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Top Chef Chicago Premiers Tonight

March 12, 2008 By: Editor Category: The Angry Waiter Nation

Alright all you chefs, cooks and foodies…Top Chef Chicago premieres tonight on Bravo 10/9 central.

As I understand it, contestants this season will be focusing on Chicago cuisine. I can’t wait to see how they screw it up.

Absinthe Is Back - Fans Go Crazy

March 12, 2008 By: Editor Category: The Angry Waiter Nation

Absinthe, that long-banned liqueur thought to drive people mad, is once again allowed to be sold and served in the United States. Checkout the Chicago Tribune’s Article.

Carol’s Pub - Chicago - Review

March 12, 2008 By: Don Woolf Category: The Chicago Scene

Carol’s Pub gained popularity a few years back after the Tribune wrote it up as a great dive bar. And a dive it truly is.

Toothless customers, a bouncer who looks like a cross between a Hell’s Angel and John Popper and who sells lingerie on the side and bartenders who I haven’t trusted since the time four years ago when my girlfriend ordered an Absolute and soda and the thin, Irish bartender kept saying to her, “You like that drink? You’re gonna like that drink.” An hour later she was passed out at home after only having that one drink. Luckily, we only live around the corner. Read the rest of this entry →

Bush Fiddles While The Country Burns

March 12, 2008 By: Editor Category: Off Topic

Forget about the dead and wounded in Iraq. Never mind that an entire U.S. city was all but wiped off the map. Don’t give a second thought to a Congressional panel suing the Bush administration. Who cares if our economy is creeping toward recession meaning fewer jobs and less disposable income to spend in, oh, I don’t know, restaurants, bars and coffee houses?

President George W. Bush certainly doesn’t care and he proved that at last Saturday’s Gridiron Club dinner - an annual “off-the-record” Washington, D.C. event where big-name journalists and high-ranking politicians, including the president, poke fun at themselves and at each other.

It’s like a Comedy Central Friar’s Club Roast, only here, rather than joking about William Shatner’s hairpiece or Farrah Fawcett’s sagging butt and dwindling intellect, the participants joke about current events - like Hurricane Katrina, the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame and “oil-rich” Saudis.

Bush, not one to pass up a chance to make an inappropriate joke, took center stage at the dinner and sang a parody of the song “Green Green Grass of Home” that proved once and for all, the man has absolutely no soul…and I mean that in the spiritual sense, but it applies to his musicianship as well.

This was Bush’s eighth and, thankfully, last Gridiron dinner. Take a look at the video. You’ll understand why I, to paraphrase the hopefully soon-to-be incarcerated Vice President Dick Cheney, say, “Go fuck yourself, Bushie.”

The Grind Coffee House - Review

March 12, 2008 By: Don Woolf Category: The Chicago Scene

Yes, The Grind is small and cramped. Yes, you have to sometimes share a table with a stranger and yes, it’s a bit pricey, but…it’s an independent coffee house located on one the best strips in all of Chicago - the Lincoln Avenue shopping strip between Wilson and Lawrence in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.

I don’t go to coffee houses just for the coffee and baked goods - The Grind serves Intelligentsia which is fine coffee and a Chicago product, excellent pastries and, as pointed out a tasty if not slightly over-priced quiche - I go to coffee houses for atmosphere and amenities.

It’s The Grind’s atmosphere and amenities that sometimes make me want to go there and other times keep me away. Read the rest of this entry →

Old Town School of Folk Music Rocks

March 12, 2008 By: Don Woolf Category: Off Topic, The Chicago Scene

There are few things I’ve done in my adult life (or any other part of my life for that matter) that have brought me as much fun, fulfillment and satisfaction as taking guitar lessons at The Old Town School of Folk Music.

Now, don’t let the name “Old Town School of Folk Music” scare you away. Though the original school was founded fifty years ago in Old Town, I take classes at the Lincoln Square location.

As far as “Folk” is concerned, folk is taught here and is still a part of the curriculum, but not really in the group classes. The music I’ve been learning since day one (I’ve been going there for about seven months now) has been Wilco, The Ramones, The Beatles, Bowie, Ani DiFranco, Greenday, Nirvana and a slew of other artists I love. Read the rest of this entry →

Chocolate Martini Recipe #1

March 12, 2008 By: admin Category: Recipes

5 ounces vanilla vodka

1 ounce  creme de cocao (light or dark)

1 ounce   Godiva Chocolate Liqueur (dark)

1/2 ounce cream

Shake hard in a martini shaker with ice.  Strain into Martini glass.  Garnish with chocolate shavings.

Makes one 7 1/2 ounce  martini

submitted by Katie, Chicago, IL

More Customers From Hell - Humor Video

March 12, 2008 By: admin Category: Humor

I love these guys. Who hasn’t waited on people like this? Check out this video.

Robert DiNiro Opens Vegas Restaurant

March 12, 2008 By: admin Category: The Angry Waiter Nation

Las Vegas has a new celebrity restaurant.

Actor Robert DiNiro along with partner/chef Agostino Sciandri this month opened Ago, a Tuscan-style Italian food restaurant, in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Robin Leach, celebrity hanger-on, was at the opening.  Read about it here.

Customers From Hell - You’ve Waited On These Guys

March 12, 2008 By: admin Category: Humor

This short video is hysterical! If you’ve ever had to deal with “difficult” customers, you’ll love it. And, for you customers, if you recognize yourself in this video, think twice the next time you order.

Oh, and Nookies is one of my favorite breakfast spots in Chicago.