The European Union has begun grilling cheese-makers in the U.S. to alter their naming practices. Seeking to separate some curds from whey, 180 cheeses have been strung together under Europe’s “protected designation of origin” label. NPR and Slate have more coverage on what some States-side see as grating restrictions.  

Mike

This nice weather these last couple days has got us all feelin’ a little crazy. 

That said, the first 10 people to order City Dining Cards and Drink Deck Combo Packs from our website will receive a $20-$25 gift certificate to either Brodo, LagerHaus 95, Laughlins or Root Five Waterfront.

Enter code ALMOSTSPRING at checkout to receive your gift certificate. Code must be used towards the purchase of a City Dining Cards and Drink Deck Combo Pack.

www.citydiningcards.com

This nice weather these last couple days has got us all feelin’ a little crazy.

That said, the first 10 people to order City Dining Cards and Drink Deck Combo Packs from our website will receive a $20-$25 gift certificate to either Brodo, LagerHaus 95, Laughlins or Root Five Waterfront.

Enter code ALMOSTSPRING at checkout to receive your gift certificate. Code must be used towards the purchase of a City Dining Cards and Drink Deck Combo Pack.

www.citydiningcards.com

Detroit

Wednesday night, a pop up video restaurant (I couldn’t resist) will serve a special menu based entirely off Radiohead’s masterpiece, Kid A.  Much like the rock meets jazz meets 22nd century album, the ten courses feature food combinations our mouths and minds have yet to realize they desired. 

The chef, Kyle Hanley, certainly put everything in its right plate. 

- Mike

Source: Pitchfork

Made up holidays tend to have made up traditions that follow. With Valentine’s / Singles Awareness Day / February 14th upon us again many people will undoubtedly end up eating some sushi and catching a flick.

Perhaps I’ve completely fabricated the popularity of this combination, but nonetheless, I’ll use it to draw some attention to one of my favorite food films, Jiro Dreams of Sushi. 

This documentary of the most celebrated sushi restaurant and chef of all time is a riveting look into the man and 13 seat eatery that arguably started the international sushi craze. It also serves as a poignant reminder that love and passion aren’t only reserved for one day of the year, but are essential to a fulfilling and rewarding existence. A true feast for the eyes! 

Jiro is available for streaming on Netflix.

-Mike 

clubhaus:

After a busy holiday season, we’re hard at work developing this year’s City Dining Cards products.

While we can’t give away any hints, some preliminary research led us to the “Holy Grail” of cards: the T-206 “Gretzky” Honus Wagner (choir of angels harmonizes).

Between 1909 and 1911, every pack of cigarettes made by the American Tobacco Company included a baseball card which made up the T-206 White Border set. There are 524 different cards in the collection, all of which are absolutely gorgeous, including the most famous item in sports cards collectables.

All kinds of controversy surrounds the T-206 Honus Wagner card. Experts believe only 50 or 60 still exist, while other cards in the series have numbers in the tens-of-thousands.

Check out the video for more information on the history of the “Gretzky” Honus Wagner card, the federal investigation its involved in, and the prices its fetched over the years. Some interesting things have surfaced since the ESPN short above first aired in February 2013.

We expect to generate a similar amount of hype over this year’s City Dining Cards. Stay tuned!

- PS

* Thanks to Mike from CDC for the tip on the video.

Video: ESPN

Image of Honus Wagner card: AP/Huffington Post

Image of set: Marcissimus

Cronut, shmonut!
Thanks to two Chicago chefs the doughnut and biscuit have been biblically united.
Not to be outdone, we’re developing some more pastry pairs:
Strudough = Strudel + doughnut: Phyllo stuffed with a jelly filled doughnut and baked. 
Cruffin = Cruller + Muffin: A powered / glazed muffin twisted and fried. 
Baklaffle = Baklava + Waffle: Insert baklava layers into a waffle iron douse in syrup. 
Scuff = Scone + Cream Puff: Fill a scone with preferred cream, bake and cover in chocolate. 
Your daily caloric intake will thank me later. 
-Mike 

Cronut, shmonut!

Thanks to two Chicago chefs the doughnut and biscuit have been biblically united.

Not to be outdone, we’re developing some more pastry pairs:

Strudough = Strudel + doughnut: Phyllo stuffed with a jelly filled doughnut and baked. 

Cruffin = Cruller + Muffin: A powered / glazed muffin twisted and fried. 

Baklaffle = Baklava + Waffle: Insert baklava layers into a waffle iron douse in syrup. 

Scuff = Scone + Cream Puff: Fill a scone with preferred cream, bake and cover in chocolate. 

Your daily caloric intake will thank me later. 

-Mike