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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sunsetter Yummy Lunch!

Mark Monz is an attorney who practices in Waukegan.

Tell them about the yummy lunch, Harry!

He's a family man, a renaissance man, playing in bands and writing trenchent analysis of literature classic and modern.

Tell them about the yummy lunch, Harry!

He's a swell guy who wouldn't even think of leaving you in the lurch.


Heh, OK! A frozen Kahiki Naturals Teriyaki Mixed Vegetables, which included that most delightful of delicious rarities, Lotus Root. After a couple of mouthfuls, Monz pronounced it "on the yummy side of interesting, but very small portion."

Good, Harry!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Clark McDerment!

As Chicagoland reels from one storm and awaits another, a light-headed Monz heads to Leno's for a 10-inc vegtable sub with hot peppers, no onions, and a bowl of soup, restoring Monz to a state of clarity and satiation.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Corn Dog Man!

When in a hurry and in need of lunch, you may want to grab a frozen tv meal. When in a hurry and need a blog entry, you might link to this handy-dandy review of frozen tv meals. We note surprise that the Banquet Corn Dog rated so well -- these things sell at Jewel for a buck a piece. Stouffer's spaghetti with meatballs did well too.

Monz says "slow down!" Fongs says "Minions, custom make the Monz a mixed veggie thing, with vegatable soup!" Monz thinks "this is ok."

The Movie Editor (ME) is worried nobody will get the title. Relax, ME!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Lost and Found!
After a busy working lunch with the office staff at Bistro 17 preparing for a big meeting with the client, Monz' client doesn't show up! Oh well, at least the portabello sandwich was good. But since Monz' client got lost, we'll get found...with Canada Mondays!

We love the Candian flag because 1) it represents Canada and 2) it represents spite! In 1964 then Prime Minsister Lester Pearson wanted a flag that reflected the nation's indepndence -- no fleur-de-lis or Union Jacks. However, his proposed design -- three red maple leaves with a blue bar at each end -- was largely jeered by the Conservative Party opposition, who dubbed it "Pearson's Pennant." Though the Conservatives wanted to keep the old flag, they counter-proposed something they thought was too silly to pass. The bluff didn't work: the Liberals loved it! The Conservatives tried to reverse paths, but it was too late to stop the leaf!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Resist the Red!

At last the story can be told. What you are looking at is an image from a secret document dating from the 1960's detailing a plot by the Heinz company to take control of the world. Some of the brave souls who tried to report this back then were ridiculed as crazy. The less fortunate found themselves condiments for creatures far lower on the evolutionary chain than man! Then came senator John Heinz III. The Presidential run of John Kerry, husband of Teresa Heinz (who remarried after the passing of Senator Heinz). The dispatching of Hunts Tomato Catchup to the bottom shelf of the grocery. And as of late, an insidious scheme to burrow the name "Heinz" into the subconcious mind of football fans across the nation. "Say what?!" Yes, dear readers, the Heinz company has taken the first step: paying broadcasters so that every NFL national radio broadcast replaces the term "Red Zone" (the final ten yards standing between a team and a touchdown) with the phrase "Heinz Red Zone." When you hear Heinz, you must resist! Have you always used Heinz ketchup at home? Ask yourself why? Are you sure it's the taste? Try going to the grocery and buying a different brand -- you will feel a resistance! That's the Heinz power!


Another story that can now be told: Friday Monz went to China Garden for Ma Po Tofu & rice.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Da-Da-Da-Da DA-Da-Da!

Some things are beyond words. Like, Monz isn't much of a hockey fan. The editors aren't real big fans of the Chicago Black Hawks. The Black Hawks fight song has little to do with lunch. Yet somehow the spirit of the song epitomizes what Monz's lunch is all about.

Today lunch was all about Bacci's for bruschetta and seasonal garden salad. This time it not only had cranberries but dried apricots.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Fake Patrol!

Imitation if flattery. There is nobility in mentoring. But it's a sad day when a person's entire professional existance is based on appropriating the individuality of another, be you "Not Elvis, but an Incredible Simulation or a pale immitation of Macho Man Randy Savage (and we do mean pale, even if you go by the name "Black Machismo")

Fong's for vegatable chop suey and vegatable soup -- a combo invented by Monz (at least at Fong's).

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Plot Thickens!

The MYL crack investigative team has done it again! Having exposed conspiracies in the past, we have uncovered a mind blowing plot involving nothing less than a conspiracy to take over the world!!! We fear we will not live until the weekend to tell about it, but with Monz as our guiding light, we hold hope close! The title of this post contains a clue. Whatever you do, be sure to check this blog this weekend!

Leno's for a 10" veggie sub, hold the onions -- we're not sure if the hot peppers were held as well, or piled on high. We do know it was "yum in the tum!"

Monday, January 21, 2008

One More in the Name of Lunch!

We were going to do a big J.A. Rogers thing for Martin Luther King Jr. day, but we're not sure if Rogers' work is historically accurate enough to warrant the comparison. Fascinating piece of work though and definitely worth a look. Like Whole Kitchens Pad Thai with vegetables, a banana, and a clementine was worth a look from the Monz for lunch. More than a look, in fact, food for the soul!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Dodging the Leviathan!

Monz faced a lunchless Friday, shucked, jived, threw a quick head-fake, and feasts on a homemade veggie pizza, with crust!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Lost in the East!

Somewhere in Florida there is a resturaunt called "Taste of Siam," where they serve edamame, fresh rolls, salad and young coconut curry, served in the coconut. But we couldn't find it!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Best a Man Can Get!

