The Insider’s Guide to Chicago’s Chinatown Hot Pot Restaurants(0)
Chinatown, Chicago, 60616
In Chicago’s Chinatown, diners can enjoy a traditional famous dish from China called the hot pot. Two restaurants serving hot pot dishes are The Little Lamb, which serves traditional Mongolian hot pot, and The Flaming Pot, a restaurant that specializes in hot pot from the Chongqing region.
At these restaurants, diners boil their food in a bowl of broth.
The Little Lamb Hot Pot restaurant opened in 2015 at 2201 S Wentworth Ave next to the Chinatown arch. Breaking Voices spoke to the manager of the Little Lamb Hot Pot about their specialty.
“For the Mongolian broth it is more about the smell and the flavor of the broth. It is not too spicy and is more friendly to foreign customers. For vegetarians we have the mushroom broth and the tomato broth. We have a special Thai broth for Thai customers.”
Hot Pot Broth
Each hot pot contains a combination of meats, seafoods, vegetables, dumplings and tofu. Foods diners often choose include lamb slices, chicken breasts slices, shrimp, chinese broccoli, oysters, and bok choy. Each ingredient cooks for 1-15 minutes, depending on the type of food.
After the food finishes cooking, diners have the option to dip their foods in dipping sauces to add more flavor to the meal.
Dipping Sauce Station
In addition to the Little Lamb Mongolian hot pot, Breaking Voices interviewed the owner of The Flaming Pot, a Chongqing hot pot restaurant in Chinatown. The Flaming Pot is located at 2342 S Wentworth Ave along the main street in Chinatown and is recognizable by its logo, which depicts the face from a Chinese opera.
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Actor Delroy Lindo Speaks About Black Males During “Question Bridge” Exhibit at The DuSable Museum of African American History(0)
April 12, 2014 – Chicago, IL
On Saturday, April 12 English actor Delroy Lindo spoke to an audience at The DuSable Museum of African American History about the state of black males as part of “Question Bridge” exhibition. The exhibition focuses on black males and includes a series of video interviews by African American males. In the video series black men from around the country pose questions about their life and experiences as a black males. The questions posed are answered by other black males across the country.
ABOUT “QUESTION BRIDGE” EXHIBIT
“Question Bridge: Black Males opens a window onto the complex and often unspoken dialogue among African American men, creating an intimate and essentially genuine experience for viewers and subjects and providing new opportunities for understanding and healing. This project brings the full spectrum of what it means to be “black” and “male” in America to the forefront. “Blackness” ceases to be a simple, monochromatic concept.” (DuSable Museum of African American History)
As Executive Producer for “Question Bridge” exhibition Lindo said it is an important exhibit he believes everyone should see. Question Bridge: Black Males runs through May 18, 2014 at The DuSable Museum of African American History located at 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637.
Lindo who has 13-year-old son shared with #BVNews his relationship to his son and the teen generation of black boys. He spoke about the responsibility he and other black men have to help guide younger black males to achieve self expression.
“The most important thing we can embrace for ourselves is our humanity. And on so many levels we are the same as any other human beings on the planet and often times that gets lost,” Lindo said.
Watch Part 1 of #BVNews interview with actor Delroy Lindo.
#BVNews asked Lindo why question and answers are important ways to discover truth. Lindo responded by sharing how important it is for black men to have places to express themselves.
Watch Part 2 of #BVNews interview with actor Delroy Lindo
The museum provided a space during the evening where an audience that included black men young and old, who got the opportunity to hear Lindo speak and ask questions about his life and acting career.
Like a father giving advice to his children, Lindo spoke directly with words of encouragement to groups of young black boys seated front row at the discussion. Lindo acknowledged how important it was to have their presence in the audience.
“You are the future of this country,” he said. “The fact that you can take it upon yourself to come and to participate in an evening like this says a lot about who you are. So thank you very much for being here.”
Lindo’s film career began in 1970s after he graduated from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. His film credits include Malcolm X (1992), Crooklyn (1994), Get Shorty (1995), The Cider House Rules (1999), The Core (2003), Up (2009), and The Big Bang (2011). His television acting credits include The Chicago Code (2011) and Believe (2014).
Lindo expressed the joys and hardships being a successful actor in Hollywood.
Watch the #BVNews video with Delroy Lindo talking about being a black actor in Hollywood.
