Rank #1: Episode 78: Great Memorial Day Escape
Chewing podcast co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk about the future of restaurants and getting away from it all. First, Monica talks to Chicago chef Carrie Nahabedian, who shares the challenges facing restaurants like her Brindille as they look at reopening or not soon. Then, how do they make those "The Trip to..." movies with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and all that food? A producer on the latest film "The Trip to Greece" reveals how. Plus, what are the best milk alternatives and why? The maker of Milkadamia macadamia milk says it's one of the most environmentally friendly versions around. Finally, Monica dares Louisa to drink plant milk, but Will She Drink It?
May 22 2020
Rank #2: Episode 5: "Ethnic" v. "White" Food
This week on the Chewing podcast, co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng talk “Ethnic” versus “White” food, whatever that means. They discuss with Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold, also the star of the new documentary “City of Gold”, as well as Lucky Peach editor in chief Chris Ying, and author of The Wurst of Lucky Peach: A Treasury of Encased Meat. Plus Louisa offers Monica the classic Chinese-American dish egg foo young, but Will She Eat It? (Photo: takeout sweet and sour pork, fried, rice, and egg roll in Chicago, by Louisa Chu)
Apr 08 2016
Rank #3: 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 #4: Episode 39: Lunar New Year
Happy Year of the Dog! Monica investigates shocking immigration history behind Chinese chop suey restaurants plus dine and dance cafes. Louisa offers Chinese New Year Kitchen God food and drink, plus treats for furry surprise guests, but Will They Eat It?
Feb 17 2018
Rank #5: Episode 69: Ramen, okonomiyaki, how to shop for Japanese groceries
Monica Eng visits Mitsuwa Marketplace to learn how to shop for Japanese groceries. Yoshi's Cafe owner Nobuko Katsumura teaches her how to eat ramen. Louisa Chu talks to Gaijin owners about okonomiyaki. Monica dares Louisa to taste cheese flavored fish sausage, but Will She Eat It?
Nov 12 2019
Rank #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: Episode 70: Thanksgiving & Baking
Nov 26 2019
Rank #9: Episode 57: Best and Worst of the Year
Dec 28 2018
Rank #10: Episode 59: Pizza and Ship Shape
Feb 18 2019
Rank #11: 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 #12: Episode 35: Happy and Italian
This week Monica and Louisa serve up recipes for happiness. Louisa tries to coax well-loved recipes out of Italian cooks at Taste of Melrose Park, while Monica talks to beloved Chicago restaurateur Jason Chan about positivity, sushi and their secret connection. Then Monica drives out to the inaugural Laughter Yoga conference to talk to guru Madan Kataria about the power of laughter. If you want to smile click play!
Oct 20 2017
Rank #13: Episode 43: Acid Trip, Salad Club, & Herbal Jelly
Apr 16 2018
Rank #14: 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 #15: Episode 71: Holiday Feasts and Drink
Monica Eng talks about surprising American story behind Italian Christmas Feast of the Seven Fishes with filmmaker Robert Tinnell. Louisa Chu talks about best new book "Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time" with author Brad Thomas Parsons. Louisa and Monica visit world's largest Starbucks with Chicago Malort cocktail, but Will They Drink It?
Dec 21 2019
Rank #16: Episode 68: Episode 68: Patel Brothers, Superkhana, Thattu, best sustainable diet
Louisa Chu visits newest Patel Brothers, the largest Indian grocery chain in North America. Monica Eng talks to a Johns Hopkins researcher about the best diet to save the planet. Louisa learns sweet loves stories behind biscuit desserts at Superkhana International and Thattu. Monica dares her to eat spicy fish roe potato chips, but Will She Eat It?
Oct 28 2019
Rank #17: 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
Rank #18: Episode 30: Street Food & Lemon Cake
Jul 18 2017
Rank #20: 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