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Chow Down in Chow Town Delicious DIRT Style. Lollapalooza 2011. Food Mafia Feed


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Delicious DIRT. Chow Down in Chow Town @ Lollapalooza 2011.

Calling all food nerds, music freaks, and festival geeks, Lollapalooza is this weekend (as most of you know). It’s hard to believe Perry Farrell, of Delicious DIRT fave Jane’s Addiction, started Lolla 20 years ago as a farewell Jane’s concert. Oh, #howtimeflies. Not only is the music line up star studded (My Morning Jacket, Eminem, Deadmau5, Coldplay, Foo Fighters), but the FOOD line up, aka Chow Town, most definitely beats the Taste Of Chicago spread.  #FoodPorn you’ll salivate over. CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Graham Elliot's #streetfood: Lobster Corn Dog by Will Rice

We’re #crossingourfingers the weather won’t be SWAMP LIKE in Grant Park (high hopes).  Hint: check Tom Skilling‘s forecast – quite possibly the best weatherman ever.  Craving action before Lolla? Check Delicious DIRT’s weekly event roundup and satiate yourself…

Q-Tip Courtesy of PDS

Don’t fret because Lolla is sold out.  As always, you can get tickets on the scene if you’re smooth like butter.  Speaking of the masters, checked out Michael Rapaport’s just released documentary in Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest yet? Add it to your To Do. Now.

Courtesy of Lolla

Other than the music at Lolla, slews of other distractions such as Green Street, Activities and Lounge Centers and of course, our favorite, Chow Town, are sure to keep you busy (and FULL). Green Street showcases Lollapalooza’s green initiatives with eco-friendly shopping from Green Streets Art Market, fresh produce from the Farmers Market, and notable charities and organizations at Lolla Cares.

Lolla's Chow Town

Lolla’s food line up surely tops Taste of Chicagos! We know you Delicious Dirt devotees are most definitely excited about Chow Town, Lollapalooza’s ridiculous food extravaganza which includes many of Chicago’s best restaurants.  You’ll surely take down many Delicious DIRT FAVES – Lolla style (see below for full list and roundup).

2010 Lolla Delicious DIRT by Katherine Sacks

In case you haven’t heard, Graham Elliot heads Chow Town as Culinary Director for the second year in a row.

Graham Elliot @ Lolla w/ his signature lobster corn dog by Ashley Garmon via Eater

Elliot, along with Grahamwich + Graham Elliot Exec Chef Merlin Verrier, bring greatness for everyone.. no matter your diet.  Merlin tells Delicious DIRT, “Chow Town will now be on Columbus going north and south. This will add a great new feel for the food: the road is wider, all restaurants will be on the same street, individualized signage for each restaurant and great seating areas.  All that’s much better when eating some of the best festival food in the world.” He also told The Feast they plan to make 12,000 lobster corn dogs this year as last year’s 11,000 ran out too quickly and people were “freaking out.”  We LOVE.

Merlin Verrier by Mark Kinan

Prepare to indulge food geeks. Life is short. Your Lolla palate is sure to be full full full of true Delicious DIRT. Look for Smoke Daddy, Franks ‘N Dawgs luscious hot dogs, Kuma’s Corner renowned scrumptious burgers and Blue 13‘s to die for cactus tostada.

Courtesy of Franks N' Dawgs

Newcomers to the festival include Graham Elliot’s Grahamwich, Sola, Bonsoiree, and The Gage/Henri.  Embracing the vibe, Sola’s calling their Delicious DIRT, Solapalooza. #TheShoeFits.  Sola’s  Carol Wallack will rock your socks off in Chow Town with her edamame with hemp seed vinaigrette and kalua pork on banana bread. If you’re feeling the yearn for Chicago staples, there’s always Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza and or the Original Rainbow Cone= best bet to cool it down.

Delicious DIRT @ Kuma's by Sarah Collins

Thirsty? Quench it with non-alcoholic beverages once in a while. Grab an iced coffee from Chicago’s well known artisan coffee hot spot Metropolis Coffee Company or a flavored iced tea from Sweet Leaf Tea. You can’t go wrong with baos from Wow Bao, french toast from Jam, pulled pork sandwiches from Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs and or an Italian beef sandwich from Tuscany on Taylor StTake it all down? #MadProps #BringThePepcid

Stay ahead of the curve with the Lollapalooza app -> we can not hit Lolla without! The app allows you to connect with your facebook page (obsessed), create your own custom schedule of musicians,  and listen to free streaming tracks from artists at Lolla 2011 (plus past performers over the last 20 years).  A must.  Also, we suggest you plot your pig out with the Lollapalooza map.

Lolla Map by Lolla

Stuff your face, dance like no one’s watching and sing like no one’s listening.  Feel it. #LifeIsShort

EM + MBK @ Lolla Backstage

Lolla @ Night by NY Daily News Staff

Don’t tell mom the babysitter’s dead – she isn’t.  For all you rocker chic mamas and papas, your kids are in luck as they too can get down at Kidzapalooza. Get ready for hilarious rocker hair styles, fake tattoos, and jamming out rock band style! Play it up Griswald style… We know we know… no one can be Chevy cool.

