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Last year was my first time attending The Windy City Smokeout – and it was AWESOME!! It’s this giant 3 day country music and bbq fest by the Chicago River. There’s tons of bbq vendors from all over the country, and plenty of beer and country music. The headliners this year include Phil Vassar, Chase Rice, Big & Rich, Billy Currington, Maren Morris & (my fav!!) Old Dominion. It’s coming up next weekend, July 15-17, and trust me, you definitely want to go. Plus, I can get you discounted tickets to the Windy City Smokeout – today only!!

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Today only, you can get tickets to the Windy City Smokeout for $75 instead of $110. Just use promo code “DINING” when adding tickets to your cart. It’s a little tricky, so pay close attention:

  1. Get your tickets here: www.windycitysmokeout.com/tickets
  2. BEFORE adding tickets to your cart, add promo code DINING in the promo code box, and click on the arrow in the promo code box.
  3. $75 3 day discounted tickets will show up as an option underneath. Choose these :)
  4. Enjoy the heck out of the fest!!

If you’re still in doubt, check out this awesome video from last year’s Smokeout:

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Pertinent details: Windy City Smokeout | July 15-17, 2016 | Music schedule | 560 W. Grand, Chicago, IL | Tickets (don’t forget to use DINING for $35 off!)

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Umami Burger is all the rage in Wicker Park these days, just like hipsters used to be – I think they’re on the way out, yes? I’m not cool enough to know what exactly has replaced all the skinny jeans, beards and PBR, but I’m guessing Umami Burger is a contender for that list, judging on how much hype this place is getting. Yeah, maybe instead of hipsters, WP will now be full of clean shaven dudes drinking cider and eating burgers. #BurgerPark. Weird.

But, Umami Burger! I’d wanted to go a few weeks ago when my #BFF was in town from Nashville, but we opted for Little Goat Diner instead. I got a chance to revisit my wish this past Sunday, when my jet-setting roommate (for reals, she’s a flight attendant) and I took a stroll down the street after reading all the Umami Burger Yelp reviews, and deciding against Antique Taco and Pot Pan.

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We got there close to 8 p.m. on a Sunday night, and there was a 25-30 minute wait. Not a problem in this neighborhood, kids. Take your pick from all the bars up and down Milwaukee. We opted for one of my favorites standby’s, Nick’s Beer Garden, had a quick drink and were texted by the hostess that our table was ready within the advertised wait time. Read on »

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In tribute to my roommate, who flew around the kitchen in a flurry of awesomeness making a “Mexican Casserole” in the crockpot this morning, I’ve decided to make today’s recipe a slow cooker favorite. While searching for crockpot recipes, I stumbled on the Snappy Gourmet’s recipe for Spicy Sausage & Beer Cheese Dip. I’ve not actually tried this, but I love cheese and beer together, so there’s actually a good possibility that this could be on tap during the holidays. If I make it, I’ll update and let you know how it was!

Crockpot Beer Cheese Dip

Slow Cooker Spicy Sausage Beer Cheese Dip from The Snappy Gourmet

Slow Cooker Spicy Sausage & Beer Cheese Dip

1 (16oz.) roll Hot Sausage (any variety), crumbled
1 small green pepper; seeds removed & finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1(12oz.) can beer
6 cups [or 3 (8oz.) packages] shredded cheese (such as Monterrey Jack)
1 (8oz.) block cream cheese, cut into cubes
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons Tabasco
Salt & Pepper to taste

In a large skillet cook sausage, green pepper, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat for about 5-7 minutes or until meat is cooked through and vegetables start to soften. Drain any excess fat, then pour sausage and vegetables into bottom of slow cooker.

Add beer, shredded cheese, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, and salt and pepper to taste to slow cooker on top of sausage and vegetables. Stir everything to combine.

Cook dip on low for about 2 hours or until heated through and cheese has melted. Stir well. Remove cover and keep on low to serve warm.

Makes about 6 cups

You can cook the dip longer than 2 hours, but if it may thin out a little due to the condensation dripping from the top of your slow cooker.

I used 16 ounces of Monterey Jack cheese and 8 ounces Italian Blend cheese only because that’s what I had in my fridge, but I’m sure many kinds of cheese would work although some varieties including lowfat may not melt well. You can also substitute other vegetables for the onion and/or pepper or omit one. Other peppers such as jalapenos would also be a good addition.

Slow Cooker Spicy Sausage Beer Cheese Dip from The Snappy Gourmet

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