American Junkie Now Open; Google Launches Keep

DIRT Inside: American Junkie, City Tavern, Google, Keep, Kendal Duque, Sepia,

American Junkie Opens In Chicago

American Junkie's Frieda Burger

American Junkie’s Frieda Burger by Sean Cooley

American Junkie, a new River North destination, opened its doors officially on March 20th. This new spot is a restaurant, sports bar, and nightclub complete with a fully retractable roof all you Chitown warm weather worshipers will love on summer nights. We hear this newbie has the largest single panel TV screen in the Midwest, too.  American Junkie hired chef we dig Kendal Duque (City Tavern, Sepia) as head chef. Some of his tantalizing items include wild boar chili, bison rib eye, and exotic flatbreads like foie gras and pineapple. One of everything please! 15 W Illinois

Google Keeps It Real, Maybe

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Delicious DIRT. Tech Juice We Love. For the Technocrat -> Embed Spotify; Is Springpad Becoming the “Smart” Pinterest?; Speaking of Pinterest…Pin More Videos with Vimeo Collab.

DIRT Inside: Spotify, Spotify Play Button, Tumblr, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, Guardian, ELLE, People, Mashable, Popdust, Springpad, Pinterest, Vimeo, YouTube

Pinterest + Vimeo = Awesomeness

Some of the #FoodPorn + #DeliciousDIRT on Elevate Your Presence Pinterest Page

Speaking of Pinterest… Look forward to pinning more videos as Vimeo and Pinterest have teamed up so users can now pin Vimeo videos directly to their boards. This isn’t the first video integration from Pinterest. Back in August, Pinterest also introduced YouTube video support on boards. For both Vimeo and YouTube, just install the Pin It! bookmarklet into your browser’s bookmark bar for easy pinning and follow the simple steps from there – pin away. While you’re pinning, be sure to check us out on Pinterest and Vimeo and YouTube! [Tech Crunch]

Springpad 3.0 Being Deemed “Smart” Pinterest. Below

Spotify Gets Embedded: Play On Your Site or From Your Favorite Sites. Below

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Delicious DIRT. Tech Juice We Love: CanvasPop Now Printing Facebook Pix; Instagram Coming to Android; Keep Spreading Kony 2012: Over 100 Million Views

DIRT Inside: CanvasPop, Facebook, Mashable, Instagram, Android, Apple, iPhone, Kony 2012, Invisible Children Tumblr

Take a photo? Love it? Uploaded it? Print it! Make Art!

Foodgasm For The Record Books = Au Cheval's Mille Feuille by MBK

Facebook addicts / art lovers / technocrats / social media junkies ALL will appreciate this one! If you didn’t know already, digital printing company CanvasPop has been taking your Instagram pics and turning them into printed / canvased works of art since November. But now, CanvasPop can print all your fave Facebook photos as well! Genius. Decorate your walls and relive all of those food porn encounters. CanvasPop takes your low-quality Facebook pics and transforms them into smooth large-format prints and, they’re the first to do so… Choose from a bunch of different filters, changing the lighting, contrast, and tones of the pic, or print it in all the original glory that it is! Sizes range from 8×10 inches to 2×3 feet; pricing from $30 to $219. Right now this is only available in the US and Canada, but they’re hoping to expand soon! Delicious DIRT insider: Check out our go to, Mashable, for a special offer!

KONY 2012 Viral Video has Topped 100 Million Views -> Most Viral Video in History? See Below For More.

Instagram: Coming to an Android Near You. Below.

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Delicious DIRT. Make A Change. Get Involved. KONY 2012: Who, What, Where, When & Why. The Explosive Powers of Social Media

KONY 2012 via

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DeliciousDIRT. Gotta Have It: Deep Fried Gravy, Bill and Giuliana’s RPM, and the Mountain Lion

DeliciousDIRT Inside: Wiener and Still Champion, Deep Fried Gravy, Gus Paschalis, Chief Frying Officer, Evanston, RPM Italian, Bill Rancic, Giuliana Rancic, Melman Siblings, RJ Melman, Jerrod Melman, Molly Melman, River North, Doug Psaltis, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Apple, iMessage, Twitter, iChat, Flickr, Vimeo, Microsoft, Google

Did We Read That Correctly? DEEP FRIED GRAVY?!

