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Foodporn Fri Oct 24 2014

Friday Foodpic: Pleasant House Bakery

IMG_1452.jpgPic by yours truly; submit your own foodventures to the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Oct 17 2014

Friday Foodpic: Le's Pho

15331948460_99185e642b_z.jpgPicture by Road2Nowhere from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

This weekend is Open House Chicago, a great (and free!) way to see buildings all over the city (businesses, churches, etc.) that normally aren't open to the sniffin' of public folk. The Reader has some nice suggestions on where to eat between gawking at buildings; food or no food, take advantage of this event. It's worth it.

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Foodporn Fri Oct 10 2014

Friday Foodpic: Ramen

15405804796_121be13073_z.jpgPhoto by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Oct 03 2014

Friday Foodpic: The End

14018171202_61c963b11e_z.jpgPicture by Andrew Huff from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Sep 26 2014

Friday Foodpic: Last Saturday @ Hot Doug's, 9:10am

hdlibe.jpgPicture by Cecile-Anne Sison.

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Foodporn Fri Sep 19 2014

Friday Foodpic: Purple Cabbage

15090522247_037686e907_z.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Sep 12 2014

Friday Foodpic: Sweet Mandy B's

14986971319_c1c09d16ca_z.jpgPic by yours truly from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Sep 05 2014

Friday Foodpic: Tomatoes

14925908578_26624b9f34_z.jpgImage by cgmethven from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Aug 29 2014

Friday Foodpic: Lettuce

14882400900_dab2e16843_z.jpgPhoto by swanksalot from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Aug 22 2014

Friday Foodpic: Hops!

14812666097_061821e800_z.jpgPic by garyegary from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Aug 15 2014

Friday Foodpic: Red Haven Peaches

14690591067_92efd28966_z.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Aug 08 2014

Friday Foodpic: It's a Revolution!

14776435804_47a887acf8_z.jpgPicture by Dan Gaken from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Aug 01 2014

Friday Foodpic: Soul Bowl from the Chicago Diner

14796203821_068c960681_z.jpgImage from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Jul 25 2014

Friday Foodpic: Tomatoes are Coming

14492036768_a30414f610_z.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Jul 18 2014

Friday Foodpic: Fish!

14440429587_a5fbbd5544_z.jpgPic by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Jul 11 2014

Friday Foodpic: Salad

14344909177_942622b581_z.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Jul 04 2014

Friday Foodpic: Cherries

14342133698_9b04d51fc5_z.jpgPicture by swanksalot from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Jun 27 2014

Friday Foodpic: Cocktails

14179330896_1df30dd8b7_z.jpgImage by swanksalot from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Jun 20 2014

Friday Foodpic: D'Amato's

14198549049_9edc896058_z.jpgPicture by brule laker from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Jun 13 2014

Friday Foodpic: Peas

14225829248_9a7bb3e3c4_z.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Jun 06 2014

Friday Foodpic: Green Street Smoked Meats

greenst.jpgPicture by yours truly from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri May 30 2014

Friday Foodpic: Mushrooms

14290752434_24580dbf61_z.jpgPicture by Lucy Rendler Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Thu May 22 2014

Friday Foodpic: Shrimp Po' Boy

13977763128_e911a73a12_z.jpgPicture by Road2Nowhere from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Thu May 15 2014

Friday Foodpic: Your Table is Ready

14168077555_cfa133b93f_z.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri May 02 2014

Friday Foodpic: Leghorn Chicken

photoleghorn.jpgPicture by yours truly.

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Foodporn Fri Apr 25 2014

Friday Foodpic: Pho 888

13942096043_d725a0a195_z.jpgPicture by Road2Nowhere from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Apr 18 2014

Friday Foodpic: Jello Slices

13176178864_9bc617b913_z.jpgPicture by Gary Eckstein from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Apr 11 2014

Friday Foodpic: A-1 Donuts, Sheridan Red Line Station (Closed)

13723611964_bfb9dafe7f_z.jpgPicture by Bill Guerriero from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Apr 04 2014

Friday Foodpic: It's Gonna Happen

13534913665_356314f3ee_z.jpgPicture by Lucy Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Thu Mar 27 2014

Friday Foodporn: Bubble and Squeak

bandso9k0.jpgPicture by Drew Baker from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Mar 21 2014

Friday Foodpic: Tortas Frontera

frontera.JPGPicture by Felicia from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Mar 14 2014

Friday Foodporn: Happy Pi(e) Day!

13128175213_c907e4d410.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

To celebrate this day of pie, head to Atlas Brewing Company (2747 N. Lincoln) tonight for a Pie Day Beer and Pie Throw Down--yes, pie and beer. The folks at Atlas, along with Hoosier Mama, Bang Bang Pie Shop, and Sugar Pie Cafe, will be serving flights of the sweet and sudsy stuff, with participants getting to vote for their favorites. Event runs 5:30-7:00pm; tickets $31.40 (naturally).

Also, stop in at Hoosier Mama today and enter a raffle for a whole year's worth of pie.

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Foodporn Fri Mar 07 2014

Friday Foodporn: Pleasant House Bakery

phb.jpgPicture by drew in chicago from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Feb 28 2014

Friday Foodporn: Chopper

meeta.jpgPicture by benchorizo from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Feb 21 2014

Friday Foodporn: Loafin'

12306562185_d686380a7b.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Feb 14 2014

Friday Foodporn: Love is All Around

12411036155_d9bb05628e.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Feb 07 2014

Friday Foodpic: Ramen Misoya

12351867483_723424b79d.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Jan 31 2014

Friday Foodpic: Gung Hay Fat Choy!

3246313006_376d50a4f3.jpgBakery in Chinatown; picture by yours truly. To celebrate the Year of the Horse, the Lunar New Year Parade kicks off at 1pm Sunday in Chinatown. Additionally, Redmoon Theater will be holding a free celebration Saturday evening in the Crystal Ballroom at Navy Pier.

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Foodporn Fri Jan 24 2014

Friday Foodporn: Terrine

11971040614_fb47c21a29.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Jan 17 2014

Foodporn: Armagnac Hot Toddy

11488374935_526d60b435.jpgPicture by swanksalot from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Jan 10 2014

Friday Foodporn: Ice Cream from Pho Tau Bay

11571033416_a2aaf052b8.jpgPicture by Gary Eckstein from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Jan 03 2014

Friday Foodpic: Orange and Strawberry Juice

11707174884_4e04ddf0c8.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Dec 27 2013

Friday Foodporn: Buche Noel

11584057054_897ae56a28.jpgPhoto by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Dec 20 2013

Friday Foodporn: The End of Dominick's

jldom1.jpgPicture by Jeremy Lawson.

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Foodporn Fri Dec 06 2013

Friday Foodporn: Eataly Focaccia

11198554094_2c1d46da5e.jpgPicture by deep blue skies from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Nov 29 2013

Friday Foodporn: Happy Thanksgivukkuh

11082892885_706772f0ce.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Event Wed Nov 27 2013

An Evening at a Food Porn Party

Last week, Kendall College (900 N North Branch) hosted the fourth annual Chicago Food Film Festival. Each of the festival's four days had a separate theme (two on Saturday) and Friday's was the Food Porn Party. It was all about pleasure: these films featured extreme, juicy close-ups of food.

Mark Klebeck's "Old Fashioned Salted Caramels" had me salivating for the featured doughnut drizzled with caramel and sea salt. Matt Checkowski's two films, "Beer Braised Ox Cheek" and "Mixed Berries, Three Ways" were shot against a crisp black background, making the food pop with color. Strawberries shimmered like rubies and hunk of raw ox meat looked elegant.

FONDUE-300x169.pngSix of the ten films had a food pairing, including the featured food in Checkowski's films. We also tasted the Paloma cocktail from "Paloma," the Mandorlato from "That's Mandorlato!" and beer fondue from "Fondue." My favorite though, was that doughnut from "Old Fashioned Salted Caramels." It tasted like like cake and fried bread had a love child, and then decked out in caramel sauce and sea salt. The whole audience moaned while eating this, or I just did, very loudly.

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Foodporn Fri Nov 22 2013

Friday Foodporn: Hot Dogs

10971431674_a09c0a2790.jpgPicture by swanksalot from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Nov 15 2013

Friday Foodporn: Kiwifruit

10532795425_448435132f.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Nov 01 2013

Friday Foodporn: Quiche

10389813603_e5959561cb.jpgPicture by garyegarye from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Oct 25 2013

Friday Foodporn: Sous Vide Pork Belly and Chicharrón

rsz_photo_4.jpgDish from IPO at last night's It's Raining Cats and Dogs Benefit for the Anti-Cruelty Society at Galleria Marchetti. Picture by Jen Bacher.

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Foodporn Fri Oct 18 2013

Friday Foodporn: Argus Brewery

10259579223_9f854b4f27.jpgPicture by deep blue skies from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Oct 11 2013

Friday Foodporn: October

10153017373_b779a6871e.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Oct 04 2013

Friday Foodporn: Apples

9922834743_17c239f440.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Sep 27 2013

Friday Foodporn: Grape Soda Float, Southport Grocery

Untitled.pngPicture by Drew Baker from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Sep 20 2013

Friday Foodporn: Biscuit at endgrain

9765053532_cc602c5c1f.jpgPhoto by deep blue skies from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Sep 13 2013

Friday Foodporn: Jeni's Ice Cream with Shagbark Gravel

rsz_1003.jpgI'm a slow adapter to most things, but I have hopped right on board with the arrival of Jeni's ice cream to the city (try to stop by tonight's preview party--or even better, when her Roscoe and Southport store opens Saturday). Pictured is my favorite concoction so far, topped with a sweet and salty crumble of corn chips (which Jeni's lovingly calls "gravel"). Summer doesn't have to end after all.

