FREE FOOD! Dos Equis teams up with DucknRoll for the Most Interesting Academy

Hello, Food Whore fans.  When was the last time you ate something really INTERESTING?  Or something that maybe even freaked you out a little bit?  Food is one of my favorite ways to keep life interesting.  That’s why I am so pumped about this great promotion by Dos Equis, which just launched their Most Interesting Academy.  Dos Equis is making it easy for their fans to try new experiences and keep life interesting by partnering with some great food trucks all around the US, which will serve up some unique and exotic foods, to really shake up your usual lunch routine!

The best part – lunch is FREE!!!  What do you have to lose, food whores?

The Dos Equis Mobile Academy will be at various Chicago locations from 11am to 2pm in the locations listed below:

  • August 21: Dearborn and Monroe (11am-2pm)
  • August 22: AON Center (11am-2pm)
  • August 23: Wabash and Van Buren (11:30am-2:30 pm)
  • August 24: 600 W. Chicago (11am-1pm)
  • August 25: 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave (Silver Room) (12pm-3pm)
  • August 26: Wrigleyville (12-2pm; Cubs game @1:20pm)
  • August 27: OFF
  • August 28: Wabash and Van Buren (11am-12pm)
  • August 29: 57th and Ellis (11am-1pm); Jefferson and Madison (1:30-2:30 pm)
  • August 30: Wrigleyville (12-2pm; Cubs game @1:20pm)

If you are Chinese or Asian, some of these foods might be old news to you.  That doesn’t make them any less delicious!  Chef Amy Le of the DucknRoll food truck did an amazing job of bringing these delicacies to the masses.

The Menu:

Jellyfish Salad

This traditional Chinese wedding appetizer has been served for a thousand years – served chilled with pickled cucumbers.  Jellyfish has a nice chew to it, and I love the pickly goodness!

Braised Sea Cucumber with Oyster Sauce

Eastern Medicine has touted the healing powers of the Sea Cucumber for over 3,000 years. Our version of the wonder seafood comes braised in oyster sauce with winter bamboo shoot.  Listen.  Sea cucumbers are not pretty.  They look scary when they are raw, they look scary when they are cooked.  Just man up, mix your rice up with Amy’s tasty oyster sauce and take a bite.  Sea cucumber on it’s own doesn’t have much flavor, so it takes a skilled chef to make it taste good.  Sea cucumber more or less has the texture of a cooked mushroom.  JUST EAT IT.

Miso Marinated Beef Tongue served in Steam Buns

The quintessential Japanese spice meets the quintessential Chinese street food!  Amy has taken care of the scariest part for you – she had to cut up a giant tongue.  Amy has brought great aggressive flavors to this dish and the meat is tender and delicious!  Love the bright pineapple salad, great contrast!

Stay hungry, my friends…

Got a dream adventure you’d like to embark upon?  Dos Equis wants to help you bring your dreams to life! To help fans experience their most ambitious adventures, the Stay Thirsty Grant is an invitation to bring their most interesting dreams to life with a reward of up to $25,000.  Whether it’s starting your own food truck, or serving Jellyfish Salad to royalty, the Stay Thirsty Grant is an invitation for fans to bring their ambitions to life.  To enter, visit http://www.mostinterestingacademy.com/staythirstygrant.

Valentine’s Day 2011 Menus

food-themed vintage Valentines – cute!

Love is in the air, Chicago!

Time to start booking your romantic table for two for Valentine’s Day.  Our favorite area restaurants have some great Valentine’s Day menus and specials that will put you and your honey in the mood for romance!

KEEP CHECKING BACK – We’ll be updating this post often!

If your favorite romantic spot isn’t  listed here, let us know and we’ll do our best to get their Valentine’s Day menu for you.

01.19.2011 – Takashi & mk Restaurant menus just added!

01.20.2011 – Nia menu added!

01.25.2011 – Sunda & Rockit added!

01.27.2011 – Vivo added!

02.03.2011 – Ai added!

