It’s Time for a “Paid Vacation” Jul27

It’s Time for a “Paid Vacation”

This summer has been a hot one. As the mercury rises, we often reach for summertime classics like margaritas, mojitos and mules. But this summer I encourage you to give Tiki a try. If an artless, artificial, sugary mess is the first thing you think of when you think of Tiki,...

Beyond the BBQ: Summer Seafood Boils Jul17

Beyond the BBQ: Summer Seafood Boils

Any god-fearing American can grill up a hot dog or sear a few hamburgers over open flame.  Any butthead can host a BBQ.  If you’re looking to make real memories… it’s time to boil. Beyond the BBQ: Summer Seafood Boils Great choices for summer boils include blue crabs, crawfish and shrimp. The last boil  I did was crawfish and they were shipped live from Louisiana from this site - spectacular. Popular in the Gulf and the East Coast, blue crab boils can be a thing of beauty – if you’re willing to put in the work. For blue crab virgins, the first encounter can be pretty intimidating. Lets put it this way:...

Booze School: Cask Conditioned Ale – Part 1 Mar06

Booze School: Cask Conditioned Ale – Part 1

An Exploration of “Real” Ale: Part 1 A beer style I’ve long been passionate about is finally starting to catch on here in the Windy City. Next time you’re at the bar you might hear someone ask, “What’s on Cask?” To which you might ask yourself, “What the hell does that mean?” Cask Conditioned Ale or “Real Ale” can be quite the fickle mistress. When properly executed, it’s quite the delicious experience, but serving a proper pint is a lot more complicated than you might expect. What is Cask Ale? So first off, what does Cask Conditioned Ale mean? When beer is in the fermentation stage, yeast consumes sugar and the...

Your Grandma Listened to Filthy Music Feb09

Your Grandma Listened to Filthy Music

There are plenty of ridiculously vulgar and obscene lyrics in music today. What irks me is that the use of innuendo and subtlety has almost completely gone out the window. That having been said, to suggest that vulgarity is some sort of modern development is a load of hooey. Sex is a...

The Mangosteen–The Most Sought-After Fruit in the World? Dec01

The Mangosteen–The Most Sought-After Fruit i...

It has nothing to do with a mango. It’s supposed to be one of the best–arguably the best–fruit in the world. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, it could cost you over $10 for a single fruit. What is a mangosteen? It’s the small, round fruit of a...

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