Posts in Food and Drink

Trust in Sake: It’ll Warm Your Heart

Last night, the angel organization I co-founded had a small social event at a hot restaurant in Chicago, Union.  One of the things great organizations do is get together outside of work to build trust and rapport.  When you are building …

Del Frisco’s Chicago

Last evening, I went to Del Frisco’s Chicago with some friends.  The friends were great.  It was a lot of fun being with them.  The restaurant, not so much.  A long time ago, I wrote about steak.  Since then, we …

What’s Cooking?

Via my Instagram, Facebook Pinterest and Twitter feed, I am seeing a lot of food porn circle through the internet.  It’s the time of year when people cook a lot.  Family recipes.  They also try new things. This year for …

Christmas Glogg

Scandinavians live in a cold climate.  This time of year, they don’t see the sun a lot.  I think it’s one of the reasons they eat so much lutefisk.   Makes em know they are alive.  But, to turn a …

Farmhouse and A Big Idea

Last night my wife and I went out with Raman Chadha and his wife to Farmhouse. We talked a little about his new venture, The Junto Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership.  Raman is attempting to solve a pretty big problem in the …

Craft Brew vs Big Brew

This morning I clicked over to Abnormal Returns and saw an article on craft brewing. It really interested me because I have tried to use my dollars to support local brewers here in Chicago.  When I travel, I try and …

Angel’s Envy

One of the benefits of doing office hours is you meet cool people. Other benefits are working with new start up firms. Last week, I help office hours and one of the people I was seeing brought me a “payment”. …

Groupon’s New Board

Groupon ($GRPN) revamped its board a little bit. the company hopes that by adding to its board Daniel Henry, the chief financial officer of American Express, and Robert Bass, vice chairman of Deloitte, it will help to repair its relationship …

What’s a Pain Point?

Whenever I talk to entrepreneurs with business ideas, my first question to them is always, “What pain point are you solving?”. A pain point is a problem, real or perceived. Entrepreneurs create opportunities for themselves by creating solutions to those …

Beer Pong. Invented Here and US Manufactured

When I was in college, we played quarters. Kids are a lot more innovative these days. Now they play beer pong. When I visited a daughter at college, we went to an apartment and they broke the cups and ping …

Why Baseball is the American Game

Lot of folks went out to the ballpark this week. The national pastime started another season. Football captivates the American soul these days. More people are watching football than baseball. However, baseball is still the quintessential American game. Unlike other …

Food Fight

Over on Twitter, I got into a food fight with a person that thinks there is an evil food cabal out to undermine all of America. I couldn’t disagree more. Big corporations aren’t destroying the foods they want to eat, …

Impossible Dream In Chicago

My friend Raman Chadha sent me this article from the New York Times on new food start ups in New York City. My wife and I like to say we eat our way through the city of Chicago, but we …

Pink Slime

Have you heard the news reports about pink slime in ground beef? In the last couple weeks, various news sources are reporting on it. Fast food doesn’t really use it, except in chicken nuggets. That is chicken pink slime. Extruded …

I Don’t Get It (cont)

Paul Ryan put out a budget that Senate Democrats immediately criticized. I don’t get it. Shouldn’t Senate Democrats put out their own budget before they criticize someone else’s? President Obama gave a speech on energy in front of a bunch …

Why I Am Not a Vegetarian

It’s almost BBQing season. We eat a lot of meat around here. We like it so much we invested in Tallgrass Beef. I saw this and hurt my stomach laughing. If you are seeking to turn a vegetarian, remember, Bacon …

Whine at the White House

Today, the White House decided not to list the wines and vintages served at state dinners. Too bad. I understand that they are sensitive because sometimes they serve pretty expensive stuff there and they don’t want to seem out of …

Mussels or Moules Mariniere

Drat. The weather turned frightful here in Chicago again. No tornadoes, just that raw numbing cold. I live near the lake. In the summer, the breeze is delightful. In the winter, it’s a freezing gale off the lake that chills …