Exploring Chicago’s Culinary Side with Chicago Food Planet

Have you ever taken a food tasting tour? If you want to try a great one, I would highly recommend taking it with the guys from Chicago Food Planet. This is a tour company that offers walking food tours in different areas of the city. I had the pleasure to join them in a 3-hour culinary journey through the Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods. The selection of the restaurants for the tour is based on the quality, history, originality, and awards that the restaurant holds.

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For this tour in particular, we visited George’s Hot Dogs, a traditional hot dog stand established in 1948 that offers Chicago-style hot dogs prepared with  fresh, high-quality ingredients. Then we headed to Hot Chocolate, a restaurant and dessert bar whose owner and chef won the Jean Banchet award for Best Celebrity Pastry Chef in Chicago and was named Pastry Chef of the Year by Chicago Magazine. There we tasted a super yummy  iced chocolate and marshmallow. Our next stop was The Goddess and Grocer, a gourmet foods & catering store that carries products from around the world and where you can order deli sandwiches and salads. We had to walk a little bit more to get to Piece,  a pizzeria and brewery place, but it was well worth it. Piece has award-winning micro-brewed beers, and one of the best pizzas I have ever tried (and I am not a pizza lover). They call it New Haven thin-crust pizza. This is a perfect place to watch a sports event: Piece has a series of eleven 42” plasma TVs that span the length of the bar. Our last stops were Sultan’s Market, a Middle-Eastern Deli/Store that offers delicious vegan and vegetarian food, and ICream Cafe , an ice cream parlor that makes customized molecular ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet on the spot. In each of these places, you get to taste a sample of their food ,which were absolutely delicious.

 The tour was leaded by Liz, a graceful and knowledgeable tour guide who provided us with insightful commentaries, historical facts, and anecdotes of the restaurants we were visiting as well as of the neighborhoods we were walking through.  I recommend taking this tour not only to tourists but also to locals. You will surely have a great time discovering culinary treasures in our city and learning interesting facts about the neighborhoods you are visiting.

The good deed of the day: Gettin’ it- radical style

My friends from Quennect-4 and Multi-Kulti from Wicker Park  (1000 N Milwaukee 4th Floor Chicago) are organizing an event tonight (Saturday April 9)in honor of the little girls at the Chicago Temporary Juvenile Detention Center(JTDC). They will be accepting donations towards an enrichment program called “Girl Talk”. this program provides the little girls at JTDC with film, art projects, and mentors as they wait out their sentences.

Come out, support, celebrate, and dance! There will be beats, live performances, beer, cocktails, and raffles.

The Artists:
Bossa Tres (Brazilian music)
Vertikal- Stacy & Tobias
Ill Legit
Logan Lu
Chelsea Erenberg
Mystery!!
Shiren
The People’s DJ Collective- David Marques, La Perla, Ang G, Brotha Onaci

Performances start at 10:00pm

Cash donations will be accepted at the door.

My picks for tonight: Healing Arts Festival and Peruvian-Mexican Fundraising event

It is Saturday, and you may be thinking about a good plan to enjoy this fabulous Supermoon evening. If you need ideas, let me suggest a couple of things that you probably have never done. How about going to an event that celebrates the Spring Equinox, the full moon, and the largest moon of 2011 with cool music and healing workshops? If you are curious, then come and recharge your soul, mind, and body with the first ever Healing Arts Festival tonight at MultiKulti in the Wicker Park neighborhood (1000 N Milwaukee). There will be  healing workshops from 6 to 9 pm and later that night, you get the chance to hear the newest band to hit Chicago with their Rumba Reggae Fusion: Nu Bambu.  For more information about this event, click here.

If you rather do something around good food, dance performances, help a good cause, and go to bed early,  then come to a Peruvian-Mexican fundraising event (also in Wicker Park) that a Loyola student is organizing to raise funds to go back to school. It runs from 6 to 10pm. The ticket costs $15 and includes a Mexican-Peruvian 4 course menu and Peruvian Folk dance, music and Breakdance performances. The group I belong to, Peruvian Folk Dance center, will be performing at 8:30 pm. For more information about this event, click here or call 773.673.7292

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Tonight: come see me perform with Nu Bambu, Chicago’s hottest Urban Fusion band

Chicago Rumba Reggae Fusion with Nu Bambu

Tonight is the first presentation of the newest band to enter the Chicago world’s music scene: Nu Bambu. This is a bilingual, street-smart  band that has cutting-edge lyrics with a twist that fuse together different styles such as rumba and reggae. The sounds of Nu Bambu are as diverse as our cross-cultural musicians, who come from Jamaica, France, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the United States. Strong Latin and Reggae flavors, pitch-bending trumpet and potent bass and drum lines give the songs a unique progressive flavor along with conscious-raising, bilingual thought- provoking lyrics that morphs into hip cutting-edge music for a new generation. This musical fusion is very contagious and rhythmic, so be ready to dance when listening to our songs.

Get a taste of our music by clicking on this link, and come see us perform live tonight at Silvie’s Lounge in the Ravenswood neighborhood at 10 p.m.

Address: 1902 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago, IL 60613

Price: $5 . Ladies get in for free

We will also be performing this Saturday March 19  at 10 pm at the Healing Arts Festival and Supermoon Reggae Party at Multi Kulti (1000 N Milwaukee)  in Wicker Park. Hope to see you all there.

 

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