About Delroy Lindo
On the stage and on the big screen, Delroy Lindo projects a powerful presence that is almost impossible to ignore! Lindo has been nominated for the Tony and Screen Actors Guild awards and has won a Satellite Award. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Harold Loomis in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, West Indian Archie in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, Catlett in Get Shorty, Arthur Rose in The Cider House Rules, Detective Castlebeck in Gone in 60 Seconds and Woody Carmichael in the Spike Lee film Crooklyn. He is also known for having starred as Alderman Ronin Gibbons in weekly series the Chicago Code. Currently, Lindo stars in the new NBC drama Believe.
Lindo was born in 1952 in South East London, England to Jamaican parents. He shared the historical facts that brought his family to England. Below is highlight of Lindo discussion his Jamaican roots.
Old St. Pat’s Church in Downtown Chicago Host The World’s Largest Block Party(0)
By : Jeannine Chavez
Hosting 20,000 people in the Old St. Pat’s neighborhood for two nights is no small task. Old St. Pat’s Church, Chicago’s oldest public building as well as a treasured historic landmark will be the the host of the 28th annual World’s Largest Block Party.
Among the most anticipated and popular summer events in Chicago, The World’s Largest Block Party, is an annual tradition for young adults to gather to meet, mingle and listen to nationally recognized entertainment.
Throughout the years, countless people have shared the World’s Largest Block Party’s mission of hospitality and community. More than a thousand volunteers each year help host the event. The World’s Largest Block Party is one of Old St. Pat’s most significant fundraisers.
Proceeds support the mission and outreach activities of Old St. Pat’s including the Education Center, the Outreach Group, Horizons For Youth, Career Transitions Center of Chicago and Global Alliance for Africa. This event is a party for a good cause.
Official World’s Largest Block Party Website: www.worldslargestblockparty.com
Dates: Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30, 2012
Time: 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Place: Outdoors, Des Plaines between Monroe and Adams, Chicago
Cost: To be announced. Tickets: To be announced.
Walk up Sales
Tickets can be purchased at Old St. Patrick’s office, 711 West Monroe Street, 3rd floor.
Monday–Thursday—9:00 am–7:00 pm
Friday & Saturday—9:00 am–2:00 pm.
Tickets can be purchased by cash, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AmEx. NO CHECKS
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Block Party Hotline 312-648-1590
130 Chicago Kids Paint Mural in Northside Neighborhood Inspired By San Diego Artist/Illustrator Rafael Lopez at Addison & Blue Line.(0)
By : Anna Zolkowski Sobor , Addison/Avondale Mural Executive Committee & Vice President, Old Irving Park Assn.
Chicago, Illinois—it all started when one young mother got tired of trudging through a dreary, pigeon-spotted viaduct on the way to her local park. Joanie Friedman’s hope to paint a mural at Addison St. and the Kennedy Expressway resulted in a transformation, but not only of a blank wall. It snowballed into a cross-country, cross-cultural and cross-community effort.
130 children age 5 and older are scheduled to finish painting the 100+ foot long Addison/Avondale mural this Thursday, June 21 beginning at 9 AM. A ceremony thanking mural designer Rafael Lopez is planned for 3 PM at the mural site. Friday, June 22 marks a community celebration, with a group photo at 5:45 PM, and then a parade to nearby Athletic Field Park led by funky marching band Environmental Encroachment.
The mural was gridded, traced and painted in one week after a year long local planning and fundraising process. San Diego, California based artist and illustrator Rafael Lopez was welcomed at a reception at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen on June 13, 2012. He’d offered his design and one week of time to paint a mural with both experienced volunteer artists and over one hundred children on Chicago’s Northwest side. Irving Park resident Cesareo Moreno, chief curator of the Museum, volunteered to be the Addison mural’s project manager.
Located at the intersection of the Avondale and Irving Park community areas, the railroad underpass is at the crossroads of the CTA’s Blue Line subway, the Kennedy Expressway and Addison Street. It serves as an entry point to Chicago for hundreds of thousands of Cubs fans, as well as being a major bus and pedestrian commuter hub.
Over 500 neighbors responded to emails, a stencil on the blank wall announcing a mural and a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mural-at-Addison-Avondale/136491123111933). They came together to organize and secure donations of time, materials, food and funds. As a result, people who’d lived and worked in the area for years forged new friendships and alliances. Both pedestrians and motorists have stopped to cheer on the work in progress. The effort spilled over onto the adjoining vacant piece of land on Avondale Ave., which is being transformed into a community perennial garden.
The impact of a little paint on the wall resulted in another ripple effect. Ineffective pigeon netting & years of pigeon waste were removed from above the viaduct’s southern sidewalk and new pigeon spikes installed thanks to Ald. Rey Colon’s (35) intercession. Pedestrians now have a healthier and cleaner environment when walking to the bus, park or Blue Line.
