A Squared: The Tastemaker Top 10 with Paige of Tomatoes for Cucumbers

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Tastemaker Top 10 with Paige of Tomatoes for Cucumbers

The Tastemaker Top 10 is a collection of 10 questions asked by me and answered by some of my favorite bloggers. Here they will tell you a little bit about themselves, their blogs, and of course, their favorite foods and restaurants. Today I am featuring Paige of the blog Tomatoes for Cucumbers. On Tomatoes for Cucumbers Paige covers everything from recipes to restaurants to her favorite things to happenings here in Chicago-- not unlike A Squared! Check out her blog and read on below to get to know Paige...

Name: Paige Viollt

Blog: Tomatoes for Cucumbers

Location: Chicago, IL

In a few sentences, tell us a little bit about your blog. Tomatoes for Cucumbers is a lifestyle and food blog for the everyday person. I focus mainly on food, restaurants, and events in Chicago as well as recipes of my own.

Now, tell us about your...

1. Favorite meal, food, or cuisine:
Anything Italian. More specifically pizza! I could eat pizza at every meal of the day and never get tired of it. I especially love thin crust, wood-fired pizza.

2. Least favorite meal, food, or cuisine:
 There isn’t really much I won’t eat, but I’m not a huge fan of mushrooms or cucumbers. I love pickles though!

3. Favorite restaurant in your city: This one is so tough. There are so many great restaurants in Chicago; it is really hard to pick a favorite. Sadly my old favorite restaurant, Twist, closed last fall. Currently, I would have to say Davanti Enoteca is one I could eat at over and over again. They have great Italian small plates and delicious pizza! Cicchetti is on my list for favorite new restaurants of 2014.

4. Favorite restaurant outside of your city:
 Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles. One of Mario Batali’s restaurants and it is fantastic!
5. Favorite food memory: My husband and I got engaged five years ago on the day before Thanksgiving. We ate dinner at Smith and Wollensky that night so now we have made it a tradition to have dinner at a different Chicago steakhouse each year on the day before Thanksgiving. Our favorite to date is Chicago Cut Steakhouse.

6. Favorite guilty pleasure food: Ice cream! I don’t have a big sweet tooth, but if ice cream is offered to me my answer will always be yes!
7. Favorite ingredient (something you love to cook with, or something you see on a menu and know you have to order): Balsamic Vinegar. I put it on everything! Sauces, pasta, salads, vegetables, you name it!

8. Favorite kitchen tool, utensil, product, etc.:  I finally got a large (14 cup) food processor for Christmas a couple years ago and don’t know how I ever lived without it!

9. Favorite recipe: Annette's Chicken Enchiladas from the book Bread and Wine.

10. Favorite thing about blogging: Finding other Chicago bloggers as well as opportunities to visit restaurants and events through different blogger networks.

Thanks so much for your thoughts, Paige!

Do you have a blogger that you'd recommend to be featured on the Tastemaker Top 10? Or are you a blogger that would like to participate? Email me at aasquaredblog@gmail.com and let me know!

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