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August 23, 2007

Have fun with your food at Moto

One of the best dining experiences I've had in Chicago has been at Moto. The food there is both delicious and fun, as Amelia Levin of the Chicagoist found out:

The illusion of illusions came next for dessert, courtesy of pastry chef Ben Roche. What looked like a mini Chicago-style hot dog, complete with green relish, tomato wedges and a poppyseed bun, was actually strawberry ice cream topped with kiwi and sandwiched between two shortcake pieces.
Of course it was shortcake.  Who'd serve a hot dog for dessert?

August 19, 2007

Hurrah for the small farmers!

From the Ulterior Epicure:

It might take a little extra planning for me to “buy local,” but it’s what most of the world does. I love it. I don’t need my eggs flown in from Alabama, my corn shipped from Nebraska, or my milk over-nighted from those happy cows out in California. I can get them all right here, just 10 miles down the road every weekend. Plus, I enjoy the weekly communal time with those who work the land that surrounds me, and quite frankly, escapes me during the office-bound busy work week. Hurrah for the small farmers!
We here in Hyde Park have a farmers market every Thursday morning in Harper Court, which I've sadly not been able to attend this year. I always seem to be either working, sleeping, or out of town on Thursday mornings. There's still plenty of summertime left, though, and then the glorious autumn harvest; I'm looking forward to hooking myself up with some good locally-grown food soon.

August 06, 2007

The New York Times gets it right. . .

. . . in this editorial:

It was appalling to watch over the last few days as Congress — now led by Democrats — caved in to yet another unnecessary and dangerous expansion of President Bush’s powers, this time to spy on Americans in violation of basic constitutional rights.

August 01, 2007

All caught up now

I'm finally caught up on my Harry Potter -- all the books and all the movies. The Dumbledore - Voldemort duel is a highlight of Harry 5.

Oh, by the way: this winter fans of Iorek Byrnison will finally be able to see the Armored Bear on the big screen.