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Jeff Pearl blogs his way through the Chicago food scene BY SARAH RENSE If you’re eating out in a Chicago restaurant and the guy next to you is snapping an obnoxious number of pictures of his meal, chances are his name is Jeff Pearl, and those photos are about to appear on his food blog, Jeff Eats Chicago. Described as “one man’s journey through a city of food,” the blog consists of written reviews that accompany the pictures Pearl (Feinberg ‘13) takes, along with a rating for each meal. The rating is based on a five-point scale, or the five “Pearl” scale. Pearl, who is only 26, isn’t a foodie, and he hasn’t been trained in the culinary arts. As he says, “I was a fat kid. Does that count?” His opinion is valued because he compares restaurants instead of focusing on the nitpicky things the average diner wouldn’t care about. “I don’t know what to say about something if I’ve never eaten it before, but I can pretty much say that this pasta is better or worse than 10 other Italian pastas in the city,” Pearl said. Pearl’s blog began about four years ago when classmates

began to pester him for restaurant suggestions in the area. “I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and people kind of assumed I knew these things, even though I had no idea,” Pearl said. “I was kind of pushed into that position.” Pearl began to email lists of his favorite spots to his classmates, and one of those lists ended up in the inbox of a CBS employee. CBS needed someone to write a food blog for Chicago, and Pearl got the job. Four years later, the blog is still going strong. A readership that began with a few classmates and Pearl’s mother has grown into almost 6,000 monthly visitors to the website. One of Pearl’s friends from his undergrad years, Marc Kovarsky, occasionally contributes to Jeff Eats Chicago. “I think the best blogs are the ones that are always changing and updating,” Kovarsky said. “It’s amazing with how busy Jeff is that he keeps updating it.” Food blogging isn’t a full-time gig, and even though Pearl has picked up some freelance jobs writing for » See GOOD EATS, page 2


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and The Huffington Post, his career lies along a completely different path. Pearl attended Northwestern for medical school and is now working on his surgery residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His affiliation with NU ends there, though. “There was one time the deans asked me if I wanted to have them send out links to my website,” Pearl said. “But then I’d have to take out all the inappropriate jokes. I said I would pass. I haven’t got any more love from the university since then.” Pearl does have his own writing style, and though it may not win prizes for stunning grammar or eloquent From page 1

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Odds & Ends phrasing, it is effective and entertaining. But for a man who studied engineering as an undergrad and is now pursuing a medical career, even his relaxed posts can be a lot. “I totally get sick of writing,” Pearl said. “I always have friends calling me up saying I misspelled something or used the wrong tense. I have no background in writing.” When Pearl comes across a meal he doesn’t like, he doesn’t shy away from writing an angry, and often funny, review. He views these as his better posts, although they do spark some backlash from restaurants. “If I wrote something they think is inaccurate or

rude, there are times when I’ll get a ‘go screw yourself’ email,” Pearl said. His friends also refuse to cook for him even though he swears he would never tell somebody their meals are awful. There are times when critiquing food can even be hazardous to his health. Pearl was once asked to be a judge at Wingfest, where he ended up eating about 16 wings every hour. “I waddled out of there, (and) I felt like garbage,” Pearl said. “I’m pretty sure I developed acid reflux from that meal.” Pearl also gets sick of eating out, which is understandable. He estimates he has eaten in almost 500

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was created by the owners in 2009. We’re a franchise here in Evanston. The whole concept is that we throw wine and art parties. The wine part is BYOB, and we throw the art party. We (offer) step-by-step art instruction for people to unwind and do something really creative. I think it’s a chance for people to step away from the daily grind ... At the end of the night they leave with their own painting, their own masterpiece. THE CURRENT: Can you tell us about the public events you throw at Bottle & Bottega? LM: We run public and private parties, as well as corporate and kid’s parties. We have a calendar (for public events), and you can look on the calendar, see the image we’ll be painting that night, register online and show up. All you need to do is bring a friend and a bottle. The classes are three hours long. The first half hour is a cocktail social, which gives everyone time to arrive and check in ... They open their bottles, have a glass, chat with friends and get to meet new people. Then we paint for two-and-a-half hours.

“Of course I pre-ordered my own album. I’m probably my biggest fan.” — Panic! at the Disco lead singer Brendon Urie (@brendonurie) on Twitter. “I realized early on that when you tell the story of two guys who are basically communicating through their laptops, you have all of the tools available to you that a silent movie director would have.” — Bill Condon, director of “The Fifth Estate,” explaining his approach to the film.



A strong role model for young girls, 23-year-old actress Jennifer Lawrence consistently refuses to starve herself or diet for film roles. Criticized for her decision, Lawrence was recently quoted by Elle magazine as stating, “In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress. ... I eat like a caveman. I’ll be the only actress who doesn’t have anorexia rumors ... (But) I’m never going to starve myself for a part. I keep waiting for that one role to come along that scares me enough into dieting, and it just can’t happen. I’m invincible.” Hoping to set a positive example for her young female fans, Lawrence refuses to conform to norms set by Hollywood in an attempt to advocate health over image. To make her point clear, Lawrence was quoted once again saying, “If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet,’ I’m like, ‘You can go f--- yourself.’” Northwestern students give their opinions on Jennifer Lawrence’s decision:

“Most people don’t know that I invented the selfie.” — Beatle Paul McCartney jokingly to talk show host Jimmy Fallon.

“It was exciting, but it was kind of terrifying. It was sticky and uncomfortable, and I just wanted to get a shower at the end of the night.” — Actress Chloe Grace Moretz on filming the infamous prom scene for her upcoming film “Carrie.” — Chanel Vargas

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“JLaw won’t play hunger games.”