Taste of Randolph Street – Best Chicago Street Festival(0)
by: Erin Bassett
Growing up in the Milwaukee area, I got used to weekly festivals on the lakefront. Summerfest was the big one, but we also had Irish Fest, German Fest and Festa Italiana among others. Local restaurants and breweries would have carts or storefronts and several hundred bands made their way through.
When I moved to Chicago, I had no idea how similar street festivals were to my fests at home. Each neighborhood’s has a different flavor without drawing the massive crowds that Taste of Chicago and Lolla seem to.
The one not to miss? Taste of Randolph Street.
Each year, the restaurants of Restaurant Row come out in full force to serve up their dishes. It is a great way to try some of the top notch restaurants in the city without committing to a whole meal! I’m looking forward to splitting small items with people and visiting as many different vendors as possible.
If the food doesn’t get you, the music will. Two stages, one at each end of the six block festival, are booked with acts ranging from new punk rock bands to dance performances and DJs spin hits in the middle of the festival to keep the party rockin.
Visit the Taste of Randolph Friday, June 15 (5 to 11 PM) through Sunday, June 17 (noon to 11 PM) on Randolph Street between Peoria and Racine. The Halsted bus drops visitors off 3 blocks from the East end of the festival. The new Morgan Street Green/Pink line stop is one block from the East end.
The Taste of Randolph costs $10 admission and you should have cash with you for beers, food and wares.
Full musical act line-ups and restaurant lists are available online, www.tasterandolph.com
I’ll be attending the Taste of Randolph Street on Sunday. Follow me on twitter (@ebdaily) for updates!
The “Avengers” 3D Screening at Chicago AMC River East & The S.H.E.I.L.D. Acura Hosted After-Party(0)
By: BV Staff
Like most, when we discovered that we had advance tickets to see the “The Avengers” three days before the general public at the AMC River East theater because of the partnership between Marvel Studios and Chicago Acura dealers, a inner child from the 80’s jumped out of us all like scientist Robert “Bruce” Banner does when he turns into ” The Incredible Hulk”.
When the world is threatened by Loki (brother of Thor), Nick Fury as the director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency, must rely on Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow to fight what may be that last stance for the human race. As most know, the movie was 143 minutes with the entire cast really delivering a amazing performance from the likes of hollywoods biggest stars such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner & Samuel L. Jackson.
For this review, we are going to leave the typical theatrical reviews to the professionals at the Chicago Tribune, NYTimes, IMDB, and Rotten Tomato to tell you if you should see it or not…… PS: If you think this movie sucks, you suck (Jk). For this review, we are going to talk about the amazing after party sponsored by Acura Motors at the River East Art Center. The after party included top shelf alcohol, appetizers, sketch artists, video games, photographs with the Acuras, and a very nice swag bag with a dvd copy of “Caption America”.
WBEZ 91.5 Chicago Public Radio Sponsors Global Activism Expo Hosted By Jerome McDonnell(0)
In a world that needs more positive actions from more people, the Global Activism Expo hosted by UIC Social Justice Initiative last year featured global activist representing over 100 countries. The Global Activism Expo is a gathering of Chicago-area global Non-governmental organizations that want to share knowledge with attendees about conditions in other countries like Tanzania, India, Nigeria, and many others that need more volunteer services to over come the issues facing individuals within those communities NGO’s serve.
The Global Activism Series hosted by Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell of WBEZ in Chicago welcomed organizations that provided services from Haiti To as far east as Kenya in hopes to helping those that have no voice. The Global Activism Expo grew out of the weekly segment called ” Global Activism”, which is apart of the WBEZ daily news program Worldview.
The purpose of this event is to feature those amazing people that make the world a better place by getting involved personally by building bridges to others through food, music, dancing, networking, film, and lectures on such subjects as Infant Mortality, solar-energy, Malaria, and many other issues that face third-world countries. This event is free and open to the public. The conference opens doors at Noon on Saturday with classes, presentations, food vendors and a remarkable music line-up. The entire event is free for all attendees.
What the Tipsy Cake’s Apology Teaches About Racism In Chicago(0)
By: M ( BreakingVoices Guest Journalist)
Naomi Levine, the owner of Tipsy Cake bakery recently stated that she moved her storefront to Bucktown from Humboldt Park because “There were just too many gunshots in the cake, so we decided to move…We did have some very upscale clients in Humboldt Park, but with Bucktown, nobody would be too scared.” She also had named one of her pastries the “Humboldt crack bar”.