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Foodporn Fri Sep 06 2013

Friday Foodporn: Buzzin' Berries

9649613652_56e790c47b.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Aug 30 2013

Friday Foodporn: Happy Labor Day

9553232038_7ccf2f0342.jpgCelebrate safely and enjoy.

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Foodporn Fri Aug 23 2013

Friday Foodporn: Black Bass from North Pond

9548423184_6e655dd1aa.jpgImage by swanksalot from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Aug 16 2013

Friday Food: Tomatoes

9487893560_154a592c72.jpgPhoto by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Aug 09 2013

Friday Foodporn: Doughnut Peaches

9448585331_6ef466b15a.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Aug 02 2013

Friday Foodporn: Candy

9245362492_768ce07a12.jpgImage by Bill Guerriero from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Bar Sun Jul 28 2013

Bull & Bear's Dog Days of Summer Event

DSC_2288 - Copy.JPG In honor of Hot Dog Week, I went to Bull & Bear's Dog Days of Summer event to sample their neighborhood-inspired dogs, and despite my general excitement, I was admittedly apprehensive. You see, I believe Jesus himself invented the classic Chicago-style dog: a beef frankfurter nestled in a soft bun, topped with white onions, relish, pickles, tomatoes, and mustard. No fucking ketchup. There's something delightful (pornographic even) about pushing this bread-enclosed sausage into your mouth, condiments oozing down your chin like nobody's business.

Nonetheless, I couldn't very well miss an opportunity to eat hot dogs, so I made my way to River North to try Bull & Bear's creations. I ordered the "Frank Plank" (a flight of all five specialty dogs in miniature form) and a side of their Parmesan truffle fries.

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Foodporn Fri Jul 26 2013

Friday Foodporn: Key Lime Pie

9359467019_899ecae3c9.jpgImage by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Jul 19 2013

Friday Foodporn: Peach Tart

9202639390_cf916b21ee.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri Jul 12 2013

Friday Foodporn: Funnel Cakes

9211398251_d83df9aa7d.jpgPicture by Gary Eckstein from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

Farmers Market Watch:
It's not a market , but the parking lot of Pritzker Elementary (Damen and Evergreen) turns into a weekly outdoor food court of sorts beginning this Saturday (through October); the NOSH will have eats from places such as Pecking Order, First Slice and Mixteco Grill. Free admission; runs 11am-6pm.

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Foodporn Fri Jul 05 2013

Friday Foodporn: Beets

9197648783_858450805a.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

Farmers Market Watch:
Devon Community Market opens Saturday (monthly, 10am-2pm, 2720 West Devon); the Chicago Botanic Garden's Green Youth Farm Stands start Wednesday in two locations (9am-1pm at 3750 W. Ogden and 555 E. 51st St.); Pullman also starts Wednesday (Arcade Park, 111th and S. Cottage Grove, 7am-noon); and the City Farm Market Stand opens next Friday (1-5:30pm, corner of Clybourn & Division ).

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Foodporn Thu Jun 27 2013

Friday Foodporn: Squash

9127204140_7c531eab7d.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

Farmers Market Watch:
West Humboldt Park starts Saturday (3601 W. Chicago, 10am-3pm).

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Foodporn Fri Jun 21 2013

Friday Foodporn: Veggie Pizza

9085578960_01f976908e.jpgPicture by Lucy Rendler Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

Farmers Market Watch:
Southport Green Market opens Saturday (8am-noon, Grace and Southport); on Sunday, the South Shore Farmers Market (Rainbow Beach, 3111 E. 77th St., 1-5pm) and Garfield Park Conservatory Farmers Market (100 N. Central Park, 11am-4pm) opens.

Columbus Park (Central and Harrison, 2-7pm) opens Tuesday; La Follette Park (1333 N. Laramie, 2-7pm) opens Wednesday.

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Foodporn Fri Jun 14 2013

Friday Foodpron: Coffee Break

9041465032_1826746da7.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Group.

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Event Mon Jun 10 2013

Great Chefs Tasting Party

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Great Chefs Tasting Party, a fundraising gala for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago (UCP). In case you didn't know, cerebral palsy is a "disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by injury or abnormal development in the immature brain, most often before birth...People with cerebral palsy often have other conditions related to developmental brain abnormalities, such as intellectual disabilities, vision and hearing problems, or seizures." (Mayo Clinic). UCP has been helping CP individuals and their families since 1951, providing a variety of different services including professional development and educational programs:

"We help a child with cerebral palsy use technology that lets her speak for the first time. We help a man unable to use his hands or arms learn to do his own laundry and prepare his own meals. We help a woman in a wheelchair roll down her new ramp and back into the community." (UCP website)

The organization does amazing things for the CP community, and their food lineup did not disappoint. There were nearly 40 different participants, and while I could go on and on about each, some of my favorite highlights can be found after the jump...

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Foodporn Fri Jun 07 2013

Friday Foodporn: Chives and Ant

8960044706_517d15961d.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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Foodporn Fri May 31 2013

Friday Foodporn: Tomatoes

8878176492_8aa056a974.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

Farmers Market Alerts:

  • Wicker Park/Bucktown opens Sunday (8am-2pm, corner of Damen at Wicker Park and LeMoyne)

  • Lincoln Square opens Tuesday (7am-1pm, corner of Lincoln and Leland), with a new night market starting this Thursday (4-8pm, same address)

  • Museum of Contemporary Art opens Tuesday (front of MCA @ Mies van der Rohe and Chicago, 7am-3pm)

  • Andersonville opens Wednesday (Berwyn between Clark and Ashland, 3-8pm)

  • Hyde Park opens Thursday (7am-1pm, East 53rd and Hyde Park Blvd)

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    Foodporn Fri May 24 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Grillin'

    8758689340_563b25b8b8.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

    Farmers Market Watch: the Pilsen Community Market opens for business Sunday (1800 S. Halsted, 9am-3pm).

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    Foodporn Fri May 17 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Green City Market

    8743298685_077a8bd1c7.jpgImage by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

    FYI, the outdoor session of the Logan Square Farmers Market begins Sunday (10am-3pm, Logan and Milwaukee).

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    Foodporn Fri May 10 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Macarons

    8725145368_efbb53b273.jpgImage by vintage everything from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri May 03 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Terrapin Sundae from Margie's Candies

    8679046384_d418a4a79b.jpgImage by Lucy Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Group.

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 26 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Orange Garden

    8681141878_f96c43e912.jpgPicture by Pink Kitty Studios from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Thu Apr 18 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Kaufman's Bagel and Delicatessen

    8651931928_5491dbd7bb.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 12 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Lawrence's Fisheries

    8637554426_e3394bc115.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 05 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Pasta

    8566744337_6d061ba707.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 29 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Peeps

    8596257490_0731c48845.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 22 2013

    Friday Foodporn: The Fruit Aisle

    7540472554_d02b95f611.jpgPicture by Christopher Methven from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 15 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Shamrock Pasta

    8554269261_4ecd241822.jpgImage by Mel HIll Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 08 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Nachos

    8473171425_c74dc11b95.jpgPicture by pinkkittystudios from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 01 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Shrimp, Preserved Garlic and Rosemary

    8498809821_35ab5f6d82.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flcikr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 22 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Ann Sather's

    8474268450_af5204626d.jpgImage by pinkkittystudios from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 15 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Frances' Deli

    8458649362_dcd44148ff.jpgImage by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 08 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Champagne

    8331767672_c5baab224e.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 01 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Bridgeport Restaurant

    8428006401_6b84c17c96.jpgImage by Christopher Methven from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Thu Jan 24 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Jin Ju

    8398618535_5a47b256c7.jpgImage by Road2Nowhere from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Jan 18 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Cookies!

    8373344810_451b8b70e7.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Jan 11 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Ba Le

    8137424225_16906d6e8a.jpgPicture from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Jan 04 2013

    Friday Foodporn: Where Art Thou

    8335132836_71db64f27a.jpgImage by Christopher Methven from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Dec 28 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Happy Holidays

    8275266590_297488c2f1.jpgImage by Christopher Methven from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Dec 21 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Edible Christmas

    8289955441_03b8eda383.jpgImage by Renee Rendler Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Dec 14 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Warmth

    8259963615_4c187ec860.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Dec 07 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Potato Pancakes

    8207525447_cff535078c.jpgPicture by Lucy Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Group. Happy Hanukkah!

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    Foodporn Fri Nov 30 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Stop & Drink

    8230525815_5908aea78d.jpgPhoto by Brule Laker from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Nov 16 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Rahm's Reserve

    8176166465_d70f3489be.jpgPicture by swanksalot from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Nov 09 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Bread

    8034375912_f16df08795.jpgImage by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Nov 02 2012

    Friday Foodporn: The New York Style Needs a Chicago Boost

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    Help out your fellow foodies in the Northeast who have been affected by Sandy and her wrath. Here are some food-related charities that could use your love (and cash, as those are often intertwined): City Harvest, Food Bank NYC, Citymeals-on-Wheels, and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. And of course, the Red Cross and Salvation Army are on the scene and can use help.

    Picture by Kim and Chris Knight.

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    Foodporn Fri Oct 26 2012

    Friday Foodporn: The Everchanging Rock

    6263756795_e85462b957.jpgPhoto by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Oct 19 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Baker and Nosh

    7988788210_5b0dabcd82.jpgPicture by deep blue skies from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Oct 12 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Apple Pie! Apple Pie! Apple Pie!

