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TidBits About Donna #31 Taste of Chicago

When I left the Allerton Hotel on the morning of June 26, 2010 I had no plan except to make my way to Grant Park where the Taste of Chicago was happening. The Taste of Chicago was literally that. Eating your way through Chicago. Food vendors of every sort gathered to sell their wares. Tempting smells wafted through the air. Thousands of people strolled from stall to stall tasting a little bit of Chicago along the way. I didn’t actually find the Taste of Chicago that morning as planned. If you read my previous post, you may remember I was sidetracked by the Salsa on the Green, but I did make my way there in the afternoon.

There was pizza, which Chicago is famous for. There were hot dog stands, lemonade stands, and fruit stands with cherries, watermelon slices, and pineapple bites. Souvlaki, BBQ sandwiches, wraps of all kinds, and roasted corn on the cob – dripping with butter, fish and chips, tacos and tamales and churros were some of the typical foods to be found. Of course, there were many foods I was not familiar with. Some looked good and some were better left to others.

Catfish Po’Boy and Crawfish Boil were served from a stand called Lagniappe-Creole Cajun Joynt. I think I will pass. But the beignets, which are deep-fried dough pastries with a sprinkle of confectioners sugar or the pralines and cream from the same stand sound yummy. I’ll probably pass on the offerings from IYANZE, a West African stand, too. Though the coconut rice sounded good, the sauteed goat that accompanied it left me wanting. I’m usually not so close-minded about food. After all I have eaten escargot. (It rolled around my mouth before I could politely dispose of it.) And I have eaten frog’s legs in a Thai restaurant in New York City. They tasted yummy, but I am not proud of that – especially with me being a frog lover. I have more than 50 frogs in all shapes and sizes on the bookshelves of my office, and a frog is the main character in one of my picture books, which I hope someday will be published.  So eating frogs is really not a good thing. And eating goat – well I just couldn’t do it after seeing all the cute pictures of my daughter’s goat, Pippi, who I will soon meet.

NOW … the Frozen Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper from Eli’s Cheesecake, the Banana and Chocolate Egg Roll from Tamarind, the Stracciatella Gelato in a Waffle Cone from Franco’s Ristorante, and the Chocolate Molten Lava Cake at JR Dessert Bakery (with or without ice cream) (I’ll take it WITH ice cream.) were all great ways to top off a tasting bonanza.

The Taste of Chicago began in 1980 on Michigan Avenue. It is now held in beautiful Grant Park with the City of Chicago as its backdrop. To learn more about Taste of Chicago go to Explore Chicago. To see all the vendors plying their wares go to Taste of Chicago 2010 Food Vendors and Restaurants.

(Photos compliments of me.)

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