Oozing Gravy Goodness @ Wiener and Still Champion

Yes, believe it. That is a DEEP FRIED patty of GRAVY on a burger. Wiener and Still Champion in Evanston has had this orgasmic item on it’s secret menu for about a year, but luckily for all of us FOOD PORN stars, it’s BACK and REVAMPED. CFO (you better believe that stands for Chief Frying Officer) Gus Paschalis says it’s all in the combo of chicken gravy and the special seasoned flour that makes this amazing oddity to heavenly. And get this: you can add it to ANY burger for only $1.50. As if this didn’t already feel like a dream enough, the patties of gravy cooked to order. Your first bite will = warm, gooey, oozing gravy goodness. Go. Now. 802 Dempster, Evanston.

OPENING SOON: RPM Italian -> Melmans + Rancics’ Eatery in River North

Soon-to-be Hotspot in River North, RPM by Bill Rancic

A 225-seater, 10,000-square-foot River North Italian hotspot called RPM Italian – from the Melman siblings (Hub 51, Paris Club) and the reality TV power couple themselves, Bill and Giuliana Rancic. Why you’ll LOVE it: Doug Psaltis is running the kitchen, light cooking + great ingredients + classic Italian, and an approachable, comfortable, food-sharing environment. We’ll even give you a HINT of what’s to come: brussel sprouts with spicy peppers, Roman-style artichoke, duck-misson fig ravioli, and wood-grilled whole branzino with Ligurian olive oil, capers, and oregano. Cocktails, too. We can’t wait to sing RPM’s praises. Watch for it at the end of the month. 52 W. Illinois.

Adios iChat, Aloha Twitter, Flickr & Vimeo: Apple Reveals Mac OS X Mountain Lion

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Delicious DIRT. Food Mafia FEED

Inside: Girl & the Goat, Tempo, Silver Cloud, Feast, 33 Club, Alinea, Bob San, D’Agostino’s, mk, Gibson’s, Toast, Bella Note, Wells Street Popcorn, Fifty/50, Il Molino, Topo Gigio, Hub 51, Boss Bar.

Originally posted 11/10 in Food Mafia’s Feed.

This is my first official Delicious DIRT post for Food Mafia’s Feed and I could not be more thrilled.  EYP client, Food Mafia, is the sexiest concept online for food nerds like myself. Created by genius entrepreneur, Food Mafia CEO + ultimate Godfather Stacy Johnson, Food Mafia is literally a one of a kind restaurant review community.  In case you’ve been living in a cave and still don’t know all the sweet juice about Food Mafia, the bottom of this post has all the essential Delicious DIRT.  Check it and check out my Food Mafia profile here.

To give you a little background on me, I grew up in the city of Chicago and I literally eat my way through the city to this day. Eating is one of my top four favorite things in the universe. I am down for the fanciest joints such as Alinea, as well as biggest dives, Boss Bar. I love local hot spots, Girl & The Goat, as well as good old standby favorites, mk and best omelet and grilled cheese around the clock at Tempo.  CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Omelets As Big As Your Face @ Tempo

Just so you know, I’m not one of those girls who won’t eat either. I literally eat everything and anything I want from Mac and cheese at 33 Club (sadly now closed) to extra crispy cheese pizza at D’Agostino’s (best sauce ever) to the heavenly enormous strawberry shortcake at Gibsons.

Gibson's Strawberry Shortcake = #DeliciousDIRT

It’s scary actually.  I mean, I should be three hundred pounds based on how much I actually eat.  But, my philosophy on food (and life), is carpe diem.  Life is too too precious and short not to eat isn’t it?   So I love to devour my  favorites regularly.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of my go-to Chitown favorites.  Because I’m such a huge BRINNER fan, I’ll begin with a few of my brunch loves.  My MUST EATS.  Let me give you some sunshine and start with the perfect Eggs Benedict (no exaggeration here). I am so lucky because I found this heaven at three Chicago spots each so diverse in their atmosphere, yet so similar in their perfect eggs Benedict- Toast, Gibsons, 33 Club (please reopen).  All use just the right amount of butter on their English muffins and toast them to perfection so they’re crispy and stay crispy throughout the entire meal. Did I mention the eggs are cooked perfectly and are runny to the exact right degree?? This is a hard science to master and to find a place that’s consistently cooking their egg yolks perfectly runny enough, yet the whites are cooked through, that’s a real find and a definite rarity I cherish! And to find not one, not two, but three spots in Chicago that you can regularly depend on this perfection is simply awesome. I have to mention the meat at 33 Club as well. I am not generally a ham fan, but 33 has some ham! After not having bacon or ham of any kind for eleven years, 33 Club’s was so special and delicious from its smell alone that I had to dive in! And I did not regret it. The hollandaise sauce each restaurant uses is not too heavy either. Toast’s is light and creamy enough, Gibson’s is the exact right consistency that I could literally down a gallon, while 33′s, you might even need to ask for more! DELIGHTFUL.

