All Art Chicago Humor Politics Rant

Roll Your Own Rahm Time Magazine Cover

@RedEyeChicago suggested someone start a meme
of the new cover of Time Magazine featuring
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel:


Here ya go, internet! Roll your own:


All Cheeseburger Food Food Porn Holiday

National Burger Day. Go eat one.

National Burger Day. Go eat one.

cheeseburger and garlic fries from Edzo's in Evanston
cheeseburger and garlic fries from Edzo’s in Evanston
[cheeseburger and garlic fries from Edzo’s in Evanston]
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Zane Lamprey – SEND ME YOUR RUM!

UPDATE – Don’t forget to Help Zane Lamprey fund his next show, CHUG!
It’s like Three Sheets… ON A TRAIN!
FUND : CHUG – A KickStarter Fund Raiser for Zane Lamprey’s Next Drinking Show!

Go to

and give him all of your money! (or at least a six-pack’s worth.)

HeyLook-ZaneLamprey monkeyrum

I sure would like to tell you about this new rum that Zane Lamprey (host of Drinking Made Easy, former host of Three Sheets, enabler of professional lush Steve McKenna, and alcoholic beverage entrepreneur) has created, but the stubborn son-of-a….  is taking his sweet time getting it into distribution!

Dude… how many tastings do you need to do until you’re happy? It’s rum! It will taste good. It has monkeys on the bottle. WE WILL BUY IT.

On behalf of the drinking world, here is my official plea:

ZANE, Release the Rum!

or failing that, send me a few bottles to review here on VCBlogger until you’re ready for me (and all of your rum drinking fans) to stop giving all my booze money to Captain Morgan.

In summary:

RELEASE THE RUM, Send me a few bottles, and


Thank you.  This has been a public service announcement.

p.s. – Don’t forget to Help fund his next show, CHUG! It’s like Three Sheets… ON A TRAIN!

FUND : CHUG – A KickStarter Fund Raiser for Zane Lamprey’s Next Drinking Show!
Go to and give him all of your money! (or at least a six-pack’s worth.)

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Lays Chicken and Waffles Potato Chips – Very Edible

I saw these chips on sale in the store today.

You can’t NOT pick up a bag of ‘Chicken & Waffles’ flavored potato chips to see what it tastes like. I will report later about the other flavors (most likely on facebook or twitter if I don’t get around to updating this post), but right now…


Chicken & Waffles, Sriracha, and Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips
Lays Potato Chips ‘Do Us A Flavor” contest finalists: Chicken & Waffles, Sriracha, and Cheesy Garlic Bread

At the first opening of the bag, you instantly get a whiff of some sweet toasty caramel aromas resembling waffles or waffle batter.

a look inside the Chicken & Waffles flavor Potato Chip Bag
Yep, those look like potato chips

Nothing special to look at, but there are some kind of herbs visible on the chip. Perhaps a few of the Colonel’s 11 super secret herbs/and or spices found their way into the bag.

If you hadn’t told me what flavor these chips were, I probably would never have picked out the ‘chicken flavor’. Clearly, Lay’s wasn’t going for a Chicken Soup chip here, so I think they got the amount of chicken flavor right.  They are very savory, with a hint of sweetness. These are like the kettle corn of potato chips, if that kettle corn were ground up with herbs and spices and breaded on a chicken cutlet and deep fried. The only thing I think these chips were missing were a hint of maple syrup flavor. As you can see from the ingredient list below, they went the brown sugar route instead. I suppose I could just dip these in maple syrup. (problem solved!)

Curiously, MSG is absent from the ingredient list. One of the other ingredients listed below must be responsible for my inability to stop eating these chips. I wonder if “Mixed Triglycerides” is how food manufacturers say ‘crack’ these days.

Chicken & Waffles Chips Ingredients.
I wonder: How do you make ‘chicken flavor’? Do you rub the chickens against the potatoes?


I just got around to trying the other two flavors.

Cheesy Garlic Bread was one of those flavors that I had to sample over two-days. The first chip gave me a pretty strong tangy cheese flavor, like romano/parmesan – an almost ‘mac & cheesy’ kind of flavor, but I wasn’t picking up any garlic. It must have been my tastebuds that day, because I tried them again today, got the cheesy, then the garlic that I missed yesterday hit me like a brick, followed by an after-note of that melted and slightly browned mozzarella flavor you get when you eat garlic toast. So, WELL DONE, Lay’s and Contest finalist Karen Weber-Mendham from Land ‘o Lakes, WI!

An excellent flavor simulation!

Finally, Sriracha chips were pretty much what you expect, but not nearly as painful as pouring that rooster sauce on your tongue. Smelling the bag, you’d think you were going to eat BBQ flavor chips, and the flavor is a little reminiscent of that, but without the smoke. Also, these are Sriracha chips, so (duh) you’re gonna get some heat. It’s a slow burn, which allows you eat a good amount of these chips, which you will definitely want to keep eating. If you like Andy Capp Hot Fries or Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, you’ll dig these chips.

Which Flavor Will You Vote For?

I liked all three flavors. You can never go wrong with a cheesy flavored chip and the Cheesy Garlic Bread flavor will surely be a crowd-pleaser. I’m sure Sriracha (and Tyler Raineri from Lake Zurich, IL) will have a pretty strong fan base and garner plenty of votes.

My vote is going for Chicken & Waffles. Not only is it an absolutely absurd flavor for a chip, but it was ACTUALLY REALLY GOOD! As I said, they could improve on it with some maple, but it’s clearly good enough – I ate almost an entire bag of these things. Christina Abu-Judom of Phoenix, AZ has made a believer out of me.


Sriracha Chips and Pineapple Margarita
Slushy Pineapple Margarita and Sriracha Chips. Perfect combo for watching the Blackhawks game.
All Desserts Food Food Porn Holiday Pie Rant

National Pie Day… or is it?


Happy National Pie Day!

(Wait… Didn’t we just do this holiday in December?)

Chocolate Pecan Pie with Homemade Citrus Vodka Pie Crust

I checked my good ‘ol trusty food holiday calendar and it said today was Rhubarb Pie Day.


Then all these goofballs started posting on the interwebs that it was NATIONAL PIE DAY.

Normally, I’m not one to complain about days celebrating pie, but didn’t we already HAVE National Pie Day on December 1st?

Who standardizes these things? Who exactly IS the Pie Holiday Authority?

To my knowledge, we now have THREE National Pie Days!

January 23rd (aka TODAY), according the “American Pie Council” (Ohhhh! So YOU GUYS are the Pie Holiday Authority!)

March 14th according to foodie mathematicians (OK, that’s actually Pi Day (3.14), but we’re gonna let it slide.),


December 1st, which I’ve just been informed may actually be National FRIED Pie Day.

If McDonald’s or another fried pie purveyor had gotten a hold of that information years ago when they used to sell fried apple pies by the billions, it’s very possible that they advertised December 1st as “National Pie Day” and conveniently left out the “f” word (no, the OTHER f-word!) due to the unfair stigma that deep-fried foods have to this day. Fast forward to today, and one piece of fast-food marketing damages the Pie Holiday Continuum FOREVER! (No, I will not make analogies to corn meal. I have another website for that now. 🙂  )

Well, now that I’ve sorted that out, go make and/or eat some pie!

Chocolate Pecan Marshmallow Pie with a side of milk in a stylish USA Burger pint glass!
Deep-Dish Elvis Pie: Peanut Butter Banana Custard topped with Caramelized Bananas in a Deep-Dish Peanut Butter Crust with Bacon and Chocolate.