Saturday, February 22, 2014

Finally, my episode of Log On And Eat in it's entirety!!

My episode of Log On And Eat with Eden Grinshpan is up in it's entirety! And it's free! Just follow the link I am join to attach then click on the "Foddimentary" episode and I am the final guest!

Here is the link.... LOG ON AND EAT WITH EDEN & MONTE

Watch it, enjoy it, and please share it!!

A ridiculous breakfast yer gonna love!!

My buddies sister was raving about this place in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin called Manny's Snack Shack over Christmas dinner (2013) to the point where my mouth was salivating! I planned to go there asap! I called the following day only to find out Manny's was closed for another month, winter holiday!! WTF!! I was stuck with anxiety!

But I marked my calendar, and the day they opened, a month later, I was sitting at the counter placing my order!

Let me introduce to what has to be one of the better breakfast spots I have discovered in a few, thanks to Annette, Manny's Snack Shack, 404 S Lake Ave, Twin Lakes, WI.

This is Manny's (exterior)

This is Manny, working the grill! Like a champ!

Like I said I arrived their first day back from a month + long vacation, and this place was hopping and Manny was slinging it!! He seriously runs that grill like a master! He has a controlled chaos that is fun to watch and be around. I ordered the Chicken George (chicken fried steak and eggs). For some reason fried steak, eggs, hash browns and sausage gravy spoke to me that morning. And I am glad it did, check it out!!

Look at this monster breakfast!! 
Here is a nice personal shot of the chicken fried steak with white sausage gravy atop. It is as beautiful as my wife on our wedding day.

This is a meal for a family of four, or me.

A bite that shows respect to the meal....

getting it in there is tough but not impossible....

And done! I got it all in!

Boom! Clean plate, jerk! Me. I win! What, I don't know.

This place is full of life, character and great food! They have a lot more to choose from... burgers, french toast, garbage omelettes, you name it, they have it or can make it. Check out Manny's, it is worth the trip!! But maybe wait till summer, it is on a beautiful lake and that is fun to look at... water.

Here are a few random shots of the place....

And remember, no checks accepted! 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Watch me eat, people! Please.

I was on a show called Steve Gadlin's Star makers. This is a very dumb show, so I fit right in! Watch me eat by clicking on this whole sentence! The show was fun and I did service for all of mankind, I am eating the right way.

Steve Gadlin is my friend and the show is really fun and a lot of fun, please watch clips of the other jerks after enjoying my clip. Which you can watch here just by clicking on this sentence too!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Pizza wars is next week, January 16th. You just might wanna be there, I will!

You all must remember last year I posted pics from an event known as Pizza Wars! Pizza Wars is a charitable event pitting some of Chicagoland's greatest pizza spots against each other for a shot at Pizza War glory! 

Here is all of the information you need for Pizza Wars....

SKOKIE, IL (JANUARY 16, 2014) – The District 219 Education Foundation, with the assistance of the student organization Dance Marathon, will host its 4th annual Pizza Wars on Thursday, January 16th, 2014, from 6-8pm as pizza ovens across Niles township will be fired up in preparation for the Foundation’s signature fundraiser, “Pizza Wars 4: May The Fourth Be With You”. After last years’ standing room only success, the event has been moved to the larger contest gym at Niles West High School (5701 Oakton, Skokie). The question plaguing all…will Village Inn retain its title of Maestro or will the trophy be tossed to another?

Pizza tasting will begin at 6pm, with the contest ending at 7:15pm. The trophy will be awarded at 7:30pm. Advanced ticket prices are $12 per person, $40 for a family of 4, and $15 per person at the door. The evening will also feature live entertainment from Niles West and North student bands, face painting, a balloon artist and a strolling magician for the young at heart. Tickets may be purchased on the Foundation’s website at Participating pizzerias include Lou Malnati’s, Barnaby’s, Father & Son Italian Kitchen, Giordano’s, Gulliver’s, Jet’s Pizza, Nancy’s, OrganicLife, Papa John’s, Village Inn, and Wa-pa-ghetti’s.

I am looking forward to it! Also, it will be my 1 yr anniversary of meeting the wonderfully talented and exceptionally beautiful women of Ripple Productions, who play a big part in organizing and promoting Pizza Wars!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Amazing Burger with even better Fries and it's not at a burger spot...'s at a Greek spot. The one and only Athenian Room! Located in Lincoln Park, Chicago at 807 W. Webster! I have been going here since I was a freshman in H.S., 1985. And I did not have the Burger until this year!! This year!! Ridiculous! It's ridiculous because the burger is easily one of the tastiest burgers I have ever eatin, it is totally Monte-licious! I feel like I wasted 20+ yrs of my life. And the fries, the fries are amazing! They call em Greek Fries and they are seasoned with oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and Greek Spices (Oregano, Basil, Thyme, and other stuff, like salt, pepper....). The same cook is there since I was in H.S. as well is the hostess/greeter. Consistency, people.

