Chicago is a wonderful place to find great food and fun atmospheres. Every neighborhood offers unique flavors and styles that are a must to experience. One great Chicago neighborhood that always offers a great experience is Pilsen. Located just west of the South Loop, this neighborhood is a mix of old Mexican culture and college town vibe. One place that makes this unique area of the city special is a nice little spot for ramen called Furious Spoon.
The Furious Spoon, located at 1316 W 18th St, is a hot spot for great ramen and rice bowls. They offer a full bar, including some amazing specialty cocktails, draft beers and sake. The also feature hip hop playing on the speakers and a real beer garden feel despite being indoors. They also open late, 1 AM Sunday through Thursday, 2 AM on Friday, and 3 AM on Saturday. This is a great place to enjoy a good meal and conversation, but you can go just to enjoy a drink and some dope music.
There are many great dishes at Furious Spoon, especially if you enjoy a little heat. The dishes are reasonably priced, ranging between $11 and $16. They offer vegetarian options, chicken, pork belly, shrimp, spicy beef brisket and ahi tuna. You can easily customize your dishes with toppings like fresh corn, nori, poached eggs and garlic relish. You can even add a little more heat with some chili-infused noodles.
I recommend getting the Furious Bowl which comes with tonkotsu broth, spicy miso, chashu pork belly, white pepper chicken, poached egg, marinated mushrooms, garlic relish and fury sauce. The taste was just outstanding, fresh and clean with not too much heat.
For those that like to indulge in the adult beverages, Furious Spoon offers some unique cocktails and craft beer. They offer Surly Furious IPA and Kirin Ichiban Japanese Lager on tap. Their house speciality cocktails include the Furious Margarita (with libelula tequila, nori, and habanero) and the Shaolin Colada (with flor de caña rum, sailor jerry spiced rum, lychee, and peychaud’s bitters). The drink I recommend the most has to be the Worst Behavior (with control pisco, fords gin, combier, and matcha), it provides a nice kick with a fresh citrus taste, perfect for summer nights in Chicago.
If booze isn't your thing, Furious Spoon offers some of their cocktails in a non=alcholic version, or you can choose some mexican Coca-Cola (made with real sugar) or a spicy and sweet ginger beer.
This is a great place to enjoy a Sunday afternoon or a night out with that special someone. The atmosphere is dope, the food is tasty and the drinks are flowing. On average you are looking to spend about $18 to $25 per person, depending on what and how much you drink. It's ok for family, but I would suggest going for lunch or early dinner if bringing kids along. For Pilsen area, parking is scarce and side streets are full of permit parking, public transportation or Uber may be your best option.
Damian Marley, the youngest son of legendary music artist Bob Marley, is now an owner of the popular marijuana enthusiast magazine, High Times.
Marley is part of a 20 person group who just gained controlling interest of the weed publication, according to TMZ. This is the first time the magazine has changed ownership since it's 1974 launch.
Marley is no stranger to the magazine as he is on the cover of the June issue and he headlined their Cannabis Cup in April of this year.
If you love to travel and love a good Big Mac, then you may want to consider a trip to Australia soon. McDonald's in "the land Down Under" is now offering a Chicken Big Mac. Yes, you read that right, the Chicken Big Mac is essentially the same as the classic Big Mac, but it comes with two crispy chicken filets instead of the two all-beef patties.
The Chicken Big Mac has been part of Mickey D's secret menu for quite a while, but the fast food giant is now offering it as a regular menu item for select markets. Of course that means that we here in the states can't get one with out doing some traveling. As of now, it seems like only Australia and Sweden have it, but you never know, if we keep asking for it, we may just get it. For now, just enjoy this commercial from McDonald's in Sweden.
By Michael Bradford II
Food & Drink Expert
When I first heard of NRA show the first thing that came to my mind was the National Rifle Association. After spending one Sunday with my friend KG, he showed me another NRA I should know about and that is National Restaurant Association.
During a four-day event at the McCormick Place people from the service industry in Food, Liquor and Hospitality come together to showcase some amazing products. Top companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Co, Nathans, Vienna Beef, Kronos were represented, but sometimes it is the smaller companies like Reeds Soda or Lil' Orbits Donuts catch your eye. Food and drink weren't the only things being showcased as cleaning giants like Ecolab and Rubbermaid are well represented.
