Friday, August 25, 2006

What Is Wrong With US: Weekend Watch
Feeling ashamed of your sexuality? Want to fit in even if it makes you miserable? Then make your way to Vista Ridge Baptist Church in Carrollton, TX this weekend for an old fashioned Exodus event. And no, an Exodus event is not a festive and dramatic biblical re-enactment. It is a chance for former sausage suckers to claim that god has "restored" them and now they love boobies. Organizations, like Truth Wins Out, sponsor these events in order to "save" other gays. And lesbians. God hates them too...Or hates them more I can't remember.

I, woefully, will not be attending the event. As I will be having a lot gay sex. Someone send me a postcard with the inscription: Event Cancelled. Bigots go home to mind their own beeswax. Ex-gays are gay again and proud of who they are. Wish you were here.
Good Eats
A couple of months ago, I taped an upcoming episode of Check Please! People keep asking me when it is going to air. I have to be honest and say I have no idea. But one of the women that appears on the show with me gave me a suggestion for a great Persian restaurant in my neighborhood, Rogers Park. Last night, Steve and I went to Cafe Suron Restaurant. The B.Y.O. restaurant was everything and more than we expected.

The space, brightly colored and artfully decorated, is beautiful. And the food is stellar too.

We enjoyed two appetizers. First we tried the grilled quail which was tiny (it's a quail) but tasty. We also had the paneer, a delicious combo of Cherve goat cheese baked in a marinara sauce with fresh basil. Steve couldn't decide which entree to try. The warm and knowledgeable server brought Steve a sample of one dish before he decided to have the Eggplant Khoresh. I settled in with the pan-fried Hawaiian Tilapia, crusted with panko breadcrumbs, horseradish and basil. SO DELICIOUS!

Suron Cafe Restaurant gets my highest rating: 4 forks, a knife, and sopping biscuit.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Photo of the Day: Cat Bling

cat bling, originally uploaded by Uptempo Orpheus.

Have you heard about the dentist that upgraded his cat with gold crowns? **awkward silence** OK...

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Start Spreadin' Da News, Amigo! (Hot Sauce Not Included)

The weather in Chicago has been outstanding this past week. It is too bad that there are so many chores to do and little time to enjoy life in the CHI-city. I'm going to miss this place. I have spent the last twelve years getting used to calling a can of Coke a pop and eating tomatoes on my hot dogs.

I love this Chicago but my thoughts are of Los Angeles. I have always wanted to live in LA but for many reasons I never made the move. This will be my year.

I almost moved to New York two years ago but I knew it wasn't right for me just yet. First I have to go to Cali.

Please enjoy this awesome tribute to the awesome city I like to call NYC. While I may be stuck in the middle for now. And I am definitely California Dreamin'. Still, the couple in this video and the Big Apple both makes me smile.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Peasant of All Media
Move over Kathy Griffin there is new D-lister heading your way. I have always thought of myself as the most famous un-famous person in the world. Hardly a week goes by that I don't see my picture somewhere. It could be in a newspaper, magazine, on-line, a video, an online video, a movie, a postcard, or a brochure. Yet no one knows who the hell I am. It is been like this for me for a long time. I can't help it that I'm so fancy. In an effort to be cutting edge and progressive I am appearing on one of the newest media sensations, a podcast.

Sunday I was a guest on We'll Be Right Back , a podcast hosted by the fabulous Ms. Ruby Streak. For nearly 30 years, Ruby has been a musical director at Second City. She has worked with everybody including Bonnie Hunt, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Mike Meyers, etc.

The thing that makes Ruby great is that her job requires that you don't notice her. She sits in the corner and makes the people on stage look good. She takes a laugh line and enhances it with texture and atmosphere. She is a true artist and I'm glad to know her. And If you will allow me to brag, I worked with her too.

It was a special honor to be on the show since I subscribe to the podcast and listen to it religiously. I also subscribe to Tim Gunn's Project Runway podcast, iO to Go Podcast, NPR's Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me podcast, Feast of Fools, and Gay Pimpin' with Johnny McGovern. But it is Ruby and her sideckick She and her sidekick Jarret that I love. Probably because I actually know them and they are good people in my book so I support them.

Listen to me on the podcast with Ruby. I am brutally honest and kind of funny. You can download it from the Second City website or on iTunes later today.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Come On Children Lets Sing
I had the best time last night at Steppenwolf Theatre. As part of their Traffic series they had a program called Blues/Hip-Hop Intersection. As you would imagine, the two hour show featured Blues and Hip-Hop artists performing separately and together. It was off the MoFo chain ya'll.

The headliner was Billy Branch with his incredible band Sons of Blues (S.O.B.s). They rocked the house with classic blues numbers and Mr. Branch's infectious personality, voice, and harp (that's a harmonica for you not familiar with blues terminology). He and co-host Sylvia Ewing paid tribute to the Blues greats including John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, and Johnny Cotton. Sidenote:I met Johnny Cotton when I was a child. He was Larry Allen's (my uncle by marriage) brother-in-law. Larry took my cousins and I to Johnny's house and I got to meet Matt "Guitar" Murphy. New school harp man Russ Green came along to show off his Blues chops too.

The Hip-Hop artists were no slouches. They included some old friends Kevin Coval and Ugochi; my new friend Avery R. Young; and some awesome artists that I don't personally know but want to know more about their music for sure. Acts like DJ Itch 13, DJ Butter, the BeatMonstas, Mae Koen, Idris Goodwin (brilliant). And I can't forget the great teen acts including FM Supreme and Sense.

The whole evening was a foot stompin', head bobbin', shoulders shimmyin' good time.

Sunday, August 06, 2006


This is the first half of a short video I filmed last month. I hope you enjoy it. The second half can be found here.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Fruit Comfort

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Originally uploaded by mylilpip.
Goddamn! It is hot...So I thought I would share one of my favorite new summer drinks. Aqua Fresca di Frutta or I just call it Watermelon Juice. I like to serve this drink on ice with a salt(or sugar) rimmed glass. The texture is similar to tomato juice but this is sweet and delicious. The recipe calls for 2 to 3 limes. I would use 3. The tartness adds another layer to the drink. I also make a simple syrup with the water and sugar. Just put the water in a pot with the sugar. Heat at a medium-low temperature until the sugar melts. Allow the syrup to cool and BAM! no sugar granules at the bottom of your drink. If you like, add a splash of vodka, gin, or rum. If you do, remember that the booze will not help you beat the heat and might make you feel worse.

Make this and enjoy as a sipping beverage or a mid-afternoon treat. OMG! I really am a desperate housewife.