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Spicemode – A Fresh Take The Real Deal

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Authenticity isn’t something you can manufacture, pour in, or add a pinch of. It’s there or it isn’t, and one of our newest items on our shelf has it – authenticity in bounds and nothing to hide: Spicemode.

Spice Mode

The thing about Spicemode is that it’s made with fresh ingredients; real herbs and spices grown locally whenever possible. Many of their spices are unground & whole they ground, for the purest flavor possible. They are lovers of midwestern farms and get their aromatic ingredients from them to craft the base – all in small batches, by hand and without using preservatives. There are no shortcuts for Spicemode, it’s all traditionally slow cooked – caramelized onions and garlic, ginger, chillies – culminating into a truly wonderful jar of authentically done Indian sauces. Spicemode say it’s a delicate process, and we knowingly agree – making a great tasting jar of real sauce like these is nearly impossible to come by in such a convenient package. Meats, beans, veggies, simmering sauces, tapanades, spreadables, chilis – anyway you use Spicemode’s sauces they’re delicious.

Right now, we carry three of their mixes. The Madras, is a creamy sauces that mirrors what is crafted daily in Indian homes; it’s tasty in stir-fry, lovely mixed into roasted veggies, or soaked into protein. Their Vindaloo is a twist on the classic, it’s their signature sauce, and takes up a great dance of vinegar, brown sugar and spice – it’s also irresistible with chicken. The Masala is our go-to sauce at home, it’s punchy with real flavor and simple enough to nibble through – top rice or naan, cook with veggies or meat, versatile and great in every way.

Get these jars before we end up eating them all; now available on our shelf. Want to shout to the world how much you love Spicemode? Have a great idea for a use of their spices? Leave us a line below.

August 2012 – Posting Thanks

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Trying to catch up with back-logged ‘thanks’ – so without further ado:

Gary starts us off with a lovely write up from his blog “Grilled Cheese?” with the sweeter side of the menu. Big thanks to a great post!

Jeremy takes his love of brunch to a whole new level – planning himself in front of a different breakfast plate every weekend to attempt to land a seat at each place serving it! Thanks for the love Jeremy, and a congratulations on the little one!

Daily Candy, a long time love of ours, gave us a super nice shout-out for having one of the best breakfasts in Chicago!

Monica, a guest blogger for Pretty and Fun, gave us a really nice praise of being her favorite brunch place in the city. So wonderful, and thanks for giving the street it’s well deserved attention too!

Peaknit makes a quick mention of our ‘worth-the-wait’ breakfast – thanks for making your way down to our place! So happy to hear.

Another call out for “favorite places to brunch” comes from the ladies at Cayetano Legacy Collection’s blog; they called out our tasty breakfast foods and locally sourced gourmet items.

Bunny and Brandy go around flooding the page with warm fuzzes, picking their favorite brunch places, while calling us out for having their favorite pancakes. Heck yeah, thanks!

Becky gave a lovely shout out to us in her blog ‘In the Land of Beef and Malbec’ – thanks for stopping by and congrats on the little one on the way!

In the New York Times, we got a wonderful mention about being the “veteran” Meal-Market hybrid. So honored and humbled to be placed with such great local names and be in ‘The Times’.

April 2013 – Posting Thanks

Monday, May 13th, 2013

We try to say ‘thanks’ to posts every month. So here is our shout-out to those who mentioned us in April.

One of our super-friendly customers gave us some the the highest praise possible – building a dish based off of one of ours. In Rachael’s blog, An Eventful Life, she created a pimento and veggie scramble that makes us hungry to dig in.

Matt Kirouac, a prolific Chicago food writer, gave us another shout out in his post about ‘Picnic Pros’ – getting us super pumped to break out the basket and have a lunch in the grass. Thanks, and great as always.

And finally, we got a shout-out in a showdown between neighborhoods – between Lakeview (our choice) or Pilsen. Racked bridges shopping and style in a highly entertaining blog – so we’re quite humbled to be among those mentioned. Thanks guys!

July 2012 – Posting Thanks

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

We’ve been headed to the way-back machine to pull up posts to say ‘thanks’ to those we missed in months past. We’re trying to catch back up to current months, and hope those who mentioned us don’t think we ignored them. We hear ya! So let’s get to the great posts, away we go!

