September 21st, 2014
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June 6th, 2013
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uchicagoadmissions:

gapers:

absurdlakefront:

Sometimes I really want falafel, and sometimes the best falafel option nearby is in the back of a jewelry store on Wabash.

The lentil soup is delicious.

Places like these are one of the many reasons we love Chicago. 

I have been here many a time.

uchicagoadmissions:

gapers:

absurdlakefront:

Sometimes I really want falafel, and sometimes the best falafel option nearby is in the back of a jewelry store on Wabash.

The lentil soup is delicious.

Places like these are one of the many reasons we love Chicago. 

I have been here many a time.

March 21st, 2013
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Restaurant Protectionism

For DC residents: You should be really angry at your city government. It is trying to restrict your dining choices by working as hard as it can to put food trucks out of business. And why? Because traditional restaurants can’t stand to have competition from food trucks.

For advocates of big government: When you wonder why people like me cast a wary eye on the enlargement of government’s scope and power, remember stories like this one.

March 16th, 2013
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Internet Access in North Korea

As with anything involving the Hermit Kingdom, there is a great deal of craziness attached to this issue. Prepare to be smacked by gob as a consequence of reading the following:

  • As the article’s title indicates, at the most, a grand total of 1,000 people would be affected by a cyber blackout in North Korea. And perhaps the number of people in the country with “unrestricted access” numbers only “a few dozen families — most directly related to Kim Jong-un himself.”
  • North Korea’s mobile Internet service does not cover people who actually live in North Korea.
  • North Korea’s intranet prevents the country’s citizens from getting anything resembling an honest glimpse of the World Wide Web—and of the larger world, to boot. Additionally, if you are a journalist and there is but a small typo in your article, you can be sent to a “revolutionisation” camp. I’m pretty sure the experience is less lovely than it sounds, and the experience doesn’t sound all that lovely to begin with.

Other than the foregoing, of course, we can bet our bottom dollars that everything is fine in North Korea, and everyone living there thanks his/her lucky stars on an hourly basis for the good fortune that placed them on the septentrional side of the 38th parallel. I mean, who would want to live with those pesky South Koreans and their significantly larger number of political liberties, their wealth, their much higher standard of living, and their plentiful food options—options which don’t involve eating grass and/or cannibalism?

February 23rd, 2013
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Repeat After Me: “Biotech Crops DON’T Post a Health/Safety/Environmental Risk”

And anyone who tells you otherwise is (a) lying; or (b) incredibly misinformed. Also, (c) if their lies/misinformation are accepted as true, the resulting lack of biotech crops will cause millions to starve to death.

Incidentally, it is worth noting that the people who denigrate biotech crops and GMOs are overwhelmingly found on the port side of the partisan divide. Their war against biotech crops/GMOs should be termed a war on science, and would be if the people waging that war were Republicans instead.

February 5th, 2013
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Decadence Can Be Delicious

Joe Weisenthal ate a $140 hamburger which he really liked. Here’s what went into the making of the burger:

The db Burger was created by Chef Daniel Boulud prior to db Bistro Moderne’s June 2001 opening. The impetus came from a journalist asking Daniel to comment on the rioting of French farmers directed at McDonald’s locations in France.* “The French are just jealous they did not invent the hamburger themselves” Daniel responded. Inspired by the topic, the chef went on to invent a burger of his own, combining the best of French and American cuisine. The result is the now famous db burger. Its delectable stuffing is based on the short ribs braised in red wine that are a signature dish on the menu at DANIEL. The renowned burger is offered exclusively at db Bistro Moderne, at the restaurant’s locations in in New York City, Miami and Singapore. The db burger is actually a combination of two dishes: on the outside a classic ground sirloin burger, and on the inside a stuffing of tender red wine braised short ribs (off the bone), foie gras, a mirepoix of root vegetables and preserved black truffle. The homemade toasted parmesan and poppy seed bun is spread with a touch of fresh horseradish, oven roasted tomato confit, fresh tomato, red onions and frisée lettuce.

The db Burger “Royale” features the addition of fresh black truffle and a truffle dressing. The “Royale” version was launched in January 2003, with the arrival of black truffle season. Black truffle has always been a key ingredient in the burger’s rich stuffing, making the dish a perfect vehicle for slices of this decadent, intensely flavored extravagance. You can choose to have several ethereal slices of fresh black truffle cover the DB Burger “Royale”, but only during the black truffle season. With fresh black Perigord truffles commanding as much as $800 or more per pound, a burger laden with them is a luxury. The “Royale version of the burger is market priced, according to the seasonal market price of fresh black truffle. It is served exclusively during black truffle season, which usually runs from late December through late March.

A third of the burger “was basically a complete meal.” Never have leftovers sounded so tasty.

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