    6252319645_6b85ecc868.jpgPicture by me from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. If you love apple pie, head to Sunday's Bucktown Apple Pie Fest at Holstein Park (2200 N Oakley, 2-5pm); music, fun for the kids, and pie--lots of glorious apple pie--await you (as you can see from the above submission from last year's event).

    DT Staffer Clarisa Ramirez and I will be among the judges, along with Hoosier Mama's Paula Haney, pastry chef Malika Ameen (ByM Desserts), and Alpana Singh (of the forthcoming Boarding House). Event benefits Friends of Holstein Park.

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    Foodporn Fri Oct 05 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Pumpkins

    8034426936_29eba22f36.jpgImage by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Sep 28 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Aguacate

    8023038127_3c685fa74f.jpgImage by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Sep 21 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Peppers

    7997722738_bc53fd1687.jpgImage by deep blue skies from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool; submit your pics.

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    Foodporn Fri Sep 14 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Sweet Dumpling Squash

    7970298046_74499c9e1d.jpgImage by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Sep 07 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Bari Foods

    7945842032_5699947931.jpgImage by deep blue skies from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Aug 31 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Grapes!

    3892715292_01f4b37201.jpgImage by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Aug 24 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Yellow Cherry Tomatoes

    7842469394_45b4d97b52.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Aug 17 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Friends

    theer.bmpImage by Erin Nekervis from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Aug 10 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Squash Blossoms for Sale

    Untitledfdfsdfdfd.pngPicture by drew*in*chicago from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Aug 03 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Miss Pac-ki

    7669792386_c029975169.jpgPicture by ChicagoGeek from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Submit your pics!

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    Foodporn Fri Jul 27 2012

    Friday Foodporn: A Sign of the Times

    7615821766_6ff5cd4514.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Jul 20 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Dinner

    gfbhtbnythrtf.jpgImage by Elizabeth Ann Wright-Clark from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is beginning to see the light. Submit your pics.

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    Foodporn Fri Jul 13 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Scotch Bonnets

    7554046864_e07d8d9058.jpgPhoto by Christopher Methven from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is celebrating the many things we have to celebrate. Add your pics!

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    Foodporn Fri Jul 06 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Martini

    7514128482_81dc65de38.jpgImage by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is hoping and praying that the air conditioner is in it for the long haul this weekend. Send your pics!

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    Foodporn Fri Jun 29 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Shrimp with Sugar Cane from Sticky Rice

    7359783762_b48d43fe19 (1).jpgImage by Road2Nowhere from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which went outside in the furnace-like heat for a few minutes and is a little proud of itself. Submit your pics.

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    Foodporn Fri Jun 22 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Radish

    7410313618_3818999fcf.jpgImage by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is gonna hold its breath if you don't submit your food pics. It's that simple.

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    Foodporn Fri Jun 15 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Strawberries

    7354847314_31efddbb61.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is preparing to keep it real. Submit your pics.

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    Foodporn Fri Jun 08 2012

    Friday Foodporn: CSA Box

    7164941971_21edca07b7.jpgImage by Vera Videnovich of Videnovich Farms from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which begins a monthlong binge on golden cherries today. They're like little yellow orbs of amazing, you know?

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    Foodporn Fri Jun 01 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Lettuce Wrap

    7289602880_cf9c72efda.jpgImage by Denise Lu from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which waits at the door, longing for your pictures of barbecues, farmers markets, and street festivals.

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    Foodporn Fri May 25 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Flank Steak

    7108100695_fc81fdea6a.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is is dusting off the grill and heading out for charcoal. Submit your summer eating pics!!!

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    Restaurant Mon May 21 2012

    Aesthetic Italian at Due Lire

    Living in Lincoln Square, one hardly wants for formidable dining options within easy walking distance -- but in the last few years since I've moved to the neighborhood, Italian cuisine seems to be missing a truly worthy representative in the area. Trattoria Trullo and La Bocca Della Verita, both on Lincoln Avenue, are both flatly fine options -- nothing fancy, nothing taste-bud numbingly amazing, but nothing that tastes like its major components couldn't have come out of a freezer either. Just solidly mediocre. And while the area boasts some outstanding pizza (Spacca Napoli what up!), sometimes you just want a bowl of noodles and red sauce -- and have it not taste like something you (or Chef Boyardee) put together on your own stove.

    Due Lire opened on Lincoln a year or so ago, offering a classic Italian mix of appertivo, small plates, pastas, and mains, and while it took me a while to finally visit, I will gladly return when the pasta-craving strikes from now on. While the staff wavers a bit between charming and aggressive, and both dining room and back patio are cozy but nothing to write home about, the food is gorgeous.

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    Foodporn Fri May 18 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Pate de Fruit

    pate.jpgPicture by Laura Sant from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is stocking up on dry goods and bottled water in anticipation of this weekend's NATO. Submit your pictures! And stay inside.

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    Foodporn Fri May 11 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Pizza Guy

    7003408598_10f0637f79.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Submit your pictures!

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    Foodporn Fri May 04 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Avocado Salad

    7108100947_9c55ba449c.jpgImage by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is celebrating Derby Day and Cinco de Mayo at the same motherfricking time.

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 27 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Mitsuwa Marketplace

    6971789140_f66d5c7e5f.jpgImage by yours truly from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool; it'll make you sweat. Submit your pics.

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 20 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Cookies!

    Cookyz.JPGPicture by cgmethven from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which doesn't know what they did before discovering pink salt. it goes with everything! Submit your pics.

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 13 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Petersen's Ice Cream

    7060870185_7fc0798dc2.jpgPicture by Frederick J. Nachman from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is scouring the aisles in search of better Easter candy. Submit your pictures and heavily discounted Peeps.

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 06 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Lou Malnati's

    loulam.jpgImage by Drew Baker from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which loves Easter, but loves pizza more.


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    Foodporn Fri Mar 30 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Clementines

    6987794613_32b75689f1.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is drinking its fourth cup of coffee this morning. Work, darnit! Submit your pictures of food, restaurants, or foody restaurants.

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 23 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Ramova Grill

    6853914738_270307d5a0.jpgImage by Katherine of Chicago from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. The Ramova Grill, which has been in business for 83 years, closes April 14, so get down there (3510 South Halsted) while you still can for their famous chili.

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 16 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Basil Seeds

    6986269327_32e7e74a38.jpgImage by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is half-Irish. Erin go submit your pictures to our pool!

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 09 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Yuzu

    6965142557_b135572906.jpgImage by Mike Innocenzi from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Submit your pics; they'll come to life if you do. Free food!

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 02 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Shelly's Freeze

    6794221676_de5c6c709f.jpgImage by Rachel Freundt at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 24 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Restaurant Week @ Naha

    6924846937_11518037b2.jpgPicture of Parfait of Coconut Cream, "Ruby Red" Grapefruit, Toasted Meringue and Spiced Rum from Naha's Restaurant Week menu from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Pay attention--Restaurant Week ends Sunday!

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 17 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Donut Head

    redonut.jpgPicture from drew*in*chicago from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Submit your pictures! Your friends will admire you!

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 10 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Heart Pasta

    6842740565_1db870ff76.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 03 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Fish Taco

    mos.jpgPicture by Alexandra Moskovich from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Submit your pics!

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    Foodporn Fri Jan 27 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Bonsoiree

    brandon.jpgImage by Brandon Harris from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Jan 20 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Food Carts

    6667257485_02fd63435d.jpgImage by Brule Laker fro the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is getting ready to make snow angels!

    We love to look at food as much as we love to eat it--contribute your pictures of food, restaurants, cooking disasters, etc.

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    Foodporn Fri Jan 13 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Fish and Chips

    fnc.JPGImage by drew*in*chicago from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is trying to figure out the best volunteering opportunity for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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    Foodporn Fri Jan 06 2012

    Friday Foodporn: Fishy Stuff

    6621960503_5fc2c7f3ca.jpgImage by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which wishes you a happy 2012.

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    Foodporn Fri Dec 30 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Don't Drink & Drive

    DON'T drink and drive this weekend...(or anytime)

    Renee Rendler-Kaplan shares an important reminder in the Drive-Thru flickr pool. Have a happy and safe new year!

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    Foodporn Fri Dec 23 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Cookies

    6534140535_62d330f887.jpgImage by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. If you've got eatin' to do, photograph it and send it to us!

    Whatever you're celebrating in the coming days--Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, my brother's birthday--celebrate happily and wisely.

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    Foodporn Fri Dec 16 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Coffee Beans

    6489207323_a50359c914.jpgPicture by swanksalot from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is participating in another frickin' cookie exchange this weekend. Submit your pics, please...

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    Foodporn Fri Dec 09 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Bodega No. 5

    6443729221_c3733014e5.jpgImage by deep blue skies from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Submit your pics!

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    Foodporn Fri Dec 02 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Xoco

    5925898337_2b34df5c1a.jpgImage by KayOne73 from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which wants you to add your food pictures, stat!

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    Foodporn Fri Nov 25 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Leftovers

    6378370357_7ac437b58e.jpgImage by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which hopes it was good. Submit your pictures of your holiday massacre!

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    Foodporn Fri Nov 18 2011

    Friday Foodporn: MingHin Beef Shortribs Hotpot

    6335652159_07bb6c441f.jpgImage by andrewc from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Submit your pics!

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    Foodporn Fri Nov 11 2011

    Friday Foodporn: The Depot American Diner

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    Image by deep blue skies from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Thank a vet today!

