Rank #1: Episode 6: Nostalgia & Burt’s Pizza
How does memory affect our relationship with food? Monica chews it over with chefs Sam Kass, Gale Gand, Dave Beran, Ming Tsai,and Nathalie DuPree. Louisa talks pizza memories with Burt’s Pizza founder Burt Katz. And psychiatrist Drew Ramsey tells us how to eat for optimal brain and mental health. Finally, Louisa brings Monica and Iris twists on nostalgic treats from their Chinese childhoods—but will they eat them? Press play to find out. (Photo: Burt's Place pizza by Louisa Chu)
Apr 22 2016
Rank #2: Episode 44: Kimbal Musk, Beyond Meat, Lifeway Kefir
Louisa talks to tech and food entrepreneur Kimbal Musk. Then she and Monica talk to Lifeway CEO and "The Kefir Cookbook" author Julie Smolansky. Plus new Beyond Meat sausages and head cheese lunch meat, but Will They Eat It?
Apr 30 2018
Rank #3: Episode 16: Christopher Kimball, balut, and new global food
Christopher Kimball, best known for America's Test Kitchen talks his new Milk Street Kitchen, and plays Delicious Combo. Plus a visit to a Filipino food festival for balut, duck egg embryo, for "Will She Eat It?"
Oct 14 2016
Rank #4: Episode 19: Dr. Andrew Weil, Upton's Naturals food, and eating your feelings
Louisa and Monica talk to Dr. Andrew Weil and Upton’s Naturals founder Dan Staackmann about healing and navigating sensitive feelings at the gathering table this season. Plus a vegan BBQ jackfruit sandwich and al pastor tacos but Will She Eat It?
Nov 24 2016
Rank #5: Episode 49: Self Care Through Food
Aug 23 2018
Rank #6: Episode 42: Cheezborgers and Makeovers
Louisa talks to Billy Goat Tavern owner about secret menu cheezborger. Monica talks to Hon Kee BBQ owner about extreme glamour makeover. Then back to the Goat for an Obama burger tasting plus a surprise fried wiener ball, but Will She Eat It?
Mar 30 2018
Rank #7: Episode 63: Meat, Mead, and a West Side Licking Story
Louisa talks to The Licking restaurant co-founder Elric "E-Class" Prince on the West Side of Chicago. Monica learns about a modern meat raffle and visits an award-winning meadery.
Jul 22 2019
Rank #8: Episode 21: Dorie Greenspan cookies and year in review
Bestselling cookbook author Dorie Greenspan talks cookies, holiday and more, plus her new sweet revolution #cookiesandkindness. Then the Curious City crew tastes hot Dr. Pepper and lemon, a Christmas tree drink, but is it a Delicious Combo? Plus Louisa, Monica, and Iris blow out the Chewing pantry for a year end binge including expired bacon and prawn potato chips but Will She Eat It?
Dec 23 2016
Rank #9: Episode 24: Season Finale, Lidia Bastianich, Dumplingfest, and more
In this episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, co-host and Chicago Tribune food reporter Louisa Chu talks to Emmy Award winning chef and author Lidia Bastianich. Plus Louisa visits Chinatown with Dumpling and Bacon Fests founder Seth Zurer. Then podcast co-host and WBEZ health reporter Monica Eng explores surprising Taiwanese food at a Gold Coast Chicago restaurant for the series she likes to call What Chinese People Eat When Chinese People Go to Chinese Restaurants, but Will She Eat It?
Feb 03 2017
Rank #10: Episode 50: What's Your Beef?
Sep 11 2018
Rank #11: Episode 26: Food Trucks, Immigrant Food, and a Sandwich Surprise
In this episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, Louisa Chu welcomes fellow Chicago Tribune Food and Dining reporter Nick Kindelsperger, aka Taco Nick, as a guest co-host, while Monica Eng is off writing her debut book on magical dumplings. First, Louisa and Nick visit food trucks, licensed and not, to investigate for a new segment, We Don’t Get It. Then they invite colleague Joseph Hernandez to discuss immigrant food. And Nick brings a pair of peculiar South Side Chicago sandwiches, the sweet steak and Jim Shoe, aka Gym Shoe, but Will We Eat It? (Photo: Gym Shoe sandwich by Southtown Sub)
May 19 2017
Rank #12: Episode 28: Potsticker Dating Game, Mayo and Mild Sauce
In this episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, Louisa Chu and guest co-host Bill Daley, fellow Chicago Tribune Food and Dining reporter, welcome back Monica Eng (who’s finished writing her debut book on magical dumplings). First, they talk about the importance of potstickers in dating profiles. Then Bill tells the stories behind his stories on mayo and Chicago’s mild sauce. Finally, Louisa offers Monica and Bill Japanese themed snacks but Will They Eat / Drink It?
Jun 23 2017
Rank #13: Episode 31: Restaurant critic Phil Vettel, plus world’s healthiest and worst foods?
Monica learns all about lentils, world’s healthiest food? She and Louisa lunch with veteran Chicago Tribune restaurant critic and pal Phil Vettel. Dessert is 7-Eleven 90th anniversary Birthday Cake Snack Pie, but Will They Eat It?
Aug 04 2017
Rank #14: Episode 32: Despacito Jibarito, Michelin Hong Kong Dive
Monica takes us to Hong Kong’s Michelin starred dive Tim Ho Wan. Louisa invites her to surprisingly popular Chicago shop Jibaritos y Mas. Then they welcome Chewing superfan (Monica’s mom) to taste a blood sausage jibarito, but Will She Eat It?
Aug 25 2017
Rank #15: Extra: I Heart Halal food festival
Apr 12 2018
Rank #16: Episode 27: Aviary Cocktail Cookbook & The Onion Mystery Bar Challenge
In this episode of the Chewing food and health podcast, Louisa Chu and guest co-host Joseph Hernandez, fellow Chicago Tribune Food and Dining reporter, toast cocktails (while Monica Eng finishes her debut book on mystical noodles and dumplings). First, Louisa visits The Aviary bar owner Nick Kokonas for new cookbook and New York City location sneak peek details. Then Louisa and Joseph discuss why there is no Chicago cocktail. Finally, Joseph accepts a mystery bar challenge at The Onion offices, but Will We Drink It?
Jun 02 2017
Rank #17: Episode 30: Street Food & Lemon Cake
Jul 18 2017
Rank #18: Episode 64: Whiskey, cider, and ketchup Doritos
Aug 05 2019
Rank #19: EPISODE 36: Life Liberty & Gentrification: W/ Alpana Singh and Thai & Danielle Dang.
This week Monica and Louisa talk to restaurateur Alpana Singh about some big life changes--including the moment Seth Kunin (Monica's just departed brother-in-law) changed the trajectory of her life with one act of kindness. Then Louisa hears more moving stories in the food business from chef Thai and Danielle Dang who are working to create personal connections and delicious food in a community torn by gentrification.
Nov 04 2017
Rank #20: Episode 33: Trash Tiki Drinks & Hong Kong Foodie Customs
Monica talks strange Hong Kong food customs and craft beer pairings. Louisa talks low-waste Trash Tiki. Then smoking tiki cocktails, but Will They Drink It?
Sep 22 2017