A lovely gent put up his art in our store, Riggo bragged about this on his site. You should check out his amazing metal sculptures, really quite beautiful.

Two sisters came into our place and snapped a load of truly gorgeous photos. Many thanks to Allison and Ashely, who have a hip and very pretty blog Zucchero & Butter.

Anne came into our place with a City Walk card in hand, and gave us some love, so we’re sending some back her way. thanks so much, and keep up the great blog!

Pure Wow mentioned us in their article about Heritage Bicycle Shop; very chic blog and lovely writing – thanks!

The Chicago Reader did a story about sweet tasty nuts, Mama’s Nuts to be exact. They also mentioned we carried them (which we still do with pride). Big ups for the shout out and giving these lovely nuts the credit in which they are due.

The minimalistic, photo rich blog Dinner Was Delicious gave us a holler in their “What’s Good In Chicago” post for that month. Big thanks go to them for calling out one of Chef Derrick’s favorite dishes: the brisket and gravy.

In a show of force on the awesomeness of Heritage Bicycles, the spotlight was once again splashed on us in a post from ‘It’s Me, KP’ on them. Kick’n rad blog with a very cute style – keep it up Kelly!

March 2013, Posting Thanks

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

In March, we got some tasty blog-love from some of our favorite online syndications. So without further ado, some lovely pieces of journalism for your reading pleasure.

Plan B, a spanish blog of one woman’s travels, posted a really nice article about our place. Super pretty blog, and very straightforward when mentioning her favorite places. We’ll be checking back on our next travels for sure.

From Daily Candy, East Troy Honey was picked out for their luscious flavor profiles and being a local all-natural apiary. They talk up the honey in the way it should be, heck, we are in love too. So, thanks Daily Candy for calling out some fantastic honey (and us).

Later in the month, we spotted something in our Twitter feed: a post by Matt – from Serious Eats. A glowing review of our digs, an article we keep in our desk to brighten our day, we are humbled by such a work. We are at a loss to say much more but we thanks Serious Eats and Matt for the piece and of course the fantastic prose they lay down just about everyday. Keep up the great work.

Popping up just before April landed, the chicagoist pushed a great article on places to go before/after a Cubs game. We think our pancakes and breakfast preps for a long day afternoon of cheering too, they like the cuban for lunch before an evening game and we can’t argue there. Great detective work Amy, and thanks for the love – here is some back at ya!

June 2012, Posting Thanks

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

We’re really behind in these. So we wanted to attack it from front to back – starting on either end and meeting in the middle. This is the first in a line. So without further ado, we wanted to say thanks for those who wrote about us nearly a year ago.

The month’s shining article was from the lovely folks at Daily Candy – a kind piece about our newest (at the time) addition, a preservationist. With the addition of Melanie to our team we cranked up our in-house canning, they took note, and we’re quite grateful for the note. Even the Eater picked up the story in a rundown of local happenings.

Maureen, from Chicago Now, wrote a great post about exploring our neighborhood. One of the ladies at Athletica mentioned our store as a great place to come for lunch. The piece said wonderfully nice things about us and our outdoor cafe. So, thanks Maureen!

Our Award Wining Dilly Beans

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Our house-made Dilly BeansTurns out our intense love of our Dilly Beans were warranted. In the warmth of San Francisco, the Good Food Award folks rose us through the ranks – our tasty beans – from the stack of entries and awarded them with the medal in ‘pickles.’ This isn’t just an award for the brightly vinegary beans, but for our store as a whole, for all of SPG.

Good Food Awards Winner Seal .O.2013There are awards for responsible food curating or tasty food stuff – but The Good Food Awards bridge the two into a sort of “good people who make good things.” We couldn’t be more happy and humbled to have been bestowed this kind of honor. They couldn’t have happened without the sharp eye, and keen craftsmanship of our preservationist, Melanie. The Dilly Beans are still crunchy, have an unwavering bouquet of spices, and the kind of smooth vinegar bite that you only get with years of perfecting pickling. They love to live in a tall Bloody Mary, lay down with some condiment friends in a hotdog, or – heck – belly up to a jar with a fork and dig right in!

