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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 10:51 am 
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Boris, I was thinking about ya yesterday as I was sitting in Shorewood, IL. having a Portillos Italian Beef and Cheddar on a croissant. Had to top it off with a chocolate cake shake, OMG :hungry: It was fantastic.



that does sound fantastic

every time I go back to visit friends and family, my first stop is White Castle, and then I eat them in the car on the way to my daughter's house ... then the first actual restaurant trip is to Portillos, a short drive from my daughter's house

after that, I'm up for anything food wise the rest of the trip ... just have to get my White Castle and Italian Beef fix first

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 11:27 am 
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We make runs to Chicago, Shriners Hospital for my daughter, and cannot get away without pizza or Italian Beef. Since we were there about 8 weeks ago and had Giordanos, Portillos it was.


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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 11:35 am 
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Otis Day wrote:
We make runs to Chicago, Shriners Hospital for my daughter, and cannot get away without pizza or Italian Beef. Since we were there about 8 weeks ago and had Giordanos, Portillos it was.



there are some really crappy deep dish pizza places on the east coast ... most have no idea what an actual deep dish pizza is ... so they serve up an extra thick crust with a normal layer of pizza toppings, meaning you are basically eating a loaf of bread with some pizza toppings

even the east coast Uno places don't do it right ... jerks

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 11:54 am 
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For what it's worth, I've had Portillos shipped from Chicago to here in Dallas. It's not "exactly" the same, but it's pretty damn close.


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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 12:05 pm 
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For what it's worth, I've had Portillos shipped from Chicago to here in Dallas. It's not "exactly" the same, but it's pretty damn close.



oh I do that all the time ... my gift to myself every so often when I feel the urge

I was happy a couple years ago to see actual chicago style giardiniera pop up in grocery stores ... haven't managed to convert any of the local sub shops to having chicago italian beef on the menu though ... it wouldn't be that hard if they had the interest ... the main component is the magical gravy/au jus, which is much different than any of the au jus dipping sauces you get with roast beef subs they sell

I have successfully used left over Portillos au jus with regular local bought shaved roast beef ... and it works, which extends the life of my Portillos gift

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 7:22 pm 
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wab wrote:
For what it's worth, I've had Portillos shipped from Chicago to here in Dallas. It's not "exactly" the same, but it's pretty damn close.

I've wanted to have this tried with salt lick BBQ from texas. Too scared it'll come nowhere near as good as in the restaurant

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:35 pm 
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That 'S' Thing Everyone Drew in School, WHAT IS IT?

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it kind of looks familiar to me but I don't recall it being all overt he place as the author of the article implies

and to be honest, when I look at it now it resembles the S at the beginning of a Chicago Biker gang from the 70's ... the Satan somethings ... violent bunch

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:36 am 
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It's just easy to draw and I'm sure lots of people are just copying it. Most are probably just some kid named Sam who found a can of spray paint and lives close to a train yard!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:42 am 
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The diamond-S is one of those things that is easy to draw, but it also is, in its own odd simple way, a great method of demonstrating artistic creation. Some people who have never looked at themselves as capable of creating something unique or don't understand concepts behind seeing multiple layers to shape, form, space, and visual thinking might draw this and it could open the floodgates.

I know that's kind of an exaggeration perhaps, but it's these little things kids idly doodle in their notebooks that maybe makes some child or teenager interested in something enriching that would otherwise just kind of ignore that whole section of their brain.

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My wife is an elementary art teacher and she would love what you just said. I have an undergrad degree in sculpture and art history and I love what you said, I love looking at the side of trains when they go by because every 3rd or 4th car has something graffitied on it that is more than just graffiti, it's something that someone really worked on. You are e exactly right too, it was something simple that gave me the confidence to move on to try harder and more complicated stuff. The degree isn't worth shit but the creativity and drive I got out of it has helped me a ton, even as a medical scientist, as weird as that might sound.


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