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    Foodporn Fri Nov 04 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Fritatten Soup from Austrian Bakery

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    Image by deep blue skies from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which just figured out what is in fritatten soup--and likes it. Submit your pics!

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    Foodporn Fri Oct 28 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Mummy Cookie

    6288016242_fa7899d4c6.jpgImage of mummy cookie from Swedish Bakery, from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Submit your pictures!

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    Foodporn Fri Oct 21 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Brussel Sprouts

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    Picture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which will be soaking in a warm bath of caramel this evening. Submit your pictures!

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    Foodporn Fri Oct 14 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Kingfisher

    wrsvdfxfd1111111111.jpgImage by Brandon Harris from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is eating its weight in candy corn this week.

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    Foodporn Fri Oct 07 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Apples

    6202938839_34b0f6b1ff.jpgImage by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, who wrote this on a Mac.

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    Foodporn Fri Sep 30 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Lobster Spring Roll

    6181321431_75b2701dee.jpgImage by swanksalot from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is in the middle of a pumpkin-eating contest right now (and winning!) Submit your pictures.

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    Chicago Gourmet Tue Sep 27 2011

    Things We Saw and Ate at Chicago Gourmet

    The fourth annual Chicago Gourmet treated patrons this past weekend to another slightly damp, but mostly bright and temperate weekend of wine splashes, tiny bites, and of course ubiquitous bright red totes of swag.

    In addition to such memorable morsels as NoMI's cheddar polenta with chard and onions (so creamily sweet and mild it almost could have been a savory dessert) and braised pig tails from the Purple Pig (fall-off-the-vertabrae-tender, topped with shredded hard-boiled egg, bathed in a fennel-dosed sauce), there were logistical improvements this year that really caught my attention. Plywood sheets replaced those perforated rubber sheets to give attendees surer footing on the wet grass; the line structure had been changed so that multiple vendors could be sampled in one trip through a pavilion, rather than a separate queue for each; a plastic plate with a notched space for your glass joined the gratis wine glass everyone received at the gates.

    These seem like small things, but the overall impression I took away was that the event, potentially one of the bigger (and in the past, inflated) line items in the yearly foodie budget, seemed sort of...worth it. Case in point: a cocktail seminar not only introduced guests to the finer points of making a Manhattan, but sent everyone away with a bar set to get them started mixing drinks at home. And for the first time this year, I heard a CG patron say those two magical words that mark the end of a great meal: "I'm full."

    Here are some of the sights and bites that made us feel full this year:

    All photos by Joanna Ericson and Andie Thomalla

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    Foodporn Fri Sep 23 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Cruciferous Vegetables

    6149969914_26c33a4713.jpgPicture by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is having a welcoming party for fall tonight. Keep on submitting your pictures!

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    Foodporn Fri Sep 16 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Apple Cider from the Aviary

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    Picture by lauren*o from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is wearing several layers of warm clothing this morning. Brrr.

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    Foodporn Fri Sep 09 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Heirlooms Up in Here

    6114250562_053c141ac0.jpgImage by Joe Marinaro from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Submit your pics! All the kids at the cool table do it.

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    Foodporn Fri Sep 02 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Onions

    6069892261_4e0179be45.jpgImage by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your pictures, because SUMMER IS NOT OVER YET. Say it with me!

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    Foodporn Fri Aug 26 2011

    Friday Foodporn: S'Mores Lollipops from the Starving Artist Benefit

    6068406112_142c594900.jpgPicture by Andrew Huff from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Submit your pictures of eating outside in this beautiful weather!

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    Foodporn Fri Aug 19 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Apples Growing

    6044185587_1a01b45c5a.jpgImage by oceandesetoiles from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which wants you to add your pictures so that it has something to focus on while those damn Air and Water Show rehearsals go on outside.

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    Foodporn Fri Aug 12 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Donuts!

    6016484594_da48537a78.jpgImage by Debbie Carlos from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which confronted its ex-boyfriend on a very special episode of "Cheaters" last weekend. Submit your pictures so that we can move on from that fool Larry.

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    Foodporn Fri Aug 05 2011

    A Very Special Friday Foodporn: Next's Tour of Thailand

    After a long afternoon of repeatedly refreshing my browser several weeks ago to get into Next's ticket system, my tenacity paid off last night. Enjoy.


    6010543678_b24e685c3e.jpgStreet snacks: roasted banana, prawn cake, sweet shrimp and garlic, fermented sausage, and steamed bun. The banana packed flavor, and the shrimp was wrapped in a mint leaf that set the stage for an incredible meal.

    6010002653_b9dc6a9893.jpgHot and sour broth, pork belly, tomato, ginger. The chunks of pork belly were like little treasure chests of flavor. Good stuff.

    6010553566_d02ae2b2d6.jpgChili, shallot, garlic, salted duck egg, green mango, white radish pickles. This is where things got dicey for me, as it was full of heat and spice landmines. The chili sauce and radish pickles were the high points.

    6010010645_6ebf31b7e4.jpgCatfish, caramel sauce, celery, coriander root. I expected much more from this dish, given the flavors. Next!

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    Foodporn Fri Jul 29 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Great Lakes Erie Monster

    5966649509_706413a827.jpgImage by Michael Kiser at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is putting on sunblock and bringing a big bottle of water to this weekend's Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival! Visit the GB table!

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    Foodporn Fri Jul 22 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Raspberries

    rasp.jpgImage by Renee Rendler-Kaplan from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your pics! They're all pretty and stuff.

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    Foodporn Fri Jul 15 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Churros from Xoco

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    Picture by KayOne73 from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your pics because it's summertime and the living is easy.

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    Foodporn Fri Jul 08 2011

    Friday Foodporn: CSA Pizza

    beetpizza.jpgImage by lauren*o from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is currently eating a lot of blueberries. Submit your pics!

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    Foodporn Fri Jul 01 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Happy Fourth

    4th.jpgEnjoy this weekend, stay out of the heat, wear sunblock, drink water, and don't forget to tag the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool in your food pics. It's an American thing to do.

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    Foodporn Fri Jun 24 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Garlic Scapes and Pals

    vegg.jpgImage by swanksalot from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is a nice, cool place to drop off your own pics of food.

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    Foodporn Fri Jun 17 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Sizzle

    gr.jpgImage by Brandon from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Jun 10 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Zucchini Cakes and Quesadillas

    gtg.jpgImage by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which would love to see your pics show up on our feed.

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    Foodporn Fri Jun 03 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Harold's Chicken Shack #62

    hcc.jpgImage by swanksalot from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which is wondering why you never called us back. Add your food pics so we can both move on.

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    Foodporn Fri May 27 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Alinea

    aasa.jpgImage of Frozen Chocolate Mousse, Blueberry Puree, Honey Milk by a.a. sabnis from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Can you reach through this screen? Upload your food pictures and find out.

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    Foodporn Fri May 20 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Manny's Deli

    manny.jpgImage by foodtographer from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which doesn't take "no" for an answer. Submit your pics!

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    Foodporn Fri May 13 2011

    Friday Foodporn: You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go

    rmdpunpz.jpgIt's not seasonal, but it's appropriate. Image by deepblueskies from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your pictures, or we'll take your TIF money, bulldoze an airport in the middle of the night, or make poor business decisions about parking meters, hired trucks, and Olympics bids.

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    Foodporn Fri May 06 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Ohio House Motel Coffee Shop

    ohm.jpgImage by swanksalot from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool, which loves your mom.

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 29 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Donut from Impallaria Bakery

    donut.jpgImage by deepblueskies from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your pics. And cover your tracks.

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 22 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Zucchini, etc.

    zucc.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your pictures! They're like a rainbow at the end of a storm.

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 15 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Sweet and Savory Peanut Butter Bacon Burgers

    pbbb.jpgPicture by freshandfoodie from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your pictures--they're edible, too.

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 08 2011

    Friday Foodporn: NAHA Sundae

    5578870452_74b6847f6f.jpgPicture by TrackBelle from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Jump in and add your pictures of food, places that serve food, or the people eating the food served at the places that serve food.

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 01 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Dolly Parton

    Dolly.jpgI love this woman. If you do, too--add your pics to the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. You could have your choice of food...but I could never eat again.

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 18 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Hoosier Mama Pie

    pie.jpgPicture by katherine of chicago at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. If you love pie, get up to three of your friends and take part in Hoosier Mama's Second Birthday Scavenger Hunt tomorrow, co-sponsored by Drive-Thru. You must be registered in advance; call 312-243-4846 to enter. More info here.

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 11 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Goose Island Wee Heavy

    beer11.jpgImage by mediageek from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your pics and get that free chocolate chip cookie recipe from Neiman Marcus!

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 04 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Pasta

    pasta.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Can't fight this feeling anymore? Add your pictures.

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 25 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Chioggia Calamari & Polenta

    oppp.jpgPicture by TrackBelle from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your pics, because the only thing better than eating food is looking at it.

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 18 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Bay Leaves

    bayl.jpgImage by Mel HIll Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your pics! No jacket required.

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 11 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Fungi Love

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 04 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Panna Cotta from Cafe Spiaggia

    pannac.jpgPicture by TrackBelle from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Envious of this delicious dish? Add your pics to our group!

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    Foodporn Fri Jan 28 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Chicken Paprikash

    paprikash.jpgPicture by yours truly from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. To avoid such tacky self-promotion from happening again, post your photos!

