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Big Gay Guest Shot: My Interview on “Feast of Fools”

Today, I’m the featured guest on Chicago’s homegrown Feast of Fools podcast, the most popular LGBT-themed daily talk show on the planet. Wonder twin powers, activate! Form of: a giddy gay blogger!

“We’ve replaced the fine Doug Zell Intelligentsia normally serves with James Liu, let’s watch…”

Ten days ago, when I lamented the over-the-top response of Chicagoist and some of their readers to my Gapers Block piece on how Intelligentsia Coffee alienated me as a customer, I never thought Intelligentsia’s own staff would jump on the bandwagon.

“The job of the haters is to hate.”

Imagine my surprise when two days after posting a shout out to Chicagoist for what had become a positive relationship again, on Monday Chicagoist scribe Chuck Sudo penned a personal attack on me and my blog over the Intelligentsia post I wrote for Gapers Block.

Food Beat: Unaffordable Intelligentsia; Sugar Bliss Misery

Good lord, sometimes I should just eat in. The latest from my Gapers Block: Drive-Thru foodie byline? Two downtown establishments: one I used to love, one I doubt I ever will, but both giving me agida in the same week.

Food Beat: Sun Wah Beijing Duck, Bank-Busting Marc Burger

If it’s any day ending in ‘-day’, you know I’m still eating. This weekend on my Gaper’s Block Drive-Thru foodie byline, the love is as crispy as it is juicy. Browse through to Chicago’s favorite, home-grown group blog and read all about it…

Sin with Chili at Cinner’s, But Hold the Rice at Wow Bao

This week I paid visits to a couple of my regular joints: Lincoln Square’s authentic Cincinnati chili parlor, Cinner’s; and the north Loop’s chainy but yummy Asian bun eatery, Wow Bao. And as usual, I’m telling you all about it on my Gapers Block:Drive-Thru foodie byline.

Emerald Loop and the Burger of Blood

My favorite local restaurant in my South River North/North Loop ‘hood is not one I would recommend to my worst enemy. Well, depending on the day you ask me my opinion on the place. Because while Emerald Loop’s Irish pub kitchen shines from Monday through Friday, it’s as if the back-of-house is taken over by zombies on the weekend.

Latest Foodie Roundup from My Gapers Block Byline

I invite the foodies among you to head over to Drive-Thru, the Gapers Block food and drink channel, to check out what I and my fellow professional eaters have been up to lately. Think: kimchi; gelato; and hot wings. Not all at once. Well, maybe…

Hot Wings of Doom Return to Pilsen

Last week, Take Me Out co-owner Karen Lim emailed to to report the eatery will be back in business starting Saturday, October 18th. She’ll be celebrating by giving out free Little Hotties, and that’s reason enough to show up in my book.

Best Italian Cookies and Gelato in Chicagoland

Lately, my life has been a string of unexpected occurrences that have taken even this life-is-flux loving Buddhist by surprise. Some haven’t been so pleasant (more on those later). Two of the happiest have been my rekindled friendship with pastry-chef Chris, and my discovery, through said fellow foodie, of Lido’s Caffé in Oak Park.