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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/05/11 13:44:17 (permalink)
I'm making an executive decision and declaring June 20th the day of the trip!

When I get home tonight, I'm going to post some pictures of tasty stuff from the last time I was at Irazu!
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/05/12 23:04:17 (permalink)
As promised, here are pictures from the last time I was at Irazu!  These were before I was very good at taking pictures of food (also, it was so delicious, we were lucky to get pictures at all before it was all gone- as you can see, it almost didn't happen with the ceviche).
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/05/14 09:05:46 (permalink)
Story about Cuban sandwiches.  Needless to say, we won't be going to Goose Island or The Cheesecake Factory for ours.   Maybe we should consider Cafeteria Marianao or El Cubanito, though. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/chi-0514-cuban-sandwichmay14,0,1392655.story

Eta:  Oo, there's pictures!
post edited by abe_froeman - 2009/05/14 09:08:30
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/05/31 04:29:32 (permalink)
So, the evening of the 20th also happens to be the championship game for the Windy City Rollers.  The match starts at 6:00 and La Palapa is about 10 minutes away from the UIC Pavillion.  Mr. Maki and I are leaning towards going, but will play it by ear....would anyone else be interested in going to the game?  Or people can stay at La Palapa...just throwing some ideas out there.
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/04 16:40:18 (permalink)
abe_froeman

So, are we set on either the 20th or 21st?  Aimee, maybe I'll make you a Mexican chocolate cake for your birthday if I can find a way to keep it cold.  It kicks the crap outta Portillo's!


OMFG. I am so there.
 
It's going to be me & my crazy friend Diane, and possibly another friend of ours who also loves Mexican food.
 
What time are we meeting & where? We are excited to have margaritas!!!! :)
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/04 18:14:38 (permalink)
Phew, I was worried people forgot about this!

Well, Irazu opens at 11:30.  They are a small place and very popular, so I think we should get there as close to 11:30 as possible.  I'm not opposed to eating al trunko, but I'd prefer not to be out in the sun mid-day. 

I'll talk to my dad about the logistics of where to meet and such in the next few days.
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/04 19:07:00 (permalink)
Do you guys have a place like this in your area?

http://www.thegreenplantain.com/
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/04 19:29:37 (permalink)
I've never seen this place; is it new?  It looks like it's not far down the road from Jungle Jim's, which means I would have passed it if it had been there a while.  I was at JJ's just last August.  How long has The Green Plantain been in that location?

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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/04 19:44:21 (permalink)
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I've never seen this place; is it new?  It looks like it's not far down the road from Jungle Jim's, which means I would have passed it if it had been there a while.  I was at JJ's just last August.  How long has The Green Plantain been in that location?

Buddy

Yes it has been there just a couple of months - it is about a mile or two south of the Jungle - on the opposite side of the road - here is the sign to look for:



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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/09 17:47:01 (permalink)
abe_froeman

Phew, I was worried people forgot about this!

Well, Irazu opens at 11:30.  They are a small place and very popular, so I think we should get there as close to 11:30 as possible.  I'm not opposed to eating al trunko, but I'd prefer not to be out in the sun mid-day. 

I'll talk to my dad about the logistics of where to meet and such in the next few days.

 
The mid-day sun is a concern for me as well due to my meds. I promise to wear a hat & bring sunscreen to share!
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/12 01:06:33 (permalink)
Hey everyone, I sent out a private message to everyone who has posted in this thread so far, plus chicagostyledog, minus quijote, since he said he was busy.  If there's anyone else I left out, please forward my note (pasted below, too) or tell them to swing by this thread!

Hello!
I'm trying to work out the details for the Costa Rican/Cuban/Mexican Roadfood outing I'm planning for Saturday, June 20th.

Our plan is to go to Irazu for Costa Rican, Senor Pan for Cuban and end the day at La Palapa.  La Palapa has what looks like a great outdoor area; as long as summer does make an appearance here in Chicago, we can sit out there and relax, catch up with each other.  It is BYOB, so we'll have to make a stop for libations somewhere. 

Since we're only going to three places, and we'll probably be hanging out at the last place longer than our normal "get food, eat, and move to the next stop", I want to work out the best starting time to work for the most people.