02.04.2011 – 33 Club, Chen’s, Koi, Phil Stefani’s, Red Light, Riva, Shokran’s added!

02.10.2011 – The Bristol added!

 

33 Club

3-course dinner, $39 per person.  Available Feb. 12 – 14.  Call 312.664.1419 for reservations.

Menu highlights include flash fried kumamoto oysters, pan-roasted diver sea scallops, 5-hour prime rib, maine lobster ravioli and red velvet cake  or ginger crème brulee for dessert.  In addition, on Sunday and Monday only, 33 Club will feature any bottle of wine on the menu at 33% off during both lunch and dinner which guests can pair with the Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu.

 

Ai Japanese Restaurant & Lounge

4-course menu, $88 per couple.  Includes 2 complimentary glasses of champagne.  Available Feb. 11 – 14.  Call 312.335.9888 for reservations.  Click here for Ai Valentine’s Day Menu.

 

Bonsoiree

8-course menu, $135 per person.  Available Feb. 11 – 14.  Seating extremely limited.  Call 773.486.7511 for reservations.  Click here for Bonsoiree Valentine’s Day Menu.

 

The Bristol

3-course menu, $45 per person.  Available Feb. 11 & 12 only.  The Bristol will be accepting reservations for their special Valentine’s Day menus only.  Call 773.862.5555 for reservations.  Click here for The Bristol Valentine’s Day Menu.

 

Chen’s

$25 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.  Available Feb. 11 – 14.  Call 773.549.9100 for reservations.

Specialty menu includes a Sushi Tuna Rose Appetizer, an appetizer comprised solely of tuna and served in the shape of a rose, followed by the Dragon and Phoenix Entrée, featuring the Dragon: crispy chicken covered in tangy sweet and spicy pepper sauce and the Phoenix: shrimp sauteed with vegetables in white wine sauce.  This entrée for two brings longevity to the relationship.  Guests can indulge in chocolate cake for dessert, and a glass of house red wine, white wine or sake rounds out the menu.

 

The Drawing Room

4-course menu for $55 per person.  Cocktail pairings are available for an additional $22 per person.  Menu COMING SOON.  Please call 312.266.2694 or visit OpenTable for reservations.

 

Devon Seafood Grill

3 course dinner for two – $85 per couple.  Spoil your sweetie with oysters, scallops, filet mignon and lobster tail!  Available Valentine’s Day Weekend, Feb. 11 – 14, 2011.  Reservations recommended.  Please call 312.440.8660.  Click here for Devon Seafood Grill Valentine’s Menu

 

Fleming’ s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Special entrees and dessert available February 11-14. Reserve your spot now at two Chicago area locations: 25 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL, 312-329-9463, or 960 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire, IL, 847-793-0333.

To sweeten the deal, you will also receive a Valentine’s Day Card worth $25 toward a future rendezvous at your favorite Fleming’s.

Choose from 2 entree selections and a special dessert, all made for sharing:

Filet Mignon & Crab-Stuffed Shrimp, filet mignon with Madeira sauce, giant black tiger shrimp stuffed with crab and toped with bacon and lemon garlic butter sauce, served with butter poached Portobello mushrooms and Parmesan cheese mashed potatoes (for two, $98.95)

New York Strip & Shrimp Scampi, Prime New York steak, with peppercorn sauce, shrimp scampi with chimichurri herb pesto, served with lemon-scented orzo pasta and French green beans with porcini essence, plus a choice of Fleming’s, Caesar or Wedge Salads (for two, $89.95).

Red Velvet Cake & Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, three-layer red velvet cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting, garnished with two double-dipped chocolate strawberries (for two, $9.95).

Fleming’s will also be featuring a special 99-calorie cocktail, Tickled Pink. The new libation is made with Belvedere vodka, orange juice, raspberry and Mionetto Prosseco for $9.95. The Tickled Pink cocktail is available throughout February and March.

 

Geja’s Cafe

Fondue AND flowers?  You’ll definitely score points with this one!

