David Hammond, a corporate communications consultant and food journalist living in Oak Park, Illinois, is a founder and moderator of LTHForum.com, the 8,500 member Chicago-based culinary chat site. David is a regular contributor of restaurant reviews and food-related articles for Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, TimeOut Chicago, Local Beet, and Chicago Reader, which published his seven-part guide to regional Mexican food in the city. He has also contributed food writing to blogs such as the Local Beet and Grubstreet Chicago. With his friend Michael Gebert (creator of Sky Full of Bacon video podcasts), he hosted a cable documentary on Hispanic chow at Chicago's Maxwell Street Market,and has just completed working on a video about Taste of Melrose Park. A returning guest on WLS and WGN AM radio, David produces the "Soundbites" series on the James Beard-nominated Eight Forty-Eight (Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ, 91.5FM); these radio pieces examine how Chicago chefs use sound in their kitchens; listen here: http://tiny.cc/QpCTA. David was featured on "Good Morning, America," "Chicago, Tonight," and Nippon TV when he developed recipes for preparing seasonal cicadas, which invaded Chicagoland during the spring of 2007. More information, including writing samples and bug-cooking videos, can be found at www.dchammond.com.
Carnivore opened late last summer, and we've been there a few times to pick up meat and fish. The boys at Carnivore now also offer lunch. Stopping in for a sandwich is a good way to sample their hand-crafted wurst.
Verao contains pineapple and fennel-infused Avuá Amburana Cachaça, Bittermen's citron sauvage grapefruit liqueur, lemon shrub and fennel frond ice cube. This is a very well-balanced cocktail, with some sweetness, but also some bitterness and tartness. It's also a suitable salute to the Olympics.
Many hunters say they love the natural world, and there are few better ways to admire it than from a balloon floating over areas that are largely inaccessible by any other means. Sport killing, seeking entertainment and taking joy in slaying the creatures of the world, would be a repulsive thought to the Anasazi, as it is to me and I believe to Lee. And I can see how, as an enthusiastic admirer of the natural world, Lee thought it was better to put down his rifle and go up in his balloon.