The one place I was most interested in visiting was the Bar exhibit, a special section for that celebrates the liquor industry.
In this wonderful area there were some of the most beautiful pieces of equipment I have ever seen. One thing that caught my eye was the Spirit Station machine. A company called Napa Technology has developed equipment that can provide consistent and regulated pours of spirits or wines. It has three customizable pour sizes options, a state-of-the-art thermoelectric cooling system, high-resolution LCD displays and safety lock features. The other part of going to the NRA show is all the samples of liquor and food you can taste from some of the top companies in the world. I would recommend eating something hearty and slowly take your time drinking all the wonderful drinks you can enjoy.
When you enter the Bar section of the NRA show, you interact with liquor companies from Canada, Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado, California, and more. Wine companies offer a wide selection of samples you can taste and they educate you on the different varieties as well. There were also booklets and magazines from different breweries and vineyards and you can visit their booths to enjoy their spirits and food they serve.
Not only do you get good food and drinks but also you get information from top people in the industry. Top mixologists and consultants offer tips and solutions to help bar owners maintain their business.
One who guy who is well known for his expertise with bars and night clubs is Jon Taffer from the hit Spike TV show “Bar Rescue." Taffer hosted a panel discussion and had a booth where he could talk business with anyone in need of advice. Jon offered his wealth of knowledge on Bars and Nightlife to people seeking information to better their establishment. He even made time to take some pictures with one of his fans.
Whether your thing is food, drink, or you just need new ideas to liven up your establishment, the NRA Show is the place to be. It is truly the greatest collection of great thinkers in the service industry. While you have to be a part of the industry to get to go, it is an experience that anyone can truly enjoy. The other NRA show is all the wonderful things we all love about good food and drinks.
Laila Ali is teaming up with discount retailer TJ Maxx for a new project aimed at encouraging women to overcome stereotypes, something Ali has done her entire life. The undefeated boxing champion, wellness expert, TV host and mother has been a champion in and out of the ring, always adapting to the ever changing landscape of her career. This is why she has been chosen to lead The Maxx You Project.
The project launched Tuesday morning (April 25), and women are encouraged to share their life goals and answer the question “How will you Maxx you?” online or in select stores until May 21 at noon. Then eight women will be selected to join Laila Ali and "Shark Tank" star Barbara Corcoran at a workshop in Los Angeles this summer.
“Single moms who worked hard jobs, but they still picked their kids up from school, were there for them, put food on the table—those are the women that I really appreciate and look up to because I saw them as being so strong and that’s the kind of mother that I want to be,” Ali says. “I want to be able to work. I want to be able to go after my dreams and my goals, but still be hands on with my children.”
Through the mentorship of Ali and Corcoran, this program aims to provide them with the support and guidance they’ve been seeking.
Many fans of McDonald's aren't exactly "lovin it" today as the company has announced that starting May 1st it will be phasing out HI-C Orange and replacing it with a new drink. This news isn't easy to swallow for many fans, some of them expressing their displeasure on Twitter:
In case you aren't so traumatized by Mickey D's menu decision, and you want to give their new drink a try, the Golden Arches will be the only place to find it. They will be the exclusive new home to Sprite TropicBerry starting in July. Only time will tell if fans will come to love that drink as well.
With recent acceptance of not only the medical use of marijuana but the recreational use we have found ourselves in a reefer revolution. While the origin of 4/20 isn't quite exciting, 4/20 is not only recognized as a holiday to indulge, but it has also evolved into a widely used term, even a noun to describe your acceptance of the activity: “4/20 friendly”. To those whole smoke regularly, the holiday might not be too far off from the norm but whether you roll it, vape it, dab it or eat it - the world comes together to dedicate a day to the peace pipe. What better way to celebrate but do the deed, and chill out with some stoner approved weed anthems?
“Habits (Stay High)” – Tove Lo
“Young, Wild & Free” – Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa ft. Bruno Mars
“Smoke Two Joints” - Sublime
“Because I Got High” – Afroman
“Purple Haze” – Jimi Hendrix
"I Got 5 On It" - The Luniz
"Day N Nite" - Kid Cudi
"The Joker" - Steve Miller Band
"Mary Jane" - Rick James
"Stay High" - Three 6 Mafia
"Pass That Dutch" - Missy Elliott
"Hits from the Bong" - Cypress Hill
"Sensi" - Long Beach Dub All Stars
If you consider yourself a foodie this list may just right for you. Just like style, food trends change constantly, one minute chipotle is the it pepper, next thing you know sriracha is stealing the spotlight. What follows is a list of new food trends you may (or may not) want to give a chance.
