The Gull Reef Club

8/7/2007

Won’t you take a ride on the flyin’ spoon?

Filed under: — Jaime @ 11:43 pm

Just got home from Illinois…Chicago and the Chicagoland area. A fabulous, fattening trip to be sure. The vacation was nearly perfect. There’s so much to share, but the food is worth mentioning first. Obviously, Illinois can’t beat Savannah in the ways of seafood, fried chicken, fresh citrus, and peanuts. It does, however, kick serious ass when it comes to beef, dairy, and corn.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating fresh, northern Illinois sweet corn, I do pity you. It literally bursts with flavor in your mouth – juicy, crisp, and sweet as melon. There’s never any chewy kernel or flatness like the corn we get here in Georgia. It nearly brings tears to your eyes it’s so good.

I managed to get most of my favorite Illinois foods while there – AJ’s gyros and a pizza puff; Dunkin Donuts coffee and donuts; a Chicago style hot dog via Trader Dogs; Aurelio’s pizza; Beggar’s pizza*; Pop’s Italian beef; BBQ ribs, steak, brats, Polish sausage, Italian sausage, and chicken; and Garrett’s popcorn. And yes, I’m probably about 15 pounds heavier than when I left. Nice thing about Savannah in the summer is that I will sweat it all off by the end of the week.

My only complaint is that all the restaurants up there serve Pepsi. I’m deeply entrenched in Coke country and Pepsi is second to swill as far as I’m concerned. I tried to stick to iced tea and lemonade. Funny thing is – I couldn’t break the habit of specifically asking for ‘unsweet’ iced tea when I was up there, despite the fact that most iced tea up north comes that way. If I fail to make that specification down here, I’d be served tea that would make your teeth fall out.

Gastronomically, it was one of the nicest trips I’ve ever made. I’ll try to post more about it later this week.

*I also had Lou Malnati’s which was an embarrassment to the word pizza, and not worth discussing.

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