Check out this video, which Time Out Chicago put together with Bayless for its recent Eat Out Awards. In it, the celebrity chef pokes fun at things like his use of Twitter, his post-Top Chef Masters zealous fan following, his geeky passion for exotic Mexican produce, and his remarkably agreeable nature. But he departs from that last quality with an unforeseen mean streak at 1:50, making for the best Rick moment of all time. See the video, after the jump.
I've always believed that cooking employs all five senses, yet I'm still blown away that this determined young woman can handle the flames, the chaos, the general danger of cooking in a restaurant kitchen. I'm also touched by Trotter's offer. Watch the video and share your thoughts after the break.
- Martha Stewart likes her In-N-Out animal style. — Eat Me Daily
- A conversation with the editor of Saveur. — Eater
- The top 10 Jersey Shore foods.— Endless Simmer
- Learn how to make grenadine with fresh pomegranates. — The Paupered Chef
- When basil is not in season, try pesto with kale. — The Epi-Log
- Celebrate Hanukkah with homemade gelt. — Serious Eats
- Is LA invading Chicago? — Grub Street Chicago
- What to do with children who are picky eaters.— Chow
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- Leighton Meester's music video with Robin Thicke involves a lot of writhing — E! Online
- The team behind the movie Se7en is reuniting for a new film — Cinematical
- Eminem, aka Slim Shady, takes on a horror 3D film appropriately titled Shady Talez. — MTV Movies Blog
- Harriet the Spy is getting made into a TV movie for Disney, but this time, she blogs — TV.com
- Here's what (500) Days of Summer would've looked like without a script — Movieline
- Demi Moore promotes two new movies in December's W magazine — PopSugar
- Ashlee Simpson may be coming to Broadway as Roxie in Chicago — Zap2it
- The 20 worst cover songs ever — EW
Rather than oh-so-predictable bacon vodka and bacon chocolate, Rick Gresh, the chef at David Burke's Primehouse in Chicago, is serving guests bacon candles. The votives are made of rendered bacon fat and a vegetable-based wick, and as they melt, are poured over dry-aged steaks and rare scallops to impart a rich, smoked aroma.
What do you think of the newfangled idea? Does it hold a light to this year's other bacon innovations?
There's a serious teen pregnancy crisis at Robeson High School in Chicago. Out of 800 female students, 115 are either pregnant or already moms. That's about one out of seven girls. School officials say a number of factors are to blame. When discussing the problem, the principal pointed to issues at home, such as absent fathers or financial trouble. He said: "It can be a lot of things that are happening in the home or not happening in the home."
The school hopes that setting up a day care center will help mothers graduate. Since this is such a widespread problem at Robeson, perhaps it's time the school steps up its prevention efforts by figuring out how it can better address sex education and help these girls think more critically about their futures. Maybe they should try that program in North Carolina that contributes $1 to a girl's college scholarship fund for every day she remains not-pregnant.
- Michelle Obama promises "take no prisoners" when she and Barack go to Denmark Thursday with hopes of nabbing the 2016 Olympics for Chicago. — CNN
- The US plans to economically isolate Iran if the country does not allow international inspectors in to examine its nuclear program. — Washington Post
- At least 240 people have died in the Philippines as a result of severe flooding. — Wall Street Journal
- An overreach by Roman Polanski's lawyer may have been behind the director's arrest. — NY Daily News
- Predictably, abortion is complicating the healthcare debate. — New York Times
- Things are looking good for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after she won re-election over the weekend. — New York Times
Now when I'm on vacation, I'm often too busy relaxing to find a lil something to buy for my pooch, but I don't think I could have walked by this spot. My pal's in Chicago this week — he snapped this photo, and asked if North needed anything. Does he?! Lucky dog . . . but I said no.
Moving from the bizarre to the blatant, McKinzie is also accused of racking up $400,000 in personal expenses and setting up a $4,000 a month pension for herself for after she leaves office.
McKinzie denies the allegations, saying: "The malicious allegations leveled against AKA by former leaders are based on mischaracterizations and fabrications not befitting our ideals of sisterhood, ethics and service."
If the allegations are true, perhaps McKinzie thought she had to live up to the lifestyle enjoyed by some of the sorority's famous alumnae. That list includes: Alicia Keys, Jada Pinkett Smith, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, Gladys Knight, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King.
When you are through celebrating the bright lights of New York, head to the Midwest to give your children a taste of Chicago. The Windy City, which isn't really as breezy as kids might think, offers a scaled down version of big city living with its own unique flavors and sights.
- The newly reopened Shedd Aquarium is one of the hottest destinations for Chicago-bound kids with its up close and personal looks at beluga whales, sea otters and sharks. Try visiting a local aquarium to get an aquatic animal experience. The Shedd's Polar Playzone allows kids to dress up like penguins and practice waddling around with an "egg" between their legs, sliding down ramps and experiencing life in a freezing atmosphere.
- The Crown Fountain at Millennium Park is a big attraction for tots with its 50 foot towers bookending a reflecting pool of water and its video images that spout out water at unexpected times. Recreate the fun water experience with a backyard sprinkler that the kids can run through to cool off on a hot day.
- Fill the kids up on local specialties like deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs. Gino's East may make the perfect deep-dish pie in their restaurant, but instead of having it flown in, get your family to create your own perfect cornmeal-crusted deep-dish creation. Chicago-style hot dogs are known for their heaping piles of toppings like mustard, onions, relish, pickles and celery salt, so have the tots race to see who can build the tallest frankfurter.
- Navy Pier has become a giant amusement park for kids, complete with its own 150-foot tall ferris wheel. Recreate the ferris wheel with markers and scissors with these unique instructions.
- The new SkyDeck at the Sear's Tower allows visitors to stand 1,353 above the city and look through a Plexiglas floor at the busy streets below. The experience can be easily recreated by placing tots on steps or a deck overlooking their toy cars and trucks on the ground below. See if they can identify the colors and models of the toys from such a height.
- Finish off the day with some movies that showcase the Second City in all of its glory, like Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone and Uncle Buck while serving one of Michigan Avenue's famed treats – caramel corn.