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Becoming Chicago

September 11, 2018

Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to a great 5779!

Yesterday was Rosh Hashanah. That meant it was all about going to the synagogue, joining the congregation in prayer, and listening to the Torah reading and commentary for a few hours. Of course it was preceded and followed with festive meals.

Since the celebration began on Sunday night, I wanted to make sure I woke up on Sunday morning in my own bed. That mean my trip to Chicago was limited to four days. Most of that was spent in Yelp meetings. Some of it was Yelp team building. But both Yelp meetings and team building have a way of involving food.

I’m not going to share it all, because that would be far too long, but I am going to give you the highlights. Especially since after going to Chicago a handful of times, this was the first trip where I actually fell in love the city.

Why was this trip different from all other trips?

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Bah Baklava

September 7, 2018

Yelp may be trying to kill me.

Last night I went on a pizza tour of Chicago, and I went into it with a healthy dose of apprehension. I’ve had Chicago style deep dish before. I know how heavy it can be. And we were going to stop at three different places in one night.

As it turned out, we only sampled one deep dish pie. We also had one pan pizza, which was fundamentally a different style. And there was also a thin crust place thrown into the mix. The results and thoughts on the pizza tour is a whole different post. One that I can’t possible write right now.

It took a long walk in the fresh air and a restorative glass of sambuca to get me feeling right again. But that’s okay, because I’ve had a food rant rattling around in my head for awhile now, and this seems like the perfect time to get it out.

We need to talk about baklava.

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Not Eggs Benny with Emily: Cock N’ Bull

September 6, 2018

Sometimes when you need something, the universe delivers.

Here I am, weary from travel and in a strange new land, and Emily sends me a guest post by email. It’s not even a brunch post, so I don’t even feel compelled to save it until Friday. Plus it has a cheeky title.

I don’t know if I could go to a place called the Cock N’ Bull without giggling. But Emily did. And she filed this report.

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Chicago Bound

September 5, 2018

Chicago, here I come.

This isn’t my first trip to the windy city, and it won’t be my last. I can’t quite recall how many times I’ve been. I know my cousin got married there. A friend from college had her nuptials there too, but those are much fuzzier because I traveled to the city with a four week old infant. And I was there at least once for to help the FCB Chicago office score a big piece of new business.

Now I’m heading back for a couple days of Yelp meetings.

I’ve eaten my fill of deep dish Chicago pizza, I’ve spent an evening at the wiener circle for a Chicago hot dog, I’ve had the crazy caramel and cheese popcorn, and I’ve even tried an Italian beef sandwich. There are certainly a lot of regionally unique foods in the area.

There are also some incredible world class fine dining restaurants, coffee shops, and cocktail bars. But I won’t be sailing in those waters on this outing. One of my favorite part about working with Yelp is how casual it is. My promise to myself is to pack closed-toed shoes, and to try and look at least a little respectable.

But let’s take this opportunity to do one of my favorite things: talk about the definitions of food.

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AskTP – The Rest After Labor Day

September 4, 2018

Yesterday was Labor Day and I took the chance to catch up on months and months of reader questions that have been sitting in the comments section of the blog unanswered. But there were so many questions that have piled up over the past nine months that they had to be split up into two posts.

This is what happens when you make a commitment to answer all questions that are submitted to your blog, and then get distracted by other things.

As it turns out, I love answering reader questions, so please keep them coming. Just make sure to use proper punctuation if you want to receive an answer. Much like the questions below, the answer may not come quickly, but it will come.

And don’t forget to check out the mystery link of the day. All of the links that precede the questions below point back to the same spot. Why? Well, because I thought these posts worked better that way. For those who are truly eager to find the question on the FLB and see it in its original context, Google works really well.

Now, without further ado, onto the questions.

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AskTP – Nine Months of Avoiding Labor

September 3, 2018

Hey, it’s Labor Day. Guess what it has taken me nine months to do?

If you guessed, “Answer each and every reader question which has fallen through the cracks” you are totally right. When I first started this blog, I committed myself to answering every question that was asked in the comments section.

There was one rule. The question had to use proper punctuation. Thankfully, there was never a stipulation that the question would be answered in any kind of timely way. Or that the reader would receive a satisfactory answer.

No. Merely the commitment was that the question would be answered. Still, as modest of a commitment that may have been, once again I have been derelict of my duties. What better day than Labor Day to catch up on the work I’ve been letting slide.

We’ve got to go back a long long way. And as always, the introductions to each and every question link to the mystery link of the of day. Now, without any further ado, onto the questions.

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The New Kitchen Project

August 31, 2018

There isn’t much in this world that I actually want. That’s a good thing.

I’m happy with what I’ve got. In fact, our family probably has too much. Especially when it comes to kitchen gear. Which isn’t to say we have everything. We don’t. There are quite a lot of gadgets I might enjoy. But when taking a cold hard eye to how much I would use them in everyday life, they neither justify the expense or the space they would take up in our kitchen.

A great example is one of those super high speed and high power blenders. Those are sexy AF. However, I’m unthrilled that they only come with plastic mixing containers. I want glass or stainless steel, because I hate plastic in my kitchen. And while I dream of crushing ice like a champ, how many times would I make brambles over the course of a summer. Twice? Maybe.

I think I would be better off with a heavy wood mallet and a sturdy canvas bag. Actually, I have my eye on a set of those items. However, there isn’t a place in our kitchen to store more accessories. Our drawers and utensil caddies are overflowing.

Which brings us to the new kitchen project.

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