Pitchfork, Knife and Spoon

Summer festivals in Chicago are a big deal. For three”ish” months, Chicagoans do everything in their power to forget the months where they can’t feel their fingers and drink themselves into a dehydrated stooper. I, of course enjoy the variety of food stalls, typically rented from local restaurants and food vendors. This past weekend, I sampled a variety of selections at Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park. First, let me say that it has been a long time since I have seen that many people with braces smoking cigarettes. These kind of music festivals attract a fun variety of people. Hipsters, teens, hipster teens, hippies, music buffs, R. Kelly groupies (if there is such a thing), babies and me.

Admittedly, I love R. Kelly’s music. I don’t love him. There is a difference. I even went to his concert years ago in Detroit and stuck out like a sore thumb. This time was no different. Somehow I ended up listening to the majority of his performance by myself, as my counterparts had ditched me for a more politically correct band. I can say with a thick certainty that had most of the R. Kelly fans turned around and watched me breaking it down to “Step in the Name of Love” by myself, they would have found me more entertaining than R. Kelly.

There was a point in my life when I actually thought I was a good dancer. In my childhood dance classes I thought I was constantly put in the back row because I was tall. Last year, at my niece’s dance recital, my brother assured me that was not the case.

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She must have a really good fake I.D.

Moving on to the important things. Overall, the food was pretty forgettable, with the exception of a delectable frozen key lime parfait from Bang Bang pie shop. I am a big key lime pie fan and my rule for a good key lime pie is it must be ice cold. Frozen is just brilliant. I also love the combination of the graham cracker crust with the tart filling and in a slice of key lime pie, I constantly feel the need for more crust. The layering of this was genius because the crust/filling ratio was perfect. I am looking into making my own version of this for a summer barbecue or for breakfast tomorrow.

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Winner winner, parfait dinner

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There were lots of vegan options available for the vegans. I felt bad eating some of the vegan food as I am an extreme carnivore, but it was in the name of research. I thought it might be fun to test my readers in this post. See if you can figure out which food is vegan and which food is not. Answers are at the bottom.

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“Cheese” “burger” with “onions” or “Ice cream” “cone”?

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“Chicken” “sandwich” or “Philly” “cheese” “steak”?

 

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Vegan: Ice cream and Philly cheese steak

Not vegan: Really?

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