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Entries from May 2006

Random Sicily Images

May 23rd, 2006 · Comments Off

A few random pictures to give you a taste before I write up my posts.

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Market in Palermo. Note the tuna and swordfish in the background.

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Cannoli in Eriche.

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Marzipan in Eriche.

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Sicily, Day 01

May 23rd, 2006 · Comments Off

I’ll be making a seperate site for a report on my Sicily trip, but I’ll be posting some quick thoughts here.

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A trip like this always starts with the airline food. Alitalia’s food wasn’t bad. The beef was nice and tender, the pasta was al dente and it didn’t taste like it had been frozen and reheated repeatedly like most airlines. I heard some Americans remarking about the ‘nasty coffee which was all foamy’ but to get an Italian coffee (what we’d call an espresso) with crema, while on a plane was quite a treat.

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Next: Gelato in Monreale and Pasta in Palermo. Then a visit to the market, and later, the best pizza, cannoli and marzipan you could ever have.

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Update

May 23rd, 2006 · Comments Off

After staying at a couple of hotels that lied about having a working internet connection (I guess some people figure a phone line is a type of internet connection), I finally have WiFi and can update.

I’d post my Del Posto review, but I don’t have the menu with me to do it justice, so it will have to wait until I get back. My concise review would be that the food is worth the trip, it’s expensive but not quite as bad as the most expensive places in NY and the wine tasting for $65 with the meal is a great deal considering they just keep pouring and pouring. The room didn’t impress me as much as everyone else – I expected something grander considering all the talk about the cost.

Here’s a taste.

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In other news, spring most be the time to start a food blog, since I’m getting tons of suggestions. Unfortunately they are all spread out among a month of emails and comments, so even when I get back, it will take a month to sort them out and list them. I don’t want to encourage too much work for me weeding out duplicate requests, but feel free to leave your URL in a comment in this post if you want to get listed. Even if I don’t get to them, at least everybody can check out some new blogs.

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Club Lago

May 12th, 2006 · Comments Off

To start off the entire Italian eating feast, I’d thought I’d grab some Italian at one of my favorite places in Chicago – Club Lago. Guido is one of the best bartenders in the city (who’s an owner along with his brother). Every customer gets attention from the time they’re welcomed in as the walk in. It’s nice to know there are bars left without positouch cash registers and serving governors on the bottles. Drinks are poured with a professional eye and tabs are kept on written receipts. These guys run a casual bar but the service is a tight ship – as good as a tightly orchestrated French restaurant.I’m not sure why I haven’t eaten here more often, as it’s close to my office and the food is always excellent. Perhaps the reason is I’m too busy drinking.gnocchi.jpgI had the special – Gnocchi ala Cesare, a generous plate of fluffy gnocchi, in a gorgonzola cream sauce with zucchini, tomato, and cauliflower. Nice and rich without being heavy.

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Tags: Restaurants

Italian Feasting to start soon

May 12th, 2006 · Comments Off

Sorry for the slowdown around here. Things got really busy in April, the tax man came, and I haven’t eaten anything for awhile*.

But not to worry, I’ll be eating good for the next few weeks. We’ll start first with a meal at Mario Batali’s Del Posto and move on to even better Italian food. Where can you get better Italian food than Batali? Well, Italy of course, more specifically Sicily. We’ll be traveling with Alfredo from alfredotoursitaly.com.

I’ll post while traveling, soon stay tuned.

*(Just kidding, I’ll post the half dozen restaurant foods shots waiting in the wings soon.)

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