I am please to announce that I have been recognized as a leading food expert by Chowzter, and I am the current acting Chief Chowzter representing Chicago. We are a global team committed to finding and sharing amazing tips for other foodies around the world about: where to get delicious fast feasts; of the highest quality; at a good price; anytime; and anywhere. Chowzter is committed to locating and supporting the local independent food purveyor utilizing locally sourced fresh ingredients, prepared at the moment of consumption. In April I will be a guest representative for the 2014 ‘Tastiest Fast Feasts in the World Awards’ hosted in London, England. So excited. For now, I am in the process of quickly updating all the Chicago recommendations. If you have anything that you think I should add to the list send me a link so I can check it out.
We ended up dining at The Chairman on a Chef’s recommendation. We previously dined a few doors down at Ronin [Japanese deliciousness], they recommended when in Beijing to go to Okra [more Japanese goodness], and the Chef at Okra said when back in Hong Kong go to ‘The Chairman’, so we did. We were only able to get in for Lunch, this is a popular destination, however, emailing the restaurant they are fast to respond and truly do their best to accommodate you.
They are a little tricky to find, yet once you arrive you are pleasantly greeted with open arms & efficient service. The restaurant specializes in Cantonese cuisine with a focus on fresh local ingredients. The menu is not pages long, but there is a decent selection. We allowed our server [Arta] to assist with the ordering so that we didn’t end up with too much.
We started with a crisp & refreshing palette cleanser of – cherry tomatoes pickled in basil reduction with lemongrass on pickled yam. Followed by wild clams stir fried with chilli jam and basil – they were just the right amount of heat and got our appetites excited for more.
Next-up, was one of our favorite dishes – the smoked baby pigeon with longing tea, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, although there was not a huge amount of meat – it was a baby.
The deep-fried crab meat and mushrooms dumplings were delicate & delicious – a very complex dish to assemble as they are encased in thin slices of pork fat to create the shell.
The main courses consisted of braised & fried spare ribs with preserved plums in caramelized black vinegar – finger lickin’ good. Paired with the house speciality – The Chairman’s soy sauce chicken – totally drool worthy [warning - licking screen will not result in experiencing this & other dishes]. We did have some braised vegetables in case you were wondering, and soaked up all the sauces in rice.
We rounded out the dining experience with – warm almond sweet soup | ginger ice-cream | wolf berry ice-cream. We then headed [waddled] out into the streets for a much-needed walk. YUM.
I woke up this morning and felt like some eggs – but special eggs – so this is what we ‘coddled‘ together [pun intended].
I haven’t had ‘Coddled Eggs‘ in ages. We whipped these up in 15 minutes from start to finish, including making of tea, toast & fried tomatoes. All you do, is get some water boiling in a pot. While waiting for the water – in a mason bar – add slab of butter, crack and egg, add salt pepper and herbs whatever you like – we added thyme, green onions & creme fraiche.
Screw the lid on, add it to the water that is reduced to just under a boil, cook for 7-9 minutes. Serve with fried tomato & buttery toast soldiers for dipping.
Usaquén is one of my favorite parts of Bogotá. Mainly known for it’s Sunday Flea / Craft Market, it has far more to offer the curious traveller – example – a game of ‘bike polo‘:) The Market has lots of lovely souvenirs, handmade and sold by the artisans themselves. There are food stalls and coffee stops woven through out the street stalls. And there is more street art to admire, beautiful architecture, and a great selection of fantastic restaurants to sample the local offerings, it’s the Brooklyn of Bogotá.
We took the Teleférico cable car to the top of Monserrate climbing to 3,152 m (10,341 ft) to admire the view over Bogotá below at 2,625 metres (8,612 ft). It is a popular spot for religious pilgrimages. We went for a less religious pilgrimage – for coca tea – hoping it would cure our altitude sickness. We found some tea – but no luck, all it did as our driver stated it ‘…makes you happy, not hungry, and awake..’ that it did, super sweet [boy those Colombians love their sweet stuff]. There are a few restaurants at the top, of course a church, and a little market with ‘made in china’ trinkets & some food stalls [selling massive plates of tripe]. Touristy yes, but a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Upon our return we took the funicular for our descend, some like to hike up & down on foot which is entirely possible. TIP: There are no taxi stands so make sure you have a driver wait for you.