Peas ‘n pork. #spring #taste (via @saveurmag)

Peas ‘n pork. #spring #taste (via @saveurmag)



Nachos & blueberry lemonade at Sauce and Bread Kitchen. A much needed burst of color. #chicago #taste

Nachos & blueberry lemonade at Sauce and Bread Kitchen. A much needed burst of color. #chicago #taste



Warm cauliflower & barley salad (via @bonappetit) #taste

Warm cauliflower & barley salad (via @bonappetit) #taste



Friday Top Five 1.11.13

My favorite things this week. Four of the five were enjoyed on Monday, which also happened to be my 32nd birthday. I suppose I could have tried to find 32 things I enjoyed this week, but alas I am old and that sounds exhausting.

1. Blueberry-Lemon Cake doughnut at Glazed and Infused.

2. Tostada de Betabel and platanos fritos at Big Star. This is how you do meatless Monday.

3. Ghost Pepper Mustard from Mess Hall & co. It’s made in Chicago with a touch of the world’s hottest peppers. Think mild, slow-burning heat with a touch of sweetness. Use it in a marinade for baked chicken thighs or a vinaigrette tossed with roasted broccoli. Find it at Provenance Food & Wine.

4. Oysters and peanut butter pie at The Savoy. Following David Tamarkin’s advice will rarely steer you wrong.

5. Jellies exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium. I was mesmerized. And I made this little video on my iPhone:



Tomato time.