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White Barbecue Sauce

Ew. I escaped Birmingham at 23, and fortunately, neither in that time or during subsequent visits have I ever encountered white barbecue sauce (the name of which in itself says a mouthful). The south is full of "sauces" and extra fats that obliterate the flavor of what they're slathered over, and let's not get started on what it does to human health. And my father's homemade tomato-based barbecue sauce does not come in a bottle.

Aug 16, 2012
johnitis in Recipes

Chick-fil-A Is Conservative? So Are a Lot of Other Restaurants

You chill the hell out. Go eat at Chick-Fil-A if you want to support James Dobson and his Focus on the Family, and other bigoted fundie hate groups. This is much bigger than the gay quest for normalization: think women's reproductive rights, for one. Many of us have been boycotting Cathy and his palace of shit for a long time. Your silly, short-sighted attempt to rationalize the situation proves that many gays truly are selfishly vapid, and have no interest in anything unless it singly effects them.

Jul 28, 2012
johnitis in Features

Stop Bashing Paula Deen

Woof! You took Bourdain way out of context. His visit to a "temple" was once-in-a-lifetime, artery-clogging, diabetes-inducing concoctions is Deen's life. He is absolutely correct: what Deen has done is "in bad taste, if nothing else."

Jan 20, 2012
johnitis in Features

Why Do So Many Foodies Hate Whole Foods?

I thought being a foodie meant that you shopped local? Even if the CEO wasn't a massive jerk, there are far better options in Chicago than WF. The Lincoln Park store is an abomination, full of pretentious drunks dragging baskets behind them with one hand, and with beers in the other, trying to get to a table so they can play with their iPads. TJ's is stroller central, with mothers teaching their progeny important lessons in rudeness. Chicago is full of small, reasonably priced mom and pops. I can drive in a straight line to an organic produce store, a butcher who knows my name and gives me occasional extra discounts out of appreciation, a great wine shop, and a couple of small markets where I buy staples. And I get to keep most of my paycheck.

Nov 10, 2011
johnitis in Features