The World of Food

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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
– Virginia Woolf

 

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Mediterranean?” For many of us, especially at this time of year as winter approaches, it undoubtedly translates to “a place we wish we were right now.” It’s sunny, warm, and exotic, with beautiful blue waters and scenic views — and fabulous food and wine. 

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Anything that walks, swims, crawls, or flies with its back to heaven is edible.”
– Cantonese proverb

 

“Like all Jews, I was probably at a Chinese restaurant.”
– Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, on where she spent Christmas

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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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