Breakfast Burrito @ Silver Cloud = True #DeliciousDIRT

Next let me delve into one of my other breakfast favorites, breakfast burritos! Two of my favorite local spots, Silver Cloud and Feast are my absolute go-to’s. Feast’s breakfast burrito is filled with some of my all time favorite guacamole, sour cream, the right amount of smooth and yet not too rich re-fried beans, some of the best gooiest pepper jack cheese, perfect egg whites (you have to specify that part – which they do charge extra for- but it’s worth it) and a great pico de gallo. On the side of the Feast breakfast burrito comes perfectly crispy potatoes with the exact right amount of salt. YUM! If you want to skip the potatoes, you can get a side salad and the dressing is a to die for balsamic that blends so well with the burrito if you like to mix it up like I do.

Silver Cloud’s burrito is quite different, yet just as delish!

Silver Cloud Breakfast Burrito

Their burrito is ENORMOUS!  It’s filled with  luscious cheddar cheese, a ton of plain and cooked to perfection black beans, sour cream, guacamole, eggs (white for me again) and topped with tons of shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and heavenly potatoes.  The way Silver Cloud includes the cheese in the burrito itself is simply divine. They roll the cheese inside the shell so in every bite you get just the right amount of cheese.  This is heaven for a giant cheese freak like me!  I get this burrito, and just about everything I eat, well done.  YUM!

Next posts will include my favorite Chicago Mac and cheeses, the lightest, most succulent salmon jalapeño sashimi appetizer from Bob San, pulled organic chicken nachos from Hub 51, amaze donuts, Australian lobster tail from Gibsons, cheese popcorn from Wells Street Popcorn, two delicious devilish rigatonis in Chicago: a la vodka at Bella Note and “the pasta al Topo Gigio” at Topo Gigio (my favorite since I was sixteen), and more galore.

Organic Chicken Nachos @ Hub = AMAZE #DeliciousDIRT

Go surf Food Mafia and let me know your thoughts and recommendations. What do you love about Chicago restaurants? What are your go to brunch spots? Your favorite dishes? I encourage you to comment here, on our EYP Facebook page and on Food Mafia’s Facebook page on some of your delights! Can not wait to see what conversations transpire. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and seeing you get Elevated on Food Mafia!!

Delicious DIRT. Food Mafia

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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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    Speaking of best lists, Elevate Your Presence is proud to share our favorites this holiday season – hint– gift ides! Stay tuned for fabulous must haves / gift ideas each day! We can’t live without our L’OCCITANE en Provence – USA products- shea butter soaps and lotions soothe and smell oh so amaze, plus their shampoos and conditioners make your hair shine shine shine!

    Elevate Your Presence loves Mashable more than we love a hot donut with milk…. well, it’s a tie! This piece we heart so much we had to share- HINT- GREAT GIFT IDEAS!

    Food Mafia’s Official Website Launching Soon!

    Food Mafia is THE exclusive online destination for food lovers. Throughout select cities globally, Food Mafia focuses on supporting restaurant communities. Our members will promote their favorite restaurants & bars through our unique recommendation system while keeping up to date on the latest & greatest food news through our online magazine, food news aggregator, & social network. Can’t wait? Get a taste of the Mafia pre-launch on Food Mafia’s Facebook page!

    It pays to be in the know! Food Mafia is a member based website launching in the coming weeks. Membership is exclusive to those who are passionate about wanting to find and share local hidden cuisine gems. Mafia members are food lovers, chefs, culinary students, sommeliers, bloggers, restaurant owners and industry professionals.

    The Mafia knows its members will keep Food Mafia up to date on the sexiest restaurants, hottest happenings and most fabulous chefs! The Mafia will also give its members ALL the Delicious Dirt and Deals.

    Food Mafia is THE luxury online destination that combines its one of a kind restaurant review system with its culinary news aggregator and social networks. Can you be the next Godfather of the Food Mafia?

    Press / Media Contact:
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    The power of social media is immense and has spread like wildfire!!    It is not just a fad.  IT IS A REVOLUTION!!

    Erik Qualman is a well known social media advocate and leader in the field. He wrote a recently published book, Socialnomics and maintains his blog dedicated to social media.  I love that someone called him out on why he published a hardcopy book when he knows hardcopies will one day be a thing of the past.  His reply was simply that people still have landlines, use cd’s, and dial up… So many people still love a good hard copy, but yet more and more want it on their Kindle or their iPhone Kindle… Smart man.   Qualman made one of the best – if not the best- videos showing us the impact and importance of social media on the world.  


