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#TBT Recipe: Mexican Cucumbers

Way, way, back in the beginning of this blog I used to do pro football predictions.   To tie it in with the site, I also spun a fruit or … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Braised Pork and Coconut Soup

Now that the days are shorter and the air outside is brisk, thoughts often go to soups and stews. Nothing warms the body and soul on a harsh winter night … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · 6 Comments

The Chicago Cubs are going to win The World Series

I used to go to a lot of Cubs games when I was living in Chicago, but not because I was a huge baseball fan.   They play their games … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · 5 Comments

Guilty Pleasures – Chicago

That’s the band, not the city.  There’s absolutely no reason to feel guilty about liking the city, unless you’re some kind of hayseed who doesn’t like big cities.  Or you’re … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

Some Things Just Weren’t Meant to Be 

A couple weeks ago, I had another song in my head that just wouldn’t leave. So I figured I’d try to write a post about it.  It was Lou Rawls’ … Continue reading

July 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ann Arbor Eats: Slurping Turtle

I was so excited when I heard that Iron Chef and Top Chef Masters competitor Takashi Yagihashi decided to open his second Slurping Turtle in Ann Arbor.   I had been … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · 40 Comments

Chicago Eats – Xoco

I FINALLY got around to trying Rick Bayless’ Mexican streetfood place – Xoco. It’s been open for a few years but the few times that I was in the area … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · 16 Comments

Eataly Chicago

The bus I took to Chicago deposited me right smack downtown where I immediately realized that it was the day of the annual St. Patrick’s day parade.  The whole area … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 23 Comments

Chicago Eats – Penny’s Noodle Shop

When we lived in Chicago, Penny’s was our equivalent of the local neighborhood diner.   You know the place – it’s close, they know you there, it’s super cheap, and … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · 17 Comments

Chicago Eats: Little Goat Diner

During our recent trip to Chicago, I was hanging with The Pieholes and decided to have lunch at Little Goat Diner. * This is Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard’s take on … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · 11 Comments