The World of Food

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Check, Please! has exposed all of us to many exotic cuisines over the years, but this week, we take you to an area not as often represented on the Chicago area dining scene: West Africa. In honor of one of this week’s chosen restaurants, Simi’s in the West Rogers Park neighborhood, let’s take a closer look at this region and its unique and flavorful cuisines.

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“The problem with eating Italian food is that five or six days later, you’re hungry again.”
– George Miller

 

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”
– Frederico Fellini

 

“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”
– The Godfather

 

Welcome to a new season of Check, Please! In honor of one of this week’s chosen eateries, Sofi in Printer’s Row, The World of Food stops off in “Il Belpaese” (The Beautiful Country) or “Lo stivale” (The Boot, because of the country’s distinctive shape). We already covered pizza in a previous entry, but there’s plenty more to talk about…

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It’s an inexpensive snack food! It’s low-fat, cholesterol-free, protein-rich, and high in fiber! It’s also used in wearable fashion and home décor! What is it?

 

Popcorn, of course…the official state snack of Illinois.

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“Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.”
— George Bernard Shaw

 

“I did not become a vegetarian for my health; I did it for the health of the chickens.”
— Isaac Bashevis Singer

 

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”
— Jim Davis, creator of Garfield

 

October 1 is World Vegetarian Day, an annual recognition of a movement followed by those who, as Webster’s Dictionary defines it, “subsist solely upon vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts.”

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“Ich wäre lieber betrunken und lustig als nüchtern und dumm.” (I’d rather be drunk and funny than sober and stupid.)
—Bavarian proverb, often heard at Oktoberfest

 

 

The official end of summer may be sad for some, but for many, it heralds the arrival of a welcome tradition more than 200 years in the making: Oktoberfest, an annual celebration considered the world’s largest beer festival. In Munich, Germany, where it originated, Oktoberfest is already underway and runs through October 3. You will also find it going strong in many cities with large German communities, including, of course, Chicago.

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