Friday, October 13, 2017
As I have mentioned before, I went to Wrigley 12 years ago so on my 2nd trip to Chicago, I went to the White Sox stadium. I had a really good time and ordered a hot dog from the plethora of stands. I've never seen so many food choices at a ball park and I've been to a lot of them. I picked the hot dog stand named Comiskey Dogs. of course, the stadium was called Comiskey Park. I'm not a big fan of sports stadiums being renamed a corporate ID. I find it slightly tacky. So the game was great and I ate this entire hot dog, which in retrospect was not a good idea. There's the point where you say to yourself, "you know....you don't have to eat all of it..." oh well. This meal gave me a hangover the next day but I loved it when I was eating it.
A dinner with colleagues in a fancy-hip restaurant in Brooklyn New York. When I say colleagues, I say that with trepidation and disbelief. I am in awe of everyone of these folks and half the time can't believe I get to work with these folks. I guess that's a good place to be in life. I am trying to up my game, for sure. A fringe benefit on top of the fringe benefit are the eats. Colonie, 127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201, is pretty much what most would call a hipster place but once you get past that dying cliche, foods really good. It was dark and I was overwhelmed by the various conversations that I didn't really take an pictures of it. I'd go back. Is that good enough? Sorry, I dropped the ball on this one.
In 2004, I decided to take a trip to finally see Wrigley Field but that's another story. I had heard the Chicago had great steak houses so I did a bit of research and decided to go to one called Chop House, 60 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I have since consistently touted that that was the best steak I had ever had. A dozen years later, I was back. Now of course, my memory had become mythical and I was aware of that so I was cutting my claim some slack as I walked closer and closer to it for my second time. Yup, best steak I ever had and that's really all I want to say about this place.
I was asked to participate in a meeting in Chicago and decided to extend my stay and get some additional work done. I arranged an interview with artist Maria Gaspar for VISITINGS Radio Show (which can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/alan-nakagawa-188259702/maria-gaspar-visitings) and allocated some time to try to draw all of the Joseph Cornell boxes displayed in there museum (they have the largest collection). In the museum, there's this clean and graceful coffee bar. the latte was yummy and the barista charming, as it should be.
I got to go out with friends in Chicago, to their favorite place. The Bistro Zinc, 1131 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610 is a French restaurant with amazing food and very comfortable yet upscale atmosphere. Escargot PEOPLE!!!! Delicious! My steak was perfect and the company excellent and fun. Great dining experiences in Chicago. We ate so much we decided to walk to the area I was staying. Walking, a good antidote to gluttony.
Drank a little the night before. I wasn't hungry but I know I should eat something for breakfast so I walked around and found this place. Beef N Brandy, 127 S State St, Chicago, IL 60603. When I walked in, the lighting is a little on the dark side so my doubts started to rise but I sat down and they were awesome. Took it light and ordered a tea, toast, and some potatoes. It was good, like a cafeteria style prep. Whatever they put in the food, I felt a lot better when I left. I think they should change those fluorescents to the daylight type.
Located at 412 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, this OG spot is on the street level of the Fine Arts Building very near the Chicago Art Institute. As I was drinking my soup, I kept seeing a lot of very young musicians and their parent. From the look on their faces, I wasn't sure if they were just from an auction in the building or a lesson. Very few smiles. What's u with that? This place is an old diner with a counter and outdoor seating. the menu is Greek-American and the servers are fantastic. My server, I didn't catch her name but she was amazing, a real pro. She treated me well the moment I sat at the counter. Loved it, as I was nursing a hangover and she and I bonded. Ha ha.
Saturday, September 9, 2017
First of all, I am a Trejos fan to some degree. i want to see him succeed and I did enjoy his donut shop although I think I've only been there twice at this point. The first time I went to Trejos Tacos, I couldn't find any parking in a two block radius so I left. This time, however, I was determined so i paid the valet parking fee. Remember, this once was a Taco Bell. Now it's this upscale taco place. One of these tacos was $6. Most of them are $4. So three tacos and the valet is something like $20. The tacos were good but you know, this is LA so I can get ten tacos for $20 and they're amazing. I think this is sort of more like the Hard Rock Cafe or the RIP Planet Hollywood type of eatery. I almost already made up my mind that it was going to be delicious because of how much I spent on this little brown bag of tacos. They were good. I am afraid that all the other taco places will raise their prices because of Trejos Taco's prices. It would be taco gentrification. Yikes!
Yolk On Michigan Ave, in between the hotel and the Art Institute, I grabbed a quick breakfast at Yolk, 1120 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605. There are several hotels on Michigan so you feel like it's a meal with all your fellow travelers. Some folks even have their rolling suitcases with them. It's a thing. I had a good bage and lox here. They're quick, friendly enough and the food is fresh and reliable. Perfect for those on the move.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
One of the dining techniques when traveling alone is that you find the area with all the restaurants, find the ones that have lines, find the lines with the most local looking or comfortable looking folk and then go to the host and say, "Can I just sit at the bar?" So you just walk in, no waiting in line and boom, you're IN! Indiana Yacht Rock Beer is delicious. Never heard of it but I wanted a local beer so that's the one I chose and it was creamy, cold and quenching! I ordered the fried chicken. It was very good but what I really enjoyed was finally discovering Succotash. Yosemite Sam always says, "Suffering Succotash", so it was nice to finally see what he was referring to after all these years. That was what I learned on my first time/ first day in Indiana. 310 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Recently, I got to ride on a plane again, fly to a place I've never been and blah-blah-blah about my art projects. I am so grateful because I love learning. They got me a room at the Marriott and this place is on the same block. I eyed it a couple times and on my last day, I just had to check it out. I only had time to go for lunch but it's a cool pub and of course I ordered the Fish N Chips. I like when they bring me the platter, which usually has that little thing or tartar sauce or whatever and then the server and in this case the bartender looks at me and as a sort of test with a slight man nod, he goes, "what some vinegar with that?" "Oh yes" is my answer. I was thinking "hell ya" but I was trying to be courteous. WOW. It was one of the best Fish N Chips I ever had. Unfortunately, I was off to a meeting next so no beer. BOO HISSSSsss!!! 301 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
This is such a cute place, Francois of JCDECAUX met me for a snack. Wow, Borek!? I had never ate Borek. it's sort of like a quiche I guess but different. It's amazing with a salad and a pour over. I really enjoyed eating here. Check out the blue glass dishes. This is place is a gem!!!!! 342 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015