Monica learns all about lentils, world’s healthiest food? She and Louisa lunch with veteran Chicago Tribune restaurant critic and pal Phil Vettel. Dessert is 7-Eleven 90th anniversary Birthday Cake Snack Pie, but Will They Eat It?
Monica talks pu-erh tea, dim sum, and "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" with best-selling author Lisa See. Then Monica and Louisa talk to microbiome scientist and author of "Dirt is Good" Jack Gilbert at Lit Fest. Plus dirty food, but Will They Eat It?
In this episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, Louisa Chu and guest co-host Bill Daley, fellow Chicago Tribune Food and Dining reporter, welcome back Monica Eng (who’s finished writing her debut book on magical dumplings). First, they talk about the importance of potstickers in dating profiles. Then Bill tells the stories behind his stories on mayo and Chicago’s mild sauce. Finally, Louisa offers Monica and Bill Japanese themed snacks but Will They Eat / Drink It?
In this episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, Louisa Chu and guest co-host Joseph Hernandez, fellow Chicago Tribune Food and Dining reporter, toast cocktails (while Monica Eng finishes her debut book on mystical noodles and dumplings). First, Louisa visits The Aviary bar owner Nick Kokonas for new cookbook and New York City location sneak peek details. Then Louisa and Joseph discuss why there is no Chicago cocktail. Finally, Joseph accepts a mystery bar challenge at The Onion offices, but Will We Drink It?
In this episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, Louisa Chu welcomes fellow Chicago Tribune Food and Dining reporter Nick Kindelsperger, aka Taco Nick, as a guest co-host, while Monica Eng is off writing her debut book on magical dumplings. First, Louisa and Nick visit food trucks, licensed and not, to investigate for a new segment, We Don’t Get It. Then they invite colleague Joseph Hernandez to discuss immigrant food. And Nick brings a pair of peculiar South Side Chicago sandwiches, the sweet steak and Jim Shoe, aka Gym Shoe, but Will We Eat It? (Photo: Gym Shoe sandwich by Southtown Sub)
In this season three premiere episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, co-host and WBEZ Curious City reporter Monica Eng reveals she’s going to China to research magical dumplings for her debut book. Then Monica and co-host, Chicago Tribune food reporter Louisa Chu, welcome Louisa’s colleague Nick Kindelsperger to talk about his story on the curious delicacy, dill pickle on a peppermint stick. And Monica and Louisa offer Nick a chamoy pickle, pickle ice, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but Will He Eat It? (Photo: magical dumplings aka xiao long bao aka soup dumplings at Imperial Lamian in Chicago, by Louisa Chu)
In this episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, co-host and Chicago Tribune food reporter Louisa Chu talks to Emmy Award winning chef and author Lidia Bastianich. Plus Louisa visits Chinatown with Dumpling and Bacon Fests founder Seth Zurer. Then podcast co-host and WBEZ health reporter Monica Eng explores surprising Taiwanese food at a Gold Coast Chicago restaurant for the series she likes to call What Chinese People Eat When Chinese People Go to Chinese Restaurants, but Will She Eat It?
In this episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, co-host and WBEZ food and health reporter Monica Eng visits Chinese-American restaurant DanDan in Milwaukee, named not for the Sichuan noodle dish, but two guys named Dan. Then co-host and Chicago Tribune food and dining reporter Louisa Chu goes to Girl Scouts HQ in Chicago talk about the culinary and cultural importance of cookies. Plus Louisa brings Monica, who refused to eat Thin Mints, the new 100th anniversary Girl Scouts S’mores cookie, but Will She Eat It? (Photo: Girl Scouts S’mores cookies)
Monica reports from Mexico with foreign correspondent friends who do a pulque (fermented maguey sap) tasting but Will They Drink It? Plus an insider shares his top five Mexico City foods. Meanwhile Louisa gets big scoops from chef Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, who reveals the return of familiar flavors and her new conversation sparking collection We’re Not From Here. Then Monica brings Louisa Ukrainian salo (salted pork fat) and Mexican chapulines (spiced roasted grasshoppers) but Will She Eat It?
Bestselling cookbook author Dorie Greenspan talks cookies, holiday and more, plus her new sweet revolution #cookiesandkindness. Then the Curious City crew tastes hot Dr. Pepper and lemon, a Christmas tree drink, but is it a Delicious Combo? Plus Louisa, Monica, and Iris blow out the Chewing pantry for a year end binge including expired bacon and prawn potato chips but Will She Eat It?
Monica Eng talks to singer, songwriter, and musician Dave Matthews about food including his favorite home recipe, hot dish. Then she talks to photographer and blogger Monica Kass Rogers about Lost Recipes Found including Liberace's favorite pie. Plus Louisa Chu gets blood orange Nutella meringue made with real blood, but Will She Eat It? (Photo: Mile-High Strawberry Pie by Monica Kass Rogers)
Louisa and Monica talk to Dr. Andrew Weil and Upton’s Naturals founder Dan Staackmann about healing and navigating sensitive feelings at the gathering table this season. Plus a vegan BBQ jackfruit sandwich and al pastor tacos but Will She Eat It?
Monica Eng and Louisa Chu talk home cooking with Rodale CEO and blogger Maria Rodale about her new book Scratch; plus go to a Chinatown basement food court for WCPEWCPGTCR (What Chinese People Eat When Chinese People Go to Chinese Restaurants) with Sauced in Translation host Howie Southworth; then the inaugural Strange Foods Festival Chicago for grilled brains and mystery egg but WSEI (Will She Eat It)?