Monz heads to Old Calypso for shrimp cocktail and crawfish pie -- lived up to the good reviews.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Fifth Avenue Heat-Out!

Monz and Ma Monz head to the Fifth-Avenue Grill for an ultra-intriguing lunch. Sweet bahama onion soup and blackened dolphin caesar salad. "It was yummy." And get well wishes for Pa Monz, who took a bit of a tumble and is healing up.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Vacation, All I Ever Wanted!
Monz warned us: Florida vacation was afoot and lunch reports may be sporadic. As usual, he was right!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Pogo for President!It's primary season, so we put the electoral compass survey to the Monz and lo and behold, we learn 1) once again the Monz has the pulse of society under his index finger and 2) there's not a single candidate close to the pulse of society! Seriously, we don't know how accurate these things are -- Monz' responses to the individual questions were more, say, passionate than this centrist graphic would imply, much like a lunch at Fong's for a big 'ol pate of vegatable chop suey with vegatable soup. "Tastiferous!" (For the record, the Political Editor (PE) landed slightly farther to the north and west on the same graph)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

We're having a David Stein moment and we suspect, dear reader, that someone has recently booed you. Maybe in not so many words (er, word), but you know what we mean. Well, we figure you've done something pretty terrific lately, though you might not even have realized it. Maybe you let someone nudge their car into your lane ahead of you. Maybe you left a penny in the saveapennytakeapenny cup. Or maybe you made something terrific for lunch like a sundried tomato & spice tofu slice sandwich, with fake cheese and mustard on grainy organic bread, and paired it with an apple and two clementines. Regardless, this applause is for you!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The crack MYL investigative team has done it again!!! Here's how it happened: in Chicago, political talkradio is sparse. Our cub reporter (CR) was in his car scanning the dial after the more progressive station went off the air at sundown and came across Michael Savage's show. Savage, as you may know, is sort of a male Ann Coulter without a trace of humor. Then he starts reading a commercial for a free vacation to Las Vegas. At no point does he name the sponsor but during the spot he says "maybe kick up some romantic magic..." CR recognizes that line! So he pulls over the car and calls the 800 number and asks "is this Tahitti Village?" Sure enough, it is! Tahitti Village pays money to advertise on Savage Nation, but doesn't want Savage saying their name on air! Those crazy marketers!

Coincidentally, Monz was on the road more than nomral today too: home for lunch after morning in cook county, afternoon all about getting paid. Sweet day, sweet lunch: hazelnut cranberry roll and some grainy stuff with an apple, from Whole Foods.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Snooze? Lose!
The editors were shocked and saddened to receive...a late entry to the Yummify the Monz' Lunch contest. Now, we're not absolutists here -- goodness knows the editors have been known to burn the midnight oil when the deadline to go to press has long come and gone, but alas this is too much and we must stick by our end of '07 deadline. Thanks, though! Meanwhile, we are busy judging the six entries (seven if you count the one that started "oh go" and ended "yourself!").

Meanwhile, Monz yummifies Tuesday with a cucumber sushi roll and veggie fake meat roll slab from Whole Foods, with another Jazz apple. Yummy yes, filling not so much.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Jazz Hands!

Monz filling in here. Today, I brought a sandwich I made at home consisting of sun-dried tomato tofu slices on whole wheat bread with unground mustard. Yum! Plus, over the weekend I shopped and saw an apple called a "Jazz" apple. I ate one of those too.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

When the blog was younger, so much younger than today,
We never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these days are gone, we're not so self assured,
Now we find the scanner's shot and we're heading out towards Door...

...County that is. The editors have been battling technical difficulties and emergency Monday travel to Madison, Wisconsin. Thus, we ask the Monz to nobly fill in for us on Monday.

Better late than never: Friday Monz had a warm lunch at Bacci's: spaghetti pomodoro with bruschetta. Good as always.

Saturday, January 05, 2008


Thursday, January 03, 2008

Showgoer, Lunch Rover!
Monz was all ready to eat his made-at-home dittolunch, when the crave came for some broccoli with garlic sauce. He knew...you know...Fong's!

Now it's time for another fun Monz poll!

To Which Upcoming Show Should The Monz Go?!
Van Halen at the Alstate Arena!
Somebody Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at the Empty Bottle!
Dolly Parton at the Chicago Theater!
Gordon Lightfoot at the Genesee Theater!
Davy Jones at the Hemmens!
The Go-Go's at the House of Blues!
Free polls from Pollhost.com


Wednesday, January 02, 2008

We hope our dear readers had a great holiday. Alas, a young intern on the MYL staff, Charles Nester, has a cautionary tale from the days gone by: don't lose your remote control! Else you will be stuck watching fare like Galatica 1980, a sequel to the original series. "If that doesn't sound so bad, first, you're a geek, and second, you don't know how bad the drop-off in quality was from 1978 to 1980: the latter series was scheduled for Sunday evenings and required to be "family fare." So there's all these kid characters, like Wesley Crusher ("Woah, geek!" - MYL staff) only worse. "Dr. Z" is a dead ringer for the Brady Bunch's Cousin Oliver, but now he's controling the fate of the human race. And they slashed the budget, so the special effects are terrible. But without the remote, I can but only watch as one bad episode follows the other. Noooooo!"

Meanwhile, Monz starts the year off right: Peppered tofurkey slice sandwich on whole wheat bread, and 4 clementines. Yum!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008


No lunch today, due to a large and filling brunch involving baked potato pancakes, portobello mushrooms, peppers, and spicy mango chutney.

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