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Baconfest 2017 recap

I’m in stretchy pants and a hoodie, typing this from my couch. My body is worn and my stomach stretched dangerously taut from a night at Baconfest. No regrets; these…

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Road trip! Dive restaurants and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (BLOG)

Welcome to Spring Break week. With the schools shuttered until Monday, I gathered up the family for a road trip across the midwest. The destination for Day One was Kalahari…

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Tinder disasters, radio stories and cheeseburger revelations: WLUP’s Lyndsey Marie (Episode 102)

I’m joined by cheeseburger enthusiast/WLUP co-worker Lyndsey Marie for a trip to Little Bad Wolf (1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660). Lyndsey takes her burgers seriously, which is…

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Zanies, Letterman and Tony the Tiger: Eating beef with comedian Pat McGann (Episode 101)

Comedian Pat McGann meets me at Pop’s in Mt. Greenwood at 10337 S Kedzie Ave, where I have the wettest, dense-est cheesy beef ever. We chat about: *Pat’s two appearances…

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Terror, teen sex and tofu: Author Mike “McBeardo” McPadden (Heavy Metal Movies)(Episode 100)

This week, it’s a trip for vegan food at Ground Control (3315 W. Armitage) with peerless author Mike “McBeardo” McPadden (Heavy Metal Movies). Mike’s always been one of my favorite…

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What’s in a name? Bad Bad Meow play live (Episode 99)

Chicago band Bad Bad Meow met me at Jimmy’s Red Hots (4000 W. Grand) for old school Chicago dogs and fries. We talk about the band’s history, that questionable band…

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‘Pace yourself, or you’ll die’: Baconfest preview with Honey Butter Fried Chicken’s Christine Cikowski (Episode 98)

Baconfest founder Seth Zurer returns for Car Con Carne’s annual preview of Baconfest 2017 (March 31 & April 1 at the UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt). You need to go,…

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Radio chameleon Abe Kanan: ‘on the same page with eating disgusting foods’ (Episode 97)

(This episode contains adult language that may not be appropriate for non-adults and/or hypersensitive people.) I’m joined this week by the very funny Abe Kanan, who can be heard every…

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A blazing performance from Chicago’s Blood People (and a food challenge) (Episode 96)

OH MY GOD, this episode was fun to do. I’m joined by 3/4 of Blood People (Aly, Mickey and Jeff) for tacos at the much-celebrated L’ Patron (3749 W Fullerton Ave,…

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Testing Taco Bell’s Naked Chicken Chalupa with ManBQue’s John Carruthers (Episode 95)

This week, I’m joined by John Carruthers, co-founder of meat social club ManBQue (manbque.com) and co-author of two must-own ManBQue cookbooks. We take a trip to a northwest side Taco…