Hi all,

I’m in Chicago for a few days visiting a friend of mine from school. Chicago is LOVELY, as I’m sure you all know, but also an interesting place in terms of food…

Did you know that the McDonald’s Corporation Headquarters are in Oak Brook, IL? Oh, yes. We drove past Hamburger University yesterday and, as much as I hate to admit it, the campus looked beautiful (apparently people even have weddings there!). There were also 2 REALLY spiffy looking McD’s – 2 floors, with chandeliers, and upholstered booths, and one of them even has the employees serve you at your table. Classy McD’s? Of course, the menu is the same greasy faire but you should see it.

The second thing I wanted to tell you about was the cicadas, those nasty bugs that emerge out of the ground for their huge mating gathering every 17 years or so. Well, they are all over the place and it’s hard not to step on them. So what do you do with them? On a news segment last night, some Chicagoans decided to get creative with their cicadas and eat them – fried, as a crunchy salad topping, or even in their cocktails. Chocolate-covered cicadas? Probably. But seeing as one person described them as “not unpleasant,” I think I’ll stick with leaving them on the ground.

More to come…

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