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    Foodporn Fri Jan 21 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Brunch at Green Zebra

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    Foodporn Fri Jan 14 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Fried Brussel Sprouts with Butternut Squash from the Purple Pig

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    Foodporn Fri Jan 07 2011

    Friday Foodporn: Kale

    kale.jpgPicture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your food pics because we love looking at dark leafy green vegetables. Eating them is another thing.

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    Foodporn Fri Dec 24 2010

    Thursday Foodporn: Christkindlmarket

    beer1.jpgPicture by mediageek from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Happy holidays and let's take it to 11 in '11!

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    Foodporn Fri Dec 17 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

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    Foodporn Fri Dec 10 2010

    Friday Foodporn: I'll Take (a) Manhattan

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    Foodporn Fri Dec 03 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Das Boot Zwei

    das.jpgImage by fotomattic at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your food pics! It will make your life a hell of a lot easier.

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    Foodporn Fri Nov 26 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Gobble Gobble

    Picture 188.jpgMy dinner last night. Join the Drive-Thru Flickr Group. We're thankful for foodporn.

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    Recipe Tue Nov 23 2010

    An Underpaid, Overworked Orphans' Thanksgiving

    Tgiving 121.JPGLast year's Thanksgiving threw a monkey-wrench in my normal traditions. For some bizarre, overly capitalist reason, the US futures markets are open on Thanksgiving. If you're bored waiting for your bird to cook or have time between potato mashings, you, yes YOU can trade the S&P. Which meant for me, last year I had to work on Thanksgiving. Boo hoo. I know I'm not the only one. There are plenty of folks that had to work, couldn't take the time off, couldn't afford the trip to see family and otherwise didn't get to have a proper Thanksgiving. Cue the pity party.

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    Foodporn Fri Nov 19 2010

    Friday Foodporn: from Avec

    avc.jpgImage of whole roasted Sonoma Valley foie gras with roasted pears, sweetened walnuts and herbs by happy_stomach at the Drive-Thru Flickr Page. Join and add your pictures, because I hate eating computers.

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    Foodporn Fri Nov 12 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Red Light

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    Foodporn Fri Nov 05 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Xiao Ping Pork

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    Foodporn Fri Oct 29 2010

    Friday Foodporn: His Devilish Grin


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    Openings Fri Oct 22 2010

    All In The Family: The Newest Francesca Hot Spot

    ricotta+honey.jpg"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not eaten well."

    If Scott Harris of the Francesca family wanted my attention, he had it by opening the menu to this delightful phrase. I'm readily adopting his headliner as my life motto, and voraciously scanning the menu.

    Davanti Enoteca is the newest addition to the Mia Francesca's family: a take on rustic Italian food, made available by seasonal Midwest ingredients and made intriguing without being regionally specific. Typically, you think Mia Francesca's and you think mounds of pasta with meaty sauces. Not so at Davanti. The menu reads like the farm-to-table craze that we've all seen before: pork belly, varying bruchetta, farm eggs, meat from Mint Creek and Slagel and yet, something feels different here. Savory ragu roasts are paired with airy light mascarpone polenta and spread on a board at table side. Pizza with leek and mushroom is drizzled with truffle oil and the sharpest taleggio I've ever had. The Uovo, daily made large-style ravioli pasta with ricotta and spinach piped around the edge, egg yolk in the center and served in a sage butter sauce, sits lightly in your mouth.

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    Jonathan Beatty, who helped open Purple Pig is overseeing the menu as executive chef. And weekly Saturday night specials means he can play with seasonality and ingredients of his choice. The back of the restaurant doubles as a wine boutique. Rather than a traditional wine menu, Davanti allows patrons to buy wine at the boutique at commercial prices and then charges a $7 corking fee. To be honest, I can't tell you how nice it was to drink a glass of wine from a $30 bottle of wine and actually have it cost $30, rather than the standard 2-3 times as much.

    The crowd is a good mix of locals and rapidly increasing by those of us being tempted back down to Taylor Street after a long hiatus. The decor is a cozy mix of re-purposed wood, spaghetti western posters, found farming equipment and Chianti chandeliers; the back boutique section feels as if you're sitting in some Italian baron's country wine cave. Harris is working on two new projects in the area and is hoping to re-establish Little Italy to it's former glory, and more. If these others are half as lovable as Davanti, I'll be hitting up T Street once a week.

    For a newbie restaurant, Davanti has it all figured out. The food is approachable, the prices affordable, and the staff affable. I'll be headed back next week in order to keep my thinking, loving and sleeping in shape.

    Davanti Enoteca
    1359 W. Taylor St.
    312-266-5550

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    Foodporn Fri Oct 22 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Granville, Illinois


    Picture by deep blue skies at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your pictures! Don't you want to see what we're gonna be for Halloween?

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    Foodporn Fri Oct 15 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Giordano's


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    Foodporn Fri Oct 08 2010

    Friday Foodporn: End of the Day is Nigh


    Picture by swanksalot at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your pics, and we'll talk to Mother Nature about letting the weather stay this way until March. We know people.

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    Foodporn Fri Oct 01 2010

    Friday Foodporn: *Zauerkraut*


    Picture by *Zoup* at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Submit your pics! Our images are hot and ready to serve.

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    Foodporn Fri Sep 24 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Pleated Tomato


    Picture by oceandesetoiles at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Submit your pics of food and fun to us, because no one wants to see pictures of my cereal bowls.

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    Foodporn Fri Sep 17 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Intelligensia Latte


    Picture by Ninja Mom from Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join! We'll snuggle all night long.

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    Foodporn Fri Sep 10 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Open


    Picture by theres no way home in the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Submit your photos! All I have to eat today is sardines and graham flour. Help me out!

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    Foodporn Fri Sep 03 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Homemade Tapenade


    Picture by Mel Hill Photography in the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your food pics to our group--we're a ragtag gaggle of kids who just want to dance!

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    Foodporn Fri Aug 27 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Mega Vega from Hot Woks, Cool Sushi

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    Picture by deep blue skies at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join! We have only one foot out the door.

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    Feature Fri Aug 20 2010

    One Block, Five Meals

    Over the summer while working in Evanston, I've found myself wandering around one block of Noyes Street in search of lunch. Nestled in a quiet, student-less (for the time being) residential area west of Northwestern's campus is an impressive group of restaurants that cater to all price points and tastes. The street's anchor is the Piven Theater Workshop, which resides in a beautiful white brick building bordering a busy, children-filled city park. Far from home and working in an office with a scary, ancient microwave, I did what any curious foodie would do: I began an endless (and often enjoyable) lunch crawl in the neighborhood.

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    Foodporn Fri Aug 20 2010

    Friday Foodporn: One Last Pizza


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    of one of Caffe Florian's final deep-dish orders by reallyboring from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join us! We'll find a way to carry on through carry out.

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    Foodporn Fri Aug 13 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Sturgeon Mousse with Avocado and Hazelnut Crackers

    Tru from Taste of the NationPicture from last night's Taste of the Nation event at the Aragon; dish by Tru. If you want a piece of the action, join the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. We are guilty on all counts...of being delicious.

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    Foodporn Fri Aug 06 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Two Tilapia Tacos


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    Foodporn Fri Jul 30 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Enoch's Bacon Caramel Donut


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    Foodporn Fri Jul 23 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Aviation Apertif from Kith & Kin


    Picture by yours truly at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join! Doesn't that drink look delicious?

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    Foodporn Fri Jul 16 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Lettuce


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    Foodporn Fri Jul 09 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Rhubarb Bellini



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    Foodporn Fri Jul 02 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Country-Fried Bacon


    And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free--free to order country-fried bacon (from the fine folks at Wiener and Still Champion). Picture by Cliff Etters at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join! Lee Greenwood hasn't.

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    Foodporn Fri Jun 25 2010

    Friday Foodporn: CSA Delivery


    Picture by photovox in the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join! Smell you later.

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    Foodporn Fri Jun 18 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Chess Pie

    Picture by drowning in flame at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join! We're playing Slovenia this morning in the World Cup.

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    Foodporn Fri Jun 11 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Roast Pork Sandwich from Terzo Piano


    Picture by food_in_mouth from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join! We won the Stanley Cup---of food photography.

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    Foodporn Fri Jun 04 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Brunch @ Karyn's Cooked


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    Foodporn Fri May 28 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Realm of Gluttony

    Picture by D. Majette at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join! We bought the house next door to the Obamas.

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    Foodporn Fri May 21 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Birthday Cake


    Photo by Sir Oras at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join! We have room now that we've denied entry to Rand Paul.

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    Foodporn Fri May 14 2010

    Friday Foodporn: La Crêperie


    Picture by themats1 at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join! Our basketball team is canceling our trip to Alaska (for political reasons).

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    Foodporn Fri May 07 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Radishes


    Picture by Debbie Carlos in the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join! Unlike Glee, we haven't jumped the shark.

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 30 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Breakfast Tacos


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    Foodporn Fri Apr 23 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Noshin'



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    Foodporn Fri Apr 16 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Ending a Bacon-y Week


    Picture by Katie Scully at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join! Dues are easy and breezy.

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    Event Tue Apr 13 2010

    Baconfest Chicago 2010

    Smokey, savory, salted debauchery with a couple hundred of my best friends...

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    That's right, I was fortunate enough to get tickets to BFC2010. That's Baconfest Chicago 2010 for the uninitiated. Taking over the Stan Mansion (2409 N. Kedzie) in Logan Square, even on the approach from the corner of Kedzie and Fullerton, one could smell a hint of smoky pork goodness on the breeze that only became stronger as one grew closer to the Stan Mansion.

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 09 2010

    Friday Foodporn: A Sign of Spring

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    Picture by Mel Hill Photography at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join us! Your eyes will thank you.

