Car Con Carne

"The World's Only Food Podcast Recorded in a Car," hosted by Chicago media personality James VanOsdol. James and guest hosts visit n...
Welcome to Episode 212 (I'm numbering them now)! Tall Doug of the Ridgelands and Alan Cromwell from Blue Island Beer Company jump in the car outside Blue Island Beer Company for tacos and a live performance from Tall Doug. Tall Doug's band the Ridgelands answer the question, "Ever wonder what i...
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Iconic goth D.J. Scary Lady Sarah joins me for vegan food at Upton's Breakroom (2054 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60612). We talked about her evolution as a DJ, goth music and music curation as we devoured a truly fantastic meat-free dinner. See Scary Lady Sarah at "Nocturna: New Loves & Broken ...
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This week, Car Con Carne finds the Secret Donut Society at J.P. Graziano in the West Loop. Joining in on the donut fun (thanks, Secret Donut Pat) are Chris O. Biddle of Chicago-based burlesque and variety company Bim Bam Boom and "Seeso" Lobo, performer from the "Dirty Ditties" stage show. Discu...
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Chicago Magic Lounge Entertainment Director Ben Barnes jumps in the car to talk about the history of table magic in Chicago, his history with magic and the happenings at Chicago Magic Lounge (5050 N. Clark). For this episode, we went to nearby Hot "G" Dog (5009 N. Clark) for some of the best sau...
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Actor Mickey O'Sullivan ("The Chi") comes back to the podcast to talk about his TV and film career over hot dogs at Byron's (1701 W. Lawrence). Also joining us is another return guest: Mike Payne, owner of Byron's! As we get ready to watch Mickey return to Chicago P.D. on 1/30, we discuss: Mick...
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This week, I'm joined by talented members of Ghostlight Ensemble as they prepared to do a table read of the legendary (?) "Spice World" movie.  In the car with me are Song (Scary Spice), Emma (Posh Spice) and Jean (Sporty Spice sitting shotgun). Before doing a reading from the Spice World script...
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This was a treat. My old friend Brian, of the recently-launched KQX Morning Crew (Brian, Ali & Justin), joined me to take on a food challenge at the legendary Chicago Culinary Kitchen (773 N Quentin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067). In less than 30 minutes, we had to finish seven pounds of certified ...
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I'm joined this week by Matt Walker, one of modern rock's most celebrated and accomplished drummers (Morrissey, Smashing Pumpkins, Filter, Cupcakes, Garbage, and more). Go see Matt kick ass behind the drum kit with Sons of the Silent Age at Metro on 1/12/19! We met for vegetarian food from the f...
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Author/raconteur Steve Silver recounts the scents, smells and happenstances that he experienced while being gatekeeper to Chicago's most storied nightclubs and on the road with bands like Killing Joke and Naked Raygun. We got our food from the wonderful people at La Humita (3466 N. Pulaski Rd.) ...
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This week I'm joined by two guests: Mike Gebert, excellent food writer/editor of Fooditor (fooditor.com) and Chef Won Kim, food magician behind Kimski (kimskichicago.com // 954-960 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60608). Fooditor just published its annual must-read "Fooditor 99" collection of places to e...
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Two guests! Two live performances! Amazing! To wrap up 2018, Hi Ho (Gillian McGhee) and OUTDrejas joined me for conversation and live performances inside a CX-5 on the showroom floor of The Autobarn Mazda of Evanston. It was an amazing day for the podcast, and a thrill to record at the Autobarn ...
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Chicago trip-hop group She Killed In Ecstasy (Shana & Risk) join me for meaty deliciousness form Little Meatball (2364 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614) Discussed on this episode: I talk to Shana and Risk the same way I talk to my kids. The debut release, "The Fatal": It's on purple vinyl! ...
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Alex Pancoe discovered he had a brain tumor at the age of 18. Years later, he's wholly dedicated to giving back to Lurie Children's Hospital, whose doctors saved his life. The most conspicuous way Pancoe's giving back? Mountain climbing. Like, serious mountain climbing: The Explorers Grand Slam,...
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Denis Buckley and Dan "Mr. Precision" Wleklinski of long-running Chicago punk legends 88 Fingers Louie join me for a trip to "Krampus: A Haunted Christmas," a Christmas-themed haunted house on the site of the 13th Floor haunted house in Melrose Park. It was incredibly well done, and we wish it w...
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Chicago indie band the Inventors joins me for encased meats from the underrated Hot Dog Station (4742 N Kimball Ave, Chicago, IL 60625). Before they played a phenomenal version of their new song ("Apartment"), we chatted about: The Inventors' show on 11/30 at the Underground Lounge (GO SEE THEM...
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This week's guest is hockey star Brent Sopel, who most notably won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. His amazing hockey career included time on 7 NHL teams and playing in over 1000 games. As a defenseman, Sopel's a tough-as-nails, block-all-shots machine. Outside the rink, how...
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Indie rock trio Sunshine Boys (Dag Juhlin, Freda Love Smith, Jackie Schimmel) jumped in the Mazda 3 for vegan food from Veggie Grill on this week's episode. "The vibe is kind of like Chipotle, but the food is all vegan." The next Sunshine Boys release: Nashville Hot Chik'n? Dag and Freda's earl...
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Bruce Iglauer, founder of iconic blues record label Alligator Records, joins me for an in-depth conversation about the blues, his label and excellent new book ("Bitten by the Blues"). Over tacos from Flaco's Tacos (1116 20 W Granville Ave, Chicago, IL 60660), we discuss: The gut punch of the Ep...
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This week, I'm joined by super-talented WGN-TV anchor/host/personality Marcus Leshock (a multiple Emmy winner! A WGN Employee of the Month!). Gaby from Borinquen Lounge (3811 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618) jumps in the car with jibaritos that are beyond delicious: Fried plantains, steak, garl...
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Lilly Winwood rolled through Chicago to headline the Haymarket Americana Series at Haymarket Pub & Brewery (737 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661). Before she took the stage, she jumped in the Mazda for dinner and a conversation about her career, music, and rock-star-royalty father. Lilly pu...
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