Meat Picks | 11.1.12

What the Falafel?

Time Out Chicago just ran a review on the, “Best Falafel Sandwich in the Loop”. Falafel always gets us thinking…  Fuh-lah-fuhl; fun word to say; fun thing to eat.

For those of you not in the know, Falafel is chick peas and/or fava beans mixed with spices, made into balls and deep fried. (Here’s an Epicurious recipe for it.) It can be served as an appetizer, sandwich, with salads and just about any way you want to have it.

If you’re like most people, the first time you ever heard about fava beans was when actor Anthony Hopkins uttered his spine tingling movie line, I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti, in Silence of the Lambs. (Gives you shivers just thinking about it, doesn’t it?)

Thought to have originated in Egypt, Falafel looks like a fritter, can be served as a meat alternative and is often referred to as, “street food”.

Make that, one (chick pea) Falafel to go, please!

Kustomer Kudos

There’s no guarantee when a restaurant is visited by Check, Please! the review will be  smashing, but that’s exactly how Oakbrook’s Antico Posto played out.

Antico’s ambiance, menu and consistent food quality, are just some of the high points reviewers raved over during last week’s season premiere episode. Congratulations, AP!

New Cookbook

Rick Bayless has a new cookbook out, FRONTERA  Margaritas, Guacamole and Snacks. FRONTERA, seventh in the iconic Chef’s library of Mexican cuisine cookbooks, marks the first time Bayless shares the most requested recipes from his restaurants in these categories.

With a focus on seasonal variations, the cookbook runs the gamut from cold-weather versions of guacamole to, “…even a recipe for how to prepare corn nuts from scratch”.

FRONTERA [excellent holiday and hostess gift] is due to ship in Mid-November for $24.95. Pre-order here.

Sunday in Paris

The Paris Club Chicago has added a second night to this Saturday’s sold out premiere of a new exclusive series of visits by French chefs to Chicago for this Sunday, November 4th.

PCC’s Executive Chef Alex Ageneau, will host a special dinner featuring the cuisine of world-acclaimed Chef Armand Arnal of Michelin-starred, La Chassagnette. Tickets for this Sunday’s event, beginning at 5:30 p.m. are available online now.

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