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Hair of the Dog

  Hair of the Dog is such a strange expression. If you have ever wondered where the expression came from, I am sure you are not alone. It comes from a seemingly nonsensical English method of treating ...

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Coffee and Cooking

Did you know that 64% of American adults currently consume coffee every day? And that Americans drink about 400 million cups of coffee every day, which is roughly about 146 billion cups of coffee per ...

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Do You Need to Curb Your Caffeine Intake?

  I love coffee and consume caffeine in the form of coffee and/or a pre-workout drink almost every single day of the week. Caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive drug (yes, caffeine is ...

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A Coffee Conundrum

  What was once just a cup in the morning to most Americans, has evolved into a few cups, then ten more throughout the day. Coffee, energy drinks, caffeinated gum, sodas, espresso, green tea, and a ...

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The Benefits of Drinking Bad Coffee

With the Polar Vortex coming through Chicago last week, I found myself with some unexpected free time since The Chopping Block was closed for two days. So, I decided to take on a project I've wanted ...

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Three Foods that have a Big Impact on our Environment

  We’re proud of how green we are at The Chopping Block! We compost, recycle and reuse whenever possible. As chefs and people that have a respect for ingredients and products, we urge you to use as ...

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How to Get Started with Specialty Coffee at Home

  Coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. Millions of people start their day by stopping at their local cafe for their daily dose of caffeine. Yet many still prefer to brew their own.

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Found in Translation

It’s interesting how family stories change in telling (and sometimes meaning) over time.

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How to French (Im)Press with Homemade Cold Brew Coffee

  Some coffee drinkers enjoy their brew hot, some cold, some black, some with all the sweet fixings. Me? I enjoy my coffee cold.  Ice cold and strong! Earlier this summer, I discovered cold brew ...

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Latin Flare at Café Tola

  One of the great things about moving apartments is exploring new surroundings. While I have lived in Lakeview for most of my time in Chicago, I seem to pass at least one place every week I haven’t ...

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