Okay – I’m just going to say it! FOOD. I. Ate. Too. Much!
A friend asked me to be her VIP guest at the Fulton Market Harvest Festival this weekend. And, not being a lunatic, I said OKAY! It’s the brainchild of Chef Stephanie Izard of Girl and the Goat fame (and Top Chef which, interestingly, I’ve never seen!) – and it’s that Fulton Market restaurant corridor – so you just KNOW there was a squickton of AMAZING food. No Funnel Cake for YOU! Sweatergawd, I don’t think I’ve eaten that much pork belly & duck fat and beef marrow and turkey brined in angel tears and Floyd knows what else foodie-type-food in AGES!
And maybe a little too much tipple.
Discussed the merits of my adage “Sleep is the New Sex” with Chef Ming Tsai, he of the plummy James Shigeta voice and yes, I am totally cognizant of the irony therein. That convo was vaguely surreal (and started with him sitting on a sofa). He’s not quite there yet – but he’s also a decade younger than my old-assed self, so we’ll see how he feels in 10 years or so. This was at 9p and he’d been on his feet all day, so that was impressive! I would’ve curled up on that sofa and taken a nap!
I don’t yet know what PQM Bacon is. But I want ALL of it. Okay. I just found out what PQM bacon it – Publican Quality Meats – yet another insanely delicious food emporium. We had brunch there and they nearly had to carry us out! Now I really want ALL of it.
Omg. Duck Duck Goat. www.duckduckgoatchicago.com. Lemmetellyouaboutthe Dan Dan Noodles. Heck, I don’t even know what to say, except, wow! This one of those truly olfactory experiences. I love Cheap Chinese, I do. If you’re a decently made Shrimp in Lobster Sauce, GET IN MAH BELLY! But ‘nuanced and intriguing’ said NO ONE EVER! about that food. So. Going in to DDG, I was expecting something ..different..but I didn’t know what, y’know? The short ribs & bone marrow dumplings were astoundingly unctuous and delicious – but I could process the intel. When it came to the DanDan Noodles, though, I was completely lost – and happily so! I wiped out half a bowl just trying to figure out what I was tasting! Fermented mustard greens and mint! It should’ve tasted….weird? Instead it was heaven on a chopstick! This was the one dish that most closely resembled sniffage, where you are loving a perfume and trying to parse the notes.
More tipple – and you know what? Not really even that much tipple – it was just the combination of Various Liquors in intriguing cocktails, coupled with a squickton of food and 90F heat.
Gus’s Fried Chicken. Best thing to soak up too many iced Champagnes. A lady named Tirondia (sp) makes the greens and mac ‘n cheese so I went out on a limb and figured this food would be home-cooking good. I was right! The chicken was perfectly seasoned and sucked up all of that booze, so I left feeling way less skittery (I’m a cheap drunk and my stomach isn’t all that fond of too much tipple so the soak-up was much appreciated).
Not too many man-buns but a whole lot of young, cute, bearded hipsters who are a bit too serious about food – but you know what? The food was delicious! So. Okay, even if you only source your beef from a butcher who processes by the full moon, chanting ancient Aramaic while using a handcrafted silver knife? You do you – ’cause that’s some damb tasty beef!
No Funnel Cakes. Instead little cinnamon-apple donuts with a twee bottle of caramel sauce stuck in the hole. Oh, c’mon! It was adorbs! Tasty, too!
Oooh! One bit of perfumery. Met a lovely man named Santiago, who smelled DIVINE! Turned out he was wearing Tom Ford’s Black Orchid perfume. It smelled unbelievable on him! on me? Grape jelly. Dang.
But I’m totally coked-out on chow. I had an egg this am because of the wonky glucose – but the idea of putting anything else in mah belly right now is causing me to feel all sorts of queasy!
But I still love chow. So! Tell me a food story. Are you a foodie? What thrills you, chow-wise? No foodie? That’s okay – whatchuliketoeat? I’m no foodie – I just like to eat, so no judgy here! I’ll let The Girl read the comments and she’ll pull a couple of random winners.
I also have WINNAHS from the Autumn in a Day post (ha! you thought I’d forgotten! Newp!)
gmail the evilauntieanita with your details and I will get some fun stuff out to you!