Post Tagged with: "Chinatown"

11Dec
2011

A Love Letter to Little Italy at Christmastime

I loathe the holidays. Mariah Carey plays nonstop in every elevator. Fifth Avenue is not walkable. Stores are not navigable. Sidewalks are littered with more shopping bags than people. And if I was not forced to cross Broadway by the fact that I live on the edge of Soho, I would have walked five blocks out of my way just to circumvent the chaos. But this is only the daytime scene. When stores close and restaurants open for dinner service, […]

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18Feb
2010

Chinese New Year 2010

The Ox is out — make way for the Year of the Tiger! If it’s your year (if your birthday was in 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998… or 2010), you are supposed to wear an article of red clothing every day for good luck. Apparently, a red scarf or even earrings will suffice, so that could be doable! Tigers are unselfish, independent, daring, impulsive and noble. We’re both big fans of Chinese New Year celebrations. Tara […]

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30Jan
2010

Chicago Dishes a Shanghai Favorite

Xiao Long Bao is a special kind of steamed dumpling you’ll only find on dim sum menus in Shanghai. It’s made of a thinner, chewier dough shell and filled with soup and a ball of pork (like what you’d find in a wonton), and is served with vinegar and hot sauce. Traditionally, it’s eaten all in one bite, but if you’re having trouble you can bite off the top of the dumpling, suck out the soup, and then put the […]

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16Jan
2010

Chinatown Kitchenware

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you can easily get sucked into buying a $3 soup ladle somewhere along China Place or Wentworth Avenue in Chicago. But if you’re looking for value, selection and great service? The list is slim, and at the top: Woks ‘n’ Things.   The high-quality, low-price knife selection is the reason to make the trip to Chinatown, but you won’t leave without a few other goodies. Find every size of dumpling […]

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