When I moved to Chicago, I knew it had a reputation for great restaurants and innovative food, and so I wasn’t expecting to miss NYC dining as much as I do. While the Chicago restaurant scene does many things really well, it’s almost impossible to find authentic (and good) ethnic foods outside of a few far-flung neighborhoods. In Queens, I could literally walk from the best tacos in the entire city to incredible Indian and Thai places. Here, there is nothing within walking distance from my apartment, or even a short train ride, that compares to those restaurants.
One afternoon last week, after months of eating mostly meat-heavy dishes and pasta and other cold-weather foods, I desperately wanted Thai curry. I thought about the coconut curries from my old neighborhood: creamy, spicy, and tangy with fresh limes. Is there a better way to stave off the winter blues?Read More