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Chicago: Gene and Jude’s

  The nam e, Gene and Jude’s, gave me the impression of an upscale, bygone restaurant. It would have been dingy, and the waitstaff, impatient and arrogant. Steaks would be served on a silver platter. That’s why I am completely blindsided to learn that they are known for their hot dogs. Even with that information, […]

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Springfield, IL: D’arcy’s Pint

I did not grow up in the United States, and certainly not in the Midwest. I might not have gotten as much culture shock as the next foreigner, thanks to years of prep work by my parents. However, I still learn most of the intricate details in this American life from my college days in […]

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Bloomington, IL: Steak’n Shake [Short]

America has many regional burger chains. Five guys and Shake Shack used to be an East Coast thing. In-n-out is still primarily West Coast. In the Midwest, there is Steak’n Shake (and Culver’s). Unfortunately, I was never really a big fan of these chains. If I wanted burgers, I would have went to another local […]

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Champaign, IL: Jarling’s [Short]

My parents used to tell me of this ice cream shop that only opened during the summer. That’s not true on 2 accounts – they sell custards, and only closes for winter. But that’s besides the point, because this place is famous among the people of central Illinois, so much so that my parents who […]

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Mattoon, IL: Burger King [Short]

The first rule of business – if someone has a great product, copy it. That’s what most businesses did back in early 20th century. Similar products, similar brand name. To protect those who come up with the idea, we introduced copyrights and trademarks. Now, I do not know if that’s good for society and mankind […]

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Throwback Thursday. Me against my very first marathon.

Even though it does not feel like it happened yesterday, it certainly does not feel that it was almost a business finished 4 years ago. Throwback Thursdays is kind of a thing now, and I decided to go all the way back – back to my first ever marathon. I wrote some of these in the “Note […]