This is the view I walked in to at the office this am. You'll see that there's plenty of snow covering Maggie Daley park on the left side, but the city crews have cleaned up the bean pretty well. Also, as a bonus, you can barely.make.out the new City of Chicago Christmas Tree in very bottom right. See the oval-ish ice rink on the right side next to The Bean? Just below that is a planter with the new tree stuck in the middle of it. If you click on the photo above, it should blow up bigger and you can make it out.
Earlier this winter, I wrote about the old Lou Malnati's menu and mentioned that as I was waiting around for my pie to finish up, I spied an old Chicago Tribune article posted on the wall that included the original Lou Malnati's Italian Salad Dressing Recipe. The Tribune reporter called it "prized". We were set to host a little pizza party over the weekend, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Here's the article as seen through my mobile phone's camera.
I'm not a wine drinker, so the fact that the recipe called for Burgundy wine didn't strike me as odd. I went shopping at Angelo Caputos in Addison - a really incredible shopping experience - and when I got to the wine section I found Burgundy wine was carried ONLY in those HUGE jugs. And they were dirt cheap. The only issue is that needed just 4 ounces. We ended up with a whole-lotta-wine that Nat won't drink.
I've taken the recipe and modified it a bit by eliminating the percentages (60…
But, in addition to seeing the exterior construction progress, if you look inside one of the new doorways, you'll also see this - the photo above.
It is a relic from the past.
And was a stonework 'welcome mat' for Burny Brothers. I had never heard of Burny Brothers, but 'teh Googles' quickly educated me.
From this Burny Brothers archive site: Burny Brothers Bakery was founded in 1910 in Chicago, Illinois by a working-class immigrant family, and grew to become a successful, uniquely American enterprise. The founding family sold its interest in 1963 to Beatrice Foods Co., which in turn sold the wholesale division in 1976, a…
Recently, we were up in Wisconsin just puttering around town when I spotted a sign for 'Auction Today' coming out of the gas station. I followed a few other signs back into this light industrial park and arrived at this place: Blue Toad Auctions. Nat and the kids were with me, so I just left the car running, begged for forgiveness and hopped in to check things out. The auctions take place on Saturdays at 10 am with a 'preview' session starting at 9 am. I got there about 10:15 and the auction was already running.
The place has seating for more than 100 people and has items displayed up front and down the sides of the building. The auctioneer was moving fast and getting people to bid on the various items. The day I was there, the place seemed VERY heavy in sports memorabilia. And very little antiques and what appeared to be almost no furniture. Perhaps that's how it always is? If so, this might not be for us.