Questionable Druckin’ Appeal

She wore TAAAAAAANGERINE.

She wore TAAAAAAANGERINE.

This. Is a tangerine. Sweet, tangy, delicious fruit that is notoriously hard to peel. Ready for your A-HA moment? According to the good folks at the Bon Appetit test kitchens, when you cook with tangerines, you can EAT the peel! In describing this Pork Tenderloin Stir-Fry with Tangerines and Chili Sauce, BA states, “A tangerine’s skin is so thin that when it’s cooked, you can eat the fruit—peel and all.”

Pork, good. Peel, bad.

Pork, good. Peel, bad.

But I am here to warn you, much like eating an entire deep-dish pizza or spending 60% of your salary on footwear, just because you CAN does not mean you SHOULD. A friend made this recipe for me last night, and I have to say that the pork was very tasty indeed, but tangerine peel — even when sautéed in a wok — is bitter, chewy and reminiscent of orange-flavored baby aspirin. We ended up fighting for the last morsels of pork buried in a bowl full of uneaten tangerines.

Again, I am forced to question whether or not the Bon Appetit test kitchens actually TASTE the dishes they endorse, or whether, in fact, the Bon Appetit test kitchens actually exist. Your move, Bon Appetit. I patiently await your reply. (Please note: I can probably be bought with prompt delivery of this pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust.) I’m just sayin’.

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  1. Brody

    Love the site, love this review of Rush. I resided in Chicago for years & I agree about this place. Nice option to have, but it’s not Chicago.

    I actually think Father’s Office feels more like a Chicago bar. Or it used to until it got so trendy.

    • debra

      Thanks Brody! You made my day — you are my very first blog comment from someone whom I have not yet met! (Tho I know we’ve both met Han Le. 🙂 Totally agree on the FO reference. I live in Culver but still prefer the SM one. Someday, I need to try Joe Mantegna’s place, http://www.tastechicago.biz/, have you been?

      • Brody

        Yes, I used to work with Han on a Food Network show actually.

        As far as FO, that’s what I was alluding to. Discovered SM FO when I first moved here and even though I live in Hollywood, I found myself there often. I do go to the Culver one now as the beers & burgers are still A+ there and it’s more convenient, but I do miss the vibe of the SM location.

        I actually love Culver. I love that Hotel Bar in front of the movie theater best. Just a cool place to hang — haven’t tried the eats there yet though.

      • Brody

        Oh — and I’ve a lot of mixed reviews on Mantegna’s place. Have a buddy that lives across the street and he said it’s not that great. Still want to try someday, but haven’t yet.

      • debra

        i love the culver hotel!!! it’s one of my fave LA places. do you think the rumors that the munchkins held orgies there during the wizard of oz filming are true?! (oh they just have to be, it’s too good. i’m clicking my heels together right now, ‘there’s no place like a munchkin orgy.’)

        was just saying to han that we should all get a drink sometime, would love to hear about your adventures as a midwesterner making it as a writer in LA. we could meet at the culver hotel! 🙂

        again, thanks so much for the comments! expect a chicago bears post monday morning, hopefully a happy one. our defense is really gonna have to show up for this game, or it’s over before it starts. GO BEARS! xd

      • Brody

        What?? — had never heard about any munchkinorgy. Yes, I made it one word and it immediately became a favorite new word — munchkinorgy.

        wonder if munchkinorgy.com is taken?

        Drinks at the Hotel works for me. BTW, that happy hour at Rush is pretty damn good as far as drink and food specials. I’ve seen my share of 8PM movies next door drunkasaskunk.

  2. Deb

    What? Eat a peel? What are those posers at Bon Appetit thinking? Oy.

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