Category: Food

A miracle food: The incredible edible pizza cone

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When I was in high school, my go-to song for musical auditions was Miracle of Miracles from Fiddler on the Roof. It was perfect. In the movie, it is sung by a nerdy guy (me) with a limited vocal range (also me). I had always thought the song was about the miracle of finding someone... Read more »

The 7 best Chicago restaurants I visited in 2013

The 7 best Chicago restaurants I visited in 2013
2013 was a fun year for dining for me. My wife and I had the opportunity to try some of the best Chicago restaurants. Oh, so much wonderful food! The following is a list of my favorite places I dined at for the first time in 2013: Big Star, 1531 N. Damen Ave. Two words:... Read more »

Penny's Noodle Shop, pad Thai and the wonderfulness of food whims

Penny's Noodle Shop, pad Thai and the wonderfulness of food whims
I remember the first time I ever had pad Thai. It was about eight years ago at Penny’s Noodle Shop in the Wrigleyville neighborhood in Chicago, the very Penny’s Noodle Shop that recently announced it was set to close after 23 years. Eggy, peanuty, noodley, cilantroey (OK, I should never do that again), it had... Read more »
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From Maruchan to Slurping Turtle: One man's ramen evolution

From Maruchan to Slurping Turtle: One man's ramen evolution
During my teenage years, my afternoon snack after getting home from school was fairly consistent – ramen, grilled cheese and a tall glass of chocolate milk. (It being my teenage years, I immediately would lose two pounds upon consuming all of this.) But I didn’t eat just any ramen. OK, maybe I did. I ate... Read more »

The Food Pyramid for the Unwell: Oh, so much ginger ale and stale crackers

The Food Pyramid for the Unwell: Oh, so much ginger ale and stale crackers
I’m definitely feeling the effect of a cold plus a return of my allergies. As such, I can barely taste anything. When I get this way, I seek out texture and temperature more than taste. The refreshing coolness of an iced Sprite or ginger ale. The slightly painful yet soothing warmth of hot soup running... Read more »

Yes, I have all of the frozen okra: An email back and forth with my cooking competition

Yes, I have all of the frozen okra: An email back and forth with my cooking competition
Last night, I bought just about every bag of frozen okra my grocery store had in stock. I didn’t even know grocery stores carried frozen okra until last night and there I was walking away with my cart loaded with the stuff. What does a 31-year-old man who rarely cooks need with an armload of... Read more »
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Crazy Cheesy Crust pizza: 5 worst ideas in pizza history

Crazy Cheesy Crust pizza: 5 worst ideas in pizza history
Pizza Hut will be unveiling its latest creation Wednesday – the Crazy Cheesy Crust pizza. It looks like a flower gone terribly wrong after a cheese-infused accident. Instead of the regular crust – you know, the stuff that people have shown over and over again that they like by still buying pizza – each slice... Read more »

Doritos Locos Tacos Doritos: Snack world has gone crazy

Doritos Locos Tacos Doritos: Snack world has gone crazy
Yesterday, we explored the wild and crazy world of snack food innovation when we tried the wonderful abomination that is Lay’s Chicken & Waffles potato chips. Today, we’ll delve even deeper into the tunnel of pre-meal insanity by looking at Pepsico’s announcement of its newest item: Doritos Locos Tacos Doritos. Yes, you read that right.... Read more »

Do Us a Flavor, Lay's: Don't let the chicken and waffles potato chip abomination continue

Do Us a Flavor, Lay's: Don't let the chicken and waffles potato chip abomination continue
It started innocently enough. A co-worker told me I needed to stop by another co-worker’s cubicle and try the potato chips he had. Sure, I thought. I don’t really eat potato chips, but one wasn’t going to hurt me. So, I wandered toward the co-worker’s cubicle to discover what potato chippy wonders were waiting for... Read more »
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Coca-Cola joins fight against obesity; Little Debbie to soon enter the battle, as well?

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Soda is my drink of choice – one I’ve tried unsuccessfully to quit for years now. But – according to a new ad campaign from Coca-Cola that you can view above – perhaps I’ve been looking at its products wrong all these years. The company offers 180 low and no-calorie choices! It’s a veritable fountain... Read more »