What, No Chocolate?!?

chocolate

I’m addicted. Always have been, always will be: I think “chocolate” may have been the first word that passed through my lips. [ Read More ]

You Get What You Pay For

Although I’m single, I’ve had several long relationships with Ziploc bags I rinse and reuse. You could say that in some circuitous way, my grandma has set me up for these questionable couplings. [ Read More ]

Watch Your Dining Ethics

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I spotted this sign in a restaurant: “If you wish to extinguish your cigarette on your plate, the waiter will gladly bring your food in an ashtray.” [ Read More ]

Weird Coffee [PODCAST]

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Diane tells a funny true story about her sister having a cup of coffee at a Shriners Club with her dad. Why does the coffee taste so weird?! [ Read More ]

Drive-Through Get-Together

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My wife, my daughter and I were invited to my brother’s home for Sunday dinner. It had been a rough week for me at work and I wanted to have a rest, so I kept telling them, “We’re not going to stay for very long.” [ Read More ]

Bad Day for Cola

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If you’ve seen the picture of the coffee spill by Jessica Ramirez, well I’ve got to say, I’ve experienced something worse. Driving home sure is fun when you’re sitting on cola. [ Read More ]

Share a Salad With a Stranger

I recently attended my friend Sandi’s short film screening on the lower west side. Before the screening started she invited me to go out to Patsy’s, a pizza place, for pizza and beer after the screening was over. “Who all is coming?” I asked. “A few friends.” She said. [ Read More ]

Pink Slime

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With school out for the summer, I try to keep my kids busy with various activities, e.g. craft mornings, $1 movies and the local pool. [ Read More ]

Buffet Style Eating

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When my children were younger, we decided to celebrate my daughter’s birthday by going to a restaurant on the North Side of Chicago. It was located in a hotel. [ Read More ]

You Could Ask For One Thing More

Dear Diary, Visited Philadelphia this weekend and had Sunday brunch at this restaurant.  Company was the best, food was great, portions were large, atmosphere was relaxing, service was nice, price was fair… but it really annoyed me that they told us to “Bring Your Own Blackberry.”  Hrrrumf. [ Read More ]