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Bannos Rolling Back Prices to Celebrate Heaven on Seven's 30th
LOLLA 2010: Gaga, Strokes, Arcade Fire, Devo, Mavis Staples, Erykah Badu, Phoenix, MGMT, XX, Hot Chip, Jimmy Cliff...
Longman & Eagle Brunch Debuting New Cocktails
Can You Taste the Blood in Your Mouth?
Fun with Words ... Really?
Remember When Music Was Exciting?
Details Names Paul Kahan's Salsa Best in U.S.

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APRIL 12, 2010
Bannos Rolling Back Prices to Celebrate Heaven on Seven's 30th


Lunch in the Loop just got a little more affordable: To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his original Heaven on Seven restaurant on Wabash in Chicago, chef/owner Jimmy Bannos is rolling back the prices on all entrees at that spot to $7.95 in May. "I want to thank my customers for their loyal following for the last 30 years," Bannos said. "And in these [tough economic] times, I want to give them a little gift."

That little gift can add up to a whole lot of fantastic New Orleans-style grub. Dishes like the Mardi Gras jambalaya, the Southern fried Louisiana soft shell crab salad, Southern fried oyster po' boy and Bannos' favorites: the chicken andouille sausage gumbo, the etouffee and "any of the po' boys."

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APRIL 05, 2010
LOLLA 2010: Gaga, Strokes, Arcade Fire, Devo, Mavis Staples, Erykah Badu, Phoenix, MGMT, XX, Hot Chip, Jimmy Cliff...

And here it is folks. Lollapalooza's 2010 Lineup. Grant Park, Chicago. August 6-8. Get your tix now:

Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, the Strokes, Phoenix, Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, the Black Keys, the National, Spoon,  Devo, Cypress Hill, Cut Copy, the New Pornographers, Erykah Badu, Slightly Stoopid, Grizzly Bear, Gogol Bordello, Chromeo, Wolfmother, Yeasayer, X Japan, MUTEMATH, Metric, Dirty Projectors, AFI, Mavis Staples, Matt & Kim, the xx, Drive-By Truckers, Blues TravelerEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, the Temper Trap, Jamie Lidell, Frightened Rabbit, F Buttons, Deer Tick, Blitzen Trapper, Stars, Raphael Saadiq, the Cribs, Minus the Bear, Switchfoot, the Walkmen, Mumford & Sons, Wild Beasts, Rogue Wave, Los Amigos Invisibles, the Big Pink, the Dodos, Hockey, Cymbals Eat Guitars, B.o.B, Dawes, Warpaint, the Antlers, the Soft Pack, Rebelution, Balkan Beat Box.

Wavves, American Bang, the Ike Reilly Assassination, Company of Thieves, Nneka, Harlem, the Constellations, Miniature Tigers, Mimicking Birds, the Kissaway Trail, HEALTH, Javelin, the Morning Benders, Foxy Shazam, Violent Soho, Royal Bangs, NEON TREES, Freelance Whales, Semi Precious Weapons, Dan Black, The Band of Heathens, Dragonette, My Dear Disco, Shawn Fisher, Neon Hitch, Skybox, The Ettes, Jukebox the Ghost, These United States, MyNameIsJohnMichael.

2ManyDJs, Empire of the Sun, Digitalism, Perry Farrell, Tiga, Felix da Housecat, Rusko, Erol Alkan, Kaskade, Flosstradamus, Wolfgang Gartner, Joachim Garraud, Mexican Institute of Sound, Caspa, Peanut Butter Wolf, Dirty South, NERVO, Cut Copy (DJ Set), Beats Antique, Steve Porter, Didi Gutman of Brazilian Girls, Ancient Astronauts, Ana Sia, Team Bayside High, Dani Deahl, FreeSol, DJ Mel, BBU Vonnegutt, Only Children, Lance Herbstrong.
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APRIL 01, 2010
Longman & Eagle Brunch Debuting New Cocktails


While it's no surprise that hot Logan Square spot Longman & Eagle will debut brunch this Easter Sunday starting at 10 a.m., with incredibly sounding dishes like house-smoked salmon with creme fraiche; sunny side duck egg with duck confit; omelet of morel mushrooms; smoked catfish cakes and waffles with plum compote (all courtesy of that crafty chef Jared Wentworth), the other good news is they'll roll out some delicious cocktails to pair with the rustic fare.

L&E is known for its extensive whiskey and bourbon list as well as having a sweet craft beer selection (I enjoyed an Allagash White last night), for brunch they're introducing a trio of Bloody Marys: The Larry, The Mary and The Maria, with whiskey, vodka and tequila, respectively. They'll be rimmed with house-crafted bacon salt to add an extra little savory zing to each sip. Plus, they're offering an "adult" Horchata, a play on the Mexican cinnamon rice milk, but this will include Sailor Jerry's spiced rum.