McSweeney's founder and best-selling author Dave Eggers does premiere Drive Thru interview, Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein talks The Dirt Cure, plus Cheetos chicken fries and exotic Midwestern fruit for "Will She Eat It?" but will they?
Christopher Kimball, best known for America's Test Kitchen talks his new Milk Street Kitchen, and plays Delicious Combo. Plus a visit to a Filipino food festival for balut, duck egg embryo, for "Will She Eat It?"
Pizza, Chinese food, plus vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores get unstuffed. Monica debuts What Chinese People Eat When Chinese People Go to Chinese Restaurants. And Louisa talks to the Nancy herself of Nancy’s Pizza, home of the original stuffed pizza in Chicago. Then Monica chats with food filmmaker and author Anna Thomas about her newest book “Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore: Dinner For Everyone At The Table”. Plus Monica brings Louisa a tropical cocktail cheddar cheese but Will She Eat It? (Photo: stuffed pizza at Nancy’s Pizza on Golf Road in Niles, Illinois by Louisa Chu)
Chef Grant Achatz live on stage at the Steppenwolf Theater, joins Chewing co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng for the inaugural Sounds Like Chicago podcast festival. Chef Achatz talks the new Alinea, plays Delicious Combo (with wasabi peas and Junior Mints) and Will She Eat It?, plus explains what he once made with eggplant ends, peanut nips, and cocoa husks, and why.
In this Chewing food and health podcast episode co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng go South Side, to the southside of Chicago. Monica goes on eat-alongs with author of "The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation" / WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore, and then with tech entrepreneur Paul Lee. Plus Louisa investigates the Big Baby, the South Side double cheeseburger, what should be the Chicago-style burger. Plus for a very special first season finale both Monica and Louisa bring South Side food to taste for the other, one which dangerously migrated from the very far South, but Will She Eat It? (Photo: Big Baby double cheeseburger at Nicky's Hot Dogs on the South Side of Chicago, by Louisa Chu)
In this Chewing food and health podcast episode co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng go Animal Style. Monica talks to her former Chicago Tribune colleague Kevin Pang about an all penis hot pot restaurant in Beijing. Then Louisa tells a shocking family dog story. And Monica talks to BBC journalist Anna Jones before Brexit about a badger versus cow problem involving Queen’s Dr. Brian May, musician and animal rights activist. Finally fun-phobic Monica brings Louisa and producer Iris Lin shark week inspired donuts, but Will She Eat It? (Photo: 7-Eleven Shark Week Slurpee flavored donut, by Louisa Chu)
In this Chewing food and health podcast episode co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk Fat Books. Monica talks to The Omnivore’s Dilemma author Michael Pollan, aka her prestigious $10,000 fellowship pal. Then Chu and Eng talk with Fat Rice chefs / owners / authors Abe Conlon and Adrienne Lo about their origin story, new bakery and speakeasy, plus upcoming graphic novel cookbook, The Adventures of Fat Rice, live at the Printers Row Lit Fest. Finally Louisa brings Monica, Adrienne, and Abe a secret seafood flavor jelly beans, but Will They Eat It? (Photo: Chicago hot dog bun by at The Bakery at Fat Rice, by Louisa Chu)
Episode 10: GMO Yo or No. This week on the Chewing food and health podcast co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk to Neil Young at Farm Aid about his new album Monsanto Years, Michael Pollan about why he did not write about GMOs in Omnivore's Dilemma celebrating its 10th anniversary, and reps from the Farmers’ Union and the Farm Bureau about their opposing views on GMO labeling. Plus Louisa brings a bounty of non-GMO snacks for Monica and Iris Will She Eat It? (Photo: Non-GMO Project Verified snacks, by Louisa Chu)
This week on the Chewing food and health podcast, it’s the Bits, Bites, and BBQ episode with co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng. Monica talks to Meathead Goldwyn, founder of amazingribs.com, and author the bestselling new book Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling. Then in a tale of two Beard awards, Louisa talked to Bizarre Eats’ Andrew Zimmern, Momufuku’s David Chang, and Top Chef Master Rick Bayless on their Chicago must-eats; while Monica talked to top food media on their go-to home recipes. Plus Chu brings Eng surprise treats from the annual Sweets and Snacks Expo, aka Candy Show, but Will She Eat It? (Photo: Hotlix Real Sour Earthwoormz at Sweets and Snacks Expo 2016 in Chicago, by Louisa Chu)
This week on the Chewing podcast co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk Coffee and Buzz. They get a preview of the new Alinea re-boot, and get inside buzz with chef Grant Achatz and partner Nick Kokonas. And guess what coffee they served at the best restaurant in America? Kyoto Black, as heard on a previous episode, and maker Justin Doggett visits Chu, Eng, and producer Iris Lin in studio for some highly caffeinated surprise tastings, but Will We Drink It? (Photo: Kyoto Black coffee at Alinea restaurant in Chicago, by Louisa Chu)
Is it OK to nurse your friend’s baby—without asking? Monica reveals a dark secret about this—that ended up in a movie. And is it better to drink human milk raw or pasteurized? Plus, what tastes better New York water or Chicago’s? Monica and Louisa dive into these basic questions on this week’s Chewing. (Photo: boba milk tea at Saint's Alp Teahouse in Chicagoo, by Louisa Chu)