    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my passions and social media has officially become one of the front runners in my life.  I find myself reading about it, working with it, engaging in it, discussing it, promoting it, loving it and not being able to live without it.   I still get the people who say, for example, “I’m against Facebook” or “I don’t get Twitter”.  These people, well, I usually try to explain a bit of what they are missing.  I find it almost impossible not to because I can not fathom why someone would not want to utilize the greatest tools ever.   Eventually though, they all will join the revolution.  One by one, almost everyone is now on facebook.  I mean, that’s old news.  Now it’s all about so many other sites.  The power of social media is what grabs me consistently.

    I mean, if you are a business and you are not utilizing social media sites, it’s almost like you are living in the dark ages!   Think about how many more people you reach being in the online world versus good ol’ fashioned marketing and or pr.  If you ask me, social media is not only the wave of the future, but is right now and is here to stay.   And, if you don’t trust me alone, there is so much proof. 

    I mean, didn’t that socialnomics clip have enough stats?  Here are few to entice you!!   But you should really watch the clip!!

    1 out of every 8 couples married in the U.S. met through social media.

    Years to reach 50 million people– TV– 13 years, Radio- 38 years, Internet – 4 years.  But get this—  Facebook added 100 million users in less than 9 months!   

    Education- US Dept of Education revealed online students outperformed those receiving face to face instruction.

    1.5 million pieces of content- links, blogs, posts, photos, are shared on Facebook- DAILY!!!

    Fastest growing population on Facebook is women ages 55-65.

    There are over 200,000,000 blogs and 54% blog or tweet daily.

    80% of Twitter updates are done via mobile device- as Qualman says, imagine what that does for bad customer experiences (and or good).

    Hulu went from 63 million total streams in April ’08 to 373 million in April ’09.

    Here’s one that really gets me- 70% of 18-34 year olds have watched TV on the web while only 34% of them had ever watched a show on DVR/Tivo.  But, 25% of Americans in the past MONTH have watched a short video— ON THEIR PHONES!!!

    Truth is- we don’t search for the news anymore.  As Erik says, it finds us!!   He predicts that we will not search in the future for products and services, but they will find us- through social media!!  This is already happening to me!!!   It’s probably in your world too, you just have not thought about it this way — yet….

    Any if you don’t believe these stats or want the sources (you know who you are), go to the site and you will be able to see the sources firsthand.   Even traditional PR firms are now hiring full time social media experts.  

    Why social media–  START BY WATCHING THIS CLIP if you did not already. 

    I recently got in touch with Mr. Qualman and I am hoping to meet him one day and or work with him.   I can not wait to read his book and I am invigorated even promoting it here.  Again, I seem to do endless pr without getting paid… ahh passion!

    In recent social media news, check this out-

    Just today, a CBS newscaster started a social media driven challenge– to drive across country in 7 days with only his ID, $50.00 and his many gadgets that will enable him to use social media to win this challenge.   CBS put him to the test and he will use only his Twitter, his Qik, Skype, and his blog to get across country.  Awesome.   Click here to read more.  

    Even the Anne Frank House has decided to utilize social media through YouTube to post the only existing video footage of Anne Frank!  Awesome move!  No video footage of Anne Frank has ever been seen by the public until recently.   This move will expose an entirely new audience and or generation to the incredibly important story of the Anne Frank.  Already, and as of this instant, the clip has had 401,802 hits on YouTube.  Ah social media— Amazing.

      In the clip from July 22, 1941, Anne is seen in the 9 second mark watching her neighbors on their wedding day.   It is an extremely touching and bittersweet clip taken just a year before the Franks went into hiding from the Nazis.   I got the chills.   To watch it click here.    Simply amazing.     To read more about the above click here.

    According to the NYT Education section, even colleges and universities are using social media, blogging, to attract students.  MIT began posting student blogs on admissions homepage over five years and received tons of responses and feedback.  The interactivity and feedback on their homepage shows how much social media here has made an impact!   

    According to the New York Times, “Dozens of colleges — including Amherst, Bates, Carleton, Colby, Vassar, Wellesley and Yale — are embracing student blogs on their Web sites, seeing them as a powerful marketing tool for high school students, who these days are less interested in official messages and statistics than in first-hand narratives and direct interaction with current students”.    The full article is actually pretty amazing.  Click here to read it. 

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