Please post in the thread about whether or not you'll be there, how many will be in your party, and what time you'd like to start and when you think you'd want to end the night.  La Palapa is located at Damen Ave. and 34th Street, just south of 55, so it will be easy to get back home.

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/MexicanCentral-AmericanCaribbean-Tour-in-Chicago-m505910.aspx

Hope you can make it and we look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks!

~abe

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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/12 08:04:21 (permalink)
As far as I know, I'm still in.
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/12 14:17:07 (permalink)
Diane & I are still in, with a possible third. If this changes, I will let you know.


ETA   I never answered the questions.

What time would we like to start? Anytime after 10 is good, that gives us 2 hours to get down there if we leave here @ 8.

What time would we like to end? 7ish? I would have to defer to Diane, since she will be driving.
post edited by stricken_detective - 2009/06/14 10:06:05
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/13 19:25:02 (permalink)
I'll be there.
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/14 20:27:01 (permalink)
Any idea about what time you want to get started and/or end the night?  One affects the other, so I need some input, people!
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/14 21:53:46 (permalink)
Unfortunately, I have just learned that I cannot go, as my sis decided that the 20th would be the day for my niece's b-day party. Thanks for the advance notice. Grrr.



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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/15 10:11:52 (permalink)
It is too soon for me to committ as we are still recovering from Bar Mitzvah madness, although all went exceeding well.
If we do join in there is a possibility we would just join up at La Palapa, and skip the prelim stops...
feeling a little food overburdened at them moment.

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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/15 20:08:01 (permalink)
abe_froeman

Any idea about what time you want to get started and/or end the night?  One affects the other, so I need some input, people!


Diane & I have no other plans the next day that would impede us from a late night. Also we are night people. So the later in the AM the better. :)
 
If we were to plan to be done @ La Palapa by 9 at the latest, that should work? We can do a noon start time? I am just throwing ideas out there.
 
Do we have a headcount?
 
 
Me & Diane
Mr & Mrs Roadhouse
abe_froeman & mr maki, mmmk
nocarolina
chuckL
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/15 23:07:25 (permalink)
Sorry Abe, we won't be making this one.  We've got a wedding ...

Actually, we'll be in Madison visiting our son, strolling the Farmers Market, and eating some really good Mexican food.

One of these days, we'll make the same event.

Jim
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/16 01:08:14 (permalink)
Sorry you can't make it, Jim- I've heard how wonderful the Madison Farmer's Market is, so I'm sure it will be a good time.

So, stricken, if I'm interpreting your comment correctly, the later the start time, the better, and you're okay with staying out at until 9:00, or later?  I know you've got a longer drive than me going back.  I can out-night people you under the table!

Assuming that 9-ish is as late as you want to stay out, since we're only going to two places before La Palapa, I think we can start around 1:00- that gives us plenty of time to get through those two places (and any places we discover along the way) and shoot for getting to La Palapa by 6:00 at the latest, which would give us three leisurely hours. 

Sound good?  Let me know if anyone thinks this plan needs tweaking!  And of course, no one is obligated to stay at La Palapa any later than they're comfortable with.

ETA: Oh, yeah, and I found a little write-up and pictures on Metromix of La Palapa.
post edited by abe_froeman - 2009/06/16 01:19:01
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/16 11:43:49 (permalink)
So sadly, we are officially out-
Just got notice that some friends from AZ are in town for one nite only
and it's this Sat,
and as much as we love you all-
we haven't them in a dog's age....
So count us in for the next round of fun, and eat a spicy shrimp for us!
I'll be looking forward to all the great pix!
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/16 14:19:06 (permalink)
It's only a 2 hour drive, so that works perfectly.

Is there anyone who wants to car pool from Mke? We have room for 2 more.
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/18 21:52:28 (permalink)
Double whammy for us. An unexpected car repair to Mrs. MFL car has us cancelling Aurora's Blues On The Fox and skipping this meet n' greet. Hope to see some of you July 1st and the rest of you very soon. Have fun and take plenty of pictures.
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/18 23:13:41 (permalink)
I'm confused! Where are we meeting up on Sat. and what time?
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/19 00:52:36 (permalink)
MFL,
Why don't you catch a ride down with ChuckL50 ( I assume you're still coming Chuck, even though X1 has been unavoidably detoured), or stricken detective?  As enticement, I have a bottle of hand crafted tequila that I was hoping to share with the imbibers in our group once we got to La Palapa.

