I’m your daddy, at least for today. Here are some things that are making my Father’s Day weekend.
But before you do anything else, click on this link and vote for Chow & Again on the Culinate website as one of your favorite food blogs.
And then for this week’s Body Count . . . and in case you are unfamiliar, this is the head count at three of our favorite restaurants all taken at exactly 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
Town Talk Diner: 104
Jeff Ruby has started a laugh-out-loud anti-blog on chicagomag.com. Besides being the biggest White Sox fan I know, he’s also the best dining columnist in the City of Big Shoulders. His new blog has nothing to do with restaurants; it’s called Push, and it’s lifted from the journal that he kept while his wife was pregnant with their baby daughter Hannah. Do you hate kids? You’ll still love this blog—it’s that good.
Bill Haas, walleye wizard and, coincidentally, my father in law, caught his personal record walleye (thirty inches) this week up at his summer home. He is thrilled, and he should be. Hopefully he will catch lots more this weekend so I can actually eat some!
Check out the cool Travel Channel hat he’s sporting!
My dad lives in Portland, Maine, and is thrilled about the opening of a new bookstore for food freaks. Samantha Hoyt Lindgren and her husband Don Lindgren have opened Rabelais at 86 Middle St. The store is in a great restaurant neighborhood, and (surprise!!!!) it sells new, used, and rare books for the wine geek, serious cook, and everything in-between. Sam is a former editor who became a pastry chef and her husband is a rare-book dealer, and the reason this is important to you is because you now have a real brick-and-mortar store run by passionate professionals where you can hunt down a rare first-edition of James Beard’s Theory and Practice of Good Cooking if you are so inclined, or you can buy me the first English translation of Escoffier’s Ma Cuisine . . . . If you are reading this blog, you have a reason to shop at this store. Check it out.
M. A. Rosko has been sent to Berlin and London by the suits over at Fox to cover the opening of the new Die Hard movie. Check out the Fox website all next week for clips and what is sure to be some great reportage.
Does the Bulldog have the best Philly Cheese Steak sandwich in town? I am curious.
For anyone following the "food miles" arguments around the world (why sell organic peaches in St. Paul if they are flown in from Argentina???), here is an update on the UK’s idea to ban organic labeling on anything that comes in on airfreight.
And in case you missed it, a man drank an energy drink and suffered a three-day erection. And you think your week has been tough. Relax at the Picasso exhibit at the Walker Art Center.