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Which pizza reigns supreme?

By Paige Wiser

about-pizza-body-large750xx900-506-0-47The Chicago vs. New York pizza debate started raging as World War II was ending.

Whose pizza is the best in the country? The battles have been savage. Brutal. And above all, greasy.

But there’s been a shocking development in the conflict. The Chicago-New York pizza wars finally have a victor . . .

. . . and it’s San Diego.

That’s according to a survey released from TripAdvisor, which ranked San Diego’s pizza No. 1. New York was ranked No. 4. Chicago didn’t even make the Top 10.

What? How? What?

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What if Chicago doesn’t get the Obama Presidential Library?

February 2013

By Paige Wiser


The Obama Girl could be just one of the attractions at the Obama Presidential Library.

Imagine: distinguished scholars entering the stately entrance of the Obama Presidential Library at the University of Chicago, nodding respectfully at the words carved above in marble in some noble font — Fontenay Fancy, perhaps — immortalizing the legacy of our 44th head of state: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

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December 2012

27da0b1400000578-3050116-taking_a_good_food_picture_for_instagram_requires_thought_planni-a-12_1430212889456Something has changed about the way we eat, Chicago, and I’m not talking about the restaurants.

Twenty years ago, the only thing elevating our food scene above gourmet popcorn was Trotter, Joho, and Roland Liccioni. Now we have no fewer than half a dozen “Top Chef” stars operating out of Chicago, and we order “crispy pig face and smokey whipped fat back” at Stephanie Izard’s The Girl and the Goat. With a straight face.

Our city has been considered to be in the vanguard of extraordinary eating for a good decade now. You’d think that local diners would have developed a bored, “been there, eaten that” attitude.

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BFF of the Day: Dreamboat Fannie

I met Dreamboat Fannie at the park district pool; her kid was playing “You’ve Got the Cheese Touch” with my kids.

(“Cheese Touch” seems to be some form of tag, inspired by the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movie. I’m not sure what the significance of the cheese is. But the game is infinitely less annoying than “Marco Polo.”)

Laid-back and sunny, I would have guessed that Fannie was a California transplant. Shows what I know. She told me she was a former fifth-grade teacher – I could see that – and that she’s heavily involved in the roller derby scene in Madison, Wis.

That part took me by surprise. Although really, I should be wondering: Why don’t I know more roller girls?

“I’ve been roller skating since Michael Jackson’s ‘Pretty Young Thing,’” says Dreamboat Fannie, which is not her real name. Heart’s “Dreamboat Annie” is one of her favorite songs, and she insists she has a disproportionately large derriere. It’s not true, though; you’ll recall that we met in our swimsuits, so I would know.


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