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Thursday, July 31, 2008

He's Got the Whole World In His Hands!
Really, what world leader wouldn't praise North Korea Monz after spreading the joy of a special yummy lunch prepared by She Who Cannot Be Named consisting of:

a) avocado-sprout-mustard-peanut sauce sandwich
b) carrots
c) pecans
d) miniature "champagne" grapes
e) unidentifiable piece of fruit.


"The unidentified fruit was a Pluot"

Praise Monz!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Friend Indeed!
North Korea Monz cares for the overworked -- after helping out this cold soul (who, for those of you who can't read Korean, is a public hearing officer), Monz drops off a 10" veggie sandwich he got at Leno's (no O's, extra hot peppers -- wake up!)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Alternate Universe Monz!

Ever wonder what it would be like if Monz was the spirit of the great leader of the leading Stalinist state on the planet? One thing can is for sure, the masses wouldn't be starving to death! Indeed, they'd be feasting at places like Los Volcanes, to check for "club" members and dine on a cheese/onion tamale and fajitas vegetales. It'd be satisfying portions and decently yummy! The owner man would inform the masses that they are working on lunch specials and other improvements.

Monday, July 28, 2008


For Canada Monday, we thought we'd let you know that what some have called the nation's first attempt at a European/American style massive outdoor music festival had it's problems. Monz lunch agt China Garden (Schezuan tofu and hot sour soup) may have had it's glitches, but nothing like this!

Friday, July 25, 2008

House of Siam (Florida) for young coconut curry, fresh rolls and salad.

Also, a correction for yesterday.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

When Kars4Kids Attacks!

While Monz is on lunch sabatical, our crack team of investigators reports an update on our previous expose on the Kars4Kids scam (which continues to sadden the Jewish members of the staff to see their faith perverted by these jerks). In this episode, police inform a news crew that they could file charges for unlawful detention against the lovely Kars4Kids staff.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Instant Karma!

A homemade veggie wrap with side of carrots, prepared by She Who Cannot Be Named, before Monz heads off to Florida tonight (non-vacation). Monz expressed confidence that it would be yummy. Meanwhile, the Music Editor (ME) was at the world's largest block party over the weekend to see if this band had gotten any better over the last five years. And while the ME has infinite respect for Old Saint Patrick's church, a fundraiser that includes 5 drinks in the ticket price, and a live karoke band called "Liquid Courage," he must report some displeasure with Nicholas Quality Meats, who refused repeated attempts to order their BBQ Pork plate and instead pushed the gotta-be-inferior pork-kah-bobs, then offered an inferior, unroasted offering of the "roasted" corn on the cob, manhandled by the server in a way that you sure wouldn't have put your mouth on that end of the cob. Thankfully ME had used his other food tickets on the Texas Fries, which were relatively tasty (seasoned fries with bbq sauce, cheese, and death-defying jalapenos) and filling.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Pose Patrol!

It continues. Oh my, registered a domain, puttering out after a few months. Munificient Monz bears no grudge, however, heck, we're sure he'd take Ricky to Fong's, say for vegatable chow mein and hot and sour soup, and give him some advice on lunch blog longevity.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Ripped from the Headlines!

Think the FDA are just a bunch of overworked worrywarts? Gonna go back to those jalepenos, are ya? Thank your lucky stars that you know the Monz! "Subway for salmonella laced jalapeno's (4 [deleted] today and counting)." But hey, they're doubling the meat, or shaving a buck off the price, or something...

Friday, July 18, 2008

Smell It, Smell It, Now Take It, This Is For You!

Imagine it's the later part of that fun-loving decade, the 1980's. You are at Millers Pub with a bud. Which bud? Any bud -- a so-called bud. Food is ordered. Food is delivered. Food is sampled. Food is tasty. You are enjoying your plate. And then...and then it's the 2000's! And Monz is having a yummy club sandwich (and water) and it's good!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Lunch Snobs!
Monz reports with delight that the week's long, hard downtown Chicago tasks has finally produced a yummy lunch. Russian Tea Time, on Adams at Michigan, for a quick dose of appetizer selection (including beet salad, carrots, hummus, tabouli, and hordes more!), caviar and some dumpling things with pumkin. Not only was the food reported to be great, but the service was exceptional.