Reservations for the Valentine’s Dinner Package begin Saturday, January 15 at 9:00 am and continue Monday through Friday from 9-4pm. A credit card payment at the time of reservation is required.  Please call 773.281.9101

The Valentine’s Dinner Package includes Geja’s creamy Gruyere cheese fondue, a glass of  sparkling rose, Geja’s salad with tangy Dijon vinaigrette, entrée fondue of Beef Tenderloin, Lobster Tail and Jumbo Shrimp, Geja’s luscious flaming chocolate dessert fondue with coffee.

Special Valentine’s Dinner Packages
Saturday, February 12th
5:00-7:00                     $95 per person
7:30-9:30                     $95 per person
10:00-                          $95 per person

Sunday, February 13th
4:00 ─ 6:00                 $95 per person
6:30 ─ 8:30                 $95 per person
9:00 ─                         $95 per person

Monday, February 14th
5:00─7:00                   $95 per person
7:30─9:30                   $95 per person
10:00─                        $95 per person

All package prices include tax and gratuity.

For a $25, guests can add a beautiful selection of fresh seasonal flowers to be sent to their valentine as a confirmation of their reservation.  The floral arrangement will be delivered within 2-3 days after the reservation is made to anywhere within the Chicago city limits.  Additionally, Stems will offer participants 3 different flower arrangements available at a discount for table adornment at their Geja’s Valentine’s Day dinner.  Guests will have the opportunity to select this lavish detail for their date upon making reservations at 773.281.9101.  This offer is subject to availability.

 

Koi (Evanston)

$25 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.  Available Feb. 11 – 14.  Call 847.866.6969 for reservations.

Specialty menu includes a Sushi Tuna Rose Appetizer, an appetizer comprised solely of tuna and served in the shape of a rose, followed by the Dragon and Phoenix Entrée, featuring the Dragon: crispy chicken covered in tangy sweet and spicy pepper sauce and the Phoenix: shrimp sauteed with vegetables in white wine sauce.  This entrée for two brings longevity to the relationship.  Guests can indulge in chocolate cake for dessert, and a glass of house red wine, white wine or sake rounds out the menu.

 

mk Restaurant

$62 per person and $71 with cheese.  For reservations please call 312.482.9179

a tasting lovers menu
or a lovers tasting menu

hamachi
crudo of yellowtail, shaved hearts of palm
blood orange, mizzuna
capezzana olive oil

lobster
butter poached maine lobster
baby leeks, caramelized cauliflower
red wine butter

kobe skirt steak
grilled over hardwood charcoal, hedgehog mushrooms
bordeaux spinach, yukon gold potato puree, thyme

pleasant ridge reserve
cow’s milk, firm, nutty, rich, buttery
with a lasting finish… our favorite catch phrases
wisconsin

chocolate
warm double chocolate ganache tart
salted caramel ice cream
pomegranate syrup

 

Nia Mediterranean

Dating a vegetarian?  Don’t fret, Nia has separate menus for meat lovers and veggie lovers!

Available Feb. 12 – 14.  Prepaid – $49 per person.  On site – $59.  Optional wine pairings – $25.  Call 312.226.3110 for reservations.  Click here for Nia Valentine’s Day Menus.

 

Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

3 course dinner for 2, $90.  Available Feb. 11 – 14.  Call 312.222.0101 for reservations.

Guests will enjoy a romantic 3-course Valentine’s Day dinner for two for only $90 which includes Spicy Jumbo Shrimp, Grilled Beef Tenderloin Chateaubriand and a special dessert.

 

Red Light

$20.11 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.  Call 312.733.8880 for reservations.

Red Light is offering Chicagoans a sneak preview of some of the new menu items  planned for launch in mid-February by their new Executive Chef Ryan Fowler.  He is thrilled to bring a unique spin to Red Light’s Pan Asian menu and is giving Chicagoans the chance to preview some new offerings with a  special 3-course menu available for $20.11 during dinner through Tuesday, February 15.  Red Light will offer both a Vegan and non-Vegan $20.11 prix-fixe preview menu.