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 02 2010

    Friday Foodporn: a Trip to Calumet Fisheries


    Photo by liz_noise at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. You should join now that Lent's over.

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    Foodporn Thu Apr 01 2010

    Bacon. No Foolin'

    I am a fool for all things bacon. Just ask my friends.

    Some are really good (Baconfest Chicago, Neuske's Bacon), some "meh" (Bacon Salt, Bacon Mints), and some are hilarious (Squeez Bacon, Baconnaise).

    But for April Fools '10, I decided to play the fool rather than prank other fools. So, I got up early and started wrapping. Bacon wrapping that is.

    With a convenient stash of bacon, sufficient toothpicks, and a couple of kielbasa, I wrapped these sausages up like Martha Stewart on a X-mas present bender.

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    After applying the bacon love, I then wrapped the sausages in several layers of aluminum foil, and slid them into a 350° oven, and walked away.

    How long did I cook them? I didn't really think about it. I simply pulled them out when the entire apartment started to smell like delicious bacon-wrapped sausage, and I noticed neighbors licking the windows.

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    If I were forced to set a time limit to the cooking, I'd say that an hour and a half would work. Your results may vary. Just remember to remove the toothpicks before serving.

    This is usually the part where someone will tell you what to serve with the recipe. I've found that a fork and knife work well.

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 26 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Shrimp Dumplings with Noodles


    Picture by Flipped Out at the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Add your photos to our pool--the more the merrier.

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 19 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Brunch


    Picture by dianagurley from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join! It's a tasty idea.

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 12 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Russian Tea Time


    Photo by opacity in the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join, and the road will rise to meet you.

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    Foodporn Fri Mar 05 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Sushi


    Picture by Deep Blue Skies on the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join us! The water's warm.

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 26 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Naha Up Close


    Pork belly from Naha. Photo by happy_stomach in the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join! Life's short.

    Also, if you want to eat at Naha, this fantastic restaurant is participating in Restaurant Week (ending Sunday!) and is offering an earth-shattering $80 gift certificate for $40 as today's Groupon offering. Take advantage.

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 19 2010

    Friday Foodporn: a Banchan Feast



    Photo by poohba02 from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. You may starve if you don't join.

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 12 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Your Table is Waiting


    A picture of Svea's in Andersonville by sierraromeo [sarah-ji] from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool. Join it, because we can't get close to you, babe.

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    Foodporn Fri Feb 05 2010

    Friday Foodporn: The Sigh


    Meet the February special burger at Kuma's. The Sigh is topped with Asian ground pork seasoned with oyster sauce and chile; sauteed celery, scallions, water chestnuts, garlic and ginger; and fried won ton strips. Picture by Andrew Huff from the Drive-Thru Flickr group. Join! It has a peaceful, easy feeling.

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    Foodporn Fri Jan 29 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Tea Time


    Afternoon tea, by Swanksalot. From our Flickr pool--join us, it's delicious.

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    Foodporn Thu Jan 07 2010

    Chicago Gourmet Memory

    sundra.jpg It's been several months since Chicago Gourmet but my mouth still waters every time I even think about looking at my pictures from that weekend. Sundra's sample - shrimp on a rice cake drizzled with an egg sauce - was by far one of my favorites. Yum. Sigh. Is it September 2010 yet?

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    Foodporn Fri Jan 01 2010

    Friday Foodporn: Love in this Year



    Happy 2010, everyone. Picture by Mel Hill Photography from the Drive-Thru Flickr pool.

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    Foodporn Fri Dec 25 2009

    Friday Foodporn: Thrift Store Finds


    Not sure if this is a jello mold or a Christmas tribute to the Olympic flame: either way, merry christmas (and TGIF). Picture by modashell on our Flickr set.

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    Foodporn Thu Dec 24 2009

    Friday Foodporn (Thursday Edition): Cookies for Santa


    Our own Whitney made some oatmeal cookies. I want these cookies.

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    Foodporn Fri Dec 18 2009

    Friday Foodporn: Intimate Sabayon


    Chocolate sabayon and house-made Nutter Butters from The Bristol. Picture by Opacity.

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    Foodporn Fri Nov 27 2009

    Friday Foodporn: Memories


    Many of us were looking at something like this yesterday. Today, however, is a whole new ballgame of leftovers and antacids. Picture by Mel Hill Photography.

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    Foodporn Fri Oct 30 2009

    Friday Foodporn: BRAAAAIINS!

    Zombie Head Cake

    This deliciously gruesome zombie cake was created by the always creative Bleeding Heart Bakery. Fortunately, It's pretty easy to disable this zombie -- just eat its brains!

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    Foodporn Fri Oct 23 2009

    Friday Foodporn: Halloween Tomato?

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    This orange heirloom tomato would be perfect for a Halloween jack'o'lantern centerpiece. Photographed by Damon Taylor

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    Foodporn Thu Oct 22 2009

    Sweet Tweets

    Dessert/Erotica 140 characters at a time.

    If you're like me and daydream about buttercream, chocolate ganache, and anything with a buttery, flaky crust...and are a borderline-might-actually-be-a twitter addict then you need to add these sugarcoated tweeple to your follow list ASAP. Tweets about delicious treats maybe not be as good as eating them but they are titillating -- it's dessert foreplay, if you will.

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    Shanna Quinn / Comments (0)

    Foodporn Fri Oct 16 2009

    Friday Foodporn: Purple & White Onions

    Purple and White Onions

    Here's the first Friday Foodporn! Each Friday, we're will now feature a photo from the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool and feature it here on the blog. This first shot is of purple and green onions at the Green City Market, photographed by Swanksalot.

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    Publication Fri Aug 28 2009

    Whet Both Your Appetites

    This doesn't look like it's for the squeamish, what with its recipe for human-incubated yogurt, but newly launched magazine Food + Sex looks like it offers some thoughtful essays or photo collages about composting, factory farming and bees, along with some material that seems a little less food related. The magazine is a "combined effort of artists, writers, farmers and foodmakers, exploring how desire shapes the food environment." You can check out a list of articles on the web site, but to really find out what these artists and foodmakers have to say, or to show you, you'll have to order a copy (for $10) online.

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    Restaurant Sun May 31 2009

    Great Sea = Great Chow

    wonton_soup.jpgHoly Jebus! I just ate the best Wonton Soup of my life. This was accompanied by some life changing chicken wings and some unusually light and fluffy shrimp fried rice.

    I've been having tummy issues and when my favorite internal organ isn't happy, neither am I. The one food I am able to consume, no matter how miserable my guts are, is Wonton Soup. I am convinced it has powerful healing properties. My latest slurp of this medicinal goodness was simply amazing; hence, I felt compelled to share. Likewise, I always know when I am truly sick when wine doesn't sound good. So, something is seriously awry in my belly, and rest assured I will take this up with my docs. But enough about my GI track...

    Get thee to Great Sea restaurant post haste. This joint has some sublime Chinese chow. Now, I have no idea if its authentic or regional or anything like that. I just know its good. Upon first glance at the menu, its nothin special. Just your usual Chinese take out fare. But lordy lordy, the execution of these dishes really sets this place apart.

    Take for example, the Wonton soup above.(Apologies all around for the crappy quality of my phone pics.) Its lightly salty, chicken-ish broth is nice, but its all the added goodies that blew my mind. Wide chinese noodles, tiny shrimp, greens, and wispy threads of egg are in generous quantity. Even the mushroom slices had real texture. Now, there are no dumplings in here per say, but who needs em when you have all the ingredients in tastier form swimming in the bowl?
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    Oh, and I bet you have an opinion on chicken wings. Really, who doesn't? The Spicy Sweet Chicken wings here will blow your mind. First off, they are trimmed and fried to make a lolipop is crispy chicken form. The sticky glaze is sweet and spicy as advertised and plentful, which makes for a nice drizzle on a side of white rice. Not only are these little treats unbelieveably tasty, but way less messy than you average wings or drummies. The trimmed bone as handle keeps your fingers free of sauce. Next TV viewing party I host, I'm totally ordering up a ton of these. Start angling for your invites now, or hustle to Albany Park for your own.

    Great Sea

    3254 W Lawrence Ave
    (between Sawyer Ave & Spaulding Ave)
    Chicago, IL 60625
    (773) 478-9129

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    Foodporn Thu May 28 2009

    Snack Me!

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    At last week's All Candy Expo, I wandered the aisles in search of what's new in the snacking world in terms of sweet and savory snacks--even though the event is the "All Candy Expo," the subtitle is "It's All About Sweets & Snacks." This breaks down into show floor that's a lot of candy, some nuts, a lot of chip brands, and more meat jerky companies than you ever thought were possible.

    Needless to say, I found a lot of novelties, some tasty treats, and products I never thought were imaginable. Check them out after the jump.

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    Foodporn Tue May 26 2009

    Beverage Finds at NRA Show

    Not to be outdone by the food, many beverage companies also had interesting products at this year's National Restaurant Association Show:

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    • Smokin' cocktails. Give your cocktail an other-worldly feeling with Mistystix, a patent-pending cocktail stirrer that has a capsule for food grade dry ice. Put a small amount of dry ice in the capsule, click it shut, and insert it into your cocktail. The ice carbonates and cools down the beverage and lasts for anywhere from 3-8 minutes. These aren't yet on the market, but I wouldn't be surprised if you started seeing them in clubs soon.

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    Jill Jaracz / Comments (1)

    Foodporn Tue May 26 2009

    Food Finds from NRA Show

    nracupcakeguy.jpgI've finally come out of my food coma, first induced by a few days at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show, followed by a couple of days at the All Candy Expo.

