Kelly the Culinarian: Hot town, summer in the city

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hot town, summer in the city

It was unbearably hot over the weekend. Like feeling you were standing in front of the oven hot. Clearly, I was not going to be cooking. We decided to spend the day downtown running errands. We started with stopping by DePaul to sell some books, then went to Cemitas Puebla. This family-owned restaurant was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives a couple of years ago and has been busy both of the times we've stopped by.

Word of warning ... you have to drive through some tough neighborhoods to get there, so we've only gone during the day. The food, however, is totally worth it. Their specialty, the cemita, is a sesame seed bun topped with avocado, meat, chipotles and amazing cheese. Tim got his with steak and I ended up finishing half of it. Why? I ordered a steak taco along with an arabe taco, which turned out to by too spicy for me when topped with their chipotle sauce. He took my spicy taco in exchange. The green sauce is soooo yummy. I'm not sure how they make it so creamy, but I'm a sucker for cilantro and doused almost all of my eats with this stuff. I could eat it on my cheerios and would buy it by the gallon, if they would only sell it to me. This place always hits the spot.

Next, we were off to the Lincoln Park Zoo, where it was so hot that the polar bear kept swimming in the same circle in the shade. If I was a polar bear with four inches of blubber who evolved to live in a place where it's not 400 degrees, I'd be doing the same thing too.

I can't remember what this animal is called, but it's in the African animal exhibit and reminded me of our puppy baby. Something about the eyes and the skinny legs, and the little perch they both share. Is it part yorkie?

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