As our prior articles have noted, the first century plus of Chinese food in America consisted solely of Cantonese-style food, particularly the version brought to the United States by immigrants from seven rural districts in Toishan, outside of Canton. And even when the United States (and Canada) lifted their immigration restrictions on Chinese migrants in the 1960s, permitting a new wave of Chinese immigration into the United States, the migration was initially spearheaded by Hong Kong Chinese. These arrivals from Hong Kong enlivened the existing Cantonese food landscape by bringing us new and exciting types of Cantonese dishes. This led to a series of new Cantonese restaurant genres opening up in the United States and Canada, starting with Cantonese delis in the 1970s, Hong Kong-style seafood restaurants in the 1980s, and Hong Kong-style cafés in the 1990s. Read the rest of this entry »
Chicago is an interesting place. Everyone complains about the weather, but it’s not so much the weather as the people. I mean, if you go to Minneapolis, people go out and enjoy the snow and the cold. If you hit up Madison, you’re likely to be overrun by some obnoxious cross country skiers. That being said, the winter for most Chicagoans means hibernation. The only time most of my friends leave their apartments with the exception of work is to eat out. Then, from some combination of wanting to be warm and not wanting to bring their monster coats to the bar, everyone just heads home after dinner. So, here’s my list of places to hit up for the winter. Most of them have some kind of warm food, warm environment, or they’ll just make you so full that you’d never want to do anything other than go home and sleep after anyways. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanksgivvukah is a once-in-an-eternity overlap of Thanksgiving and the start of Chanukah. The reason for this year’s rare alignment has to do with quirks of the Gregorian and the Jewish calendar, one following the sun and one following the moon.
The two holidays would have overlapped in 1861, but Thanksgiving was not formally established by President Abraham Lincoln until 1863. Given the Jewish calendar, Chanukah will again fall on Thursday, November 27, in the year 79,811. Read the rest of this entry »
While in New York City last week, I debated whether waiting in a two-hour line at Dominique Ansel’s Bakery for those infuriating Cronuts was worth my time. I ultimately decided it wasn’t.
Here’s why: last Saturday, I had already sampled six of LA’s best, buttery, gut-bomb knock-offs and quite literally, had my fill. Yes, I sampled them all in one day. Yes, by myself. Read the rest of this entry »
As a chocolatier, I’m always looking to share knowledge of my craft with others. Amid a sea of books on the subject, I’ve compiled a list of those I think are the most invaluable resources. Whether you’re new to the world of chocolate or skilled and looking to advance, get ready to dive in!
Here’s my go-to list of resources for all things chocolate:
The Great Book of Chocolate by David Lebovitz
The former Chez Panisse pastry chef gives readers a brief but thorough look into everything from how cacao is grown and chocolate is created, to resources on where to purchase quality chocolate. Not to mention, he includes over 30 of his own solid recipes (all containing chocolate, of course!). I love this book because Lebovitz delivers spot-on information in a concise manner, interwoven with his own personality and humor. That makes for an entertaining and reliable resource. Read the rest of this entry »