Category Archives: food and drink

Chicago’s execrable soda tax

“The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.”  —John Stuart Mill, On Liberty Nearly every day at lunch I have two sandwiches (I’m starting to cut […]

Of egg cups and kettles: British vs American cooking

Here’s a tweet from moth dad via Matthew Cobb. moth dad is deeply affronted by the lack of egg cups (and also electric kettles) in America. Matthew explains: It’s about Brits being amazed that US folk don’t have electric kettles and don’t eat soft-boiled eggs. Oh and you don’t eat custard. So mutual trans-atlantic incomprehension. The […]

Joey Chestnut downs 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes, winning the Nathan’s holiday pigging contest for the tenth time

I’d be remiss if I didn’t post this today. Joey Chestnut, 33, a professional competitive eater (and not fat!), just won his tenth July 4 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, New York. And it was a record: 72 dogs (with buns) in 10 minutes: that’s 8.33 seconds per dog! Watch how he […]

The new Wienermobiles

I’ll never forget the first time I saw the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. I was a little kid, and we were driving through Ohio with my parents and my sister. All of a sudden there was a car next to us shaped like a hot dog! I was transfixed. I didn’t know at the time that […]

Last night’s feed

(Trigger warning: MEAT) My old friend Ivan from Berkeley came to Chicago for a meeting yesterday, and I offered to take him to a Chicago steak restaurant (he took me to many great places when I visited him two years ago during the Great Cross-Country Trip). My first choice, which was a BYOB (I prefer […]

My last meal

  UPDATE: This wasn’t meant to be a suggestion for a last meal when you’re dying, or in prison. Let me be more specific: you’re told that at a certain moment you will be quickly and painlessly vanished from existence. Those are the circumstances I envisioned here. ____________ No, I’m not gonna die, but I […]

7% of Americans think that chocolate milk comes from brown cows

When I was a kid, and loved chocolate milk, my dad used to tell me,  “You know, don’t you, Jerry, that brown cows give chocolate milk?” Even then, well before I was a teenager, I knew that was bullshit. Yet, according to several sources, including CBS 4 in New York (click on the scoreenshot below […]

Yesterday’s lunch

From time to time I meet reader Simon—a cancer researcher who moved here from Vanderbilt—to sample the fare of a local restaurant. Yesterday we went to an acclaimed place that specializes in the food of Macau: Fat Rice. The restaurant, on West Diversey Avenue, is hard to spot because the name is very inconspicuous: on […]

Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey

. . . actually, they’re mine or my dad’s, and I’ve put them in bold. When I was young, my father used to pose me this task, “Jerry, imagine a face that you’ve never seen.” I couldn’t do it. Maybe some of you can, but when I try, it always resembles someone I know. Second […]

I got poutine!

Thanks to Larry Moran, I found poutine–right across the street from my hotel. It’s the first food I had all day, and boy, was it good! (This one had short ribs added to the fries, cheese curds, and gravy.) That’s a margarita in front of me: cultural appropriation! Photo by Larry: