First stop was Gu's for some Szechaun-style Chinese.
We started with some Chengdu-style cold noodles in a sweet and spicy sauce.
Cumin string beans with dried chilis was the highlight for me. Spicy, crunchy, and an almost Middle Eastern flavor profile from the heady dose of cumin. These were fun, and tongue-numbing spicy.
Spicy-crunchy beef was also tasty. The greens here (spinach, I think?) are really a treat as they soak up most of the heat and flavor from the dish.
Not satisfied after lunch number one at Gu's, we meandered over to Chicago Supermarket for some legit tacos. The barbacoa and carnitas were excellent.
Forget the TexMex slop that you've wasted your time with most of your life thinking you were eating Mexican tacos. The beauty here is in the simplicity of slow cooked beef and/or pork topped simply with white onions and piles of fresh cilantro. A squeeze of lime, a squirt of spicy salsa, and you are in taco heaven. Straight out of a small kitchen in the back corner of supermarket and these tacos will set you back a whopping $1.50-$2.00 each.
Still not satisfied at this point, we made our way over to White Windmill Bakery to pick up some Korean desserts. White windmill was a bit of a revelation and I loaded up on various cookies and pastries. The donuts with mung bean paste, cream-filled pecan cookies, and almond cookies were favorites.