There is no doubt that Naomi Levine’s comments betray latent racism about the ethnic divisions and crime in Chicago. Let’s be clear: we can all save our cookies because first and foremost she made comments that were racist. She jokes about crime in a community with a strong Puerto Rican cultural background (while Bucktown, the neighborhood she claims to be safer, is in the same scale of crime according to CPD’s clearmap). We can claim that this is just about a neighborhood, but Humboldt Park is predominantly a Puerto Rican neighborhood and to claim otherwise is to ignore the cultural centers, the icon of the neighborhood (the large Puerto Rican flag), and the clear racial make-up of its population. She also makes the distinction that they had some “upscale clients” in Humboldt Park. This distinction is made because it is supposed to be contrary to what we would believe. There’s no award for “least racist”, but what I’d like to take this as an opportunity for, however, is a guide for people with privilege, in particular white people and people with economic privilege, who have privileges granted to them by society that many people of color do not.
The relevant, but often missing, information is that crime is created by privilege- more accurately the lack of privilege. For people who lack privilege, class mobility is limited if not near impossible. So if you start out with little, you don’t to stay at “little” . In terms of Ms. Levine- a person joking about crack has probably never been in a position where selling or making drugs was one of their only options for money. This is the important context that made her comments racist: perception of danger is highly racialized not only by personal racism but also by the racism in the criminal justice system. This is information that a person with privilege should have, because for many people of color it is a lived reality. Ignorance is just another in the long list of white privileges and one that we can actively resist.
The other striking privilege-induced behavior demonstrated in these comments is individualist thinking. She showed complete lack of gratitude for a community that took in her store, despite that it could contribute to gentrification, and patronized her bakery. This is another sign of privilege, to see yourself as valuable and important enough to be the top priority. Our society tells people that if they succeed it is due to their merit and if they fail it is due to their lack of effort or intelligence. What is always left out is that we are not all born equal in the United States; with a 20,000 gap in median income between white and black people. 97% of people arrested in Chicago are not Caucasian and 31.7% of people living in Chicago are Caucasian. 75.6% of those arrests are African American people while African Americans account for less than 32.9% of the Chicago population (less than because there is no division between black Hispanic or Native people and African Americans in the Census data).(Arrest information from http://arrestjustice.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/arrests-by-race-sex-by-district-2010.pdf and demographic information from the 2010 U.S. Census)
Let’s look at Levine’s apology statement and pull out some key points for the privileged among us.
She apologized: This seems simple but for many privileged people it isn’t. It is so much easier to use your privilege to simply dismiss the allegations- “I didn’t mean it to be racist so it isn’t”, “I was just referring to crime, I never mentioned race,” or any number of other responses could have sufficed to sweep this incident under the rug while leaving all the criticisms unaddressed. However, Levine took her criticisms into consideration in a fairly adequate apology. For this, we have to thank the many people who spoke out about her comments.
This brings us to the second thing that is done right in this apology: she recognizes personal bias.
For privileged people, it is very difficult to realize that you do not have the undefeated 100% correct objective factual perspective. It helps when thousands of people express their disapproval of your comments, that makes it a bit easier to admit that maybe somewhere along the line you missed something.
But what was she still missing?
She claimed she was living in a vacuum: Maybe this reaction is a misunderstanding of the original criticism that stated that things don’t occur in a vacuum but in fact no, Naomi Levine was not living in a vacuum. Her business grew as the result of its patrons. Her patronage came from a community consisting of people with a history. History is the reason that for Naomi Levine, cops coming to her bakery is not a strange occurrence. This is not a vacuum, it just looked to her like a vacuum because she paid no attention to the people supporting her in the background and their lives.
She didn’t admit privilege: Levine could have used this as an opportunity to acknowledge and discuss privilege. While she does admit she was wrong she does not admit to the depth or reasons she was wrong. On the surface it does seem to be “ignorance”, but as many of her criticizers know, that ignorance comes from an insipid structure called “privilege”. If she had brought this up, it could have led to a much larger dialogue. I could be telling you now about the incarceration rates of people of color versus white people, I could tell you about the pay gap, not between men and women but between white people and people of color. Actually, if Naomi Levine had done a great job in her apology, you would be well versed in these areas.
In short what she fails to do in her apology is take full responsibility for her comments and their effects. She leaves us with the impression that while she feels bad that she made inappropriate comments, they were mainly a result of ignorance which clearly we can understand, right? What we needed from her is an admission that she is ignorant because she has privilege that she hasn’t had to check until now. Intentions aren’t important in racism, it exists structurally in our society and things you say may reinforce those structures. No one is claiming that Naomi Levine intentionally made racist comments but that doesn’t change the offense. It is pointless to argue that a comment wasn’t meant to be racist or to claim that it isn’t about race because in our society ninety-nine out of a hundred times it is about race, whether we notice it or not.
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