The holiday season is upon us – and that means food – and especially sweets – are out in full force! One of the biggest sweet-filled holidays in Central Europe is right around the corner: St. Nicholas Day. On the Eve of St. Nicholas Day (called Deň Sv. Mikuláša in Slovak), children leave out their boots in the hopes that they will get a special treat from St. Nicholas, perhaps some fruit, or if they are lucky, candy! This tradition is similar to other countries, such as the celebration of Sinterklaas in the Netherlands. If you’re looking to learn about Czech candies, Prague Artel blog has a comprehensive guide about some of the most famous varieties (we think Kofila looks especially delicious). You can get your fix of Czech / Slovak candies at Slovczechvar.com and Equ.inox has reviews of both Czech and Slovak chocolates. For something a little more substantial, check out these St. Nicholas moon cookies.
Happy Hanukkah! Along with Hanukkah comes a plethora of latke recipes, and who doesn’t enjoy a good potato pancake? One of the most interesting traditions surrounding latkes is the annual “Latke vs. Hamantash” debate – an annual scholarly event where the merits of latkes and hamantashen (pastries traditionally served during the Purim holiday) are debated. The event was first held at University of Chicago in 1946, and is held yearly on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The event has become increasingly famous over the years, and has even spread to different universities. Despite its storied and lengthy history, the debate has never been definitively won. Which side are you on?
Happy Turkey Day to those living in the USA. Hope you have all of your favorite foods! We’re especially looking forward to the pie!
On December 4, Italian food lovers from around the Midwest can rejoice when Mario Batali’s Italian food wonder-emporium, Eataly, finally opens its doors in Chicago. At 63,000 square feet, boasting eight restaurants and a live olive tree, it will be the largest in the United States (take that, New York!).
Chicago Magazine, always up on the latest upscale food trends, has a great photo series offering a tantalizing behind-the-scenes preview. The prosciutto and cheese is enough to make us get in line right now – which apparently is not a bad idea, as the first weekend will likely be a madhouse (though queuers will get free gelato). Until then, enjoy the food porn!
We’re turning 6 years old today! We’ve been to 89 countries so far, so we’re almost halfway there. Here’s to another 6 years of world eats!