1. The Jackfruit
The jackfruit is the perfect go to for vegetarians who still want to enjoy those summer cookouts with having to feast on black beans and tofu exclusively. The fibrous fruit can be use as a topping for nachos, a meat substitute in sandwiches, and even in savory dishes like curry. Try this BBQ recipe out if you're curious.
This trend is a familiar one. It trended in the 90's as a broccoli alternative. Now it is back and is looking to take over. New products like Cauliflower Rice are popping up in stores and it using it as a bread substitute has been a major thing since 2015. Cauliflower is showing up as pizza crust, bread for grilled cheese, rice and more. It can be tasty and is less carbs and fat than the starchy norms so it may be worth a try, maybe as this pizza.
Yep you read that right, charcoal is a food trend. Now it is important to note that we aren't talking about biting down on the stuff that gives flavor and fire to your BBQ, no we are talking about activated charcoal, a supplement that has been used for years as a remedy for gassyness are as a hangover cure. While the medical benefits of this detoxify add in are still up for debate, the use of it continues to grow. Charcoal can now be found in juices, bread, Ikea hot dogs and now even ice cream. Not sure about how it affects the taste, but people are definitely buying in too this craze.
4. Purple Foods
From the pitch black of the last entry to a purple parade, this food trend is all about indigos and violets and eggplant too. Purple is popping up everywhere in the grocery stores, from purple fruits and vegetables to purple corn flakes and tortilla chips. The power of purple goes beyond just it appealing color, the vibrant hue in naturally purple foods often indicates high nutrient density and antioxidants. Here is a delicious purple smoothie you can try.
5. Weed Is The New Beer
With marijuana being legalized in many states, and more states considering following the trend, one area that has taken a hit in sales is the alcohol industry. Many people, especially millennials, are choosing the sticky green over the aged brew, which is why the industry is looking to boost sales by infusing a little cannabis in their potions. From cannabis in cocktails to experimental weed-and-whiskey pairings, the spirits and cocktail industry is pondering how the two industries can play well together. While we wait for the industry to catch up, here are a few concoctions you can try at home for yourself, where allowed by law that is. As always please drink and smoke responsibly.
Via The Houston Chronicle
Houston's second annual Black Restaurant Week will be April 17 through the 30, when the city will highlight black-owned businesses.
Among the notable places participating are Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Lucille's, Kitchen 713, Da Marco's, The Shack and several others.
"Last year, HOUBRW attracted nearly a thousand locals to its inaugural celebration within just one week. The overwhelming response and enthusiasm led HOUBRW organizers to extend this year's event to two weeks with added restaurants and new competitors along with the exciting addition of a food-truck park and block party to its lineup," spokesperson Kelly King said in a release. "Houston Black Restaurant Week seeks to increase the awareness, support and (patronizing) of black restaurants and chefs in the city."
A portion of the proceeds from each meal sold at participating restaurants will be donated to Blue Triangle Community Center, Commercial Kitchen Renovation "a commercial kitchen development to be utilized by budding caterers and the community at-large."
For a full list of participating restaurants, go to houbrw.com.
When you have the level of success that a burger chain like McDonald's has, change is always tough. The "Golden Arches" has always been keen on adding "new" to their menu, but the almost never mess with their classics. This year, however, things a been different, to say the least. The first change to their regular fare came with the introduction of two new variations on the Big Mac, the Mac Jr. and the Grand Mac. Now, they company has announced a change to another iconic menu item, one that will have a long lasting effect. The Quarter-Ponder w/ Cheese (QPC) will now be made with only fresh beef.
The change to fresh beef will be a gradual one as the chain says they will be making the change to all stores by 2018. The change to the QPC has already been in effect for about a year in 14 stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and started in November for 77 Oklahoma stores. So far feed back from those customers has been positive.
The change to fresh beef is being described as a "customer-driven" change, but one can't help but wonder if this is all because of pressure from rival Wendy's who brags about using "fresh, never frozen" beef in all their burgers. No matter the reason for the change, Wendy's was sure to respond to the announcement on social media with this:
Does a change to fresh beef make you wan't Mickey-D's any more than before? Let us know in the comments below.