    Although the NRA exhibits span two halls and feature anything you could possibly want in a restaurant (Viking stove, menus, Irish pub furniture, etc.), the food and beverages are the big draw, and it's easy to eat yourself silly with all the great products that might be at or coming to a restaurant or retail outlet near you.

    After the jump, I'll fill you in on some of the best and/or most interesting products I found at the show.

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    Foodporn Tue May 26 2009

    For the Non-Ice Cream Lover in You

    Haagen-Dazs did not ask me to write this, but you'd think they were underwriting my next trip to Aruba by what I'm about to say: their Five collection is awesome--and I'm not an ice cream fan. The pitch is that this ice cream only has five flavors, which are boldly spelled out on the packaging: eggs, cream, sugar, milk, and the flavor of the ice cream (passion fruit, brown sugar, ginger, vanilla, milk chocolate and coffee). I've tasted half of these so far and think they're off the chain--incredible flavor, creamy, and thankfully, they come in a small size.

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    Foodporn Tue Mar 17 2009

    I'm Lovin' It: Shamrock Shake Cupcakes

    McDonald's may be ending their annual Shamrock Shake offering soon, so rather than slurp down that bad boy, why not throw it into a batch of cake mix and make yourself some cupcakes?

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    Foodporn Wed Mar 04 2009

    The Southside Donut Considered

    Finally, I party I can really enjoy: on a Saturday morning, I was among a group of people conducting a blind taste test (and informal award ceremony) of donuts from four South side bakeries.

    Donut Day But is there such a thing as a crappy donut? Well, if you've ever hungrily eyed a pink and orange-colored box soaked with grease stains in the office breakroom, you know it's possible to eat an unsatisfying donut. Really possible. But this event was different, as we sampled a range of locally made test subjects. Overall, the donuts that we sampled were delicious--but when you get all of them together in a room, you can tell which ones are winners and which ones get a participation pin.

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    Restaurant Fri Feb 06 2009

    L2O Week at Chicagoist

    Chicagoist has been exploring the city's latest culinary superstar, Laurent Gras's L2O. There's plenty of foodporn to be had, both behind the scenes and on the plate (Gras and his team produce plenty of foodporn of their own on their blog). You also get a look at the restaurant's decor. The series culminates on Monday with an interview with Gras himself. If you were intrigued by L2O's appearance on the Chicago episode of "No Reservations," this will only whet your appetite further for an increasingly hard to get reservation.

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    Foodporn Fri Nov 14 2008

    Apple Cider at Home

    Curious about making (and tasting) apple cider at home, I joined some community garden farmers for their cider making. Here's a flickr photo set for a step-by-step. The flavors were full and dynamic.
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    Foodporn Tue Oct 07 2008

    My Moment of Zen

    SmoquePulled pork sandwich, cole slaw, mac and cheese and more sauce. From Smoque, located at Grace and Pulaski. Two times in one weekend. No embarrassment, just please give me what I ordered yesterday. Thank you.

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    Foodporn Mon Sep 29 2008

    Photographing Food

    VeganYumYum has posted a humble instructional to help bloggers photograph food. If it will teach us how to take photos like their blog has been posting, it'll be well worth a read. Also not to be missed is my personal favorite list of tips on food photography from Heidi Swanson's 101 Cookbooks masterpiece.

    Chris Brunn / Comments (0)

    Foodporn Sun Sep 28 2008

    Lido's Caffé: Italian Gelato & Cookie Heaven in Oak Park

    IMG_0050Rarely does anything good come of dinner with one's ex. Last week, such was not the case when pastry-chef Chris and I broke bread in Oak Park. Not because of our so-so meal at the has-been Pasta Shoppe on Oak Park Avenue (originally to be the subject of this post). But from finding the truly phenomenal Lido's Caffé, tucked away on Marion Street in the heart of the downtown Oak Park.

    When Chris suggested strongly that we visit the newly opened Lido's, given his line of work I expected something good. So let me get this out of the way first and everything else will be commentary: this place is a doppelganger in quality and (almost eerily) appearance of my all-time favorite hometown Italian caffé and gelateria, NYC's Rocco's Pastry Shop on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village. A counter lining one side of the long space punctuated by pastry and gelato display cases, an imported espresso machine, locals nestling into their Tribs and laptops while tucking into Italian cookies--this New Yorker had the sneaking suspicion he had just found a convenient new home on the Harlem Green Line.

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    Foodporn Mon Aug 25 2008

    It's Genetti Time

    Genetti Cookies As a kid, I was dragged to Italian folk dancing classes, which were held in a decrepit building in a seedy part of town. Most of the dancing involved moving around in a big circle, and I'm pretty sure it was to the tune of Neil Diamond's "Coming to America." The endpoint of the dancing classes was to perform in a late-summer local festival. I had to wear a peasant outfit. Neil Diamond provided the background music, again. I hated it. But I loved the festival's food, notably the genetti.

    Genetti cookies are a somewhat soft, nondescript vanilla cookie covered in a colorful, anise (licorice)-flavored glaze. They tend to show up at Italian holiday celebrations, notably Easter and Christmas. Maybe the last thing you'd think of as a decent cookie flavor would be the sharp sting of anise, but trust me--like rum or amaretto, anise softens in taste when combined with heat and a high sugar content. Anise shows up in a lot of Italian sweets in much stronger concentrations--biscotti and cakes, notably--but here is a good genetti recipe to ease you into baking with the licorice-flavored stuff.

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    Chef Sun Aug 10 2008

    The New Chicago Dog

    NewChicagoDog.jpgNow that my heart is no longer aflutter and my breathing has returned to normal, I'm clear-headed enough to write about the encased meat sandwich that lured me to Hot Doug's on Friday. Kevin Haas won Time Out Chicago's contest to have his hot dog made and sold at Hot Doug's. It admittedly wasn't the sandwich I voted for, but I was delighted to try it anyway. I love the concept of combining a variety of different ethnic cuisines into one meal. And it almost works really well. But only almost.

    Kevin Haas and The New Chicago DogThe chorizo sausage is one of the best I've had. It packs a lot of flavor and spice in each bite, and it's not so greasy that you end up with orange juice running down your chin which was nice. Fat may add flavor, but too much fat flattens the flavor and ruins the taste. The spiciness of the chorizo was expected and enjoyable for the first couple of bites, but the spice of the sausage combined with the chili mustard quickly became overpowering and drowned out the flavors of the Asian pear chutney and the paneer. Which was a shame, because the chutney was heavenly and made only better by the chili mustard. The paneer was fried, which I hoped would add a little flavor to an otherwise bland, but soothing, cheese. Unfortunately, the paneer was cold when it was placed on top of the sausage, and served in large chunks, so they mostly fell off while I was eating. If the cheese had been in smaller pieces, so they stayed on top of the sandwich, or if the cheese had been soft and melty so it stuck to the sausage, I think the paneer would have provided the cooling sensation that it provides in many Indian dishes.

    So while I had a very, very enjoyable lunch and would even end up ordering this sandwich again, I'd probably split it with someone because by the end of the sandwich all I tasted was the chorizo. Thankfully the ingestion of duck fat fries (which are so amazingly good) provided enough grease to counteract some of the spice so I could eat without sniffling while sitting just a few feet from Anthony Bourdain. Maybe I'm not done swooning after all.

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    Foodporn Thu Jul 17 2008

    A Field Guide to Doughnuts

    41026355.JPGThis Chicago Tribune article helps readers wade through the fried dough options in and around the city -- and suggests where to buy them. They have also included a delicious photo gallery.


    The Gulab Jamon, "A small dark doughnut hole of flour and milks (powdered, regular), steeped in a sticky syrup of rosewater and sugar (and sometimes cardamom) until it's spongy and dense, and sweet," looks particularly delicious.

    (Don Churro's churro pictured. Photo from the Chicago Tribune.)

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    Foodporn Mon Jul 14 2008

    Roughin' It

    I took a trip to one of my favorite places in the world this past Friday to see Feist: RAVINIA!

    IMG_0224For those who haven't made the journey, the Ravinia experience begins with the trip up the Metra Union Pacific North rail line, steadily weaving through the lush suburbs (Kenilworth, Wilmette) as you leave the city, arriving at Ravinia Park a half-hour later. The lawn is really the only exciting place to be during the show, especially when it comes to the food: some people bring gourmet eats to be placed on dainty little tables with elegant candles and silverware, and others walk in with a few bottles of cheap wine and a bag of chips. It's truly a beautiful sight to see the patchwork of blankets and tarps that spread across the lawn. Even Leslie Feist herself started talking onstage of her curiosity of what was going on in the lawn section of the theater, seemingly miles from the stage. We ate on.

    I took a minute to take some pictures of the spreads around me. For your enjoyment...

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    Foodporn Fri May 30 2008

    City of Cupcakes

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    Natalie of Bake & Destroy! made some Chicago flag-themed cupcakes, topped with rats, as treats for a recent craft show. Chef Michelle Garcia liked them so much she asked to adapt the recipe for Bleeding Heart Bakery's Girls Rock Chicago benefit cupcakes.

    Charity Cupcake - Girls Rock Chicago - June 2008
    Buy one of these tasty treats and a dollar will be donated to the nonprofit music education program. Sweet!

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    Foodporn Wed May 14 2008

    Indulge. That is all.

