Taste of Chicago 2012

Declining attendance and profits in previous years lead to a historic change to the world’s largest food festival – a shortened change.  This year’s taste only spanned 5 days.  Though this wasn’t our first time attending the Taste, it was our first time attending as Chicagoans.  As a result, we pledged to enjoy the entirety of the Taste throughout 3 of the 5 days instead of stuffing ourselves in one visit.

Day 1

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We walked to Grant Park to join Chicagoan Jennifer Hudson for the opening festivities, who did a fantastic job!  She included a beautiful and lively tribute to Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson that caused all to Want to Dance With Somebody! I spy spotted an old friend, Marcus Phillips, playing bass for Jennifer Hudson.

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                          Mayor Rahm Emanuel waves upon entering Jennifer Hudson concert.

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Day 2

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It rained.  However, it didn’t stop us and clearly most others. Our strategy: sample the taste portions of all that we wanted to determine what we’d have a full portion of on our Day 3 following the Chaka Khan concert.  (Forgive Day 2’s low quality pictures as we took the camera that if got wet wouldn’t really hurt our feelings.)

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  plantains
Vee Vees Restaurant
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steak jibarito
jibarito – sandwich with fried plantains used in place of bread
Sabor Latino
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                jerk chicken with red beans and rice
Iyanze

not pictured:

*tortilla encrusted tilapia taco – Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill
*tequila lime marinated grill chicken breast taco – Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill
*house special dry ribs – Lao Sze Chuan

Day 3

Chaka Khan!

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After declaring that I’m Every Woman, we were off to get dinner from our declared winner!Image   Image

From the looks of it, many others declared Iyanze their favorite too!

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However, it was their rendition of a classic Jamaican dish that had everyone coming back for more!

Image  jerk chicken with jollof rice and plantains
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                                                       hibiscus sorbet topped with lemon whipped cream

Our ride home

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