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Hello from DC! After two long yet short, tiring yet thrilling weeks away, it’s good to be back in the good ol’ USofA. I have quite the week of back-to-the-grindness ahead of me, but before I let myself face that reality, wanted to take a moment to reminisce and share a couple of Prague food suggestions. Prague was my favorite stop of the trip and the delicacies had quite a lot to do with it. Dobrou chuť (Bon Appetit)!
Now that we’ve moved on to Dresden, the Berlin part of my fellowship has come to an end, but the city’s food is still very much on my mind. There for five full days, I only had a handful of opportunities to venture out for food of my own. Most of our lunches and dinners were planned for us, but when I could get away, I did, and discovered some great places worth sharing. Let’s begin.
Now that I’m home from Orlando, I thought I’d throw things back to our trip to the Windy City from a couple of weekends back.
Chicago, with the exception of the harsh winters, is very much my kind of town. Any place that boasts pizza and hot dogs as part of its local fare is where I want to be, and Chi-town serves up some of the best. While Brian and I ate most of our meals at catered family events, we did make a point of trying out some of the city’s most notorious restaurants. I don’t care how tourist-trappy these places are, they’re good and very much worth the trip.
Believe me, I’m all for trying new things, but there’s also something incredibly comforting about sharing a meal that you know and love, and I’ve found several in my 4+ years here. When friends and coworkers ask about our weekend plans, they almost always roll their eyes and make fun of us for constantly going to “our place(s),” but I feel no shame, just pride.
I hope this little DC food guide of mine leads you to adopt some of my personal favorites for your own. Better yet, take me with you.
The term “panini” typically refers to a pressed and toasted sandwich. In Cleveland, the word takes on quite a different meaning.
1. An overstuffed sandwich piled high with cole slaw, hand-cut fries, tomato, melted provolone and choice of meat, wedged between thick slices of italian bread.
2. My new favorite sandwich.
1986 Panini’s Bar & Grill in Cleveland, Ohio
Your eyes do not deceive you. French fries. In a sandwich. The Cleveland Panini is a specialty that should not be missed, and is the topic of today’s food guide. I’m on a real Midwestern streak (you can check out my Indianapolis post here). What can I say? America’s heartland’s got some great eats.
More like 5000 calories, but you get what I was trying to do there.
I had the greatest time in Indianapolis, but little of that had to do with Indy itself. Without a doubt it was the company that made the weekend so wonderful. Still, what I saw of the city I liked, and while we enjoyed most of our meals at Brian’s Grandma Ruth’s, we had one foodie experience out and about that I just had to share.
So, if you’re ever visiting Indianapolis or just driving through, stop in La Chinita Poblana in the happening Broad Ripple neighborhood. You’ll be happy you did.