Unfortunately, our availability is nil as far as these wonderful beans due to seasonality, do feel free to check out the rest of our preserves; Take some flavor home with you today from off our shelves! Want to share your love of our Dilly Beans or a recipe/way you used them? Leave us a comment below, we’d love to hear from ya.

Our Michelin Guide Review – 2013

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Michelin_Recom_KWe wanted to share our review from this year’s Michelin Guide:

Open for breakfast and lunch, this sleep neighborhood bistro also offers (as the name suggests) enough homey dishes for take-away and extensive top-of-the-line ingredients to keep even the most finicky foodie happy. Locals love this place, which occasionally leads to long lines on the weekends and lots of high-energy conversations inside.

The made-from-scratch vibe is apparent in all the dishes, providing a welcome alternative to the greasy spoon breakfasts. The chopped salad with herded buttermilk dressing is a meal unto itself. Sandwiches may include the roast beef melt, with pickled vegetables, smoked Swiss, and crispy shallots. Save room for the grilled coffee cake, stuffed with cream cheese and grilled until gooey – it’s as decadent as it sounds.

Many thanks to the secret inspectors!

May 2012, Posting Thanks

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

We may be a bit behind on getting this up, but we wanted to make sure those who said such wonderful things about us got the shout-out they deserved.

Mason Johnson wrote on one of the CBS Chicago Best of List that our cupcakes are one of the best in the city. Super nice to say, happy to have made the list!

Serious Eats listed our Brie sandwich as one of the best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Chicago, a massive honor to bestow on one of our personal favorites – thanks guys!

Speaking of ‘greatest in Chicago;’ Daily Candy listed our seasonal sandwiches as one of the best in all of this great city.

Dose featured us in one of their posts about the great vendors at the market. Thanks, and we’ll be there next go round.

Zagat mentioned us in a post about truffletruffle’s new I <3 Chicago tins, in which we play a part. If you haven’t tried this collection, you don’t know what you are missing, it’s a collaboration truffle box unlike anything we had dreamed.

Many thanks to Molly and her beautiful blog A Foreign Land, her write up about us is super nice and great food photos to boot!

Another great blog Mindless Thinking (by Matt) is a great food blog like few we’ve seen. His post about our breakfast was great – and seemed to get exactly what we are aiming for. Good on ya Matt!

A SPG inspired bread pudding pancake, some pretty-self made socks, and a book is all peaknits needs on her mother’s day to make it great. We’re glad we could be apart of it – Happy Mother’s Day!

In her blog Chelsea Days, author Chelsea, takes time to reflect on her ‘passing up’ of our cupcakes twice during a cleanse. Thanks for the mention, and we hope you got to get a cupcake (or two) post-cleanse! :)

And as always: if we are missing a post let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

January’s Blog ‘Thank You’

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Tasting Table rocked our socks with a great article about our Live Kraut, and then the Huffington Post reposted the story and we had socks rocked again. Thanks Guys!

The Chicagoist mentions the $5 Breadpudding Pancake Fortnight we were running at the time in a wrap-up post – honored to be mentioned on their stellar blog.

TimeOut Chicago humbled us by including us on their list of places with ‘better brunch;’ Perennial Virant gave us something to blush about when they included us on their list of favorite spots on that same list.

Sara posted on her tumblr that we’re one of her favorite spots in Chicago! Thanks Sara!

In a post on a local marketing great – the author, Gini, mentions having brunch with us. Thanks for the shout out!

Windy City Media picked up our involvement with Essay Fiesta – if you haven’t checked it out, do yourself a favor and go to one of Essay Feista‘s shows.

January was also the month that Heritage Bikes opened – their slew of deserved media coverage spilled over to us a bit because we provide their tasty treats. From bike blogs and news sites like Grind Chicago & Bicycle Retailer to the ever popular Chicago Reader, Red Eye Chicago, Urban DaddyEater Chicago, and Daily Candy to the super-local Roscoe View Journal and Chicago Business. We wanted to say a big thanks do those who mentioned our name with this great new local business!