Enough talk, let's check out the burger...

There is nothing I love more than a char grilled burger and this thick, meaty, juicy burger is char grilled to perfection (medium, for me). The bun is soft and I love sesame seed buns with a burger. and the good thing about a nice fresh bun is it absorbs all the juices from the burger, that is my favorite. So much so that i would like you to watch me eat it, please.

Such a tasty burger, I was happy to eat it... ALL!!

After that tasty burger it is now my duty to eat the fries, the ridiculously delicious Greek Fries, which I have been eating since 1985.

And last but mot least I wanna mention that they also have delicious salads, I like the small Greek salad and they happily accept gold coins! They are so happy that they put in print in the menu! Check out Athenian Room, and try the burger!! It's not all Greek to me!

One last thing, the restaurant shares a restroom with the neighboring bar, which I loved when I was 14! Now, I dunno. ; )

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Guess who got to be a judge (Celebrity Judge) at The Stand Up for Kids Mac & Cheese contest fundraiser??

Me!! The ladies at Ripple Productions have done it again! They invited me yet again to another amazing foodie event that works towards a good cause. This time I ended up at the one and only Max's Deli (This is a NY style deli right in the heart of Highland Park, if you live in the area do yerself a favor and visit them for a meal. You won't be disappointed!) in Highland Park, Il. at 191 Skokie Valley Road as a guest judge for a Mac & Cheese contest that was benefitting Stand Up for Kids, an organization that works toward ending the cycle of youth homelessness throughout the United States. Good food and good cause, what else can you ask for? I mean besides spending some quality time with... oh, excuse me.... anyway, let's get to the mac & cheese.

First let me say that I have never been confronted with so many different and interesting types of mac & cheese before in my life! It was truly overwhelming in the best way possible! And I hate to sound like a wuss, but they were all really pretty tasty in their own way, but it was a competition and there was a winner. Surprisingly the one I wanted to win did not, but the one that did win, I knew was going to win. I saw and tasted it's greatness, but the one I loved had fresh jalapeño cut up inside of it and that spice won me over.

The winner....
Smoke Daddy! I loved this one a lot, and it was my 2nd place choice, but I believe it could've also been my #1. This mac & cheese had a nice smooth flavor, the noodles were not mushy, they were firm. And it had this really nice almost crunchy, blackened cheese atop that was a "secret" ingredient. I guessed béchamel but I was told I was incorrect.

My winner....
This was mac & cheese from Tap House Grill and I just loved the spice from the fresh jalapeño peppers they had mixed into the dish. They also nice bacon chunks, tomato (which I dodged, not a huge tomato fan outside of sauces or grilled) and chicken chunks. This one was so good in my opinion that I went back for more after we were done judging. My winner.

And the rest, that were all really pretty damn tasty!!
This one tasted very much like Kraft Mac & cheese. But it didn't taste out of the box, it tasted like this was what they were trying to emulate when they made their recipe.  Like I imagine this being in the Kraft tester kitchen vein prepped by chefs.

This one had a hint of a sweetness to it, and they used shells for their noodles, which I enjoyed. 

I really liked this one a lot too. 

This one was real interesting, it had braised beef in it and  portabello mushrooms.

Also, I had the pleasure of meeting Tom, an active member of Stand Up for Kids, the mayor of  Highwood, Il., Charlie Pecaro And Mary Tyler Mom. Not to mention seeing the always beautiful ladies (Ilyce & Cassy, both are stunning) that run Ripple Productions! This was a great event, plus a good time! Oh, and I also got to meet the owner from Kitchen Chicks, one of places that served some of the best catered food I have ever eaten! And I wanna thank Max's Deli for hosting and running a really tight ship. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Need an inspiring meal? Try Inspiration Kitchens...

I did and I loved it! Inspiration Kitchens are a Chicago based restaurant that employs homeless and is also a training center for chefs. You get a great meal for a decent price and you can feel good about where your money is going... You are sometimes helping someone pay for a room for the night.

They have 2 locations in the city, I ate the Uptown location: 4715 N. Sheridan. I went there cause Tweet, a place I love was packed. But what a fortunate turnout for me. The other location is: 3504 W. Lake St. (Garfield Park).

Well, let's get to the food, that's really what we're here for. I had the The Whole Pig Breakfast Skillet and this is what this delight has in it:
Braised pork, bacon, ham, caramelized onions and potatoes topped with two sunny eggs and barbeque sauce.
Just look at that! Seriously, look at it.

I bust the egg open atop it so the yolk can smother into the meat and potatoes, that's how to do it properly. 

