Sometimes food is not really good at being food but we still love it. Why, for Pete’s sake? Many a culture, religion, ethnic group, and extended family has some traditional thingy on its holiday menu that takes a day-and-a-half and six people to prepare, looks odd, smells disgusting, tastes terrible, and is sensibly avoided by the most logical people at the table — the 5-year-olds. We do not require these foods for nutrition or enjoy these foods as edible stuffs, but by golly, we keep reproducing them, and forcing beloved family members to eat them. Take, for example, the brick of angry, dried fruit Brits call fruitcake, Germans call stollen, and Italians named panettone. Legend has it that fruitcake originated as a Roman army energy bar, lending its shelf-life to long campaigns. How, precisely, the stuff lasted in an ancient Italian backpack is anyone’s guess, but great-aunts have long recognized fruitcake’s ability to travel through the mail without arriving … [Read more...] about It’s not the flavor of odd holiday foods we crave, but the taste of home
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By Lydia Mulvany and Deena Shanker Published 3:45 pm PST, Wednesday, December 26, 2018 A burger made with Impossible Food’s plant-based product is served by John Makhou, owner of Papa Mak’s Burgers in San Francisco. The company’s burgers are in restaurants nationwide, but not in grocery stores less A burger made with Impossible Food’s plant-based product is served by John Makhou, owner of Papa Mak’s Burgers in San Francisco. The company’s burgers are in restaurants nationwide, but not in grocery ... more Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 A burger made with Impossible Food’s plant-based product is served by John Makhou, owner of Papa … [Read more...] about Why the ‘bloody’ Impossible Burger faces another FDA hurdle
TASTE TEST: Bangkok Thai & Sushi VALPARAISO — Bangkok Thai & Sushi, 2103 Calumet Ave., is the relaxing dining establishment you never knew your afternoon needed.Natural lighting fills the space with the restaurant's tall ceilings and windows all around. Various colorful flower arrangements adorn the tables. The gentle sounds of small fountains in the foyer mix with light music that carries around the dining area.The menu is abound with appetizing options. Thai dishes are guaranteed to fill you up. The plentiful servings are perfect for sharing with family or on a date night. Highlights include meat entrees with spicy basil or garlic black pepper, spicy curry bowls, salmon and shrimp platters and sushi arrangements.A standout comes from the rice & noodles portion of the menu. A helping of yakisoba is certain to leave your taste buds satisfied. These noodles are yellow and stir-fried and include broccoli, carrots, zucchini, asparagus and mushrooms. All if it is also … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Bangkok Thai & Sushi
TASTE TEST: Dream of the '90s alive in Tomato Bar's Porklandia Remember when people were eating pizza? Vegan pizza, gluten-free pizza? Pizza with a spicy alfredo base, a pesto base, an oil and garlic base? Pizza topped with portobello mushrooms, hardwood-smoked bacon, artichoke hearts and goat cheese?There's a place where that idea still exists as a reality. And I've been there.The tomato sauce never runs dry at Tomato Bar, a modern pizzeria with locations at 79 U.S. 41 in Schererville and 2310 Laporte Ave. in Valparaiso.Cory and Blair Muro, the duo that's also behind Ricochet Tacos and The Market in Valparaiso, run the gourmet pizzeria where chefs toss spinning discs of dough in an open kitchen that features a custom-made 3,000 BTU rotating oven, a Homer Simpson Pez dispenser and a Stormtrooper standing sentinel next to a can of ingredients.Tomato Bar specializes in "outside-the-box" pizzas like The Buff, which includes a Buffalo sauce base, … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Dream of the ’90s alive in Tomato Bar’s Porklandia. Le Peep in Valpo offers brunch for the whole family.
TASTE TEST: Grab some heat with Mexico Lindo's huevos rancheros PORTAGE — Mexico Lindo Mexican Restaurant Bar & Grill is unassuming from the outside but provides a bright and enjoyable atmosphere within.Decorative vines surround the walls and dividers and uplifting tunes carry down from the speakers. A pleasant mural adorns the eastern wall and a colorful bar area also proves inviting.Mexico Lindo, 5908 U.S. 6, offers many staples, including taco, burrito and fajita dinners and platters. However, the establishment is sure to appeal to those looking for some spice and fiery flavor in their meals.One selection, the Pollo a la Diabla, advertises it comes with a signature spicy sauce along with rice and beans. One server said it will take a "Mexican macho" to stomach it.If you're looking for something a little lighter, but still something with a slight zest, consider the huevos rancheros option off the breakfast side of the menu.This dish is served up with two eggs over easy … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Grab some heat with Mexico Lindo’s huevos rancheros