WBEZ | Black Dog Gelato http://www.wbez.org/tags/black-dog-gelato Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The sweetness of summer http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-06/what-are-other-parts-summer-107896 <p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-477fc8db-8b7e-0048-fee8-32ce6a739736"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5899319161_5d68093fc4_z.jpg" style="height: 419px; width: 620px;" title="(Flickr/angela larose)" /></span></p><p dir="ltr"><span>Summer was easy in childhood. For one, everything could be contained to one block. I spent many summers at my grandparents&rsquo; home in the Austin neighborhood while my parents worked during the day. As I got older, I began to spend more and more time inside, not because there was little to do outside, but because the containment of the block was no longer satisfactory. But as a child, it was easy to acquire as much of the goodness of summer in one block as it was to spend time moving from neighborhood to neighborhood and activity to activity. </span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-477fc8db-8b7e-0048-fee8-32ce6a739736">I&rsquo;m thinking about the women who put up snow cone stands. I can&rsquo;t remember how much they cost (probably not a lot). What I do remember is how sticky and messy they were and how that seemed unique to summer as well. Summer is a time of cold, meltable treats. A sweet relief comes in the form of sticky fingers and a messiness that was more or less acceptable. As an adult, I still face that: the sloppiness of summer, the ways in which we are subject to the heat in all of its glory and frustration. We wait all winter and spring for the heat and then, when it arrives, we forget everything else that comes with it. </span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-477fc8db-8b7e-0048-fee8-32ce6a739736">I&rsquo;m thinking about barbecues as well. We are nearing the Fourth of July. Although Summer has technically just started, in our minds, it truly hits around Memorial Day. That is when the laziness of extra-long days feels acceptable. Barbecues are a means of indulgence in a manner that feels in opposition to the indulgence of winter holidays. For one, in summer, it feels easy to &ldquo;keep going.&rdquo; Once I stop eating during a holiday dinner, my relatives rarely question my actions. But in the summer, another plate can be found just waiting. </span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-477fc8db-8b7e-0048-fee8-32ce6a739736">Summer is a time of being young. And if that is out of grasp, it is a time of feeling young, too. When I think about my favorite songs of summer, I remember my favorite films nd television shows about youth. These films might not have taken place in summer, but they successfully invoked the best feelings of being young, and so songs like Space&rsquo;s &ldquo;Female of the Species&rdquo; (as heard in <em>My Mad Fat Diary</em>) or Supergrass&rsquo; &ldquo;Alright&rdquo; (as heard in <em>Clueless</em>), feel especially right for the right now. </span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-477fc8db-8b7e-0048-fee8-32ce6a739736">And waiting too feels inherent to the spirit of the season. I sometimes forget that fall is quietly waiting. And so I too wait &ndash; in lines, in stores, at parties, for transportation &ndash; all for the chance to experience the things that were taken from us the other nine months of the year. What are those things? Maybe the sticky sweetness (like mentioned above) of gelato. A Sunday evening is sometimes spent waiting for a scoop or three of Black Dog Gelato, but it all feels worth it. Treats are available throughout the year, but warmth trumps deliciousness.</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-477fc8db-8b7e-0048-fee8-32ce6a739736">Maybe too I&rsquo;ll wait for a party or performance in a way that seems unfeasible in the winter. </span></p><p><span>&ldquo;I do NOT wait in lines,&rdquo; I used to say to friends, not because I thought I deserved better treatment, but because the cold was too much to bear for a good time. </span></p><p><span>But in the summer evenings, when the breeze is just right, I can wait in line longer than expected, all for the sort of magic that only brews when the days and nights are equally enjoyable.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em>Britt Julious blogs about culture in and outside of Chicago. Follow Britt&#39;s essays for&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">WBEZ&#39;s Tumblr</a>&nbsp;or on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/britticisms" target="_blank">@britticisms</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-06/what-are-other-parts-summer-107896 Friday Foodie Forecast: A Valentine's Day for all http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-02-11/friday-foodie-forecast-valentines-day-all-82123 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/broken heart.