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holliemonster

Ex-restaurant cook. Current credit/financial nerd, home cook/beermaker. Lover of foreign candies/snack foods.

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  • Location: Chicago (South Side)
  • Favorite foods: Tacos...more tacos...waffles...anything with potatoes.
  • Last bite on earth: Breakfast burritos...so good.

Win a Copy of 'Fruitful: Four Seasons of Fresh Fruit Recipes'

Where to Eat and Drink in Milwaukee

Red Dot. Breakfast poutine. Die and go to artery clogged heaven. Drinks aren't too shabby either.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

What do you suggest as a replacement for the oatmeal? My boyfriend has an oat allergy, but this smoothie sounds too good to pass up.

Svea Restaurant Keeps the Swedish Flame Alive in Andersonville

I am usually all about novelty sized things, but I think I'd have to draw the line at novelty sized hot dog pieces.

Win Pop Chart Lab's 'The Various Varieties of Fruits'

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Pepperoni and green olive. What can I say? Sometimes I like a little bread and sauce with my salt.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

The turkey breast that's hiding in my freezer.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Phantom of the Fridge Secret Stash

Cereal! Or if we have candy laying around the house, I'll take that too.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Phantom of the Fridge Secret Stash

Life cereal. Or Reese's cereal. Cap'n Crunch. Ok, ok, cereal in general.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

A delicious pot roast!

7 Housemade Chips We Love in Chicago

I second the Chicago Q comment. Those things...you can't stop eating them.

Win Pop Chart Lab's Huge 'The Magnificent Multitude of Beer' Print

Half Acre in Chicago, but since I'm a southsider and Munster's pretty close, you really can't go wrong with Three Floyds either.

A Sandwich a Day: The Tandoori Chicken Sandwich at Rajun Cajun

I was skeptical of Rajun Cajun at first, with the mingling of Indian and Southern. It's become my go-to for dinner take out in Hyde Park now. And I love that the staff seems to know EVERYONE that comes in and makes conversation for those couple minutes that they're packing up your order.

Market Scene: Mercado San Juan in Morelia, Mexico

That made me wish I was going back. We were down there for Day of the Dead a few years ago and hit both Patzcuaro and Morelia. Morelia at night is beautiful, especially when they do the fireworks at the cathedral. The best meal we had there was right around there as well at the Cathedral Cafe. I would go back just to eat there again!

Cereal Eats: My Trip to General Mills HQ, Part 2

One of my first memories is that Circus cereal.

Reality Check: The Egg White Delight McMuffin From McDonald's

Not going to lie, I ordered one of these just to see if it would look as gross as they do on the giant billboards along the highway. And then I fell in love and it's my new "if I'm going to be late for work, I might as well get breakfast" sandwich, but with regular bacon. So good.

Bar Eats: Owen & Engine Re-Perfects British Food in Logan Square

Their bangers & mash are also amazing. I'm probably going to be thinking about them all day now.

Dinner Tonight: Bacon and Kimchi Steamed Buns with Carrot and Cucumber Slaw

Where would one find these buns? H Mart is on my way home from work, but I think I've only seen the filled buns there (red bean, pumpkin, veg, etc.) Did you find them at Joong Boo?

My Thai: Thai Beef Jerky

I just made Korean BBQ beef jerky this weekend!

Only One Beer For Life: What Would You Pick?

Zombie Dust from Three Floyd's. Hands down the best beer I have EVER had.

Rachel Allen's Homemade Pork Sausages with Colcannon and Applesauce

I just saw her show for the first time Sunday on WTTW....and then proceeded to watch like six episodes, so I'm pleasantly surprised to see this!

We Try the New Lay's Chips Flavors: Sriracha, Chicken & Waffles, Cheesy Garlic Bread

So...we opened the Sriracha ones last night. I couldn't eat more than a small handful of them. Reason being? I HATE Tabasco and that's what these tasted like. I did enjoy the heat from them, but I couldn't get over that "pepper sauce" taste.

What I really think they need to do instead is to bring some of the Canadian flavors of chips to the US. I was in Toronto over the weekend and had both Ruffles All Dressed (which I've had before and love) and some Dill Pickle Doritos (which I got because I was almost sure they were going to be awful, but weren't so bad).

We Try the New Lay's Chips Flavors: Sriracha, Chicken & Waffles, Cheesy Garlic Bread

I was torn on the chicken & waffles. One part of me enjoyed the vaguely maple-y flavor, but the rest of me (like 80% of me) thought they were, in a word, icky. Have the Sriracha ones at home, but haven't eaten yet. Cheesy garlic bread, I didn't even bother to try. They just sounded like a bad idea.

A Sandwich a Day: Pastrami on Onion Bialy at New York Bagel & Bialy Corporation

I drive by here on my way to work sometimes, and often, I have thought about stopping in for a bagel and coffee in the morning, but the traffic on Touhy plus the disaster that is that parking lot always convinces me just to go to Max's when I get up to my office.

Jicama and Pomelo Salad with Spicy Thai Dressing (Vegan)

I am so glad someone asked about the substitute for the pomelo. Not because I can't find them...I did, but it tasted really, really bad. Maybe I got a bad one? It was way more sour than grapefruit, which I love. Glad I tried the fruit before putting it in the salad!

Phoenix??

I will be in the Phoenix-area for five days & need some restaurant recommendations. (I've already heard of Pizzeria Bianco, so....beyond that). Any other good pizza places? Good brewpubs? We really eat anything.

Thanks!

HALP! Weeknd in Cincinnati!

My boyfriend and I will be spending next weekend in Cincinnati, and we definitely need some recommendations.

We're both big microbrew and whiskey drinkers. Foodwise, we'd like to keep it casual.

Any good bar recommendations? Any good food recommendations (that aren't the plethora of chili or ice cream reviews we've seen)?

Thanks!!