Friday, February 27, 2015

Bacon-Wrapped Crust On Detroit-Style Pie?

That's what the folks at Little Caesar's are touting this week. A pizza 'encased' in bacon.

Here's what it looks like courtesy of USNews:


From the looks of it, they've topped the pie with even more bacon and pepperoni.  I make a Detroit-style sausage/pepperoni (or soppressata).  And...I really like the 'meat lovers' pie from Home Run Inn (the restaurant version more than the frozen version).

So, it seems that this is something I should be trying to make, right?  I typically employ a two cheese process on my Detroit-style pizzas.  And...I do a cold rise with the skins.  I wonder when you put the bacon in?  Maybe you take the raw bacon and weld it to the side of the pans and allow the dough - which when started is almost like pancake batter - kind of 'grow out' to the sides and get to the bacon?  What about the charred/carmelized cheese that normally graces the sides of these pies?  You know the kind...like at Peaquod's/Burt's?  Does the bacon eliminate that?  Guessing it might?

Nothing I like better than a good pizza experiment, though.  I'll give it a shot.  Will report back.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Quick Bay Area Trip


Unlike my trip to Denver a week back, this trip I was able to spend just a/bit more time taking it all in.  Didn't hurt that we walked to a few meetings in the city.  Oh...and as I'll post soon... I house'd a gross yet awesome burger/fries combo, too.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Abestos Removal At Old Plass Store in Elmhurst

Just a week or so ago, I posted about how there was some 'action' at the old Plass Appliance building in Downtown Elmhurst.

After walking by the place on the way to my train, it seems that there's some work being done and it isn't a job I'd be interested in:

 
There's some talk about what is next with the building and what the location means for the City Centre.  It is a supremely important location and the desires of the new owner (if there is one?) and keeping that old storefront intact will (hopefully!) be balanced.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Why It Is No Big Deal That Disney Is Raising 1 Day Ticket Prices


If, like me, you spend any times surfing Disney blogs, forums, social handles, you've undoubtably have heard the news that (gasp!) Disney has increased the price of a 1 day park ticket to over $100 for the first time.  It is now set at $105 for a one day pass up from $99 just a few months ago.  (Let's be honest, here.  You're not like me and you don't lurk on Disney Forums, but...for the sake of this post, let's just pretend, ok??)

Here's the thing:  it doesn't really matter.  In fact, Disney raising their prices yesterday doesn't affect just about most people who are Disney World travelers.

I heard this discussed on TheDis Unplugged podcast last week (yes...shameful, I know.  But, I listen to some Disney podcasts.) and I think they had it right.  I'm going to riff off what they said because I think it is worth noting and something consider before you groan about Disney 'raising prices'.

Almost NOBODY buys a 1 day ticket for Disney World.  Everyone buys 'packages' that span multiple days and usually multiple parks.  Or....they're annual passholders and go a lot.

But, what Disney is doing here is all about the economics of making you think you're getting a 'good deal' on your multi-day package.  If, they artificially inflate the one day pass to $105, but you're buying 3 or 4 day passes, you get the warm fuzzy feeling when you compare what you are paying to the 'full price' of buying 3 or 4 one-day tickets.

Now, Disney World (I believe) has seen record crowds the past few years, so they're also testing the tolerance of the marketplace.  Can they inch up park prices and maintain record crowds?  Probably.

But, I don't think that's what at play here.  It is all about the optics of the 'deal' you are getting when they sell you a package.  The other dynamic at play is how Disney is working to keep you at their parks more and AWAY from their competition (Universal Studios).

Look at what it costs to go from a 3 day park pass to a 4 day park pass.

Right now, a 3 day ticket costs:  $292.88 including taxes.

A four day ticket?  Just $324.83.  Meaning for just $32 more bucks, you can get an extra day.

A five day ticket?  $335.48.  For 10 bucks, you get a fifth day at the park.

A six day ticket?  Add another ten bucks.

That four to five day ticket is the magic spot and the one that the Disney folks are working to protect.  Why?  Because they have four parks.  And...if someone was heading to Orlando they might be willing/interested in trying out the competition at Universal Studios.  Hell...the Harry Potter stuff looks awfully neat.  Why wouldn't you go there on the fifth day of your trip?

Well...it is because:  if you go to Universal for Harry Potter, you're going to plunk down $100 a head for they day.

If you opt to stay and head back to the Magic Kingdom or do more at Epcot, guess what?  It's only $10 a head.

So....back to my main point:  all this belly-aching about the prices going to $105 for a day at Disney is silly.  Nobody....for the most part...actually buys one day tickets in Orlando.

This move is all about optics.  It is about convincing you (and me) that we're getting a 'good deal'.

And, you know what?  It worked.  I'm ok with that.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Let's Do This: Disney FastPass+ Selections


This is where all the Disney blog reading/message board lurking pays off.

"Hard to get" Fastpass+'es?

Not for *this guy*!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Something Brewing At Old Plass Store In Elmhurst City Centre?


As I was walking by the old Plass furniture store in downtown Elmhurst, I saw a crew of guys putting up this plastic sheeting on the inside of the windows.  The store has been mostly empty (except for some random antique appliances and weird discount mattresses) since the place closed in 2013.  Almost two years ago, I covered the store closing here.

The store is HUGE, so it is a big opportunity for downtown Elmhurst/City Centre.  One of the things I think the community could support would be some sort of incubator.  Have a certified kitchen/lab than can bring people out of their home kitchens.  Have a store-front to sell goods for independents and have some co-creation space for others.  Kind of a blend between a co-op and a tech incubator.  There's enough space in there to do so much in one location.

Have to think that the City would help support something along those lines and it could bring a nice shot of activity to the city centre, right?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

What's That? Cinderella Vinylmations? Don't Mind If We Do...


I covered Vinylmations earlier this year on the blog, but we were in the Disney Store recently and came across these Cinderella-themed Vinylmations and it took all the impulse control in my body to not gobble up 3 or 15 of these for the girls and I to open as we squeal all the way home.

If I go back, maybe we'll pick up a few of these boxes?  As long as we get the evil Stepmother, everything will be right in the world, right?!?


Friday, February 20, 2015

Another Blackhawks Game - This Time With The Babe


Back in January, I went to what I *think* was my first Chicago Blackhawks game with some buddies.  Last week, I went with the full 19-headed monster to the game against the Devils.  The seats, weren't...ahem...quite the same.  It still was a lot of fun and I got to take the Babe with me - so we had some good daddy/daughter time.

Now....being up in the 300 level, things weren't all bad.  There are some advantages of 'seeing the game' from up there, but let's be honest:  everyone in any of the 300 level seats would switch in a heartbeat with someone in row 4 down close to the glass.  But, when you're with 18 members of your family, it doesn't matter where you sit.  It is going to be fun.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Not Sure Al's Italian Beef Should Be Touting *This* Endorsement


We went to Al's #1 Italian Beef over the long holiday weekend and on the wall there were just a handful of photo endorsements.  The usual suspects of Mayor Daley, Steve 'The Hungry Hound' Dolinsky were up there.  And so were a few wrasslers.

And then there was this Paula Deen one.  Prominently displayed for all to see.    Seems her clout on food issues has dropped a bit, hasn't it?   Or...once you get a Paula Deen photo, you keep that photo?  Is that the case?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Nat Calls Them Donuts


Me?  I call them 'poonch-keys' just like my Mama does.

Nat went out of her way to pick some tasty treats up from the bakery - which I devoured.

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