

June 29, 2008 - 5:04 pm

kris - I guess I won’t mind eating hotdogs and marshmellows that have fallen on the ground or touched by dirty little hands:)

Gas is $4:15 in Cincinnati:(

June 29, 2008 - 5:55 pm

Kim Ferris - Phil your a brave soul for eating that soup. I love the transit system . I love to see your post B I feel like I am on vacation with you being our tourist guide. Thanks . Can’t wait to see more.

June 29, 2008 - 6:11 pm

Nancy - Me ,being the vegetarian, would have to pass on dinning with Phil. However I know Chicago has some wonderful vegetarian places. (my mother-in-law is one as well) and spends many weekends there.
Love having you do the posts B.

June 29, 2008 - 9:59 pm

Dana Darbyshire - You must really love him to sit and eat dinner across from him. My favorite restaurant in Chicago is Flattop grill. What a lucky couple you are to spend your young years in such a cool city.

June 30, 2008 - 9:53 am

Jodi Kinasewitz - Love the pictures. Chicago is such a cool city- I always tell my husband that if we ever decide to live the city life- Chicago is my choice! Thanks for posting for us frecklephoto-aholics this week!

June 30, 2008 - 2:24 pm

vivolavida - yuck!

June 30, 2008 - 9:31 pm

Barb - A big “thank you’ Becky for posting while Mel is away. I’ve only been to Chicago once and it was very brief (went with hubby on his semi). I have always wanted to return to actually SEE the city. As for food, I am NOT that daring!

July 1, 2008 - 9:19 am

Julie - B’s in the house! Your posts are so interesting. Keep them coming. That is fantastic that you don’t have a car. Wish we could do that.
Sorry, Phil, but I’d have to pass on the coagulated blood soup. eeeeeck. But I love your sense of adventure!

July 1, 2008 - 11:56 am

Laura Speelman - Becky, Can’t believe your boyfriend would even try that food. thanks for posting Laura Speelman

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