Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Fat Shallot


Sam Barron and Sarah Weitz are the creators of what has been dubbed the best BLT in Chicago. I mean, look at it. The bacon is as thick as the toast it sits on and the truffle aioli is a signature sauce of theirs that is drizzled on top of the sandwich as well as their “Truffle Fries.” 

Read about them now, cause come May they will have a new deli truck on the road called the “Fat Pickle” and I will be telling you all about it.


Sean is Zen.


Little Seany Foo Foo sitting in a swing chair. (Yes I sang it like the song.) This was taken at my aunt and uncle’s house in Milwaukee, WI and I love how he is just posing. Sean is a very laid-back dude, but getting him to sit comfortable in a chair that isn’t his own (as in the one with wheels) is rare. This photo is rare. I love my little man.

What’s in Your Lunchbox?

Last month I had the pleasure of discussing the “Best Banh Mi” in Chicago with John Nguyen, the owner and founder of a local food truck called Chicago Lunchbox. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to meet him in person because it was so cold (-6 degrees) that he shut the truck down on the day I was supposed to visit. Thankfully Spring is right around the corner and it looks like I’ll be able to get some Banh Mi sooner rather than later!

Next on the list: Fat Shallot.

What’s in Your Lunchbox? 

Stay Tuned…

An idea just popped in my head to possibly start a segment of this blog and call it “Dammit, Dana.” The range of discussions with myself will venture out into panic moments of “oh crap, I meant to do that and forgot,” as well as little pep talks like “Dammit Dana don’t get down on yourself.”

Exciting huh? It’s under construction…

Discouraged Dana

It’s safe to say that I’ve applied for at least 75 jobs since I graduated in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. I’ve kept an Excel sheet, so I know this for a fact. I’ve applied for full-time jobs, part-time jobs and basically anything that I qualify for. I landed a freelancing gig that revolves around my passion and honestly if it weren’t for that (or this blog) I’d probably give up on writing all together…or at least for long awhile.

What angers me most is that it’s starting to get personal. I feel unwanted. I feel rejected. I don’t understand why the majority of my applications don’t even get a response. I have experience and a damn good personality to go with it. I’m literally about to pay someone to re-write my resume and cover letter and as a writer, I think that’s bogus, especially if I’m not guaranteed a job once it’s re-written.

The reason I rant is because recently I had a job interview as a cage cashier for a local casino. I’ve been a bank teller for five years and always said that if I weren’t doing the bank thing I would like to be a cashier at a casino. Long story short, I made an impression, a damn good one at that and still got a rejection email. What’s even worse, is the fact that I applied because I’m not getting anything in the field of journalism and working part-time isn’t even an option anymore. Why is it that when you really want something it’s almost a given that you won’t get it? I called it. I’m disappointed that I was right.

I know I’m not the only statistic who hasn’t gotten a job straight out of college, but personally I just think this is getting ridiculous. Has anyone else ever felt this discouraged?