Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Posted by Comrade Matluck at 3/29/2011 12:49:00 AM
Here is the exterior of the place. A meal unparalleled. One of the best sandwiches I have ever had. The mix of customers was noteworthy - every age and ethnic group, every profession, every style, walked through that front door in search of a taste of bliss. Everyone shows up here because they know they will find bliss here. The "Combo" made me forget how cold it is. Oh, I did not realize, this is a result of bliss!
Posted by Comrade Matluck at 3/29/2011 12:19:00 AM
Monday, March 28, 2011
The "Combo" bestows the best of both worlds - pork (Polish sausage - kielbasa) and beef (thinly sliced roast bee) and hot peppas (peppers), not to mention a decent yet quickly meat juice-disintegrated bun, all of which has been dipped in au jus, otherwise known as refined beef drippings. I have only had Italian Roast Beef (Chicago-style) at Pusateri's, in Stuart, FL. I loved it when I first experienced this sandwich there, but Pusateri's is only half what Al's delivered. Mama mia! Eh, the photos before and after this post say it all.
Posted by Comrade Matluck at 3/28/2011 08:40:00 PM
Posted by Comrade Matluck at 3/28/2011 08:26:00 PM
I guess I need to admit that I suffer, in some way, from acrophobia - the fear of heights. Heights never really bothered me until I passed the age of 30. I do not like inching up to the edge of what looks to me like a very long way down. An adrenaline rush is how I will name the racing of my insides and the exclusive focus of my mind on just how much longer I need to be in this acrophobic situation. I can overcome this "fear," as evidenced in this photo, but I do not particularly like to do so. Hey, at least it wasn't cold.
Posted by Comrade Matluck at 3/28/2011 08:13:00 PM
Now known as the Willis Tower, the tallest building in our hemisphere, and something else about TV and Radio antennae added to roof making it taller than some other tallest building in Taiwan, we had to make this our first destination for our first full day in Chi-Town. This is the view from the street below.
Posted by Comrade Matluck at 3/28/2011 07:32:00 PM
Let's start with the crust. Deep Dish crust uses butter or lard and resembles a pie crust more than a thin crust pizza and its pita-like crispness. Deep Dish crust is a little more flaky and dense. Next, home-made sausage (uncooked) is spread across the dough/crust. A copious layer of mozzarella cheese is then added. Finally, the top of the pie is coated with tomato sauce. This heavy-weight sucker then spends up to an hour in the oven (depending upon the serving size of the pie). If you enlarge the following photo you can see the individual layers in the cut pieces. Also, this pizza catches up with you quickly. Steve and I were bothed prepared to assault our second slice with abandon when a sudden sensation of fullness swept over us. Nonetheless, the delicious allure of this perfectly balanced pizza found both of us effortlessly consuming this second slice. The stretched buttons on our coats aside, I will nominate this particular pizza for the category of ultimate comfort food. With two more days in Chicago, maybe we will take this experience on a taste-testing quest.
Posted by Comrade Matluck at 3/28/2011 01:10:00 AM
Steve and I navigated our way via the Chicago subway to Lou Malnati's Deep Dish Pizzeria, a highly recommended destination for connoiseurs of this regional specialty. It is still cold out, but mid-thirties is a world of suffering away from low-twenties. We had a 30 minute wait, amused ourselves, ordered our pizza early, then were seated. And then, this, this, this sissy, orders and actually eats a salad! The only vegetable matter I have permitted past my lips is cole slaw, and that is only twice!
Posted by Comrade Matluck at 3/28/2011 01:02:00 AM
We are driving straight through Indiana, from Cleveland, OH, to Chicago, IL. Over six hours of driving. I planned some time at Amish communities in northern Indiana (where they have a large population), but neglected to realize we would be in Indiana and among the Amish on Sunday.
Posted by Comrade Matluck at 3/28/2011 12:56:00 AM
Thrice we noticed this suspicious looking tandem trailer. Normally, I get spooked from having a close proximity to the rolling deliverers of danger, but then Steve and I noticed something even more disturbing. The rear trailer was a container for Drake's Cakes; the front trailer was a container for Hostess's goodies. Cats and dogs living together?!?! Another sign of the Apocalypse?!?!
Posted by Comrade Matluck at 3/28/2011 12:51:00 AM