May 21

‘Car Con Carne is my social life’ – Dinner with new friends TAKE THE REINS

The phenomenal suburban Chicago band Take the Reins joins me for dinner at Hamburger Heaven in Elmhurst (281 N York Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126). Before you listen to this episode, make sure to listen to their recently-released “Addiction by Subtraction” album! http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/CCC_Take_the_Reins.mp3 In this episode, sponsored by BOOST MOBILE, we discuss: The bitter blood feud […]

May 14

Vegetarian Mexican food with Chicago alt band Hidden Hospitals

This week, I’m joined Dave Raymond, singer/guitarist/songwriter for the super-cool Chicago band Hidden Hospitals. He picked the location for the recording: The vegetarian taqueria Quesadilla La Reina Del Sur (2235 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). The food was really good, if not destructively spicy. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/hidden_hospitals_ccc.mp3 If you happen to be listening to this during […]

May 08

Hollywood calling: Author Emily Belden talks ‘Hot Mess’ and why the new book is perfect for TV

PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE Emily Belden, author of “Hot Mess,” jumps in the Madza 3 for a new episode/ http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/CCC_Emily_Belden.mp3 We got tacos from El Potosi (Spanish for “The Potosi”) this week. Spoiler warning: Not so much. We also talked about: El Potosi had some confusing items in the cooler, including not-for-sale Coronas and a […]

May 04

Remembering when the Chairman of AIWA USA punched me in the face: Joe Born on Taco Tuesday

PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE This week finds me interviewing AIWA USA Chairman Joe Born, a brilliant business leader, inventor and creative mind who I also happened to graduate high school with. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/AIWA_-_Joe_Born.mp3 In this episode, sponsored by Boost Mobile, we shared a Taco Tuesday at El Carrito (6019 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60659) and […]

April 27

Meat, beer, tattoos, skulls, rock and roll… and roller derby. The Chicago Outfit joins me at Chicago Culinary Kitchen

SPONSORED BY BOOST MOBILE This week takes Car Con Carne to Palatine for the exceptional-beyond-words, I swear I’m not exaggerating, amazing Chicago Culinary Kitchen (773 N. Quentin Road Palatine, IL http://chicagoculinarykitchen.com/). http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/Chicago_Culinary_Kitchen_-_Chicago_Outfit.mp3 Chicago Culinary Kitchen owners Greg and Kristine Gaardbo take turns sitting shotgun (the car is a little tight). And joining me in the […]

April 22

‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’ 2018

For this year’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” (April 26), I’m joined by my 11-year-old daughter, Fiona, for a trip to Grecian Kitchen (3938 Dempster Street in Skokie). My 16-year-old son, Noah, opted out of this year’s podcast, which left Fiona “disappointed.” http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/CCC_FVO.mp3 Discussed on this week’s show, sponsored by BOOST MOBILE: […]

April 20

Pinball pro tips, its outlaw history and awesome future: Stern Pinball’s Zach Sharpe

SPONSORED BY BOOST MOBILE This week takes us to Stern Pinball, headquartered on a non-descript industrial zone west of O’Hare in Elk Grove Village. Jumping in the car for the episode is Stern Marketing Director Zach Sharpe, who’s also the #1 pinball player in the world. For real. #1. http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/Stern_CCC.mp3 Here’s what we covered this […]