Category Archives: Encased Meats

July 07

‘This car is the clean plate club’ – Singer Fiona Grey joins me for sausage at Roma’s

Household-name-waiting-to-happen pop singer Fiona Grey joins me for an Italian sausage at Roma’s Italian Beef & Sausage (4237 N Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60641). I had the Hot Doug’s Atomic Sausage Combo and fries… and holy crap, it was good. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/Fiona_Grey_CCC.mp3 Here’s what we covered: Fiona’s cool jacket from Barcelona and my $12 shirt from […]

May 24

Hot Doug is the Alec Baldwin of Car Con Carne

PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE! Hot Doug’s: The Movie is coming, and the guys behind the documentary are fantastically talented old friends of mine, Chris and Nick Markos. Along with the titular Hot Doug, Chris and Nick jumped in my car for gyros at Hub’s (You like-a the juice? The juice is good, eh?). We talked […]

March 10

What’s in a name? Bad Bad Meow play live

Chicago band Bad Bad Meow met me at Jimmy’s Red Hots (4000 W. Grand) for old school Chicago dogs and fries. We talk about the band’s history, that questionable band name and why most of the band members were surprised to learn Car Con Carne was a food podcast. And then… they jammed in the […]

November 14

Styx drummer Todd Sucherman: ‘If you have room for fries, you’ve got room for another dog’

Styx drummer Todd Sucherman is one of the best in rock and roll, something he reminds us of every time he sits behind the kit at a Styx show. He and I go way back… to freshman year of high school. We haven’t properly hung out since we were both Niles West Indians, so it […]

October 05

‘We disguise ourselves to protect the identities of our loved ones’ – Magic Sword and hot dogs

This is a weird, brief and wonderful one: I’m joined at Fatso’s Last Stand by “The Keeper” from electronic band Magic Sword. Magic Sword is a full-blown concept: The band members perform in black cloaks and masks, living out a sci-fi fantasy set to a John Carpenter-meets-Daft-Punk vibe. Things discussed with The Keeper: *Comic books *John […]

August 08

From Joliet to DePaul to the WNBA: Chicago Sky star Allie Quigley

Just last week, I watched an early rough of the Car Con Carne TV pilot. Simply put, I can’t wait for you to see it. In the meantime, here’s a longform audio version of one of the segments, an interview with Chicago Sky superstar Allie Quigley. We talk about her younger days in Joliet, through […]

Nathan Graham of Lucky Dutch on Car Con Carne with James VanOsdol August 01

A car-melting live backseat performance from The Lucky Dutch’s Nathan Graham

You’re going to be blown away by this episode’s in-car performance (“It’s not the weirdest thing that’s happened in a car on Western Avenue”). No fair skipping ahead to hear it! Nathan Graham, frontman of Chicago band the Lucky Dutch, jumps in the front seat for a visit to Red Hot Ranch (2072 N. Western). […]