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A Death Defying Walk

October 30, 2014 5:57 pm

Starting this evening at 6p, there will be some definite traffic jams trying to cross the river. Crews will begin setting up for a tightrope walker named Nik Wallenda. On Sunday at 6p, this man will be walking more than two city blocks, on a rope, with no harness or net, 50 stories high across the Chicago River.

For those of you whom would like to go see this spectacle first hand, the city has set up viewing areas on the South side of the river on Wacker Drive from Clark to Dearborn as well as on Wacker Drive from Wabash to State.

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Find Cheese, Wine, and Pork at The Purple Pig in Chicago

October 22, 2014 11:02 am

For a classy night of cheese, swine, and wine, visit the Purple Pig in Chicago. Located right along the Magnificent Mile, this pork-heavy eatery is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of shopping.

Start your meal with a choice of antipasti, like the delicious pork fried almonds with rosemary and garlic, or the charred cauliflower with toasted breadcrumbs, cornichons, and parsley. The Purple Pig offers an extensive list of cured meats, ranging from jamon serrano and chorizo to lomo and lingua agrodolce. Pair the meat of your choice with one of their delectable "smears," like the whipped feta with cucumber, or the pork neck bone gravy with ricotta. For you entrée, try something adventurous, like the pork sweetbreads with apricot, or the pan fried skate wing with beets and turnips.

The Purple Pig is a go to Chicago hotspot for all things pork. Visit its website to find out more.

The Purple Pig
500 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 464-1-PIG
www.thepurplepigchicago.com
www.yelp.com/biz/the-purple-pig-chicago

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Chew on These Fascinating Facts About Flavors and Taste

October 16, 2014 12:02 pm

Your friend loves blue cheese, but you can't stomach the taste of it. Ever wonder why flavors appeal to some but not others? It all has to do with taste, and there's a complex science behind it. Read on to find some fascinating facts about taste and flavor:

1) We can process up to five different types of flavors: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and savoriness, which is called umami. All of the taste cells on our tongue can detect every flavor, contrary to popular belief. Other senses, such as smell, taste, and sight, also play a part in taste. Have you ever seen someone hold their nose to finish eating an item they find particularly disgusting? This actually isn't a bad idea. While our tongue can determine if something is sweet, it cannot determine the flavor. (Try the jelly bean experiment to see what we mean!)

2) Genetics and upbringing play a role in taste. Some people have a heightened concentration of taste receptors, which can cause certain foods to seem more flavorful (or unpleasant!) to them than to other people. Taste preferences are largely determined by what foods you ate when growing up, as well. Not only will you become accustomed to Mom or Dad's cooking, you'll develop a nostalgic feeling for the food as an adult, which makes the food seem even more appetizing.

3) You can train yourself to like a certain food. Repeat exposure to a certain food might help you dislike it less. If, for example, you hate tomatoes but continue to force yourself to eat them, after a while it won't become such an unpleasant experience. However, if you really don't like a certain food, it might just be hardwired into your genetic code!

How Taste Works [HowStuffWorks]
The Science of Taste [KitchenGeekery]
7 Factors That Change Your Sense Of Taste [Popular Science]
The Science Behind Taste [Linden High School Spanish Club]

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