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?