WBEZ | Hot Chocolate http://www.wbez.org/tags/hot-chocolate Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Food of the Gods: Chocolate champorado http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/food-gods-chocolate-champorado-104498 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/sulyapbreakfastchamporado.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px;" title="Champorado at Sulyap Gallery Café, San Pablo City Laguna in the Philippines (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p>On this Mayan calendar and winter solstice eve, one offering may truly be the food of the gods: <em>champorado</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>In Chicago, you may be more familiar with <em>champurrado</em> from Mexico, a hot drinking chocolate, thickened with masa, seasoned with cinnamon, and sweetened with brown sugar. It&#39;s a traditional drink, served at breakfast with churros, but also around Christmas with holiday tamales.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/sulyapbreakfasttable.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px;" title="Breakfast at Sulyap in the Philippines (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">You may also know by now, from your research debunking Mayan End Times, one of the greatest discoveries of the ancient civilization was chocolate, though they drank theirs as a spicy, frothy drink &mdash; when they weren&#39;t using it as money &mdash; according to the <a href="http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/chocolate/history.html">Field Museum chocolate archives</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">While the journey of chocolate to Spain and eventually throughout Europe is well documented, it also made its way to the Philippines with the so-called <a href="http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/mgtr/hd_mgtr.htm">Manila Galleon Trade</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">There, it adapted, thickened with soft, sticky rice instead. I first tasted&nbsp;<em style="text-align: center;">champorado&nbsp;</em>as a warm breakfast drink in Manila, but also saw its modern variations as chilled dessert puddings as well.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">In our city, you can find it <a href="http://www.unclemikesplace.com/">Uncle Mike&#39;s Place</a>, where Polish-Ukrainian-Chicagoan&nbsp;Mike Grajewski has become famous for his Filipino breakfasts, thanks to his Filipina wife Lucia.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">One of the events that seems to have been lost in recent weeks has been the <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/12/typhoon-bopha/100421/">typhoon that slammed the Philippines</a>. You may have heard the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/12/06/166685145/in-doha-philippines-negotiator-delivers-emotional-plea-for-climate-change-action">breaking voice of country&#39;s negotiator at the climate change conference in Doha</a>. You can <a href="http://www.icrc.org/eng/donations/index.jsp">donate now to the International Committee of the Red Cross</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Because the world is <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012.html#mayans">not going to end tomorrow</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mikesbreakfastchamporado.jpg" style="height: 463px; width: 620px;" title="Filipino breakfast with tocino and longaniza, plus a side of champorado, at Uncle Mike's Place in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/food-gods-chocolate-champorado-104498 Tuesday Foodie Forecast: Wine holiday and craft beer for hunger http://www.wbez.org/dolinsky/2010/02/monday-foodie-forecast/14955 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img width="364" height="364" alt="" title="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-17/wine.jpg" /></p><p>National Drink Wine Day may not be a real holiday, but it's the perfect excuse to drink more than the doctor-recommended daily glass of wine. So this Thursday, pull out the corkscrew and enjoy that expensive bottle of wine you've been saving or break out that box of Franzia if you're on a budget .</p><p>On Thursday Feb. 18, <a href="http://www.frascapizzeria.com/">Frasca Pizzeria &amp; Wine Bar</a> is celebrating National Drink Wine Day with their regional dinner wine series that a four-course meal to highlight the wines and cuisine of Tuscany, Italy. The menu includes:<!--break--></p><ul> <li><strong>Zuppa Toscana </strong>spicy sausage, potatoes and kale in a creamy chicken broth</li> </ul> <p><em>Casalfameto Verdicchio</em></p><ul> <li><strong>Risotto </strong>with prosciutto, peas and Tallegio cheese</li> <li><strong>Porcini-Crusted Skirt Steak</strong> with green lentils and gorgonzola</li> </ul> <p><em>Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva</em></p><ul> <li><strong>Roasted Apple Zepole</strong> Italian-style &quot;doughnut&quot; with powdered sugar and maple caramel</li> </ul> <p><em>Badia Coltibuono Vin Santo</em></p><p>Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and costs $50 per person. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 773-248-5222.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//hotchocolate.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-15252" title="hotchocolate" alt="" width="360" height="274" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//hotchocolate.jpg" /></a></p><p>In celebration of their 5<sup>th</sup> anniversary, on Monday, Feb. 22, <a href="http://www.hotchocolatechicago.com/">HotChocolate</a> will host a charitable <a href="http://www.hotchocolatechicago.com/anniversary.html">craft beer dinner</a> to benefit Share Our Strength, an organization dedicated to eliminating child hunger.</p><p>Hot Chocolate owner Mindy Segal has brought together a cast of Chicago's all-star chefs to prepare a dinner paired with beer from domestic craft breweries.</p><p>Chefs include:</p><ul> <li>Bill Kim -- Urban Belly, Belly Shack</li> <li>Paul Kahan -- Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, Big Star</li> <li>Rick Bayless -- Topolobampo, Frontera Grill, Xoco</li> <li>Paul Virant -- Vie Restaurant</li> <li>Michael Kornick -- mk/DMK Burger Bar</li> </ul><p>Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $150 per person. Tickets can be purchased by calling HotChocolate at 773-489-1747.</p></p> Tue, 16 Feb 2010 13:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/dolinsky/2010/02/monday-foodie-forecast/14955