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By Jorge Vega | Broker in 60622
  • El Chivo Loco

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in Chicago, Home Buying in Chicago, Home Selling in Chicago  |  May 15, 2013 7:06 AM  |  222 views  |  No comments

    El Chivo Loco, a review of the popular restaurant Girl & Goat

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    She is a famous TV personality and has a flare for out of the box food combinations. Praises have been given to her from all over the world but does that give her credibility? of course not, which is why I decided to investigate.

    Atmosphere:

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    The dark warm colors of wood and perfectly placed lighting made this an inviting atmosphere. There was a sense of excitement and you couldn’t help but to get caught up in the moment.  The chef along with the sous chef were visible and had a wonderful background with white tile, wood chunks and a wood burning oven. The bar was also well decorated and had a modern appeal. Their bathrooms were very private and salvaged doors where the theme. I will say this, if you do go to the rest room don’t expect a sign, each room is private and appeals to both men and women.  Overall I give the atmosphere 10 out of 10 goat horns.


    Service:

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    The moment we stepped into the restaurant we were greeted with a smile and felt very welcomed. We were told that they have been waiting for our arrival, a touch of class on the part of the Goat staff. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and understood her dishes enough to guide us on the right direction. She was there to service us and allowed us to enjoy the food in privacy, not pushy at all. Once done we were thanked all the way out the door. It’s obvious to me that the staff understands hospitality and that our happiness is top priority. For service I give it 10 out of 10 goat horns.

    Food:

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    Now for the reason you are reading this blog. Here is a a breakdown of what we had:

    • Goat Empanadas- romesco kohlrabi-endave slaw
    • Pan Fried Shishito Peppers - parmesan, sesame, simo
    • Goat Loins - buttered cabbage, celery root, blood orange
    • Beef Short Ribs - dirty fried rice, onion salad, pickled mushroom

    Our meal started with some goat empanadas and pan fried Shishito peppers. The empanadas were stuffed proportionally and were accompanied with a very tasteful sauce. The shishito peppers on the other hand were not as delightful to eat. The seeds made it difficult to eat and after having two peppers you sort of gave up (I chose this dish with no help from the waitress).

    We moved on to the main course and were very impressed with what we discovered. The goat loin was so tender and not once did I think “goat” when I was eating it. Every bite left you wanting another and every bite made you wonder, what the heck did I just eat and why is it so good. Sadly it was not enough I needed to try another dish and fast. We ordered the beef short ribs and again a taste of something out of the ordinary. This was not beef, it couldn’t be, it must be goat, it reminds me of Sundays with my family when my father would wake up at six in the morning to stand in line for some chivo (goat) that had been steaming since three in the morning. The ribs were melting and if I didn’t eat them fast enough they would be gone. The taste is hard to describe you have to try it for yourself in order to understand. I give the food 10 out of 10 goat horns.

    Well done Stephanie Izard, well done, very impressive work and deserving of all the praise. I wish you nothing but success.

    Your Compdre,

    Jorge Vega

    Newman Realty

    If you would like to know more about the Near West Side or West Loop neighborhood please feel free to email me at jorge@newmanrealtyillinois.com.

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  • Foodie and proud of it!

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in Chicago, Home Buying in Chicago, Home Selling in Chicago  |  May 15, 2013 6:59 AM  |  230 views  |  No comments

    Restaurant Review of Pl-Zen Chicago, Pilsen Neighborhood

    Restaurant Review of Pl-Zen

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    If you haven’t taken the time to visit Pilsen I encourage you to do so. I recently decided to ditch my burro and take a walk down18th Street. Amongst the art peddlers, taco slingers and champurrado swiglers I found a twisty restaurant called Pl-Zen. Owned by Cesar Augosto Gonzalez Villegos, that’s a mouth full, hence why I encourage you to visit this place. His goal is to bring a creative, honest and sustainable menu and at the same time breed life into what has been his neighborhood for the past nine years. The following is a recollection of my time at the Pl-Zen restaurant:

    Service

    As always the Pilsen community receives you with open arms. That is what I felt when I walked in the door. I was greeted with a smile and our waitress knew her menu so well that it seemed as if she was cooking and serving at the same time. I give service 8 out of 10 Tentacles!

    Atmosphere

    I couldn’t help but notice what was happening in this restaurant. Not only was there a mixture of cultures but ideas, dialog and respect amongst all. There were people having late night dinners, others having cocktails and yet others having conversations over a cup of coffee. No one cared if you came in with a suit and tie or a pair of boxers and some sandals the décor in the restaurant was inviting to all. For atmosphere I give it 9 out of 10 Tentacles!

    Food

    Now lest get down to the nitty gritty. My appetizer was fluffy calamari with pieces of jalapeno and red peppers, Yummy. My entrée was jumbo crab cakes with sweet corn citrus relish on a pretzel roll. The crab was wonderful, not over seasoned and jumbo just like the menu says. The relish made the dish vibrant full of flavor and every bite was mouth watering. The portions were large and definitely worth every penny, bring a box and make sure you take some leftovers. Overall, I give this wonderful and exciting restaurant 8.5 out of 10 Tentacles!

    The restaurant is a start up and something very different then what Pilsen currently houses. The owner is definitely stepping up the game and forcing all other restaurants to do the same. I hope to see more restaurants in this community coming soon . Good luck Cesar Augosto Gonzalez Villegos and Viva PL-Zen!

    Your Compadre,

    Jorge Vega

    If you would like to know more about Pilsen and its diverse neighborhood feel free to email me at jorge@newmanrealtyillinois.com

  • Chicago Housing Assistance Seminar

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Chicago, Foreclosure in Chicago, Investment Properties in Chicago  |  May 15, 2013 6:50 AM  |  226 views  |  No comments

    Event Details

    Considering buying a home but you don't know where to start? Here is your chance to obtain free information from some of the top real estate proffesionals in the city of Chicago. In this seminar you will learn the following:

    • HOW TO OBTAIN A HOME USING GOVERNMENT GRANTS
    • HOW TO BID ON FORECLOSURES AND INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING THE BID
    • HOW TO BUY A HOME WITH ONLY $1,000.00
    • HOW TO OBTAIN FINANCING FOR YOUR PURCHASE
    • HOW TO CLEAR YOUR CREDIT HISTORY WITHIN THREE MONTHS
    • WHERE CAN YOU FIND FORECLOSURES
    • WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CONTRACTS
    • WHY IS INSURANCE IMPORTANT AND WHAT IT COVERS

    Location: Standard Bank & Trust - Evergreen Park Branch
    2400 W 95th St. Evergreen Park, IL 60805

    Time: 10am - 11:30am


     

     

    Drinks and pastries will be provided along with a mistery raffle. We will see you there!!!

    Jorge Vega

    Newman Realty Group 

    For more information contact jorge@newmanrealtyillinois.com


    This event is sponsored by Newman Realty Group and Standarb Bank & Trust.

 
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