Posts in Food and Drink

National World War Two Museum-New Orleans, Louisiana

This week end, the National World War Two Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana is having a black tie soiree. It is a fundraiser for the museum, and if you are near NOLA, or want to go, buy tickets here.  It …






Memorial Day and Presidents

Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day”. It started after the Civil War to remember the dead soldiers that fought. It wasn’t until 1967 that the federal government officially called it “Memorial Day”, and it wasn’t until 1968 that they …






Figure of the Day, just one

Growing up, we all had our favorite teams. I was a Cub fan. Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Burt Hooten, Fergie Jenkins; I could name a bunch of guys from the late 60’s and 70’s. This interviewer put Obama …






Bees, without them we will be on our knees.

The bee population is declining. You chuckle to yourself. But this is a big deal and I have a bee in my bonnet. We need to find out why, and reverse the decline soon. While humans would not be wiped …






Pandering for Votes?

Michelle Obama and family recently visited New York City. They took in a pizza joint like any good Chicagoan would. The first lady declared, “It tastes better than Chicago pizza.” Now, if you are from Chicago, chew on that statement …






Manure

Read this article in the Wall Street Journal today about the plight of a family dairy farmer and his manure ponds. It is comical to think about this farmer gazing at the growing methane bubble in his manure pond….smoking a …






Hey, who threw that pie in my face?!!

Living in the city of Chicago, you run into a lot of different ideas, views, people and see what can only be described as weird stuff from time to time. I had always heard of vegetarians, but had never heard …






Hot Dogs

My friends that visit Chicago always ask about the steaks. Of course, we have great steaks. We have great other stuff too. Charlie Trotter’s, Aruns, Spiaggia, Frontera Grille, are top restaurants in their categories. World famous. Chefs on TV. But …






March Madness is Starting

One of my favorite times of the year. St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness. A chill in the weather so no one gets mad at you for sitting on your ass for hours at a time, watching basketball and drinking …






Italian Beef

Chicago is a town that eats better than any other place in the US. We have high end places like Charlie Trotter’s, Spiaggia and Arun’s. We have great little bistros like Le Bouchon and Bistrot Margot. But we have the …






Barbecue

Was on a road trip last week. Went to a bunch of places, big driving trip. Good thing we have a diesel. Anyway, one of my favorite things is barbecue. I try it everywhere I go. When I dropped my …






Figure of the Day 5 Billion, and it's not the government

This isn’t news. But it still amazes me. Bookies clean up on every Super Bowl. All the “smart” money I knew bet the Colts. Some took the under, but I bet most took the over. The party after the game …






Leaf Lard

A few weeks ago, I went to a hog butchering demonstration at Mado. It is in Bucktown, Chicago. They are on the locovore bandwagon. I am not big on that, but the food they turn out is really good and …






Red Meat, The Definitive Guide to Chicago Steak

There are serious issues in Economics, Finance, and Politics that we can cover.  But there are bigger issues out there.  A friend telephoned me today because a client of his was visiting Chicago for the first time.  Where should he …






Donuts

There is a place in Northern Minnesota.  It is in Grand Marais.  My grandfather introduced me to it as a high schooler and I have been going there ever since.  World’s Best Donuts.World’s Best Donuts, Grand Marais, MN.You will not …






Limoncello

Have you ever had a nice shot of limoncello after dinner?  Wonderful stuff if made correctly.  First time I had limoncello I was in Tuscany.  We had driven up there after touring Rome, still a little out of sorts.   …