Monday, October 31, 2011

A few notes

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Woo hoo! I'm sitting at the new Grant Park Octane, sipping a macchiato. The coffee shop now has a wifi connection and a liquor license. Takeout business appears quite brisk....

The Day of the Dead arrives with November's start and, as usual, the Bone Garden and Rosa Mexicano will be celebrating, as will No Mas. Also planned is the second annual celebration at Atlantic Station, Nov. 6....

We ate at Republic Social House, also in the Jane Complex, last night. The place was packed. I ordered one of their "melts" — basically a grilled-cheese sandwich with toppings of your choice. I settled for a comparatively simple one featuring four different cheeses plus bacon and tomato. Wayne ordered their signature burger topped with a fried egg. Food was simple but inexpensive and good enough for a quick pub meal. Oh, skip the fried oysters. They have no flavor to speak of....

Carl Warners world o food
  • Carl Warner's world o' food
Today is Halloween. Once again, I encourage you not to torture trick-or-treaters with razor blades buried in Kit Kat bars or by giving them packets of horrific candy corn. I wrote a rant about candy corn a few years back and I have nothing to add...

Speaking of scary, Carl Warner's Food Landscapes, a book full of photographs of scenes he built entirely from food, hit's Best Sellers list a few days back, even though it's been out for a year. I find the pictures weirdly enchanting. In any case, they are better than the portraits of Jesus rendered in dried beans glued to plywood that I used to see....

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