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Baconfest: Saluting ’10 years of the greatest pork geniuses in Chicago’ with Paulie Gee’s (Episode 148)

Baconfest is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and co-founder Seth Zurer jumps in the Mazda 3 to talk about this year’s event. Joining us is Derrick Tung, owner of…

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Buy this guest’s stuff: Mickey O’Sullivan on Showtime’s ‘The Chi’

I’m recording with Chicago actor Mickey O’Sullivan later this week. He plays “Chef Dan” on the compelling and buzzworthy new Showtime series “The Chi.” Check him out in the pilot…

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What do U.S. presidents, Jerry Seinfeld and Car Con Carne have in common? Manny’s Deli in Chicago. (Episode 147)

Manny’s Deli (1141 S. Jefferson) is on a short list of legit, honest-to-goodness, Chicago food institutions. A classic deli operation that’s been running since the end of World War II,…

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Buy this guest’s stuff: Natalie Slater’s ‘Bake and Destroy’

Natalie Slater talked vegan food, wrestling and entrepreneurship on this episode. Check out her cookbook, available on Kindle (click the image below)!    

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Tacos in a Bag eaten by creator of death metal’s most evil album covers: Dinner with Matt ‘Putrid’ Carr (Episode 146)

Illustrator and artist of countless death metal album covers, Matt “Putrid” Carr, joins me for Taco in a Bag (4603  N. Lincoln Avenue). Special thanks to Taco in a Bag owner…

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PODCAST AND DESTROY: A visit with vegan author/personality Natalie Slater (Episode 145)

The phenomenal Natalie Slater of “Bake and Destroy” (bakeanddestroy.com) jumps in my car for a night of vegan food from Kāl’ish. And yes, that makes this week’s show “Car Sin Carne.”…

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‘Two shady looking-fellas; must be comics’ – Team Us Comedy’s Vik and Tyler eat tacos (Episode 144)

Comedians/improvisers/funny dudes Vik Pandya and Tyler Fowler of the Team Us Comedy join me for tacos at Alba’s Restaurant (1825 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622). During this Boost Mobile-sponsored…

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A life of metal and burgers: A visit from Kuma’s Creative Director David Bacso (Episode 143)

This week, it’s a visit to Kuma’s Corner (2900 W. Belmont), which is basically Ground Zero for Chicago’s 21st century burger Renaissance. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/KUMAS_CCC.mp3 My guest is Kuma’s Creative Director David…

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‘Where to eat and what to eat there’: Fooditor editor Mike Gebert and Big Guy’s owner Brendan O’Connor (Episode 142)

This week, it’s a trip to Berwyn (said in the best possible Svengoolie voice) for amazing food from Big Guys Sausage Stand. I’m joined by peerless food writer Mike Gebert…

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Bluegrass performance from Coyote Riot and cheesy beefs at Pop’s (Episode 141)

Coyote Riot (pronounced “KEYE-OAT,” not “KEYE-oaty,” like I say throughout the episode) joins me for amazing cheesy beefs from Pop’s (10337 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60655). More amazing, they…