A while back a guy in my office emailled everyone in Chicago about some almost free Cubs tickets that were available. Many people in our office travel and have a Starwood Preferred Guest account and they were having a promo offering Cubs-Braves bleacher tickets for a prime “platinum” weekend game this past weekend. The face value of each ticket was $67 but if you used a few of your SPG points, you could get these tickets for about $1 each!. I jumped on it and got the max 4 tickets that I could get. I thought it would be fun to take my dad, since he’d never been to Wrigley Field, and maybe my brother and Amanda or one of the kids. My brother has been to the park twice (first time, second time), but the others haven’t. Anyway, my brother and his family were camping, so Paul and Kate came, but my dad was free so he got to go to Wrigley Field for the first time.
The bleachers were not too rowdy, like they can sometimes be, which was good. I also saw and visited with some other friends from work who hopped on the deal like I did – Chris, Charlie, Waleed. I heard Geoff was there too, but I didn’t see him. We drank a few Shock Top beers, ate a bunch of peanuts, had some hot dogs. The game had a lot of runs and was exciting, even though the Cubs lost. Still a great time!
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This is one of the easiest, most basic “Christmas candy” recipes that exists. I’ve been making this since I was a kid, probably for more than 25 years! I haven’t made it lately, though and decided to revisit an old favorite.
All you do is melt some chocolate in a double boiler, or even easier, at 20-30 second intervals in the microwave. Then dump some salted peanuts in the chocolate. Stir to coat that peanuts. Then drop the peanuts onto waxed paper to dry. I like to make clumps of 3-7 peanuts. They’ll be 1-2 bite pieces. Not too big, not too small. I also like the peanuts to be coated, but not excessively. I don’t like to bite into a piece of candy and get mostly chocolate, in other words. I use a fork to scoop the peanuts out of the chocolate and to make sure not too much chocolate comes out, but you can use a spoon, if you wish. I think this is how we did it when we were little kids!
This is a very simple “recipe,” but always a crowd pleaser! Who can resist chocolate + peanuts? Also, I remember as a kid some people would make something like this but with raisins. EVIL! No bueno.
One last note, use good quality chocolate for this recipe. Since there are only two ingedients, there’s no masking cheapo chocolate. I melted down a mix of Ghirardelli semi-sweet and bittersweet chips.
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Sam at Monk’s, The Loop, Chicago
Last night Chicagoist got together to talk shop.. and also about vagitarians.
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