 

RIVA Crab House

3 course dinner for 2, $90.  Available Feb. 11 – 14.  Call 312.644.7482 for reservations.

Guests will enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day 3-course dinner for two, with amazing skyline views, for $90 per couple.  The menu will include two flutes of champagne, served in commemorative glasses as a gift to guests as well as Ravioli Erbette, Grilled Shrimp and Chateaubriand Duet, and a Chocolate Fantasia dessert.

 

Rockit River North

Available Feb 14.  For reservtions call 312.645.6000.  Guests that make a reservation for dinner in the dining room will receive a complimentary glass of champagne for the total number of people in the party.

Executive Chef James Gottwald prepares a candle-lit menu of romantic favorites in the dining room for dinner on Monday, February 14th including Brie Cheese Fondue (assorted baguette, sliced apple, dates, $9); Pan Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops (butternut squash risotto, toasted pinenuts, dried cranberries, $14); Surf & Turf (braised beef brisket, whipped potatoes, jumbo shrimp, asparagus, lobster cream sauce, $21); Flourless Chocolate Cake (with raspberry sorbet, $8).

Guests can also participate in Rockit’s Monday night TasteIt promotion in which select bottles and glass pours of wine are half off.

 

Salud Tequila Lounge

Romance on a budget!

3-course dinner for 2 for $50.  Dinner includes a a specialty cocktail, appetizer, entree, and a shared dessert.  Available Feb. 11 – 15.  Call 773.235.557 or visit OpenTable for reservations.

 

Shokran Moroccan Restaurant

4 courses, $25 per person.  BYOB.  Available Feb. 12 – 14.  Call 773.427.9130 for reservations.

Menu highlights include Chicken Bastilla, Tilapia Tagine, and Lamb Fez.

 

Sunda

Have a romantic dinner (and maybe spot a celeb!)  in one of Chicago’s most stylish restaurants.

Family-style dinner, $120 per couple.  Available Feb. 13 & 14.  Call 312.644.0500 for reservations.

Starting off with complimentary glasses of sparkling wine, the family-style service includes appetizers such as Warm Spinach and Mushroom Salad, Rock Shrimp Tempura, Chef Jesse’s St. Valentine Roll and The Food Buddha’s Classic Crispy Rice with Hand-Cut Spicy Tuna.  Main flavors feature choices of Miso-Bronzed Black Cod and NY Strip Steak. Various side dishes will be offered as well as a Chocolate Dessert.

 

Takashi

A Food Whore favorite!

Seatings from 5:30 until 10:00 pm.  6 courses, $85 per person.  Optional wine pairing for $38.  For reservations please call 773.772.6170.  Click here for Takashi Valentine’s Day Menu.

 

West Town Tavern

2 desserts? Hell yeah!

Valentine’s Day “Fourplay” Dinner for Two, $48 per person, food only. Optional wine pairings, tax and gratuity extra.  Available Monday, Feb. 14.  Regular menu, including their famous Fried Chicken is also available.  Please call 312.666.6175 for reservations.

Shared Starter Platter
Smoked Lobster Tail with Avocado, Mango, Mint and Peanuts
Potato Gnocchi with Chanterelles, Rosemary, Bacon and Gruyere
Roasted Beets, Toasted Hazelnuts, Arugula and Creamy Gorgonzola Vinaigrette

Choice of Entrees
Pan-Seared Wild Gulf Shrimp Risotto with Baby Artichokes, Lemon and Chervil
Sun-Dried Tomato Crepes with Winter Vegetables, Ricotta, Orange and Fontina
Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Red Onion Marmalade and White Truffle Fries

Shared Dessert Platter
Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich with Black Raspberry Ice Cream
Warm Raisin-Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Rum Custard, Caramel and Whipped Cream
Meyer Lemon Tart with Toasted Coconut Praline

Housemade Truffles To Go

 

Vivo

4 course dinner, $55.  Wine pairings, $25.  Available Monday Feb. 14.  Call 312.733.3379 for reservations.  Click here for Vivo Valentine’s Day Menu.