September 20, 2014
Communicating bad news is never easy, and this is one of those times.
Jean-Yves Martin, our talented pastry chef for the past five years, was injured yesterday when he was assaulted by four men on Rockwell.
The good news is that he will be okay.
But, the injuries he sustained will prevent us from offering his superb pastries and viennoiserie in the near future.
Please keep Jean-Yves in your thoughts during this very challenging time.  Thanks.

Communicating bad news is never easy, and this is one of those times.

Jean-Yves Martin, our talented pastry chef for the past five years, was injured yesterday when he was assaulted by four men on Rockwell.

The good news is that he will be okay.

But, the injuries he sustained will prevent us from offering his superb pastries and viennoiserie in the near future.

Please keep Jean-Yves in your thoughts during this very challenging time.  Thanks.

September 15, 2014
Kalita Wave Experimentation: Ethiopian Kochere, 60 days past roast date (at 16:1 ratio), light floral notes with peach preserve jamboree. Super gnarly!

Kalita Wave Experimentation: Ethiopian Kochere, 60 days past roast date (at 16:1 ratio), light floral notes with peach preserve jamboree. Super gnarly!

September 13, 2014
Chicago Government In Focus - Ballot Referenda: September 17, 2014.

Chicago Government In Focus - Ballot Referenda: September 17, 2014.

September 13, 2014
Fermentation Fest

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Early October means Fermentation Fest in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.

There’s something brewing in the crocks, kettles and jugs of Reedsburg, Wisconsin. From sourdough bread to home-crafted beer, pickles to soy sauce, chocolate to cheese, compost to silage, the Live Culture Convergence has it all. Farmers, chefs, artists, poets and cheese makers converge with a series of  classes, tastings, lectures, art events, and more.

The signature event for 2014 will be the Farm/Art DTour, a fifty-mile self-guided drive through scenic working lands of northwest Sauk County punctuated by temporary art installations, Roadside Culture Stands, PassWords, Field notes, and Pasture Performances.

Emissaries, Lindsay and Skyler, plan to pickle and can and shrub all the way there (and back). Join if you can!

September 13, 2014
Half Hannah is better than no Hannah at all.

Half Hannah is better than no Hannah at all.

September 10, 2014
Ecstasy at Cole Theatre: August 25 - September 28, 2014.

________
Who does most of the preserving and jamming around Beans & Bagels? 
Skyler does.

Who is appearing in Mike Leigh’s ‘Ecstasy’ at Cole Theatre?
Skyler is.

Huzzah!

Ecstasy at Cole Theatre: August 25 - September 28, 2014.

________

Who does most of the preserving and jamming around Beans & Bagels?

Skyler does.

Who is appearing in Mike Leigh’s ‘Ecstasy’ at Cole Theatre?

Skyler is.

Huzzah!

September 10, 2014
Rich Koz Celebrates 35 Years as ‘Svengoolie’

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Rich Koz as ‘Svengoolie’ with his original coffin. Courtesy of Weigel Broadcasting.

WGN’s Dave Plier talks to Rich Koz, who is celebrating 35 years as “Svengoolie’ this fall. Rich is going to be honored at the Museum of Broadcast Communications on October 10th at 6pm with the launch of a new exhibit showcasing Sven’s original set and coffin as well as a Halloween Costume Party, Svengoolie Movie and more! 

September 9, 2014
Aesop is the ultimate coffee bar reading material at Ugly Mug Cafe.

Aesop is the ultimate coffee bar reading material at Ugly Mug Cafe.

September 8, 2014
Opening for Wild Gone Girls at the Annex, Bill Tucker plays a rare solo set.

Opening for Wild Gone Girls at the Annex, Bill Tucker plays a rare solo set.

September 8, 2014

25 Surprisingly Satisfying Facts About Coffee

Coffee may drastically lower risk of type II diabetes. People who drink several cups per day are the least likely to become diabetic. The reduction in risk ranges from 23% up to an incredible 67%.

Coffee was originally eaten. East African tribes would grind the coffee cherries together, mixing the results into a paste with animal fat. Rolled into little balls, the mixture was said to give warriors energy for battles. 

America might be famous for running on coffee but in fact there are several countries that drink much more coffee than the Americans. When it comes to actual coffee consumption per capita, the US doesn’t even crack the top 15. The coffee consumption table is led by the Netherlands with almost 2.5 cups per day/person followed by Finland (1.8) and Sweden (1.4). USA ranks 16th with “just“ 0.9.

Coffee is produced by more than 80 countries, but Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world. With over 2.5 million tons of coffee produced every year, the Brazilians takes 33% of the world coffee market. 

Coffee is a fruit. Coffee beans are actually pits of berries. The coffee berries, sometimes called coffee cherries, are an edible fruit that have coffee beans inside. They are only called beans because of their resemblance to beans.

The Guinness-recognized “oldest cat ever” Creme Puff, who lived to be 38 years old and died in 2005, drank coffee. Her owner fed her coffee every morning along with bacon, eggs and broccoli.

September 8, 2014
Timothy takes a much deserved break at Everybody’s Coffee in Uptown.

Timothy takes a much deserved break at Everybody’s Coffee in Uptown.

September 8, 2014
NY Times: Argentine Dinosaur Was an Estimated 130,000 Pounds, and Still Growing

 

Dreadnoughtus Credit Jennifer Hall
PHILADELPHIA — Eighty-five feet long, 30 feet tall, 130,000 pounds and still growing when it died, a newly described dinosaur is among the largest land animals that ever lived — so big its discoverers are calling it the Dreadnoughtus.

Its skeleton, unearthed in the Patagonia region of Argentina, is the first of this species and the most complete ever found in the group of gargantuan dinosaurs known as titanosaurs, scientists reported on Thursday. An international team led by Kenneth J. Lacovara, a paleontologist at Drexel University in Philadelphia, describes the fossil in the journal Scientific Reports.

“What we can say with certainty is this is the biggest land animal that we can actually put a number on,” Dr. Lacovara said.

Even what remains of the bones is huge. “We’ve got 16 tons of bone in my lab right now,” Dr. Lacovara said.

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