Ewa’s Pierogi

Last week I tried Ewa’s Pierogi in Glenview for lunch. My friend who knows Polish food suggested Ewa’s which is near the public library on Glenview Road.

The small restaurant is cheery and light. They offer all you’d expect from a Polish restaurant, beet soup, chicken soup, fried and steamed pirogies filled with spinach, mushrooms, meat or potatoes. We ordered a plate consisting of a mix of flavors. They were quite flexible to get the variety we wanted. The pirogies were delicious and the portions generous.

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Cherry pierogi with strawberry garnish and sour cream

We also had cucumber salad in a yogurt sauce, which something I liked and had had before in other cuisines.

For dessert, we tried the cherry pirogies, which were a change of pace. I thought they’d be better with a lighter wrap or perhaps fried.

You can order wine or beer as well as soft drinks. The service was attentive and I liked trying something new. I’d definitely return.

Ewa Pierogi
976 Harlem Avenue, Glenview, IL

Closed on Sundays.

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Korea’s Winter Hot Spots

I’m so happy that I can travel vicariously with Meej Muse, who impressed me with her earlier Streets of Soul series.

Watching this made me really wish I was back in Korea.

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Silent Sunday

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow

I like these colorful Chinese tassels. Seen at the Pearl Market in Beijing.

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Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos with a rainbow of colors, i.e. at least four colors. I’ve posted a variety of pictures.

If you want to see more fun rainbow fotos, click here.

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Silent Sunday

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Michael Jordan’s Steak House

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NY Strip Steak with Bone Marrow Gravy and Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

It’s Chicago Restaurant Week till February 7. Today a friend drove down from Milwaukee and I planned to have lunch at the Peninsula Hotel, but didn’t have a reservation and there were no tables. That was disappointing but okay because Michael Jordan’s Steak House is nearby and I’d viewed their menu.

Participating restaurants offer $24 three course lunches and dinners for either $36 or $48. It’s a time when you can get a good deal at a pricey eatery.

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Caesar Salad

We both ordered the Caesar salad, which was huge. Then I got the N.Y. Strip Steak while my friend got a fancy cheeseburger made with chuck, brisket and short ribs. My steak came with a lovely sauce and mashed potatoes. Her burger came with fires. I’m not a big meat eater, but this steak was divine.  For dessert I had the chocolate parfait, while Maryanne got the banana pudding. Again we were both delighted.

The service was attentive and friendly. Our waiter and the maitre ‘d, both were quite attentive and professional.

Beverages are extra.

Looking back I think we should have tried the blue cheese fondue as a starter. We didn’t need it, but I’m curious.

You can see Michael Jordan’s Steak House Restaurant Week lunch and dinner menus here.

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Kids Try . . . International Food

I just found these videos where children sample different kinds of food from around the world.

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Impressionism

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Impressionism. Monet painting. Art Institute of Chicago.

 

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Morning for the Osone Family

More for the Armchair Traveler or Time Traveler

Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition

MORNING FOR THE OSONE FAMILY

Keisuke Kinoshita’s Morning for the Osone Family (1946) probably couldn’t get made today. It’s an anti-WWII film that exposes how the military and government squelched free speech and exploited citizens even when Japan was at a point when it was clear they were bound to lose.

Curiously, the film begins with the Osone family celebrating Christmas and singing “Silent Night.” After some chit chat, the eldest son is summoned by law enforcement and is soon imprisoned for writing an article that subtly questioned Japan’s militarism.

It’s a big hit for a family whose father died a while back. The mother has tried to live up to the father’s pacifist philosophy. She continues to support her second son, who’s a struggling artist, and her daughter who wants to marry for love, but now that her fiancé has been drafted, is getting pressured by her uncle to marry a scion he’s lined…

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The Eagle Huntress

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Armchair travel at its best, The Eagle Huntress, a documentary, follows a strong, determined 13-year-old Kazakh girl who is the first female to become an eagle hunter. Her ancestors have used eagles to hunt for generations, but the hunters were always men. This girl, named Aisholpan, has a father who realizes her special talent and courageous spirit. So he trains Aisholpan to hunt using eagles.

Not only does he teach Aisholpan all the tricks needed, but he takes her up into the mountains for her to climb out and nab a baby eaglet because a hunter must get her own eagle herself.

The Eagle Huntress takes us into the family’s life. We see their home, a yurt in the grasslands and go to her school where she and her siblings live Monday to Friday. Then when they move to a winter house, we see life there too.

Confident and strong, Aisholpan decides she wants to compete in the regional eagle hunting competition. No female has ever competed in this event. In fact, many of the men disprove of Aisholpan’s hunting.

The film is beautiful and compelling that can appeal to all ages. I loved the movie and think it deserves a wider audience. While the main theme is girl power, this story of hard work and courage would appeal to all.

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