Food-beverage-dining reporter @CrainsChicago. Formerly @chicagotribune, @dailypress. Father of two; beer and baseball lover; Minnesotan turned Oak Parker.

Restaurateurs: We won't let Wicker Park become Wrigleyville

McDonald's inks lease for new digital digs in River North

The downtown restaurant openings you need to know about

The Parsis are about 25% South Asian genetically — In the comments below I made the comment that the Parsi people of India, who reputedly arrived in India ~1000 years ago from Iran, are about 25 percent South Asian. By this, I mean that their ancestry is about 75 percent Iranian (presumably Persian), with 25 percent admixture from South Asian populations amongst whom they [...]

The Houthi are the most like Sunnis of the Shia — The New York Times has a piece within the title Experts See Signs of Moderation Despite Houthis' Harsh Slogans. It mulls over the fact that the Houthi rebels, who are rapidly becoming the establishment, brandish anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans, and are clearly getting Iranian money.

Open Thread, 1/25/2015 — My intention was to read Ian Morris' War! What Is It Good For?, but I've decided on Jonathan Spence's Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi. I've had this book for about seven years, and haven't gotten to it, but now is a good time since I'll be tackling Marcus Aurelius: A Life, and Meditations.

Cheap gas drives up McDonald's sales, but rough road's ahead

Cheap gas drives up McDonald's sales, but road ahead not smooth

Coming to a Whole Foods near you: in-store bars and restaurants

Recombination also evolves - The Unz Review — I'm someone who until a few years ago thought of recombination as a pretty boring and static evolutionary genetic parameter. Then I went to a talk by John Novembre which reported on variation between human populations in patterns of recombination (in particular, differences in "hotspots").
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Jan 28, 2015

"We're digging in our heels and saying we're not allowing our neighborhood to become another Wrigleyville.”…

Jan 28, 2015

@feedmecupcakes @murphPPress Not talking about Lynch. I found his little snit a bit funny. But the NFL should still fine him. Part of job.

Jan 28, 2015

.@McDonalds signs lease in River North, will begin moving workers as soon as next month:

Jan 28, 2015

RT @mentorBKB: Honored to announce #TeamUSA placed 2nd #2015 @BocusedOr breaking a record for the US in the competition’s history!

Jan 28, 2015

Fascinating: Blind chef and Charlie Trotter alum opens Lincoln Park restaurant

Jan 28, 2015

@annweiler @DNAinfoCHI @kittykurth @KevinLampe which means your sources may have waited in that line, destroying credibility. :)

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