Streetwise and pork uterus are interesting Chicago stories

Streetwise and pork uterus are interesting Chicago stories
Barbara selling Streetwise.

I went to photograph an event in Uptown Sunday. On my way home I found more interesting things and stories. That is the great thing about Chicago. You always find some interesting stories.

The woman in the above photograph is Barbara. She sells Streetwise on a corner near my home. I have seen her out there over the past year or so in all kinds of weather. She sits with her shopping cart and politely asks if people want to buy a copy. She dresses well and always wears some splash of color, like the red gloves and scarf. Usually, I do not have a camera with me when I see her.

I approached her and asked if I could photograph her in exchange for buying a copy of the paper. She agreed. She would only give me her first name and would not reveal her age ("Ladies never tell."). She told me she lives east, which I figure is Uptown.

Barbara sells Streetwise to supplement here "meager" Social Security. She said it helps to pay bills and buy food. Barbara claims she could not survive on Social Security alone. She is a very charming woman with a pleasant personality. We had a nice easy discussion and I left when people came by so she could pitch to them.

Everyone has a story in Chicago, no matter how short. Sometimes all you have to do is ask. There are many less fortunate than us. Talking to them or treating them nice makes their day.

Cured or smoked meat hang on a restaurant roof top in Uptown.

Cured or smoked meat hang on a restaurant roof top in Uptown.

While on a parking garage rooftop I saw something fascinating. Cured or smoked meat hanging from the roof of a restaurant. I do not know if that is "legal" under health department rules, but it sure looked good.

Frozen pork uterus in an Uptown Asian market.

Frozen pork uterus in an Uptown Asian market.

Then, I came across something totally different. I was in one of the Asian markets in Uptown.

In the frozen meat section I saw a package of pork uterus. Yes, you read that right, pork uterus.

When I got home, I turned to my friend Google. Low and behold, Adam Conlon of Fat Rice was featured in a Reader article.

He showed the right and wrong way to cook pork uterus. He stir fried it, then made what he calls a pork uterus funnel cake. You can see him in action on the video below.

 

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