Category Archives: Illinois

Top Chef Season 7, Episode 7: Power (Trip) Lunch

Well, don’t ever bet money on what I think this season. Amanda and Stephen have had targets on their backs since day one, yet manage to slip into the top three for the quickfire (Stephen) and surpass Kelly’s elimination challenge porterhouse dish by actually serving the cut off the bone (Amanda). Instead, it was my sad little dark horse who was on the chopping block this week.

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Quick Man v Food Springfield episode plug

Man vs. Food is gonna be in going to my lovely hometown of Springfield, IL.  According to the blog post that I have linked they will be taping at Cozy Dog Darcy’s Pint and Joe Roger’s Original Recipe Chili.

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A horseshoe sandwich pictorial

Well I didn’t have any pics of my own when I first made the post about the Illinois delicacy the horseshoe sandwich .  My little sister back in Illinois told me she was going out for a horseshoe last night and she agreed to take a few pictures for the blog. 
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Beer, punk rocker wannabes, and jazz

Ok, this time around I am going to do a very different kind of post.  I am not looking at those beers that I consider to be my favorites, rather those that have a nostalgic value for me and which I have a specific set of memories attached to.  Now, I grew up in a household where beer and wine were a staple of everyday life.  Don’t get me wrong, nobody in my immediate family had a drinking problem, but we are a family who values a good glass of beer or a bottle of wine. 
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Dispatches from the land of cheese Pt 1: The Horseshoe

Looking out at the area surrounding Springfield, IL it is easy to forget there is anything around besides the endless acres of soybeans and corn.  Within this seemingly endless and  amazingly flat sea of corn and beans lies my hometown the capital of Illinois and the center of everything Abraham Lincoln related.    Not a bustling metropolis by any means at 100,000 people, this corn-rowed paradise still has its own original culinary creation: the horseshoe sandwich. All kidding aside, I am rather fond of my hometown, and I would die for a bar or restaurant in this area that could serve me a horseshoe.


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