We're back from our trip to Alaska, where it was more about communing with animals than eating them. So to make up for lost time, today we headed over to Cemitas Pueblas in Chicago, to try their legendary Atomica sandwich.
At a gathering of fellow foodies, Catherine Lambrecht was asked the following hypothetical question: If you had 10 days paid vacation and an unlimited budget, where would you go?Her cohorts listed distant locales with enticing food cultures: Thailand, Switzerland.
State fairs - with their deep fried butter on a stick, presidential candidates chowing down on footlong corn dogs, and sadly this past weekend's tragedy at the Indiana State Fair - make national news. County fairs, however, barely make local news. There's not even a Cook County Fair.
These days, U.S. farm policy is blamed for a lot of things — even the nation's obesity epidemic. The idea is that the roughly $20 billion in subsidies that the federal government gives to farmers encourages them to grow too much grain.
In the public discourse around food, “sustainability” and “organic” are buzz words deployed by the so-called “conscious consumer.” But author and activist Oran Hesterman said during a stop in Chicago that he would rather have people move from being conscious consumers to engaged citizens: in other w