    We dashed for ice cream: espresso Oreo, strawberry and vanilla chocolate chip - all vegan. Two friends and I had just finished dinner using veggies from Green City, when we realized we needed a treat. One of them called. How late are you open, he asked? 9 p.m. We were soon walking down North Avenue, wandering if fast enough. A few traffic lights slowed us down. Some 21 minutes remaining ticked down to ten. We were those last minute customers, but the staff gladly obliged. The cones were vegan. I took the sugar cone - the one I remember loving from childhood indulgences two and three scoops deep. He momentarily left for the cone, and then returned telling me that he'd double-checked to make sure it was vegan - so nice. Each of us took a different flavor. I sampled all three before deciding. The vanilla chocolate chip tasted the fullest to me, with a nice round flavor. All were smooth, and the espresso had a nice coffee flavor. The strawberry was the scooper-man's fav, he enthusiastically told us. Most importantly, each of us liked our flavor the best. My two pals had planned to work out, and they did. I walked with them to their gym. Cardio was next up after dinner and vegan ice cream. Just Indulge, 1755 W. North Ave., (773) 486-6680.

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    Foodporn Tue Apr 15 2008

    Container Shaped Foods

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    Indiana University based photographer, Zach Kowalczyk, has a charming flickr set of food that takes the shape of its container.

    via Slashfood

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    Foodporn Fri Apr 11 2008

    Bacon, Belly of the Gods

    I love bacon. It’s true. But who doesn’t? I know of no other creation of mankind that can turn a person’s moral upstanding right on it’s fickle head as bacon. Every vegetarian I’ve ever known has either dreamed fitfully or fallen headlong into a bacon dalliance. I was one of those vegetarians, once. I sniffed it in rapture at the hip south city diner where I waited tables in my home town. But I didn’t touch. No. Not Yet.

    Not until shortly after New Year’s Eve 2001 did I cross that blissful fatty cured belly line. And after 5 years of vegetarianism, I thrust myself bodily into a long and enduring relationship with bacon. It is, at present count, the longest most enduring relationship I have had, outside of that with my hairdresser. Yes. I have a long term relationship with my hairdresser, what of it? She gets me, alright.

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    Restaurant Tue Apr 08 2008

    Tod Mun, How I Love You

    Tod Mun and it’s reputation runs the line from much maligned to utterly forgettable. This little fried treat more often resembles the exact flavor and texture of disinfected shoe soles than a delicate lime inflected pillow of deliciousness. It is a tremendously simple thing: fish, and sometimes shrimp also, are pureed with long beans, curry, lime leaves and eggs, made into little patties and fried. They are traditionally served with cucumber dipping sauce. Together the two make a fresh lip-smacking treat, if done right. Somewhere the balance gets lost often, it is easy to make the collagen in fish become spongy and chewy. And taken overboard, lime leaf can taste more like furniture polish than one of my favorite things.

    I have tried Tod Mun at nearly every Thai place I have entered in this city, and it has been many…perhaps too many…but that’s for another day.

    Honestly, at it’s best it is hands down my favorite Thai treat, well, next to a really well executed green papaya salad. These two dishes require a certain level of skill and sense of balance, which makes them an excellent gauge for a kitchen’s commitment to good solid cooking.

    Here are a few of my favorite Tod Mun, and be assured that they are just the tip of the iceberg for these three really special Thai spots:

    TAC Quik: Thai Authentic Cuisine. Ask for their Thai menu. So incredibly good, the whole fish is also incredible as is this insane anise scented stew. God love’em, get over there.

    Spoon Thai: one in a stretch of pretty good Thai spot on Western, they do these sorta lame lunch specials, but at night when you can get the special Thai menu, it is so good. There are these chive dumplings that are gooey and chivey and just excite me.

    Sticky Rice: Um…northern sausage? Coconut water in a shell….I have had some very very exciting food here. Damn…

    Honestly I was tempted to say that each of these places has my favorite Tod Mun, but that’s not possible, they are seriously head to head. Make sure to try these little swimmer patties, they are incredibly satisfying and just make you want more.

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    Foodporn Thu Feb 14 2008

    Bleeding Heart Photography

    Foodporn lovers, take note: Bleeding Heart Bakery has its own flickr account, loaded with photos of its tasty treats.

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    Foodporn Tue Jan 29 2008

    New Food Pornographer

    According to some less-obscure-than-you'd-think British formula, the third Monday in January (Blue Monday - not to be confused with the rockin' but still actually kind of depressing New Order tune) is always the most depressing day of the year. It has something to do with compounding accumulated debt with grey weather, number of days since Christmas, number of days since breaking your new year's resolution, etc. While it may be a week later, we're hardly in the clear, and if you're like me, you're in need of a little sunshine, metaphorical or otherwise.

    Enter new food blog One Trick Pony, who, with her cooking photos and banter, is clearly anything but, and is sure to warm you up inside. And maybe even make you want to stay inside and attempt to cook a duck. (Or not.) Only a week in, and the author's kitchen has already seen many a good meal come through -- more, please! Add to the goodness some tips for Chicago groceries that range from Aldi to Joong Boo Market, and the following video, and you should be set to fight the winter blues for a long time to come.

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    Foodporn Fri Jan 18 2008

    BBQ on TV

    Back in September, Guy Fieri from the Food Network show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," interviewed the minds behind BBQ masters Galewood Cookshack at the Logan Square Farmers Market. The episode aired January 14 but we have some footage for you to drool over in anticipation of barbecue season (and better weather). Fieri also visited Smoque recently; the next airing of that episode will be Monday night.

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    Event Thu Nov 01 2007

    A Treat for the Day of the Dead

    Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday celebrating the dead through art and food, begins today. If you're looking for the sugary, colorful calaveras (skulls) and sweet egg bread (pan de muerta) that are the symbols of the holiday, a nice Sun Times article (mentioned in the Quick Links below) sums up where to go. If you're looking to buy some things online, local confectioner Dulcelandia has a nice selection. And if you're a foodie with a hankering for the gourmet stuff, your buddies at Vosges have come up with a nice trio of chocolate skulls for your indulgence.

    Robyn Nisi / Comments (0)

    Foodporn Fri Oct 05 2007

    LTH Forum Photo Contest Winners Announced!

    The first annual LTH Forum Photo Contest has decided on their winners, all of whom took very compelling pictures of meat!

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    Foodporn Thu Aug 16 2007

    Does it Need to Look Pretty to Taste Good?

    Summertime is a good time for food porn. Colorful, varied, and never boring, I find pics of summer dishes to be almost better than eating the darned thing. So when I got my hands on a recent Smitten Kitchen post about a Summer Berry Pudding, I began planning my own foray into photographed cooking. I was going to make the Summer Berry Pudding. And it was going to be artful, clean, and delicious. Just like the photos.

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    Restaurant Mon Jun 25 2007

    Ambria, R.I.P.

    In preparation for its last service on June 30, the Lincoln Park restaurant Ambria has started a website to celebrate the end of their 27 years in business (take a look at the extensive foodporn section of the site). To further go out with a bang, Ambria is holding a series of special events and menus on Saturday.

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    Foodporn Sat May 19 2007

    Are You the Ansel Adams of Food Porn? Prove it!!

    Our comrades in foodiephileness at LTH Forum are holding their first annual Food Photo Contest that ends June 30, so get over to the site to check out the rules. Finally, there's an incentive for enduring the stares of puzzled waitstaff and fellow diners when you whip out your digital to take pictures of your meal. And theirs.

    Robyn Nisi / Comments (0)

    Restaurant Fri Apr 06 2007

    Something different in Chinatown

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    Cold spicy tofu with peanuts at Lao Sze Chaun

    Sure, there are lots of Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, but it turns out that almost all of them of them (like the vast majority of Chinese restaurants in the US) serve Cantonese food. Now I'd never disparage Cantonese cuisine, which can serve up some real delights, but its the spicy Sichuan dishes that really capture my heart, so I've always been a little disappointed with Chinatown here in Chicago... that is, until a friend told me about Lao Sze Chaun.

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    Restaurant Tue Mar 27 2007

    The Nile

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    The proprietor of The Nile

    People always recommend Cedars (or Cedars of Lebanon as it was previously known -- that's a story for another post) as the best spot for middle eastern in Hyde Park, but I've always liked The Nile even better. It's a much cheaper and less ambitious restaurant, but the hummus is the best I can remember having anywhere, and the sandwiches are both delicious and massive.

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    Foodporn Tue Feb 20 2007

    Photos: Tanoshii

    Tanoshii: From the second rollWe're reviewed Tanoshii in the past and have followed Sushi Mike from Hama Matsu (our review) to Tanoshii. I'm a huge fan of the kind of sushi Mike makes -- a fusion of French, Italian and Asian style sauces meets the clean, crisp taste of sushi.

    Some photos I've taken here, for those curious.

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    Foodporn Mon Feb 12 2007

    Dinner at Schwa

    First: Eggplant In January, when Schwa moved to closing on the weekends and opening on Mondays instead, I managed to obtain a much longed-for reservation. Schwa, in some way, is a hidden gem of cult status sorts — those who know about it rant and rave and those who don't wonder why they never knew about the place in the first place. They're not lacking for diners though but somehow remain manageable for "those in the know". Given the dining experience at Schwa, I can't imagine any other way for them to operate — which is just about perfect.

    In the interim, you can take a look at the photos I took of the 9-course tasting menu, a meal that lasted three hours.

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    Event Mon Jul 21 2014

    A Garden Party at Rick Bayless' House

    By Judy Wu

    I was using Rick Bayless' restroom, I mused, staring up at the ceiling window that was projecting a heavenly beacon of light upon my less-than-angelic duties. I could barely distinguish Rick's faint murmurs through the orange walls, something about how...
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