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="297" width="400" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-10/broken heart.jpg" /></p><p>People love it; people hate it. There may be no more of a polarizing day than Valentine&rsquo;s Day, but it&rsquo;s that time again, and whichever side of the fence you&rsquo;re on, this week&rsquo;s Forecast has got you covered. Couples - indulge in another classic pairing of champagne and oysters. Singles &ndash; rally together and satisfy your sweet tooth with gatherings in both Logan Square and Ukrainian Village. Whether pro-Cupid or not, there are plenty of reasons to go ahead and eat your heart out.</p><p><strong>Perfect Pairing at Shaw&rsquo;s</strong></p><p>Romance is in the air at <a href="http://www.shawscrabhouse.com/">Shaw&rsquo;s Crab House</a> for a weekend-long Valentine&rsquo;s Day celebration. Both Shaw&rsquo;s locations (Chicago and Schaumburg) will offer a deal on another favorite couple &ndash; oysters and champagne. Guests will enjoy a dozen <a href="http://www.wellfleetoysterfest.org/allaboutoysters.php">Wellfleet Oysters</a>, plump and clean with a good balance of creamy sweetness and brine, with two glasses of <a href="http://www.piper-heidsieck.com/">Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne</a> for $38 (normally valued at $54). This special will be available from Friday, Feb.11 to Monday, Feb. 14, for dinner only. For reservations, call Shaw&rsquo;s Crab House at 312-527-2722 (21 E Hubbard St.,Chicago) or 847-517-2722 (1900 E Higgins Rd.,Schaumburg). For more information, visit <a href="http://www.shawscrabhouse.com/">www.shawscrabhouse.com.</a></p><p><strong>Local Love in Logan Square</strong></p><p>Come see a certified sustainable kitchen in action as <a href="http://www.logansquarekitchen.com/">Logan Square Kitchen</a> presents its <a href="http://www.logansquarekitchen.com/events/lsk-presents">Valentine&rsquo;s Day Pastry Market </a>this Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 3 pm. The delicious event gives attendees a taste of some of the best sustainable, small-batch, pastry, cake, ice cream, handmade confections and culinary gift items available in Chicago. All of the local food artisans showcased are dedicated to the local food movement, and many are not widely available outside the LSK and local markets. Attendees are invited to ask questions and learn more about the artisans, their craft and what makes this kitchen truly green, as well as purchase treats to take home for their Valentine or simply devour these sweet and savory creations on the spot for themselves. Current confirmed vendors include: <a href="http://deflouredbakery.com/">De-floured </a>(gluten free),<a href="http://flourcakeandpastry.com/"> Flour Cake and Pastry</a>, <a href="http://saltedcaramel.net/">Salted Caramel</a>, <a href="http://www.mayanachocolate.net/">Mayana Chocolate</a>, <a href="http://josnowsyrups.com/stores.htm">Jo Snow Syrups</a>, <a href="http://www.smallcomfortchicago.com/">Small Comfort </a>and more. Admission is $1 for adults and kids are free. Logan Square Kitchen is located at 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave. For more information, visit <a href="http://pingg.com/rsvp/fs86zkrgqnbxq5jwc">http://event.pingg/LskValentinePastry</a>, or call 773-342-2333.</p><p><strong>Sweet and Savory Treats for Singles</strong></p><p>For those of us who are tired of watching couples look dreamily into each other&rsquo;s eyes for one day of the year, <a href="http://sweetcakeschicago.com/">Sweet Cakes Bakery</a> and <a href="http://www.blackdogchicago.com/">Black Dog Gelato</a> have teamed up to remind us that sweet desserts aren&rsquo;t just for lovers. The gathering in these Ukrainian Village eateries takes place Feb.14 from 6 pm to 9 pm, and gives everyone &ndash; even the singles &ndash; a reason to celebrate Valentine&rsquo;s Day. For $18, guests can mingle as they sample freshly-baked treats and pizza made from scratch thanks to father-daughter chefs Vern and Emily Smith at Sweet Cakes. Gourmet gelato and sorbet (think Mexican hot chocolate, cocoa nib with toasted pecans, goat cheese cashew caramel and sesame fig chocolate chip) comes courtesy of neighbor Jessica Oloroso&rsquo;s Black Dog Gelato. There will also be some adult libations provided as well. Sweet Cakes Bakery is located at 901 N. Damen. For reservations please call 773-772-5771. Black Dog Gelato is located at 859 N. Damen, 773-235-3116. For more information, visit <a href="http://sweetcakeschicago.com/">www.sweetcakeschicago.com</a> and <a href="http://www.blackdogchicago.com/">www.blackdogchicago.com</a>.<!--EndFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p></p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-02-11/friday-foodie-forecast-valentines-day-all-82123