Trejo’s Tacos

When the pressure is on, some fold up like a cheap lawn chair. Others spring to life. Danny Trejo endured pressures, obstacles and challenges. And that’s putting it lightly. But he crushed them all, his gentle smile always warm and welcoming. His new cookbook, Trejo’s Tacos, details his inspiring life story and offers 75 authentic recipes … Continue reading Trejo’s Tacos

Cafe Du Monde

It’s almost time for Mardi Gras. I don’t want your tacky beads or tchotchke souvenir tall glasses. Show me your Coffee and Chicory; and, while you’re at it, let me see your Beignets. If my aim is true, then I must point the way to Cafe Du Monde. “Hey, Joe. You wanna give it a go?” … Continue reading Cafe Du Monde

Tchibo Coffee

(Needle drop.) Germany! Beer! Sausage! Mustard! Sauerkraut! Oktoberfest! Christkindlesmarkt! Coffee. (Vinyl scratch.) To all other coffee purveyors, Achtung! Scroll down to see more photos and read more about Tchibo Coffee. “Mmm…the Dark Roast is nice and strong. Oh, this is delicious. I really like this black. I’ve actually never seen this before. I need to get … Continue reading Tchibo Coffee

Fall Cocktail Recipes

Picture this. It’s July. You know. Sunny, hot, muggy, buggy, and… …Halloween pop-up stores(?). And this. It’s August. You know. Still sunny, hot, muggy, buggy, and… …pumpkin lattes(!). This too. It’s September. You know you know. Dusky, mellow, comfortable, pleasant, and… …holiday pre-preview extravaganzas?!? Let’s sit down for an easy drink, and enjoy the season. There’s … Continue reading Fall Cocktail Recipes

Volo Auto Museum

“Makin’ their wayThe only way they know howThat’s just a little bit moreThan the law will allow” “The chain in those handcuffs is high-tensile steel. It’d take you ten minutes to hack through it with this. Now, if you’re lucky, you could hack through your ankle in five minutes. Go.” “It’s 106 miles to Chicago, … Continue reading Volo Auto Museum

Oberweis Dairy

It’s summer. The incessant churr of cicadas stirs up the humidity so thick I can almost taste it. I feel the sting of blistering hot sunshine piercing my skin. Roads shimmer and pools simmer. When deep summer drags, fly as the crow does from the farm to the store—a place of premium milk, ice cream … Continue reading Oberweis Dairy