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A Shameless Plug for “Table for Two”

In an effort to become a Renaissance man (which I always confuse with just becoming a guy who is spread too thin), this part-time author of bybe is now also a part-time author of the new Chicago dining blog Table for Two. Don’t you worry though, loyal reader. (Or readers? There might be more than one of you!) My drinking and eating and pontificating and writing will continue unabated and there will be some overlap between this blog and that. I plan to continue to write here as often as I have been; that is to say, haphazardly and not terribly often.

Table for Two is an attempt to get invitations to top chef’s tables across the city and possibly an invitation to the secret bar in the basement of the soon-to-open Aviary. (Ha! My delusions are worse than you expected.) Far more likely, it will just lead to sclerosis and high cholesterol, but bybe’s music reviews are slowly making me deaf, so why not just go whole-hog on the self-destruction? If you want to ogle some food porn or to ridicule our snobbery, please stop by.

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Would You Like Some Meat With Your Meat?

KFC Double Down

Now if only they added a fried egg...

The new KFC Double Down Sandwich is further evidence that Americans’ favourite accompaniment to any food is meat. This is daring of KFC: the Atkins diet had its fifteen minutes long ago, most fast food chains have generally embraced more healthy menu options, and the company may incur the wrath of Michelle Obama. One should not piss off a lady with guns of her calibre. Continue reading

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Starstruck by Big Star

Tacos! (Picture courtesy of Metromix Chicago)

Tacos! (Picture courtesy of Metromix Chicago)

“…It’s a tortilla with cheese, meat and vegetables.”

So begins the famous joke by Jim Gaffigan about working in a Mexican restaurant in Indiana where the customers don’t know the difference between nachos, burritos and tostadas. But unlike the case Gaffigan paints, all tacos are not made equal and some Mexican food can transcend the punch line, “Why don’t you say a Spanish word and I’ll bring you something.”

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Beer, Pork, and Mussels

The Publican

This past Friday, some friends and I dined at The Publican in the Fulton Market in Chicago for a farewell dinner, as one among us was moving back to Europe to complete a Ph.D. I had dinner here once before, and was impressed with how well the restaurants pulls off the upscale-casual vibe. The reasons for its popularity are manifold – the food is relatively cheap for a Paul Kahan-helmed restaurant, the beer selection is excellent, and Midwesterners love meat.

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