Oh yeah, look at me. I am so serious. Seriously ready. 


Shovin it in like a good boy.

Got it all in like the champ that I am!

And when it's good it is gone! See ya!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I was on TV!!

I was on Log On And Eat With Eden Grinshpan this week and it was amazing!! In case you missed it, and how could you?? Here is the episode... LOG ON AND EAT     enjoy!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hello, and welcome!

If you are just discovering me and my blog from Log on and Eat with Eden Grinshpan, welcome. And thank you for taking the time to check my blog out, I totally 'preciate it! 

If you like what you see, please become a member of my blog. I not only feature Chicago spots, but spots from all over the country. I am always looking for good tips too, so please message with your spots and what you like there. 

I see myself as a "tipster" not a reviewer. I don't go somewhere once and give an opinion. I hit a place a few times (if I am able), discover what I like, what the place does best, then I tip you off on what it is and how to get it done! A tipster! Me. I also rely on friends, family, fans, and loved ones to fill me in on good tips too, so seriously hit me up with spots, people!

What I do: Say you wanna go get a Steak Sandwich from Mr. D's (6656 W. Diversey/Chicago) and why wouldn't you? If you went there and you missed out on the grilled onions, that would be a freakin a travesty! But thanks to me, that won't happen! I will tip you off on stuff like that, with my words and photos of me taking it all in like a champ. No one does it like I do. It's what I do and have been doin since before the term "foodie" or Guy Fieri were around! I am the OG Foodie Tipster, yo! 

King of all Foodies! 

I sound like a freakin wrestler before a match, sheesh! Anyway, thanks for taking the time and if you like what you see please spread the word! If you don't like what you see, please spread the word!!

And a big Thank You to The Cooking Channel, Eden, Sam, Doug, and all who helped make this happen, I truly appreciate it! Now please follow the damn blog, will you?!

Some of the best Fish Tacos not just in Chicago, anywhere. And great steak tacos too!

L' Patron  at 2815 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (773) 252-6335 is easily one of my favorite taco spots. And not just in Chicago, anywhere. And yes, Chicago has spots as good if not better than L.A., Mexico, New Mexico, Arizona, anywhere. Chicago has some of thee best Mexican food on the planet. And I have eaten tacos from all the locations I mentioned and then some. That being said, this spot has my favorite fish taco and one of my favorite steak tacos. Too many great steak taco spots in Chicago to choose one, but this is one of the best! I will be featuring the fish taco, which is a Baja style fish taco: fried tilapia with spicy shredded cabbage in a spicy aioli and pico de gallo, I skip the pico. And they have a Carne Asada Steak Taco and a Lomo Steak Taco, I am featuring the Lomo Steak taco:  beef tenderloin or ribeye steak smothered/stewed in onions and served in a corn tortilla. Easily one of the best steak tacos when it's done right, and they do it right at L Patron. 
Here is the menu, they shoulda let me take the pics. 

This is the seating, there really is none. That jerk drinkin from the white syrofoam cup wearing glasses is my good friend Vinny. He is known as The Bulldog. 

The Horchata, and random other sweet drinks that get rotated for new flavors. But the Horchata never leaves, it's always there and always delicious. Horchata is a sweet drink also called rice water. It does have dairy in it, condensed milk. It has the flavor of cinnamon and vanilla, it is so good and refreshing.

The Lomo Taco! OH. NO!! It usually come with raw onions atop of it and cilantro but I hate raw onions and I don't really like cilantro. I know, I know, what kind of fan of Mexican food am I? Forgive me, please! Anyway, look at that thing^^^^. So freakin beautiful, and tender, and meaty, and lettuce, and corny.... and you get the point! Chunks of beef stewed in onions on a soft tortilla with some cool crisp romaine atop of it, that is a balanced meal my friends. Sorta. 

Look at me, whatta jerk. A jerk about to enjoy the heck outta this taco...

Oh yes!! Look at me go...

I am goin right to my happy place! So stink in Monte-licious! You have got to try the Lomo Taco if you are a meat eater!! 

Oh brother, this guy^^^. I never liked fish tacos until I had em from here, seriously. Well, I only like the Baja Style and not to many places do it right, but this place hits the bulls eye on the Baja Style 100%! Like I mentioned before, that is fried Tilapia smothered in a spicy aioli and a spicy shredded cabbage. It also come with pico de gallo but I hate that sh*t. The fish is crispy on the outside and light & flaky on the inside. A nice mild whitefish goes well with the spice from the aioli, it's really a perfect combo in my professional opinion. Ha, I am a professional... Get that!

Takin this bad boy down into the gullet like a good boy. 

My dad always said, "if it's good, it's gone."

And this fish taco is gone! And so am I.