In the 1980's there was this lightly psychedelic, lightly folkish indie band from L.A. called "Rain Parade." And in the spirit of that band we offer the following addendum. The EIC likes Russian Tea Time too -- really, he does. He also appreciate's the homage of their name to the now-defunct-but-once-famous Russian Tea Room in NYC. However, full disclosure demands we report the following: the EIC used to tutor Russian immigrants to Chicago in English. These folks loved everything about America, except 1) our beer (which they loathed as weak), 2) the beuracracy of our health insurance and 3) that people considered Russian Tea Time to be an authentic Ruskie dining experience. "One day" they would say to the EIC with deep, accented voices, "we will take you to our favorite Russian resturaunts, places where they don't understand a word of English, let alone would you hear one spoken."

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hook 'Em Horns!
Another tragic lunch in downtown Chicago: a promissing-looking gourmet deli which DELIvered-up overmarinated salad-y items and veggie friend rice. Then Mr. Title walked in, "and he is the devil so we left."

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Pretzel Logic!

Monz, still stuck in the big city, heads to Corner Bakery for pretzel bread with stuff on it and chicken caesar salad. While he had high hopes, they were making him wait. And wait. And wait. We never learned how it was -- heck, we never learned if it ever arrived!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Au Bon Blog!
Today marks the fifth anniversary of Monzyummylunch! Quite an achievement when you think of it, as most of the so called "top blogs" (i.e., fashion slaves) can't make it past the 1.3 year mark. Sadly, Monz' downtown lunch of a Mediterranean Wrap from Au Bon Pan did not live up to the occasion. "Bad lunch experience" says the Monz.

But we couldn't leave the fifth anniversary of Monzyummylunch at that! Loyal readers may recall that some time ago the editors presented a series of clues to a phenomena that we promised would radically change your life for the better. So powerful was this lesson that we couldn't just blurt it out, and had to let the answer percolate, like a farmer leaves a field lie fallow for a season. Even now we know that even the most noblehearted, inquisitive, and intelligent of our dear readers may be unmoved by the lack of flashiness and the seeming regurgitation of obvious points in what we now present, failing to realize that often there are unique synergistic effects to combination of past knowledge. That notwithstanding, we give to you: 5S!

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Tragic Friday ("No Lunch for Monz") will propel the blog into Epiphanic Monday. You heard right, EPIPHANIC MONDAY -- longtime readers will know what we're talking about (and not just what a careful student of MYL might think), while newbies will be amazed. Don't miss it!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Simply Ravishing!

Monz wanted us to know that he had a seriously ravishing hunger at lunch today. To Fong's he went: hot sour soup and Singapore noodles with tofu did the trick, but alas Monz overate and was left to fight fatigue. Fighting? Ravishing? The mind drifts...

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Fast Fashion!

Six out of seven days, we are inspired by Monz and his munificent spirit. But some days Monz is inspired by us! Like today, to bolster the burgeoning tourism of that Six Flags Sinkhole known as Gurnee, Monz goes to "Old Chicago Hot Dogs" for... a yummy salad of Lettuce, walnuts, cranberries and strawberries. "And some Gurnee Mud ice cream!" ? Well, it does seem
for real.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Up, Up, and Away!Backpack through Europe? Explore the mysteries of Asia? Enjoy the rainforests while you can? Umpf that, come visit us in the near-vacation hotspot of the heartland! Who knows, if you ask Monz kindly, he might even invite you to lunch! Such as two pieces of leftover "we're sending you to" (lou) malnati's deep dish cheese, a banana and some pickles (homemade!)

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Nothing. More. Healthy!
This says it all (click to expand), well, all except that Monz headed to the Rere-managed Bistro 17 for a chicken sandwich, sans chicken. The menu has shrunk to microscopic proportions, something that surely won't happen at Monz' this holiday weekend. We join Monz in urging that you, dear reader, go for the gusto and have a great 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Blast from the Past!

The Italian Kitchen makes its first appearance on MYL in over two years! Leftover spaghetti, along with tofu spring rolls from Whole Foods. "Not exactly fresh, but not bad." See you in 2010, IC?

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Hot Shot!

How does Fongs keep getting Monz to come back again and again, such as today for Singapore Noodles (extra spicy, but the spice got scrunched up in one particular group of noodles, producing some discomfort) and hot and sour soup? Must be an Ancient Chinese Secret!

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