July 20, 2007
I worked at at ice cream shop throughout high school. When I left for college my boss gave me a Chicago Bear stuffed animal that was issued in honor of the Bears' 1986 Super Bowl victory. I still have the bear- one of my sons sleeps with him.
When I was in college in Texas, I worked at a Mangia, Chicago-style pizza place.
In the late 1990s, I won, and ate, a year's supply of Lean Cuisines.
Eric Schlosser's book, Fast Food Nation, changed my life. I stopped eating Lean Cuisines, ground beef, and, for a short while, almost everything but chocolate.
I love rich, creamy chocolate.
When I was pregnant with my second child, I had many strong food aversions, but I craved Italian subs from Hero's on Addison.
I do not crave, nor do I eat, meaty Italian subs when I'm not pregnant.
I can't stand cilantro. Ditto with blueberries, due to an unfortunate childhood experience.
I have started two fires in my kitchen, plus I once almost smoked us out of the house.
Why yes, I happily accept paid writing assignments.
Don’t be fooled by the drab exterior. Here are ten reasons El Sueño will leave you swooning. If you have any remaining doubts after reading this, click over to the Scrambled CAKE photo album at Chicago Parent.
1. They just opened this spring and their reputation is growing quickly. Hurry in soon while you can still get seated without a wait. This place is going to draw crowds.
A few cautionary notes:
* There are no baby-changing facilities.
* Bring your Lactaid and Beano. Seriously, your family will thank you.
If there is a wait because by the time you actually make it out to Glenview the place is wildly popular and you’ve got a hungry child with you who doesn’t have a deadly sesame allergy, head next door to Pita Inn for some good and also inexpensive Mediterranean food.
July 08, 2007
A Chinese government watchdog group "said it had found over 23,000 cases of adulterated food nationwide in the six months...including flour, candy, pickles, biscuits, bean curd and seafood."
The article notes that it's unclear whether any of these foods were bound for exports, but still, yuck. Should anybody be using soy sauce that is alleged to be fermented from human and animal hair? (From what the Internets tell me, it's usually made of salt, fermented soybeans - or hydrolyzed vegetable protein- and water, maybe some artificial coloring...but no hair.)
Granted, there are lots of things we'd prefer not to know about our food, but, as they suggest in this post at The Sustainable Table, an organization I learned about at the Family Farmed Expo in March, maybe it's time to be COOL and introduce Country Of Origin Labeling on our food. What do you think?I learned about this through Britt Bravo's post at BlogHer*. It's an interesting, chock-full-of links, read. She mentions a book I picked up earlier this year- Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon. I liked what I read of it, but I didn't finish it because it was a library book and it was due (okay, overdue) and I had to get it back and I have a nightstand full of books just begging to be read. Smith and Mackinnon alternate chapters, giving you a he said/she said take on their year of only eating food grown within 100 mile of their Vancouver home.
If that sounds tempting, you may also want to read Barabara Kingsolver's new book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, in which she and her family eat only what they can produce on their family farm over the course of a year.
So many books, so little time! If you've read either of these books, I hope you'll leave some feedback on them in the comments section.
*I'm going to the BlogHer conference! Are you?
July 03, 2007
Be forewarned, you won’t find any Duff Beer. The powers that be wisely decided that it wasn’t appropriate to market an alcholic beverage in conjunction with the PG-13 movie.
If you're wondering where the fictional Simpson family lives, check out http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/simpsons-contest.htm and decide for yourself. Each Springfield that's hoping to host the movie's premiere made a promotional video. If you've an hour to kill, watch 'em all and then vote for your favorite Springfield or choose between some of my favorites: Vermont, Tennessee, Nebraska and Illnois (but only because I live here).