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Falafel comes to Pilsen Subway

Falafel comes to Pilsen Subway

A few weeks ago, I saw a poster in a southwest suburban Subway for a falafel sandwich. That burb has a huge Middle Eastern population.  So, I thought the falafel sandwich was just a local thing. Well apparently, Subway has been test-running their falafel sandwich in Chicago all year.  I just saw a poster for…

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Where to find soy tacos in Little Village

Where to find soy tacos in Little Village

I was cruising around Little Village this afternoon and stopped in one of my favorite Mexican restaurants, El Faro.  For those of you who don’t know, Little Village is the neighborhood just west of Pilsen.  El Faro is on 31st Street, right by Pulaski. Mexican food is tricky when you are avoiding animal products. Authentic…

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How to warm up in Pilsen

How to warm up in Pilsen

Daylight Savings Time has ended.  The temperature is slipping.  That means it’s time to temporarily skip ice cream, shakes and smoothies.  On to something warm! I know that Pilsen abounds with coffeeshops.  I have visited every single one, I think.  However, I don’t visit them in Fall and Winter because I don’t leave my apartment…

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Vegan spirits: Try a Teatro cocktail

Vegan spirits: Try a Teatro cocktail

Attention girly-drink lovers!  It looks like most of Ristorante Al Teatro’s “cocktail creations” are cruelty-free.  Most of the ingredients weren’t even on barnivore.  Here is what’s available at Teatro. Cocktails: Old Fashioned Dark N’ Stormy Orange Basil Gimlet Al Teatro Martini 1892 Martini   I haven’t tried Teatro’s Dark N’ Stormy, but a friend of…

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Pilsen pizza: Tofurky is on sale!

Pilsen pizza: Tofurky is on sale!

As Jay and I have mentioned, La Casa del Pueblo is pretty much the best little grocery store ever. It has “Whole Foods” food for “Trader Joe’s” prices. I walked in on Tuesday hoping to find a frozen Amy’s pizza. Sadly, they didn’t have her cheeseless pizza. Amy’s soy cheese has milk protein. But they…

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Atino's spinach pizza uses fresh ingredients

Atino’s spinach pizza uses fresh ingredients

So this week, I went to South Loop, which is a bit northeast of Pilsen, in search of pizza. Hey, Atino’s had a one-day Living Social deal: $10 for a large, thin crust, one topping pizza. That’s at least 3 days worth of dinner for me. Can’t pass that up! I’m still on the search…

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Vegan spirits: Maybe the wine is fine at Teatro

Vegan spirits: Maybe the wine is fine at Teatro

Last week, I posted which beers were Vegan-friendly at Ristorante Al Teatro.  This week, I checked out the wine selection using barnivore.com. In case you’re wondering how an alcoholic beverage made of fruit can be unsuitable for Vegans, the issue is filtration.  Some wineries use animal products, like isinglass, when filtering their wine. Isinglass, FYI,…

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Pilsen Pizza: Benny's without cheese is worth eleven dollars

Pilsen Pizza: Benny’s without cheese is worth eleven dollars

I’m still trying to find neighborhood pizza to replace the goodness I left behind in Brighton Park. Don’t know where Brighton Park is?  You know how when you take the Orange Line to Midway, you go through nothing for a little bit?  Brighton Park is in the “nothing.” The best thing there was Falco’s, which…

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Vegan spirits: Teatro serves cruelty-free beer

Vegan spirits: Teatro serves cruelty-free beer

Earlier this week, when I ordered Al Ristorante Teatro’s Vegetariana pizza sans cheese, I also picked up a copy of Teatro’s drink menu.  To my delight, in addition to veggie pizza that does not taste like water and cardboard, they also serve a huge selection of Vegan-friendly drinks. Here is a list of Teatro’s cruelty-free…

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