I got a package from UPS today that could quite possibly the most absolutely perfect gift ever! I know I bitch a lot on this blog about not being able to find some of the foods I love the most in Mid-Michigan. I also realize I made the choice to move to Michigan, so I really should just keep my mouth shut and enjoy the regional cuisines that Lansing has to offer.
My girlfriend’s mom (who lives in the south suburbs of Chicago) noticed I have to get an Italian beef everytime I go to Chicago, so she decided to make sure I could have that taste of Chicago right here in Lansing.
If you’re at all familiar with the Chicago pizza scene, you’ve probably heard of Lou Malnati’s. Lou’s is one of the big Chicago pizza places. It’s not my favorite of the Chicago pizza joints, but I do enjoy their take on the Chicago-style pizza.
Not only is Lou Malnati’s a pizza joint, but they are a retail hub for some of Chicago’s biggest names in food. Their website, Tastes of Chicago, offers “nationwide shipping of all your Windy City favorites.” Just opening the catalog makes my mouth water. They offer their pizzas, Portillos Italian beef, Vienna Beef hot dogs, Carson’s Ribs, Eli’s Cheesecakes, Garrett Popcorn, Manny’s Corned Beef, Hackney’s Hamburgers and Wildfire Steaks. That list is a who’s who of Chicago greats. Read the rest of this entry »