Friday, October 23, 2009

This week's "Best of Fat City"

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 4:00 PM

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Feed a cold, starve a fever ... or vice-versa?
Someone in Fat City -- we're not mentioning any names -- waited just a bit too long to get a flu shot and suddenly one day woke up with a terrible cough, a fever and all kinds of aches and pains. Kind-hearted friends are bringing over hot-and-sour soup from Kin Lin and Thom Yum from Hot Basil, but after reading this article about flu-fighting foods, we might also suggest some other combinations of garlic and onions and mushrooms.

Now many people, looking for medicinal relief, prefer alcohol. Jonathan Bender explains how some prefer a basic shot to a flu shot.

Still, all kinds of comfort foods can be soothing remedies when one is feeling under the weather. Chocolate, we discovered in the new exhbition at Union Station, has a long history as a restorative. If one can't find a cup of ancient Mayan cacao beverage, how about a few chocolate pumpkins? And in the comfort food category: A well-buttered flapjack has long been rumored to have curative powers. In fact, in today's Top Ten list of pancakes, we run the gamut from the sweet to the savory, like the appetizer pancake filled with flu-fighting onion at Po's Dumpling Bar. 

Since onions, mushrooms and garlic are frequent ingredients at Japanese steakhouses, one might consider those restaurants to be flu fighters. Jonathan's post about the new Japanese steakhouse, Kobe, opening in the Power & Light District, generated many comments. We're assuming the chefs at Kobe might perform showy tricks to entertain customers at those white-hot grills. That's not the case at the venerable GoJo steakhouse, which is so busy that the teppan-yaki chefs simply don't have time to do a show anymore.

Other possible healing foods discussed this week: Shatto's new pumpkin spice eggnog, any kind of creamy cheesecake, and flaming bananas.

(Image via Flickr: Stefan)

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