November 7th looks like it will be the date for our family’s fall birthday/anniversary celebration (take note abe). We do one in the spring and one in the fall ’cause we just have too darn many family members these days to take everyone out for individual celebrations.
However, December 12th looks like a winner! If we’re capping the day off at Ilija’s, it sounds like the Milwaukee crew will be planning this trip. This Flatlander will go wherever you want to take me. Let’s not have too many stops though folks. Maybe three or four “light” choices with easy to share cuisine (maybe even some non-food activities) followed by a blowout at Ilija’s.
I’ll start throwing out possibilities for a Chicago tour in March as we get closer to Jim and Bobbi’s departure date. I actually meant to put together an early fall tour that was based exclusively on street food and “ala trunk” dining. Life threw me a couple of curveballs though and ate up my time, preempting us eating up that street food. I could reschedule the plan (which included Puerto Rican street food, Sonoran hot dogs, banh mi, and smoked fish, capped off with outdoor Mexican seafood at La Palapa) for the spring, or Jim and Bobbi could forward a list of their Chicago preferences and we can build a tour around that.
Your wish is my command!
I’ll do that.
Should we move the trip planning discussion to the Getogether thread?
Can we do something on October 7?
I’m not sure. The Wayback Machine has been acting up a bit lately and I might have to take it into the shop.
November 7, however, might be possible.
Solid additions HDtravlr1.
Balistreri’s on 68th is probably my favorite pizza in the area. And Marty’s doesn’t get enough love IMO. I’m a big fan of their pizza also.
CTD – I expect to be back every other weekend though March of next year. If the house doesn’t sell, it will be longer. I’m thinking a Sunday outing every other month until then.
I want to avoid the weekends around Thanksgiving. Can we do something on October 7? How does December 12 in Milwaukee work for everyone? I’d like to cap the day at Ilija’s or perhaps have a Contingent Christmas party there.
Perhaps before we get 300 stops on the tour, we should more clearly have an idea of scheduling or time frames with which to work.
This could get out of hand quickly…is it say, eat here by January 1st? Letyer or earlier? Weekends only…how many outings? Etc.
They’re all paisano. [;)]
Jim and Bobbi –
You will be greatly missed. Not just because of your fabulous parties and even more fabulous baked goods, but because, primarily, you’re good people.
I like the lists so far. I would add some good German, Serbian and Polish restaurants…something you won’t be able to easily find in AZ.
Polonez, Ratszch’s, etc.
Also, if it hasn’t happened already, it will soon…get to Nite Owl before they close for the season! I saw they were open this weekend, but I don’t think that’ll be the case much longer.
Not to be confused with the Balistrieris:
Jim and Bobbi, we’re all sorry to see you go and the Contingent sure won’t be the same without you. I’m moving out of state myself next year, and I hope to get back to Chicagoland for at least one or two Contingent events every year. Hopefully you two will be able to get back this way occasionally to join us for some good food and conversation, and if you do, pleeeze bring pie! [:p][:)]
Mr. Maki just went to Edzo’s and loved it!
Jim and Bobbie,
Your passion for red meat and pie would be greatly satisfied at two of my favorite haunts: Edzo’s Burger Shop in Evanston and Hoosier Mama Pie Company in Chicago. Neither have ever been a destination for a Contingent Eat and Greet, however, I guarantee wagging tails after dining at each.
Ah…Hoosier Mama…was there Friday and had four flavors and took three to go! Friday night is Sampler Night!
Milwaukee won’t be the same without you, Jim and Bobbi. And after you two make your way through that bucket list, you’ll have many more memories to take with you. I’m certainly very much in favor of a meet-up in Milwaukee or Chicago to help chip away at that list.
If I were to leave Milwaukee for good, my bucket list would look a lot like Mike’s. I’d add to it a few more old-time custard places (Leon’s, Gilles, Kitt’s); an Ethiopian place (Alem or Ethiopian Cottage); Comet Cafe; Honeypie; Palomino; Alterra; EE Sane; Vientane (or another Laotian place); Lakefront Brewery (for fish fry); Benji’s (for matzoh ball soup; corned beef hash with eggs); Sabor (a taste of Brazil); Lake Park Bistro; a Jamaican place (Irie Palace or Jamaica Fe Real); a Puerto Rican place (probably El Farol or Quimera); a stop at Reynolds Pasties; a Polish place (Polonez or Crocus).
I don’t know how the Mexican food scene is in Central AZ–if it’s more diverse and culinarily deeper than what you find in Mke. (I’ve heard the Mex in AZ is more heavily Sonoran, though.) If Mex cuisine is an issue, I’d say my goodbyes to Riviera Maya (great moles), El Cabrito (goat stew), El Rey, and maybe a couple of other places. Even if I were moving to Mexico I’d say goodbye to those places, just because I love them.
A final note: If Bobbi plans to send pies from Arizona, I highly recommend sending them first to Milwaukee, as the temps are a bit cooler than in Chicago, and spoilage is less likely.
I don’t mind the drive…I deliver!
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