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Posts Tagged ‘food’

“nando’s summer Chicago”

In Chicago, Food, photography on April 5, 2015 at 10:24 am

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“Winterdine 2015”

In Art, Chicago, Events, Food, photography, University of Chicago on February 19, 2015 at 8:33 pm

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“In a Snap(py’s)”

In Chicago, Food, photography on January 25, 2015 at 9:25 am

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“destination: portillos”

In Food, photography on January 19, 2015 at 4:42 pm

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“pastrami egg and swiss”

In Food, photography on January 17, 2015 at 10:42 am

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Artisinal Smelt @ Currency Exchange Cafe

In Chicago, Food, photography on June 24, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Maybe artisanal is a bit much, but the smelt bucket at the new Currency Exchange Cafe in Washington Park on 55th was fancy and delicious. The whole menu is inspired, definitely worth checking out.

Goodbye (The) Lincoln!

In Chicago, Food on December 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm


Has the age of restaurants like the Lincoln has passed? It certainly seems that way as our neighborhoods increasingly become standardized.

I lived a few blocks away from the Lincoln from 2001-2006, and enjoyed my share of skillet breakfasts (and late night meals).

That said, perhaps not the greatest of meals but a fine set of memories.  Viva lincoln! Viva!

Comments on Some Key #reading from Last Week

In Education, Food, History, Social Media on October 28, 2013 at 7:45 am

Oh to be reminded of the impermanence of things!  I’m sure that none of our current critical social technologies will go the way of myspace.  None of them.

Is there anything more fascinating (and understandable) than commodity pricing for staple foods being a major political issue?  Of course onion prices matter to the people!  Still, there’s something remarkably startling about the headline (and the fact of the matter).

Education is our #1 anti-poverty strategy in the USA.  It’s successes are all functionally longer-term, so what happens when it’s the short-term effects of poverty that are undermining that strategy?  So many education arguments are framed in the context of the ability of the schoolhouse to educate successfully in spite of poverty, when a more broadbased approach seems to the sort of approach that you could get consensus around.

Back to food and food cultures — UNESCO has already designated several culinary traditions – Mexican, Turkish, Mediterranean, and French – for world heritage status.  Seems reasonable for Japan to be next.

I can’t stress how much I enjoy Neil Gaiman’s ode to the importance of literature in education.  It pains me however that these questions are still “open” in many ways.   Excerpt:  You’re also finding out something as you read vitally important for making your way in the world. And it’s this: The world doesn’t have to be like this. Things can be different.

National education statistics have such state-by-state variability built into them.  For what it’s worth, we see some very similar things in urban education — every city school system has a high degree of inconsistency built into it.

Solid article reminded us of some of the historical factors that went into the structuring of the US teaching profession, and addressing the current discussions about how to reformat the profession.   I’m not sure that we’re succeeding in turning teaching into a better profession – if anything the popular fixes are about optimizing turnover.  EXCERPT:“To improve the quality of teaching,” Ingersoll says, you need to “improve the quality of the teaching job.” And, “If you really improve that job… you would attract good people and you would keep them.””

Porch Grill

In Food on August 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm


I’m not sure the new porch grill is momentous enough an occasion to restart blogging, but nows the time and it’s what I’ve got!

Birthday Cake

In Food on April 6, 2013 at 10:53 pm


My sister and her family got me an incredible hulk birthday cake (my nephew’s idea).