Thursday, December 23, 2010

Do you like sweet potatoes?

There is this place on the south side of Chicago where everything is made from sweet potatoes. Jimmy Jamm Sweet Potato Pies. They don't have a web site but here is the yelp link.
 I don't like sweet potatoes but my husband does. When you go in there they give you a sample of Sweet Potato Ice Cream. It was great!
Sometimes they also give you tastes of the Honey Cream Cheese Frosting that they put on the pies. That frosting is outrageous! They also make a Banana Rum Cream Cheese Frosting, you can pick which kind you would like on your pie. We have not tried the banana yet, the honey one is just so awesome!

The frosting is put on pretty thick too! I liked the pie, and I must say the crust was very good. Even the bottom, it was flaky and crisp not soggy at all!
They also have a Chocolate Honey Cream Cheese Frosting. They put it on their cupcakes.

They also offer some entrees like a "Loaded Sweet Potato" and Chicken and Waffles. We have yet to try any of these but are looking forward to trying the Chicken and Waffles. I really think the sweet potato waffle will be really good!
 Harold and me.

Jimmy Jamm Sweet Potato Pies is a great Bakery with very friendly people. We even ordered a Honey Cream Cheese Sweet Potato Pie for Thanksgiving this year! They have lots of other great looking things, you should go check them out!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Checking out some Street Food in Madison, Wi

My husband and I took a weekend trip to Madison, WI for food and hockey! We had a fun time wondering around downtown Madison window shopping and looking for interesting things and food.
There were some street carts, like mini campers around selling food. This place looked good so we thought we'd try some curry!
So we tried the Squash Curry.
Squash Curry
It was very, very good! A couple of pieces of the squash were cold or even frozen in the middle, but the flavor was FANTASTIC! The vegetables were good and the curry sauce was fantastic!

Don't be afraid to try new things, even if it's on the street. Use your common sense, what's the worst that could happen?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Yassa an African experience

This was a first for us, we had never had African food before. It was just the two of us, none of the Food Train members could make it.
This is a Check Please Restaurant. 

We started with a shrimp appetizer. It was a special and not on the menu- Shrimp Lajawab.

It is fried shrimp with strips of egg roll wrappers for breading. Served with a very good tomato based sauce that is a little spicy.

I had the House Tiebu Djeun- a whole fried Tilapia with cabbage, carrot and yucca served over Djolof rice.
This was very good, the fish was so tender and flaky. It was so much food.

My husband had Yassa Lamb- lamb marinated in lemon and "secret spices" cooked in an onion and  mustard sauce served with white rice. The flavor was great, the spices were fantastic, and the lamb was extremely tender.
We also ordered a chicken dish (we wanted to try it as long as we were there). Thiou Curry Chicken- marinated chicken with a mixture of spices, onion and curry, served with white rice. The chicken was very tender and the curry flavor was great! The two pieces of chicken had different flavors. One was baked and very tender, the other one was grilled and had an extremely good grilled flavor.
It came with curry sauce with some vegetables to put over it. The sauce was a good curry sauce.
 We also tried the beverages prepared by the Chef- Ginger and Bissap. Nether of us cared for these though. The ginger one was very gingery and the bissap reminded me of massage oil.
If you have never had African food you should definitely try here. The owners and staff were very nice and helpful we had great food and a fun experience.