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Chicago - help!

cool -- thanks for the Icosium Kafe suggestion! last question -- how is the ambiance? it looks pretty laid back from what i can tell, but is it tank up and get outta there style or lingering friendly? and again, really appreciate the helpfulness!

Chicago - help!

Thanks for the suggestions, Maris! Will definitely look into at least a couple of them...I appreciate it.

Chicago - help!

Anyone else have something ACTUALLY helpful?

Chicago - help!

Dude - I live in Europe. I am just honoring a family crepe tradition. Chill out. And if you're going to comment, be helpful? At least give some suggestions for your other ethnic restaurants. Thanks. For being so awesome.

Video: The American 'Ethnic' Food Section at a German Grocery Store

in germany they have cranberry juice at your everyday supermarket (lidl, rewe, edeka) -- ocean spray light and normal calorie versions. otherwise, they have them at the reformhaus/bioladens.

Video: The American 'Ethnic' Food Section at a German Grocery Store

btw, if you are an american in germany - please, PLEASE tell me if you can find graham crackers. they seem to be non existent here.

Video: The American 'Ethnic' Food Section at a German Grocery Store

funny. usually distribution of products is fairly similar germany wide - but as an american in frankfurt -- our galeria kaufhof doesnt carry the same things. karstadt on the other hand, has many of those brands, minus the variety of the baking mixes, and ALWAYS canned pumpkin, Pop Tarts, Reeses PB cups (a crazy concept in germany - chocolate AND pb at once!), canned beans, and various Oreos. it's funny how these high-end gourmet sections at the department stores abroad haven't changed that much. i remember as a child during a living in asia stint in the late 80s, early 90s, how my parents would try to always appease my homesickness with swiss milk from the local gourmet department store. American gourmet back then, and still is, to these stores usually overprocessed big name American goodies. what i find truly interesting is how the normal, local everyday grocery stores change to accommodate their clientele. two years ago you couldn't find a jar of peanut butter anywhere except the Asian stores in frankfurt - now you can find crunchy AND creamy or organic right next to the nutella and down the aisle from Meister Proper (aka Mr. Clean) products http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/10/business/media/10adco.html?_r=1.

The secret to Chinese (Asian) cooking is….

um, @ginger totally agree with you. asian is WAY too broad to generalize. as an asian, i have to say that yes, high heat temps can be seen as a more omnipresent than in western cuisine culture, but as far as every asian family/home owning one of those wok-in-a-hole doo dads, that is a little ridiculous. our family cook used a gas range. and i remember country side trips to my both paternal and maternal grandmothers as a small child, where the cooking would take place on some kind of outdoor fire, with a variety of what we today would call artisanal vessels (clay pots, pans, etc). some of the local dives/street vendors would have the wok with gas torch ish - but again, they were professionals.

Serious Eats...in Philadephia?

oh -- and you may want to browse around in dibruno brothers, maybe pick up a couple of sandwiches there too. their selection is incredible. scoop de'ville is right there, and if you have kids, it is quite an adorable little ice cream store. but i also can vouch for capogiro's wonderfulness...and i'd venture to say that some of their flavors actually can compete with grom.

Serious Eats...in Philadephia?

oh my. i had been living in nyc for the past 7 years, but went to college in philly. regardless of my access to the nyc dining scene, i (and my friends) would regularly roadtrip to philly PURELY for 1) la colombe coffee 2) monk's moules frites and beer selection and 3) DMITRI'S, the one off of south street, and 3rd - for the AMAZING octopus salad and the shrimp scampi. and the pita. i now live in germany, but for every return trip stateside, i still go to philly if even for a couple hours, just to get some dmitri's. one of my best friends who was living in san diego would also make a twice yearly pilgrimage to said restaurant for the same reason. it's loud, byo, they grill the fish right in front of you. have fun and good luck!

where/what should we eat in turkey?

definitely get desserts -- and try the turkish delight from a reputable source, it's quite different than the mass marketed cadbury version. i could not stop eating the baklava. you could try borek and other phyllo dough savory concoctions, as well as doner -- but that didn't really float my boat. you will of course be drinking tea often and everywhere... you could maybe accompany the tea with a simit (a circular, sweetish, sesame bread). try the ayram (salty traditional yogurt drink) -- it's similar to kefir, and supposedly incredibly healthy for you and your gastrointestinal tract. and when in istanbul, cross over to the asian side via ferry and go a meyhane (tavern) for the AMAZING, AMAZING fish selection. often, they bring a tray over of the dozens of fish and seafood they can prepare for you. accompany this with friends, and the traditional beverage for the seafood binge -- raki -- and it will be a wonderful istanbulli evening... i loved my time in turkey -- and gained 6 lbs while i was there!

Baguettes? Black Forest Cake? Weiner Schniztel?

and try the frankfurter pudding at a local bakery in frankfurt -- SO GOOD! (they have especially good ones at backerie klein on berger strasse). and this may raise contention because i know bretagne is supposed to be the home of the crepe -- but if you manage to find yourself in st. malo, in normandy -- the best crepes i've ever had, and i've spent part of nearly every summer of my life in bretagne/brittany...

Baguettes? Black Forest Cake? Weiner Schniztel?

ok, strangely you have listed every country/city i have been bouncing between for the past year (i moved to frankfurt from nyc last year, family from normandy). anyhow, as far as frankfurt goes - definitely get out of the tourist rut, do NOT eat in the dom/roemer or sachsenhausen areas. go to 'zur sonne' for dinner, absolutely gorgeous garden, have the 'forelle' (river trout) or opt for the vegetarian version of the 'gruene sosse' (a cream based sauce with seven herbs blended in -- incredibly light on the palate). and normally i am not a beer person, but german beer is actually quite delicious. don't get sausages, they blow. normandy - definitely make sure you get "gaufre" (waffles) and get shellfish - "coquillage" -- absolutely amazing assortments. i had ray in a butter sauce this past weekend, and it literally melted in my mouth. as far as amsterdam/netherlands -- definitely get a stroopwaffel - crisp, thin waffle sandwiches, with a bit of syrup between them. i know i used to get them at citarella in nyc, but they don't compare with the ones in the netherlands. oh and try to get matjes (herring) from one of the fishing stands. in nice, try to get scallops or oysters, and in paris, definitely stop at one of the known bakeries for baguette/brioche/pain au chocolat/pain aux raisins -- i personally like the products at paul. though one thing i will say - german chocolate is pretty amazing -- my family in france and in nyc asks me to bring suitcases of limited edition ritter whenever i visit. and try the riesling in germany as well. as far as spain goes, depends completely where you will be -- but of course get the churros con chocolate, various tapas (pulpo, gambas, etc). and if in catalunya, try the pan tomaca/ pan amb tomaquet. you will regret any time you've wasted on bruschette. and french cheeses!

sorry for the mouthful, but i think the best thing so far of my expat life has been the food travels!

Chicago - help!

hey seriouseaters. in the chicagoland area, and my food knowledge is super outdated. wanted to take the parents out for crepes -- AND NOT LA CREPERIE -- does anyone have any recommendations? a nice, comfy, cozy type place would be ideal - anywhere in chicago proper OR in the western suburbs (i.e. oak park, oak brook etc).

as a side note, any other MUST try places? (NO meat heavy/hotdog places or chi-style pizza, either)

any help very appreciated -- i head out back to nyc on friday, so timely assistance would be a godsend!

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