| May 10, 2012
| 7:16 AM
Ramblings and a semi-rant of a Theme Park Ranger:
•I can't get over the outpouring of love for Orange Bird, the cartoon character that returned to Magic Kingdom last month. Some Disney fans have been jubilant ever since.
His appeal could be...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 7:06 AM
From a safe distance at Disney's Animal Kingdom, I watched a momma and her three cubs snack on something fowl. They tore into the meat, chewing down to the bone, maneuvering around cartilage to get at every morsel.
Nearby, the poppa removed the skin from...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 5:02 PM
The acerbically eloquent Anthony Bourdain partners with friend and culinary colleague Eric Ripert for a "Good vs. Evil" speaking engagement at The Bushnell May 3, 2013.
Tickets go on sale Friday, August 17, but you can grab them early (use the presale...
| Apr 20, 2012
| 6:38 AM
Rapper-turned-actor T.I. – who will guest star on the second season of the Chicago-based Starz series “Boss” – had lunch at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North Thursday.
T.I. sat at the V.I.P. table at Harry...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 7:50 AM
Think of Skylar Grey’s performance Saturday in Paris Club’s upstairs lounge, Studio Paris, as a sign of things to come this summer.
Studio Paris — which features a retractable roof and has hosted performances by Jennifer Hudson, Cee...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 2:36 PM
A report from the Eastern Shore puts the northern snakehead — that slithery, toothy Frankenfish introduced to Central Maryland by some ecological saboteur a decade ago — in Marshyhope Creek, suggesting that the invasive species has moved...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 3:57 PM
When Anthony Bourdain was in town last summer taping a Chicago-themed episode of his Travel Channel show “The Layover,” he asked various people, including me, to name the quintessential Chicagoan, and a consensus quickly emerged.
| Jun 20, 2013
| 2:09 PM
It's been a good week for Connecticut on the burger front.
Two of the state's most noteworthy burgers made it to The Daily Meal's 40 Best Burgers in America list, announced Wednesday. Taking honors were the hyper-regional steamed cheeseburger at Ted's...
| May 19, 2013
| 4:35 PM
If you watched this past Saturday's season finale of "SNL," one headline on the "Weekend Update" segment (with returning special guest Amy Poehler) may have caught your attention.
"A sushi chef in Connecticut is planning to use cicadas this summer in...
| May 3, 2013
| 7:51 PM
The title of the show, "Good vs. Evil," seemed fitting enough. TV personality, author and former chef Anthony Bourdain is known for his biting, caustic and often profane wit; French chef and culinary star Eric Ripert is stylish and urbane with a...
| Apr 27, 2013
Used to watch that terrific show "Twin Peaks," and I remember the Kyle MacLachlan character saying we should all treat ourselves to a little something — or someone — every day.
In his case, it was a nice piece of pie.
In my case, it's a...