Thursday, February 2, 2012

It's the Bowl of Super Vegan Cincinnati Style Chili.. :)

Oh, I can feel my arteries harden, I can feel the button on my jeans bust, i can only imagine what a hot dog is made of, and for that, what you see to your left is NOT what you'll be getting this weekend during the Super Bowl, or WILL YOU?  ;)

So, what you're seeing to your left is a coney and a three way - a true dollup of Cincinnati.. our world famous 'Skyline Chili'.   And here, folks, is what Wikipedia says about the gem 'food' of our area:

"Skyline Chili is a chain of chili restaurants based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded in 1949 by Greek immigrant Nicholas Lambrinides, Skyline Chili is named for the view of Cincinnati's skyline that Lambrinides could see from his first restaurant (which has since been demolished), opened in the section of town now known as Price Hill. It is also the "official chili" of many local professional sports teams and venues, including the Cincinnati Reds, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Kings Island theme park,[2] and also sponsors the Crosstown Shootout, an annual men's college basketball rivalry game between the city's two NCAA Division I teams, Cincinnati and Xavier.


In 1912, Nicholas Lambrinides immigrated to Cincinnati from Kastoria, Greece, and brought his favorite family recipes with him. To save up the money to bring his wife to America as well, he first worked as a cook for a railroad crew and in a hotel kitchen, then opened a short-order diner. After nearly a decade, his wife was able to join him in Cincinnati and they raised five sons.
By World War II, Lambrinides was working as a chef for the original Empress Chili restaurant, where he continued to tinker with a recipe which he had been developing for years. In 1949, he and three of his sons opened their own place on Glenway Avenue, near the top of a steep hill (Price's or Price Hill). That diner was located at the intersection of what is now Quebec and Glenway Avenue. The owners named it Skyline Chili for its panoramic view of downtown Cincinnati. After some local resistance in the predominantly Roman Catholic neighborhood,[citation needed] Skyline developed a large and devoted following – especially on Thursdays and Saturdays, which immediately preceded and proceeded meatless Fridays.
The family opened a second restaurant in 1953 and the growth of the business accelerated in the 1960s; by the end of the century, there were 110 Skyline restaurants, mostly in Ohio, but with additional establishments in other states including Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida. Lambrinides died in 1962 at the age of 82, but his sons continued to operate and expand the company. They retained the original recipe unchanged, though. According to William Lambrinides, "Dad always said, 'Don't change a thing with the recipe – don't add anything, don't take out anything, it's perfect the way it is'." As a result, Skyline's version has largely become synonymous with "Cincinnati-style chili". In 1998, the company was sold to Fleet Equity Partners, a New England investment firm, which promised not to change the recipe (which they reportedly keep locked in a safe)."

Now, if you are NOT a Cincinnatian, you'd not understand that people go BALLISTIC over this stuff.   It's a bit nuts.   I myself have indulged in a 3 way or two.  (Minds out of the gutter, people!!  This is CHILI).
Regardless, I'm about to veganize (for the third time) the recipe that even my daddy (who is a Skyline FREAK) still does not know wasn't the real thing, for a Super Bowl party that I have been invited to!
Here's where those of you that know me say:  "You were invited to a who,wha, yr kidding right? You're going?"
Ah, sports fan I am not.. but when my victims suggested to me we super healthize (is that a word?) this national past-time with a healthy menu, (along with some Kundalini yoga - oh yes, I'm about to convert again!) How could I say no?    All I know about this day is that I'm apparently supposed to be rooting for New York.   Also something about ribbons.     (Thank you Patsy Cline.. <that's the bestie, not the singer>).

But now is the time we all wait for.. the NUMBERS!  And shoot - this one's gotta have a new name..  (and keep in mind I'm making not one, not two, but THREE items from the original skyline menu!)

Skyline Chili   3 way                                                50YardLine Vegan 3 way

Calories 780                                                                          430
Total Fat 41 g                                                                         12g         
Cholesterol 150 mg                                                                  0g
Sodium 1550 mg                                                                   650 mg
Total Carbohydrate 52 g                                                           32 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g                                                                     2g               
Protein 47 g                                                                            15g        
WW Pts  20                                                                            8
Skyline Coney                                                        50YardLine Vegan Coney                                 
Calories 290                                                                         210
Total Fat 23g                                                                          8g      
Cholesterol 50g                                                                      0g
Sodium 940mg                                                                      545mg                               
Total Carbohydrate  5g                                                             3g
Dietary Fiber  1g                                                                      1g                                                              
Protein   15g                                                                            8g                          
WW Pts 8                                                                                3
Skyline Chili Dip                                                      50YardLine Vegan Chili Dip
Calories 510                                                                            355                                                    
Total Fat 31 g                                                                           9g
Cholesterol 125mg                                                                   0g
Sodium 1530 mg                                                                     588mg
Total Carbohydrate 23 g                                                            13g        
Dietary Fiber 5 g                                                                      2g                                      
Protein 18 g                                                                             6g
WW Pts  12                                                                             4

So,  with that, my cohorts, 2 small children and I will be celebrating the Super Bowl, with Super Bowls of Vegan Chili, Coneys  and a big ol' dessert of fruit and some salad.   Who are we rooting for?   It looks like the teams are The Patriots and The Giants.. and I'm under the assumption that my Patricia Ann Cline is making me a Giants fan for this veganization.  So I'll do her proud since she's going to be in New York and I'm here.  Ribbons and all. ;)

Honestly.. I think we're only in it for the Puppy Bowl and the commercials.


Til Sunday night!
54, 23, 32 HUT!

(yeah I dunno.)

Music Enjoyed While Blogging:
Abso Noto

Current Craving:
Vegan Skyline!

Current Motivation:
Trying to make myself a Giants fan.


  1. Are you ready for some football? Good lord

  2. I know this is an old post, but... where are the recipes?!? You can't tease me like this!

  3. Cincy Boy - You can access all my recipes now on Bakespace!! Buy the book!