Archive for November 22nd, 2013

While cleaning out the barn recently, I came across a box of old record albums. Most of the LPs were pretty generic and unremarkable. However, I was stuck by this find, John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Memorial Album, which was found in time to mark today, the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination in Dallas.

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The album, which was released shortly after his death, includes audio from JFK’s most famous speeches as well as from eulogies from notables of the time. The album is not particular rare, as millions were sold, and can be purchased for short money from sellers on sites like eBay and Amazon.

Borboun Glazed Turkey A130130 FW Thnksgvng Tanya Holland Nov201Meanwhile, the fine folks at Food & Wine magazine have a ton of holiday recipes and entertaining tips just in time for Thanksgiving.

Or course I was drawn to this recipe for Bourbon-Glazed Turkey with Pearl Onion Giblet Gravy.

About the recipe for Bourbon-Glazed Turkey with Pearl Onion Giblet Gravy from Food & Wine magazine: “Chef Tanya Holland’s secret for a turkey with juicy meat and nicely lacquered skin: Brine the bird overnight, and then baste it frequently with a bourbon-brown sugar glaze as it roasts.”

Find all the great recipes and holiday tips from Food & Wine here.

Wrapping up my recent trip to Chicago (and other previous trips) I present a few tips for dining out in the city’s Old Town neighborhood.

FF: The Fireplace Inn

CF6For a good reliable dinner in that comfort-food-meets-new-world way, you can’t go wrong with The Fireplace Inn.

About The Fireplace Inn: “Located in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood, The Fireplace Inn has been known for serving the best barbecue in the city since 1969. Steaks, Seafood, Ribs, Gourmet Burgers and Vegetarian dishes line our new menu bringing a remarkable array of flavors to one of Chicago’s favorite restaurants. With over 40 flat panel HD televisions, The Fireplace Inn provides an incredible atmosphere to see all of your favorite sporting events. Conveniently situated in the heart of the world famous Chicago comedy district, The Fireplace Inn is also the perfect place to dine before or after a show.”

The Fireplace Inn is located at 1448 N Wells in Chicago, IL.

FF: Declan’s Irish Pub

cf8For the “authentic” Irish pub experience, in a city full of Irish pubs, the best is Chicago’s Declan’s Irish Pub.

About Declan’s Irish Pub: “Located in bustling Old Town, Declan’s Irish Pub provides bar-goers with the most authentic Irish bar experience outside of the Emerald Isle. From classic fish and chips to the 140 year-old mahogany bar, the bar’s decor and menu was inspired by our desire to offer terrific pub food with indulgent and health choices available. Patrons can sip on Irish brews and Whiskey’s, in addition to standard American offerings, while they enjoy signature pub food like the Declan burger, pulled pork sliders, and a Vegan Hummus Flatbread. Declan’s boasts over twenty flat screen TVs, a private second-floor party room, a full service kitchen, and one of the largest sidewalk cafes in all of Chicago.”

Declan’s Irish Pub is located at 1240 N Wells in Chicago, IL.

FF: About Old Town Burger Saloon

CF9But sometimes all you want is a good burger and a soft drink (or appropriate adult beverage). When this is the case and you find yourself in Chicago, you must hit Old Town Burger Saloon.

About Old Town Burger Saloon: “Western bar famous for Stuffed Cheeseburgers and Taco on a Bun. Only restaurant/bar with a life size horse. We broadcast Ohio State and Ohio University games on Saturdays. Sundays are NFL games. We offer great daily specials! Come visit us today.”

Old Town Burger Saloon is located at 1208 N. Wells in Chicago, IL.

FF: The Refinery

CFAFor a more fancy dinner, but not too fancy, you can’t go wrong with the casual elegance of The Refinery.

About The Refinery: “The Refinery delivers a genuine experience in hospitality. With a warm, hip, and comfortable soul it is a reflection of its Old Town neighborhood. It is a place where refinements to the ordinary and familiar yield an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication, and where culinary art is approachable. The Refinery presents a unique offering of fresh foods and handcrafted beverages designed to affordably remain on the cutting edge of the ever-evolving American palate.”

The Refinery is located at 1209 N. Wells in Chicago, IL.

FF: The Fudge Pot

CF5After a late lunch, or if you have a sweet tooth, instead of lunch, stop by The Fudge Pot and pick up a handmade treat.

About The Fudge Pot: “We provide Chicago, IL with delicious candy, made fresh, daily. Our candy specialists work around the clock to make sure you get your pick of the candy covered strawberries, apples and fudge, every time you come in. We specialize in customized chocolate shapes for any occasion. Take your pick of a variety of our famous toffees. You can also have your pick of award winning lollipops, fudge and chocolate bars. You can always expect nothing but the tastiest candy that will satisfy your taste buds.”

The Fudge Pot is located at 1532 N Wells in Chicago, IL.

FF: Pulp and Ink

CF7Not food, but a fun shop to poke around in before or after you eat is Pulp and Ink – a stationery shop!

About Pulp and Ink: “Since 2001 Pulp & Ink has been defined as classic & innovative / contemporary & timeless. Offering a well-edited assortment of fashionable, urban-minded stationery, greeting cards, gift wrap and amazing custom printed invitations and announcements. We serve as one-stop shopping for any event – whether it’s your wedding or a business luncheon. Offering such time saving services such as hand-crafted calligraphy, RSVP service and gift wrapping.”

Pulp and Ink is located at located at 1344 North Wells in Chicago, IL.


For more about Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, check out the official site of The Old Town Merchants & Residents Association here.