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  1. Just Fat Guy, no "the" =R=
  2. I think about Steven often. He was a friend and a mentor, and one of the smartest, funniest, warmest and most generous people I have ever met. I remember fondly the times we spent together in NC, at several Heartland Gatherings and in my hometown of Chicago. I help run a local food discussion forum here, and hardly a day goes by when I don't wonder how Steven would have handled one situation or another there. Frankly, it'd be way beneath him but still, I know he would have happily given me guidance if I were able to ask him for it. What a loss that he's not here with us. They say only th
  3. Steven was one of the brightest, most analytically-minded people I ever met. He was also kind, funny and passionate. I considered him a true friend, an inspirational leader and a valuable mentor. Rarely a day goes by when I don't think of him. I miss him tremendously. =R=
  4. This is such tragic and shocking news. My heart goes out to PJ, Ellen and his entire family. I cannot even begin to imagine what they're going through right now. Steven was an exceptionally generous and talented person. He had a profound and lasting influence on my life. He taught me, he mentored me and he was always kind to me, even when it would have been completely reasonable for him not to have been. To say he will be missed is a huge understatement but I'm really at a loss for words. Rest in peace, my friend. =R=
  5. Nhu Lan Bakery pretty much supplies everyone in town. Last I remember, the banh mi loaves were 3/$1.00. It might be worth a call to see if they'll ship. 2612 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (773) 878-9898 =R=
  6. I'd suggest Gene & Jude's in River Grove or Redhot Ranch for the epitomatic Chicago dog experience. Hot Doug's and Franks N Dawgs are both worthy destinations but they're more variations than typical examples. Also, on the chef-driven side, I highly recommend Nightwood. It's a great spot -- run by chef Jason Vincent -- that just doesn't get its proper due. Not to take anything away from the discussion and great information on this thread, but for a dense concentration of current information on the Chicago-area food, beverage and dining scene, check out LTHForum.com (full disclosure: I'm
  7. I asked this same question last year, though I really, *really* appreciate your attitude. Myself? I'm unapologetically anti-kid. Don't want 'em, don't need 'em, *certainly* don't want to hear them or be around them when they're bored/tired/misbehaving/squealing/yelling/crying/existing. That being said, my impression of The Gathering was that it's an Adults Only thing, but I was told that my impression was incorrect, that kids were welcome. This caused me to withdraw from The Gathering, as the risk is just not worth it to me...I'm there, I've booked the hotel, I've paid for the events sched
  8. Glad you enjoyed it, Chris. The burger was so good, it almost surpassed the company. I've taken to ordering "rare" at O&E just to avoid the occasional possibility of having my burger cooked beyond my preference. Still, it's such a fatty unctuous portion of ground-on-site beef, that it doesn't suffer at medium. Here are a couple of pics of the burger I had at our lunch yesterday . . . Meyer Ranch Beef Burger Meyer Ranch Beef Burger This remains my favorite burger in Chicago. As for Kuma's, I'm not really a fan. The novelty of their distinctively over-the-top topping cominbations wore
  9. One of these is right down the street. They were on the short list, but they close at 4pm on xmas eve. I'm a bit worried about trying to hold a pizza that long. What's their pizza like? In a word, it sucks (yes, I realize that's actually 2 words ). Crust is too thick and doughy. Ingredients are of high quality but they're bland and seem almost entirely out of place on a pizza, where each square inch of real estate should mean something. This a place where suburban moms buy ready-to-bake pies for their kids. I cannot imagine anyone who's serious about pizza regarding this place very highly
  10. ^ What he said ^ ...especially if you don't want to venture too far from the city. If distance is no object, contact Dave Zier @ Zier's Prime Meats in Wilmette. It's about 15 miles north of Lincoln Park but well worth the trip. You might also want to check with Joseph's Finest Meats, where I'd suggest calling in advance. Zier's Prime Meats 813 Ridge Rd Wilmette, IL 60091 847 251-4000 Joseph's Finest Meats 7101 West Addison Street Chicago, IL 60634-3623 773 736-3766 =R=
  11. It's interesting that the service at Phoenix has been mentioned in a positive light, because it's the primary reason I no longer go there. I found it to be often indifferent and even horrible at times. It's been a couple of years, though, so maybe it's improved. =R=
  12. It definitely cannot hurt to call. I think they used to ask for 24 hours lead time but their volume on this item has grown to the point where that's no longer necessary. Still, better safe than sorry. =R=
  13. IMO, there is only one place doing it that's worth a visit... Sun Wah BBQ 5041 N Broadway St Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 769-1254 Here are some links to relevant discussions about it at LTHForum.com Sun Wah Beijing Duck for Chinese New Year at Sun Wah =R= Hosts, feel free to remove these links if it's not cool to link to LTH.
  14. IMO, Phillies game = terribly bad fit Wait, did I just say that out loud? In all seriousness, as much as I love seeing MLB ballparks, I'd almost certainly do my own thing if a Phillies game were on the agenda. That just seems like a big chunk of time to throw away when I could otherwise be eating and drinking local fare. =R=
  15. I completely trust the locals to set us up properly and I look forward to it. Reading this thread, there are ton of great options -- far more than we could hit in a weekend, even an extended one. I've never been to Philadelphia or had an authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwich, so for me that's going to be a priority. Being a sandwich lover, I don't want to come back from Philadelphia not having checked that iconic sandwich off my list. If it seems like old hat to the locals -- which I can completely understand -- I'll take some time on my own to get it done. As for the rest, I don't have eno
  16. I just want to add my thanks to all those who helped plan, organize and carry out the weekend's events. It was a lot of fun and I'm truly appreciative of the effort made by all who contributed. Like Rona, I too am in the process of going through my pictures and organizing my thoughts about everything we experienced. I hope to be back in the next day or 2 with a more detailed post and some pictures, too. Thanks again! =R=
  17. It's not a burden to bring some bottles from home. But I will call GE and see what they can supply before doing so. Thanks, =R=
  18. We'd like to serve the salad course family-style, so we'll need as many larger platters as there will be tables. Fwiw, it will be a hearty salad that can be served at any point during the meal. Thanks, for the information on the liquor store. I will give them a call as soon as I know for sure what I'm making. I just wanted to know if retail liquor in Ohio is state-controlled, as it is in some other states. That tends to limit selection greatly. =R=
  19. 10:30 for Sunday brunch sounds good but I still cannot commit to it 100%. If you need a yes or no in advance, please let me know (and by when). After lunch has been typical start-time for the meal prep, from what I can remember. My group + the REB group will make at least one cocktail, a nosh course for the afternoon and a salad course for the meal. Speaking of cocktails, what's the liquor situation in Cleveland? Are there places to buy decent spirits or should I bring some bottles from home? =R=
  20. Due to timing issues, my group of 3 is wavering on the Sunday meal, so the earlier the better, as far as we're concerned. But please don't change the start-time on our account, as it may not work out for us no matter how early it starts. Please, count us as "probable" for that event and let me know the latest you'll need to know from us whether we're attending or not. At this point, we'll just skip EventBrite.com and pay at the door, as long as that's ok. Thanks, Nancy, for everything. =R=
  21. I'm guessing that rocks glasses and martini stems or coupes would be good to have on-hand. =R=
  22. Not committing to a specific course but I do know that in addition to some sort of cocktail, my group of 3 plus REB's group of 2 will make 1 course and possibly 2. Until we hit the market and see exactly what's available, it'll be hard to say exactly what, though. =R=
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