The bottle was provided by a guy who is trying to do in the tequila world what I'm trying to do in the Barbecue Sauce world; make an outstanding product that is better tasting and made with better ingredients than the norm.  We swapped sauce for booze a while back.  Needless to say I gave up more sauce than he did tequila, but it was still a good deal and everyone got what they wanted.  The bottle has been sitting on a shelf waiting to be shared and enjoyed by good friends.

nocarolina,
Our first stop will be Irazu, a Costa Rican diner on Milwaukee Avenue near Western.  This will be followed by Senor Pan, a Cuban cafeteria on west Fullerton Avenue.  Our final stop will be La Palapa, the Mexican seafood joint with the giant fiberglass shark on the roof, near Gertie's on Archer.

I'm sure our host and organizer for this excursion, abe froman, will be listing full addresses and an official start time (early reports indicate 1:00pm, but things are still evolving) well before we all need to leave our homes on Saturday.

See you all soon,

Buddy
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/19 16:43:00 (permalink)
Ok, here's the plan- we will meet at 1:00pm tomorrow at Irazu.  There's street parking available around there.  After that, we'll head over to Senor Pan (I figure we'll arrive between 2:00-2:30)  I don't think any of us have ever been there, but it looks like a typical fast food set-up- order at the counter, tables to eat at.

If we leave Senor Pan by 3:15 or so at the latest, we'll have a couple of hours to kill before we should be at La Palapa, our third stop.  There's some great neighborhoods in between that we can stop at, including Pilsen and Humboldt Park, so we'll play that middle part by ear. 

Also, I was thinking that on the way to La Palapa, we can stop at a liquor or grocery store for libations, since La Palapa is BYOB (I just confirmed that over the phone with them.)  They're expecting us around 7:00pm or so.  I don't know how they'd feel if we showed up with a blender, but what it's easy enough to throw one in the car.  There was a bit of a language barrier when I called, so I didn't want to get into too much detail with the woman on the phone; don't worry, the basic info was communicated, though.

As of right now, this is our list of definites:
Me & Diane
Mr & Mrs Roadhouse
abe_froeman & mr maki
nocarolina

I sent messages to ChuckL and MFL over Facebook; stricken, I asked them to contact you if they want to car pool.

Right now, Tom Skilling is saying this about the weather tomorrow: High of 85 degrees; Early clouds depart, then becoming mostly sunny, breezy from the west/northwest at 12-22 m.p.h.; continued warm but with lower humidity.

Any questions, I'm PM'ing all of you my cell phone number, and I'll check this thread before I leave tomorrow.

Irazu Costa Rican Restaurant
website
1865 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647-4464
(773) 252-5687
Link to Map

Senor Pan
website
4612 W Fullerton Ave
(773) 227-1020
Link to Map


La Palapa

2000 W 34th St
Chicago, IL 60608-6143
(773) 376-9620
Link to map

post edited by abe_froeman - 2009/06/19 16:48:35
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/19 16:49:35 (permalink)
Oh, and yes, I will have hard copies of this information for everyone tomorrow.
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/19 20:34:52 (permalink)
I'm still in. Thanks for the later start time since I have an issue with alarm clocks on Saturday mornings.   See you all there!
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/20 10:54:20 (permalink)
Just got called in to work. May or may not be able to make it now.  I'll have to play it by ear. Dammit.
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Re:Mexican/Central American/Caribbean Tour in Chicago 2009/06/20 23:56:01 (permalink)
Before anyone from the group starts posting descriptions and photos, can I suggest that we start a fresh thread in the "Trip Report" forum?  After all, this thread took is through the planning stages, all new information qualifies as a report of our day.

Doesn't matter who starts it.  Whoever gets here first and has a yen to post their thoughts and pix.  Just pick a title and get it started.  As for me, I'm tired.  I'm going to bed.

Buddy

P.S. Just as a quick enticement to readers and interested parties; today was a huge success filled with pleasant surprises in all aspects of the tour, ranging from the food to the company we kept.

B.
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