It should be a good Easter indeed.

[*note: image used just to whet your palate; not the actual Longman Bloody Mary lineup.]

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MARCH 25, 2010
Details Names Paul Kahan's Salsa Best in U.S.


Details magazine's April issue names Paul Kahan's Salsa Verde, which he serves at his Wicker Park hot spot, Big Star. Best of all, Details shares the recipe so you can make it at home. Feeling like adding a little heat to your day? Start with some serrano chiles.

Paul Kahan's Salsa Verde recipe: (after the jump)

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
Chicago Gourmet Chefs Dish on Tastings to Preview Event


With Chicago Gourmet coming up this weekend, local foodies are all a-twitter about the impending gastronomic event. Last year, the site flowed with plenty of wine from around the world, but the food was surprisingly scarce. The focus was misdirected and lots of attendees ended up getting pretty hammered without any food to soak up the wine.

This year's event, taking place in Millennium Park Saturday and Sunday, already seems to be shaping up to rival some of the country's top food and wine weekends, including Aspen's Food & Wine Classic and the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. With nearly every major Chicago chef represented, it seems like it's going to be a culinary orgy.

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JULY 02, 2007
Bloc Party Playing Block Party

Just got news that Bloc Party is headlining the first night of the annual Hideout Block Party in Chicago. Andrew Bird is headlining Saturday night. I have no other news...

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APRIL 16, 2007
Intonation Fest Canceled

Intonation After two great years, Chicago's Intonation Music Festival won't return to the city that has become a haven for great summer music fests. With the glut of music coming to the city, it seemed that Intonation, with its extremely diverse lineups and accessible ticket prices, just couldn't compete with the larger festivals like Lollapalooza and Pitchfork. It saddens me to learn that Intonation won't be happening because the people behind it are truly dedicated and, from what I've seen, wonderful guys who honestly love music. With a simple note on the festival's website, "the underground is overcrowded," organizers have bowed out, but from what I hear are working on pulling together some intimate events around Chicago. Stay tuned...

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APRIL 01, 2007
Puma Opens Black Station Tokyo Shop

This weekend, Puma opened a Black Station store in Tokyo, the third store of its kind. Black Station is a Puma-supported cutting-edge collaboration between multiple designers, including Alexander McQueen, 96HOURS (Neil Barrett's line), Mihara Yasuhiro and others. The forward-thinking line gives Puma lovers an edge over other consumers not only in what they wear but also where and how they shop. This space, with its clean lines and minimalist interior, looks like it will bode well with the Japanese consumer.


[via Hypebeast]

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MARCH 21, 2007
NYC Tap Project

Tapwater March 22 is World Water Day. Hundreds of restaurants in New York have teamed with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to honor the Tap Project by asking patrons to donate $1 for the normally free tap water they enjoy while dining. The goal is to raise funds for UNICEF to bring improved water systems to more than 90 developing countries and the more than 21 percent of children (about one billion kids) living without clean water. Another goal: to bring to attention the fact that we, as Americans with some of the cleanest tap water, take advantage of our free-flowing water all the time. Millions of people around the globe don't have the luxury of clean, fresh tap water and face water-borne disease daily. So if you live in New York, which uses 1.3 billion gallons of water daily, or are visiting the city tomorrow, please consider donating one extra dollar so people around the world can enjoy the luxury we exploit everyday. The project, while Manhattan-based, will expand to include other cities in the future. If you aren't in New York and want to participate, you can make a donation. If you aren't sure that $1 will help, consider these facts:

With $1, UNICEF can provide 40 liters of safe drinking water, which is enough to give one child safe drinking water for 40 days or 40 children safe drinking water for one day.
With $1, UNICEF can provide 100 water purification tablets to provide clean water for children in crisis situations.

For other water-related projects, also check out Charity: Water.

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FEBRUARY 26, 2007
Snowboarding ... Feh

So I decided to take a snowboard lesson this morning and after about an hour, I fell backward (after trying to not hit other people in my group) and partially dislocated my shoulder. While laying in the snow, feeling like I'm going to hurl, my shoulder popped back into place but I spent the rest of the day off the slopes with ice on it in my condo. Nice way to start the vacay, no? Tomorrow I'm going back to what I know best: skiing. I may have not been on skis in about 10 years, but I guarantee I'll feel a lot more in control. For anyone who's ever had a shoulder pop out of place you know the pain. Anyone else, it's one of the worst feelings I've ever experienced in my life. I don't wish it on anybody.

anyone else have bad snowboarding stories?

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