Posts in Food and Drink

Paleo Dieters Check This Out-Give the Gift of Meat

I lost thirty pounds a couple of years ago by working out at CityWideSuperSlow in Chicago, and using LoseIt on my phone.  I have kept the weight off. I don’t do cardio, other than walking around.  In the summer, I …






Building Moats, or Bridges?

There are some themes and patterns that come up in front of me continuously.  I thought I might start writing about them to see if it can begin to change them. Yesterday I was at TechStars Chicago’s DemoDay.  I introduced …






American Cattle Are Sick

The chickens are finally starting to come home to roost for our national food supply.  The WSJ had an article today on America’s cattle herd.  Because of all the ways they are manipulating the herd to try and streamline production, …






Homemade Bacon Tastes Amazing

One of the great joys in life is good bacon.  I have purchased great bacon from time to time.  A lot of people avoid bacon.  They are missing something.  It’s part of a healthy diet!  I eat bacon all the …






BBQ, Starts with the Grill, Ends with the Sauce

Most of you will be grilling today I assume. Ace had a good post on American BBQ.  One bone of contention I have is that they advocate for New Jersey BBQ.  Sorry.  Italian food and Jersey I’d buy.  BBQ, not …






Grills: Kamado-Kettle-Smoker-Gas?

I have needed a grill now for awhile.  When we had a house, we had three of them.  A gas grill, smoker, and a Weber.  Moving to the city changed the grilling situation.  In my last apartment, I snuck a …






Is This Something? Bird Flu Strikes Again

Bird flu is in the news again. Either it’s important or there isn’t much news to report and they are searching for stories. On Agricultural websites, there were reports of bird flu cases a while back. Lean Hogs ($HE_F) at the $CME …






Russian River Brewing Company

Today is my last day on the coast.  Spending time with family, and hanging out. We took a trip up to the Russian River Brewing Company.  Wow.  Place was packed. It was so packed it was almost impossible to buy …






Barrel Samples

If you have ever been wine tasting, you may have had a chance to taste wines right out of the barrel.  It’s a lot of fun.  I have been lucky to taste wines out of the barrel several times. At …






3 Amazing Pinot Noirs

Yesterday I was running around the Russian River Valley.  We also drove out to Bodega Bay and visited Goat Head Rock.  While driving around, we went to three wineries to taste. My wife and I used to come out to …






Up In The Wine Country

My wife and I are up in the wine country of California for the weekend.  We used to come out here a lot until life got in the way. On the way up we stopped at Arrowwood Winery.  It’s one …






How to Cure the Problem of Invasive Species? Eat Them.

There is a problem when people release pets into the wild.  They can become invasive species when they reproduce and overwhelm a non-native ecosystem.  Feral hogs are a massive problem.  But at least they are tasty. Hogs ruin lots of …






Best Prime Rib You Ever Ate

Recently the Chicago Tribune food critic Phil Vettel went around town sampling prime rib.  How do I get a job as a food critic?  Chicago is famous for meat.  When tourists come here they invariably go to a steak place …






Tips If You Are Headed to SXSW

Over the past couple of days I was in Austin, Texas at the Juicy Conference.   The conference covered global co-working.  Co-working is officially on the map, and isn’t just some trend. It was my second trip to Austin.  I …






When “Nudge” Goes Bad

Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein wrote a book called Nudge.  It’s based on the economic research behavioral economists have done over the past ten years.  Thaler is a leader in this part of economic theory. One of the premises of …






The EU Transaction Tax-Capitalism Killer

The EU is going full bore and will tax financial transactions in Europe.  This is not a novel idea.  As a member of ($CME) CME Group’s political action committee, we fought this tax every year no matter which President was …






Hunting and Gathering Urban Style (Are you a hunterer/gatherer)?

Anthropologists like to categorize people and tribes.  One of the terms they use is “hunter/gatherers”.  Some of the old Indian tribes are characterized this way.  They weren’t like tribes that actually planted row crops and stayed in one place. Since …