What up, Midwest?
If you know like I know, Farmer Lee sustainably and organically grows, then purveys to chefs from his farm in Ohio, drivin’ from the Chi I was getting sleepy eyed yo, took a detour now I’m on a farm in Ohio. Killa!
Driving across Ohio is a daunting task, one that becomes more arduous depending on the season. I wouldn’t suggest doing it 4 times over the course of 3 months. No one ever said being a nomadic gypsy was easy. So on my most recent trek, when I was falling asleep at the wheel due to how mind numbing the drive is, I welcomed the suggestion made by my good friend Jefe Raul to stop off at the Chef’s Garden. Sure, why not, I figured, having absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. I consulted with the ole smartphone and steered my chariot towards its new destination. Now in my head I’m figuring that I will be going to a farm with an outdoor market, no big deal. It should come as no surprise how taken back I was when I finally arrived and saw the actual operation. A sustainable, organic farm that supplies the world’s top chefs and restaurants with the finest specialty produce. And here I am, some jamoke passing through at the suggestion of a friend. Well this jamoke was treated as if he were a top chef, given an informative tour of the facilities (micro greens galore!), samples of the produce, meet and greet with the staff, a mandatory photo with Farmer Lee AND a t-shirt. Everyone went out of their way to make me feel welcome and even invited me back for a work/stay at the farm. It’s not very often that a little detour will leave you smiling and in great spirits. Restored a little faith in humanity.
The Chef’s Garden
9009 Huron Avery Rd Huron, OH
Malört Cash Grab Contest - WWYET? Challenge (by tasted)
Science Lab Gin & Juice - Behind the Drink (by tasted)
Only in New York can a trip to the “deli” wind up costing you $20. I guess that is where NY is at these days, though. $5 sandwiches from the bodega still exist, but they won’t be anywhere near as good as this fried green tomato sandwich from Mile End Deli. Fried green tomatoes, pickled veggies, radish, and blue cheese on a bialy. That’s right, a bialy. No longer just for girls with a guilty conscious trying to lose weight. To quote the Rza, “shit is bangin’, son.” What the blood clot indeed. Legit poutine (they’re from the bleu, blanc et rouge of Montreal!) and house made pickles rounded out this deluxe meal. In true hipster fashion, they have an assortment of weird ass sodas you wouldn’t normally think to drink. I looked at the counter girl as if she were from another planet, opting for the water. Bottled, of course. Two locations, if you feel so inclined: Boerum Hill and NoHo. Choose wisely, eat heartily.
53 Bond St, Manhattan NY
Cocktail University: Thai Basil Daiquiri (by Eater)
Chili Pepper Tequila & Mezcal Cocktail - Behind the Drink (by tasted)
Great neighborhood bar in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village. Zero pretension, great whiskey and beer selection and one hell of a cocktail that successfully incorporates Malort. Ask for it by name, The Hard Sell. The best way to describe it would be a grapefruit rollercoaster ride. A refreshing and bitter cocktail that has Citadelle Gin, Malort, St. Germain, lemon and the oil of an expressed grapefruit. It’s one of those drinks you take for granted due to how balanced and delicious it is. It goes down easy and has a perfect bitter finish, leaving you salivating for more. Hands down the best use of Malort in a cocktail that I have encountered in Chicago. The bar also plays great music, well, according to my taste in music. A song by Hum came on and that NEVER happens anywhere. Bring cash, learn about Malort, listen to Hum.
701 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL
FERNET-BRANCA (by John Gakuru)