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.

                          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.)

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

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!


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!


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
                                                       hibiscus sorbet topped with lemon whipped cream

Our ride home



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