There I was yesterday (Fat Tuesday), in line at the Alliance Bakery on Division Street, just killing an hour and searching for something sweet. Customers kept streaming in, picking up to-go orders of chocolate-covered or jam-filled paczki.
In honor of Lent this week, we are going vegetarian. I realize a lot of people will be ordering pepper-and-egg sandwiches from their favorite Italian beef stands until Easter, but if you're looking for something a little more interesting, head to West Rogers Park.
Eater reports that Stephanie Izard, of The Girl & the Goat, is planning to open another restaurant this Fall. The Little Goat will be a classic East Coast-style diner, with a few modern touches, just a few steps from the Goat mothership on West Randolph Street.
Saying food should always have a little bit of a "nyah" to it, U.K. chef Fergus Henderson concluded the 5th Annual Terroir Symposium in Toronto with a keynote speech covering a number of topics, including this bit of wisdom, when it comes to serving food.
While New Orleans gears up for Mardi Gras this week, and ultimately, Fat Tuesday (March 8, by the way), allow me to move the culinary wave a few hundred miles to the Northeast - in Low Country - near the Carolinas, for one of my favorite dishes: shrimp and grits.