A new old audiophile manifesto or How I stopped worrying about equipment and learnt to love listening to music again.

London’s gotten very posh since the last time I was here. It’s weird. Not bad posh just all nice and polished.

'round these here parts (Rochester NY region) the older generation drank either, or both, Genesee and Utica Club beers. I still remember when my cousin Mark and I got into the cooler in my Uncle's garage during one of my Uncle's epic clam bakes and swiped a "Genny" beer. We were about 12 I think. We hid on the side away from the party that was happening by his in ground pool area and proceeded to taste the nasty stuff - just when my father busted us.

I got my ass beat in front of the entire family. Not a very pleasant experience that left me wanting to try more beer.
I know Utica. When I lived in Ithaca, I was drinking Leinenkugel's. Not very great, really but I was a college student.
 
New York style pizza
On that note, the only people I see in Chicago eating deep-dish pizza are tourists and the local college students when their parents are in town, as we have a Giordano's nearby. Mostly it's moved onto thinner-crust wood-oven fired pizzas and/or a slightly less lasagna-like but much better tasting variety of pan pizza.

It was similar in London. The only people I saw eating fish 'n chips were tourists by The Tower of London.
 
On that note, the only people I see in Chicago eating deep-dish pizza are tourists and the local college students when their parents are in town, as we have a Giordano's nearby. Mostly it's moved onto thinner-crust wood-oven fired pizzas and/or a slightly less lasagna-like but much better tasting variety of pan pizza.

It was similar in London. The only people I saw eating fish 'n chips were tourists by The Tower of London.

Living in the Chicago area for many years, I often had out-of-town guests visit and they would ask for deep-dish pizza. I would always take them to Lou Malnati's in Naperville or Giordano's downtown. In almost every case, these family friends loved, loved that pizza.

I would like it too, but only once or twice a year. I always ordered thin crust in every other opportunity. The deep dish is way too much carbs and butter and sauce.
 
Living in the Chicago area for many years, I often had out-of-town guests visit and they would ask for deep-dish pizza. I would always take them to Lou Malnati's in Naperville or Giordano's downtown. In almost every case, these family friends loved, loved that pizza.

I would like it too, but only once or twice a year. I always ordered thin crust in every other opportunity. The deep dish is way too much carbs and butter and sauce.
I prefer Lou Malnati's to Giordano's...though when I lived downtown I would entertain out of town friends at Giordano's as it was a block away. But of the downtown chicago-style pizzas, the one I really like is Pizzaria Uno. It's not quite as thick. Also "Art of Pizza" in Lakeview is delicious but, like you, I'm kind of down to once a year for that kind of pizza. We have a really good Detroit style pizza place in Evanston and since I lived there for 5 years I figure I'm entitled to like it.
 
I prefer Lou Malnati's to Giordano's...though when I lived downtown I would entertain out of town friends at Giordano's as it was a block away. But of the downtown chicago-style pizzas, the one I really like is Pizzaria Uno. It's not quite as thick. Also "Art of Pizza" in Lakeview is delicious but, like you, I'm kind of down to once a year for that kind of pizza. We have a really good Detroit style pizza place in Evanston and since I lived there for 5 years I figure I'm entitled to like it.

Right, Lou Malnati's crust has a ton of butter, it just tastes crazy good. Their sausage is good too.
 
Right, Lou Malnati's crust has a ton of butter, it just tastes crazy good. Their sausage is good too.
I haven't had Art of Pizza in awhile but it routinely wins best-pizza polls. The crust there really holds up, perfectly crispy while still being doughy, not too hard or chewy and the sauce is SO GOOD. It's the one really thick pizza that I think really lives up to the hype.

Some random person's photo of their pizza:

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(somewhat related)

I recently discovered the deliciousness of grilled polenta. We use it all the time now as a side dish with grilled fish, chicken or steak (with a grilled veggie like asparagus). Good stuff.
I had some in Milan as an app to a 5 course meal fueled by lots of grappa and wine. It's good.
 
Are you currently having sushi or just wanting to get us back to the most important topic?

No sushi for me today. My wife and I made 'three sisters stew" with corn, beans and squash (and onions and chicken and various spices). She lives on it, and therefor I live on it.
 
We've gotten a couple of tranches of poblano peppers from our fall CSA. Mrs H. has a bitchen recipe for poblano with hominy that we've enjoyed several times the past few weeks.

Further: this time of year, we're fortunate enough to be able to have many locavoric meals -- our own stuff (now down to mostly root vegetables and peppers) and stuff from the CSA at Edgewater Farm
Local meats are readily available too.
 
Not to change the subject, but I'm having a delightful curry cauliflower soup. Felt like I had a touch of a cold coming on, so it seemed like a good options. It's more on the Thai curry then Indian curry side.
That’s good stuff. I find Tom Yum and similar spicy Thai soups great for colds. Also a Thai red curry with even more chili paste thrown in.
 
As a Chicago immigrant from Wisconsin, I loved Giodarno's. Working at Nortwestern's Downtown campus, we used to go to lunch at Giordarno's on Rush Street for stuffed spinach pizzas. And later at NU Carmen's was the spot. But it didn't take me long to see that the deep dish pizzas were pretty much a tourist favorite and not what most locals ate.

That being said, my 3 years in Chicago were wonderful; I tell folks all the time "Chicago. Any kind of music, any kind of food, any time of day"

But I'd get a hot dog; I love them puppies and no one does them like Chicago. They kill Detroit's Coney dogs.
 
As a Chicago immigrant from Wisconsin, I loved Giodarno's. Working at Nortwestern's Downtown campus, we used to go to lunch at Giordarno's on Rush Street for stuffed spinach pizzas. And later at NU Carmen's was the spot. But it didn't take me long to see that the deep dish pizzas were pretty much a tourist favorite and not what most locals ate.

That being said, my 3 years in Chicago were wonderful; I tell folks all the time "Chicago. Any kind of music, any kind of food, any time of day"

But I'd get a hot dog; I love them puppies and no one does them like Chicago. They kill Detroit's Coney dogs.
I did the Coney Dog in Detroit one time, I think PM you were there? It was pretty disgusting to be totally honest. I prefer the Chicago Dog to another other hotdog around. Detroit Pizza could go either way, though. It was often chewy with too much crust, really more a loaf of bread, but occasionally it was fantastic. I was never a fan of thin, foldable, NYC pizza. Just grease on a yellow piece of paper.
 
I did the Coney Dog in Detroit one time, I think PM you were there? It was pretty disgusting to be totally honest. I prefer the Chicago Dog to another other hotdog around. Detroit Pizza could go either way, though. It was often chewy with too much crust, really more a loaf of bread, but occasionally it was fantastic. I was never a fan of thin, foldable, NYC pizza. Just grease on a yellow piece of paper.
You must be talking about the 1$ pizza in NYC. I ate that as a poor college student. When I lived there with a job, they had a lot of great Italian style, wood fired options.
 
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