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Delicious DIRT for Food Mafia’s Feed. Taste of Chicago 2011 Begins

Pig Out. Get Your Taste On Delicious DIRT Style

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There’s an app for that –> obviously in 2011 you know there’s a Taste of Chicago App. This is a MUST download for all you Food Mafia members.  Be aware however, signals in the midst of the Taste jungle might be low… Patience food nerds… deep breaths.  We suggest you review the app in advance to maximize all.   CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Taste iPhone App. Photo by Apple

Taste of Chicago 2011 started in Grant Park folks! Can you believe it’s that time?  Wasn’t it last week we were wearing winter coats?  The Taste runs until July 3rd so get your grub on soon. Hard.  Unless you avoid it like the plague like many of us city folk.  But, if you’re willing to deal with the crowds, go in with an open mind and see what happens while you gorge yourself at this mecca of food festivals.  You might just stumble into a P Funk concert in the middle of it all like we did summer 1995 after riding to Grant Park on our tandem bike… Ah, #theolddays.

George Clinton + P Funk. Courtesy of

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Some find this festival one of the best things about summer in Chicago…while others find it the worst.  What makes it or breaks it for us?  The answer is a combo of the crew we roll with, the weather (Tom Skilling‘s classic), and the time of day.  HINT: get to the Taste mid day -> 2-4pm and not on a weekend. CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE + almost taste ‘em.

Manny's Turkey Legs @ 2011 Taste by Manny's

Once inside, eat your way through with everything from Tuscany’s Italian Beef to Connie’s Deep Dish Pizza to Robinson’s ribs to Gold Coast Hot Dogs (Chicago Style).  Don’t forget the scrumptious BBQ Turkey Leg (above) from Manny’s Deli (if you can turn down their Corned Beef Sandwich or even better, tackle both).  By the way, Manny’s potato pancakes might actually #changeyourlife.

Manny's Courtesy of Manny's

The City of Chicago provides a list of all the food so you can map out your pig out in advance (or download the app + be ahead of the curve).  Stuff yourself silly on all of Chicago’s delicious DIRT.  Then, go ahead and chow down even more.  You’ll mac that snack as you listen to music + maybe even dance like no one’s watching.  Taste, while touristy, can be a hell of good time.

Smoke Daddy @ 2011 Rib Fest by Smoke Daddy

For us true Chicagoans there are a few Taste treats not to miss.  Experiencing everything from Vermillion to Smoke Daddy to Manny’s Deli to Lao Sze Chuan all in one place – well, that’s just delicious DIRT.  So crack your usual shell, try newbies and mix in some diversity this year.  Visit the Healthy Farmers Market Workshop this year. Healthy is the new crave after all!  We also suggest you also definitely get in on those chef demonstrations. This year – chef Tony Priolo of Piccolo Sogno, Jimmy Bannos, Giada De Laurentiis and oh so many more.  Plus, look out for Healthier Choices Icons this year on menu boards and app (see pic below).

Healthier Choice Highlight

Jimmy Bannos' + Scott Harris by Dough Boys

Jimmy Bannos + Scott Harris by Dough Boys

For those of you who simply need to take down some good ol’ Chitown staples, there’s Eli’s Cheescake.  Either before or after all the savory foods, if you’re a fan of cheesecake, Eli’s can be damn fine.  Of course, we still can NOT resist a Garrett’s Chicago Mix with a (slightly) shorter line than in stores. There’s also Billy Goat Tavern’s SNL-famous Cheezborger Cheezborger. We’re psyched to try Vermillion’s offerings at the taste this year.  Some of our secret Taste favorites are Dominicks Watermelon Slices + O’Brien’s Celtic Corn on the Cob.  Both so simple + oh so delicious.

Billy Goat Booth @ Taste by Buffalo Chow

One Chitown notable missing this year at the Taste is Ann Sather.  Their famous homemade cinnamon rolls are IMPOSSIBLE to resist (see pic below).  So, after gorging yourselves, remember, Ann Sather’s brunch is now mandatory this summer.

Courtesy of Natalie Neusch

Get Your Taste On.  Don’t Hold Back. Life Is Short. Hedonism Is Good.

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Delicious DIRT. iPhone App You Need

Companion App to Hamburger America Book & Film “Burger GPS” for iPhone Now Available in the App Store

Find Great Burgers Anywhere in USA with George Motz’s New App Burger GPS

Never eat a mediocre hamburger again!  On your next road trip, you will not stop at a single generic chain selling burgers made from frozen hockey pucks. Hamburger expert (and author/director of the book/film Hamburger America) George Motz now brings you Burger GPS, his 1st mobile app (iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch). Burger GPS pinpoints your location, and finds you the nearest Motz-approved burger joint, from over 1,800 different listings. Trust him, he’s eaten over 10,000 burgers in his lifetime. Burger GPS can be downloaded here for free.

The app has many great features, including:

  • Every joint listed serves burgers made from fresh meat. Never frozen.
  • Over 250 beautiful burger photos from George’s own collection
  • Most listings include George’s own Menu Picks
  • Share burger joints with friends with email & social tools
  • Keep a diary of favorites, past and future visits
  • Follow George’s Blog Posts

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