April 12

Backseat performance of new Mutts song ‘Tin Foil Hat’ from Mutts’ Mike Maimone

This week, I’m joined by Mutts main man Mike Maimone (hooray for alliteration). It was Taco Tuesday, so we went to Lindo Michoacan (3148 W Lawrence Ave). Before an exclusive in-car performance of the new Mutts song “Tin Foil Hat,” we covered: *My embarrassing placement of “the” in front of Mutts *Mike’s political stance (“I […]

April 04

High school reunion? ‘I would say f*** that’: Taco Tuesday with Chicago glam-rockers V Sparks

Alan Lewis and Prescott Kagan from the amazing glam-rock Chicago band V Sparks join me for Taco Tuesday at Tacos Garcia on Armitage in Logan Square. We talk about the band’s history, including its too-long hiatus and return this year. We also talk about: *The need to go back into the restaurant for more tacos […]

April 01

Baconfest 2017 recap

I’m in stretchy pants and a hoodie, typing this from my couch. My body is worn and my stomach stretched dangerously taut from a night at Baconfest. No regrets; these are the signs of a Baconfest well-spent. Baconfest is easily one of the friendliest and best-run annual events in Chicago. The atmosphere is comfortable to […]

March 30

Road trip! Dive restaurants and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (BLOG)

Welcome to Spring Break week. With the schools shuttered until Monday, I gathered up the family for a road trip across the midwest. The destination for Day One was Kalahari indoor water park in Sandusky, Ohio. Kalahari is an impressive, gigantic humid space with thousands of near-naked humans wandering barefoot in zig-zag paths. The grounds […]

March 24

Tinder disasters, radio stories and cheeseburger revelations: WLUP’s Lyndsey Marie

I’m joined by cheeseburger enthusiast/WLUP co-worker Lyndsey Marie for a trip to Little Bad Wolf (1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660). Lyndsey takes her burgers seriously, which is why I left it up to her to pick this week’s location. And sure enough, she knocked it out of the park. Besides our shared […]

March 19

Zanies, Letterman and Tony the Tiger: Eating beef with comedian Pat McGann

Comedian Pat McGann meets me at Pop’s in Mt. Greenwood at 10337 S Kedzie Ave, where I have the wettest, dense-est cheesy beef ever. We chat about: *Pat’s two appearances on Letterman *Pat’s starring role alongside Tony the Tiger *The key ingredient to launching into stand-up comedy *The challenges of trying out new material *His […]

March 13

Terror, teen sex and tofu: Author Mike “McBeardo” McPadden (Heavy Metal Movies)

This week, it’s a trip for vegan food at Ground Control (3315 W. Armitage) with peerless author Mike “McBeardo” McPadden (Heavy Metal Movies). Mike’s always been one of my favorite guests; he has a shocking depth of knowledge about horror and metal. We talk about: *Heavy Metal Movies. The process of writing the book that […]