Dreas' Morsels

Name: Dreas
Age: 28
Occupation: Greek God of Music
Resides in: Ukie Village, Chicago

1. Fav restaurant in Chicago - brand spankin' new or an old stand by:

I am gonna have to go with Pizano's on State St. It's my favorite pizzeria in the city and pizza has always been my favorite food so it's a natural choice. Their deep dish and thin crust are consistently on point. My usual Pizano's meal, which happens to be veggie friendly, consists of a deep-dish "Mark's Special" (sliced tomatoes, basil, fresh garlic) and the Portobello appetizer. Their deep dish, which some people find similar to Lou Malnati's, has a thick and flaky outer crust while the rest of the pizza is actually quite thin by Chicago deep dish standards. I really like that balance. Oh yeah, and on Valentines Day they will make you a heart-shaped deep dish if you request it. (Honorable Mention: Kuma's Corner)

2. If you could have dinner with any chef or food personality, who would it be and where would you go?:

If the personality was cooking too, I'd say Rick Bayless in Oaxaca.

3. What hasn’t been battered and fried that you think should be?

Marshmallows. Add some cinnamon then proceed to dip in chocolate. It's probably been done but I haven't seen or tasted it. Deep fried Smores?

4. What’s in your freezer that you should have gotten rid of 2 years ago?:

Amy's Frozen Tamales Verdes. I really don't know why I bought these in the first place because the only tamales I eat usually come from Claudio. They've been in my freezer for almost a year but the expiration date actually says they're "Best By Sept 2010" so I guess I'll leave 'em in there.

5. What's the one food item in your pantry you can't live without? For instance, Ranch dressing or perhaps Nutella.

This changes frequently, but right now I'd have to say Milk and Honey Pumpkin Spice Granola. I usually eat it in the morning mixed with cereal, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and a banana. It's seasonal, sweet, and (kinda) good for you.

6. Do you think the CTA should add a snack-car to each train?:

My only dining experience on a train is riding on Amtrak from Grand Rapids to Chicago. That's like a 4 hour train ride, so my standards were lowered because of an overwhelming sensation of stomach hunger (pronounced stow-match hohn-ghur) so I got a hot dog and a beer. I don't see myself consuming anything on the Blue Line because the average duration of my usual ride is 15 minutes which means I would just wait until I arrived at my destination. Alex also mentioned a good point in that there is always an abundance of left-overs on CTA trains, so if stomach hunger strikes again, I won't be left unfed.

7. Speaking of, what was your favorite childhood snack?:

Everything? I ate a lot of food throughout my childhood. Often times I just combined multiple foods found in the kitchen to create new snacks. One of the more memorable snacks entailed slicing a bagel and melting string cheese on it. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this. At some point, I got fancy and starting adding tomato sauce too. (Honorable Mention: My Mom's Spanakopita)

8. It's the year 2042 and our new robot government has insisted that we all eat the same breakfast every day, day after day. What would you choose?

I guess I kind of answered this one a little earlier, but I would chose: fresh granola, add cereal, add fruits (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, bananas) and there you have it, breakfast of champions! (Honorable mention: Sausage McMuffin)

9. What is your favorite comfort food meal? We’re talking wintery-cozy-belly-filling goodness here.:

I love that feeling. Some of my favorite comfort foods include a good soup to start with (preferably with pumpkin or squash), a nice side of baked mac n' cheese or garlic mashed potatoes, country style green beans (with bacon, onion, and black pepper) or maybe some grilled asparagus, and then a nice protein such as applewood smoked turkey with bbq sauce or a tender beef filet. After reading that, I realize this would be a huge meal, but you could basically pair any combination of the above and I'd be happy.

10. Give us the Rodney Dangerfield of veggies - what vegetable doesn’t get the respect it deserves?

Cauliflower. I recently went to an Indian Buffet in Ann Arbor (MI) and found myself curiously drawn to a dish that I initially thought was some sort of seafood, but soon realized it was pan fried cauliflower with awesome spices. I really liked the unique texture.

10. And finally, is Dippin' Dots really the ice cream of the future?

No. iCream is the ice cream of now and the future. It's also a candidate for the worst name for a restaurant ever. Seriously, do yourself a favor and order "The Guy From Florida" (white chocolate ice cream, cream soda flavor, Nutella) with raspberries. Easily the best ice cream I have ever had.

1 comment:

dapeen said...

a shout out to Claudio!! Fantastico Andy-boy