— Blake Bakkila

“The Diet Games — out soon.”

— Austin Busch

“Refusal’s easy when you’re skinny.” — Jonathan Muller

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— Chanel Vargas

“She’s still skinnier than me.”

— Mackenzie Broderick

“Yes Legend, slay me, Katniss.”

— Faduma Nur

“The result? Those luscious boobs.”

— Laken Howard

“She’s a beautiful honey badger.” — Becca Ehlers

Snapchat changed my life. I really mean it. It started as this mildly amusing sideshow, but now it has become the most convenient and entertaining way to keep up with friends from back home. There is a subtle artistry to crafting a worthy Snapchat that’ll elicit the intended “LOL” and “LMFAO” from your friends. Let’s face it, though — some of our friends are just flat-out bad Snapchatters. But fear not, that’s why there is this guide to help the least funny of us send the most disgusting selfies and the most hilarious snaps. Like any fine art, there’s no way you can master Snapchat in one day. It takes months of trial and error to realize the nuanced cleverness that defines an exceptional Snapchat. So here’s a crash course on the most basic techniques to help you become the stuff of legend: 1. The more chins the better. It defies logic and everything you learned in high school: In order to send a desirable selfie, you need to make yourself look as disgusting as possible. This means tucking your head close to your chest in order to maximize your chin-to-face ratio. You should aim in the ballpark of 3:1. It also helps to take the selfie in low light and from that awkward angle where nobody looks good. 2. You want to be creepy. This is the classic zoomed in picture of your friend from across the room captioned “I see you.” Your friend is probably unknowingly making some stupid face, and they’ll be embarrassed about that. And it’s always hilarious to watch them try and find you, too. 3. Captions are key. A simple caption can elevate a normal picture to an awesome Snapchat, but, as Shakespeare said, brevity is the soul of wit. You don’t have a lot of room to work with, so it has to be snappy and quick. It has to be obvious. It helps to be timely. This component is entirely contextual and easily one of the most challenging — and most important — parts of the craft. Mastering captions is the first step toward becoming a master of Snapchat itself. Admittedly, snapchatting is not as easy as 1-2-3. I won’t pretend that it is. I was once a rookie, too. So stop reading this and start snapchatting. Go forth and become the selfie star you were meant to be.

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The same thing happens every morning. I wake up, freezing and dreading my long, cold walk to South Campus for early morning classes. Hastily, I put on a warm and cozy sweater with pants and rush out the door. As the temperature slowly creeps up during the day, I walk down Sheridan sweating profusely in my hot sweater that seemed like such a good idea just that same cool morning. Luckily, fashion created a word to keep this kind of problem from ever happening to you. It’s called layering, and it’s a godsend for fluctuating temperatures and freezing ones alike. So listen up, then layer up — and never be sweating or freezing ever again! (Time spent at SPAC and Evanston in January sold separately). Tank you very much No matter the weather, always start out with a tank top. This inexpensive and accessible item will help preserve body heat on colder days and let you take off other layers on warmer-than-expected fall days. Since it might be your last resort on a strangely hot afternoon, it’s best to choose an option that looks presentable with thicker straps and a cotton fabric. Top it off This is where creativity comes in hand — the options are endless! Choose any shirt and sweater combination, or just one of the two, keeping in mind the rules of proportion. A foolproof option is a tank, button down shirt and pullover. If it heats up, simply remove the sweater and unbutton the shirt to cool down and still be stylish.

Baby, it’s cold outside On days when you’re 100 percent sure it’s going to be cold out (snow is a good indicator), repeat the first two steps, and then top the sweater with a jacket. On top of all of this goes your beloved puffer that will hopefully minimize some of the icy freshoff-the-lake wind. Hats, gloves and scarves are also encouraged.


LYNETTE MARTIN: The first Bottle & Bottega

THE CURRENT: Does the wine sometimes influence the painting? LM: I think the wine helps with decreasing anxiety and (helps people) let loose a little bit. People definitely come in and don’t drink, and that’s great too. I think with painting you can lose track of what else is going on in your mind and really focus on the event and what’s happening right there at the party. THE CURRENT: What made you decide to bring Bottle & Bottega to Evanston? LM: I really love the Evanston area and hadn’t been back in a while. It seems to be such an extension of the city to me ... Evanston in particular has an amazing arts/culture community. They really embrace the arts. We have a lot going on ... involving theater and music as well as art. THE CURRENT: What experience did you have in the art world prior to opening this location? LM: I have a wealth of business experience. I worked for 21 years in financial services. It was a life-changing thing for me when I participated in an art party ... When I did, I lost track of time. I couldn’t believe that I could paint something like this and leave at the end of the night. I was impressed with myself. And I thought, ‘Gosh, if I can do this, then other people can too.’ THE CURRENT: You clearly are well-marketed for the more residential Evanston community, but a large part of the Evanston community is Northwestern. How do you intend to market Bottle & Bottega to the students? LM: I am really trying to learn my way around Northwestern ... Every time I meet a student I ask them, ‘What would bring you in?’ I would hope it would be that they would want to hang art in their dorms or apartments, and that this is a somewhat inexpensive way to do that. We’re not currently offering discounts to students, but I think that’s somewhere we’re looking to go.

The art of layering


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DIY Lynette Martin, owner of Evanston’s Bottle & Bottega, enjoys combining business with art at the store. Bottle & Bottega offers art classes along with a relaxing cocktail atmosphere.

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A brush and a bottle are all you need to succeed at Bottle & Bottega, Evanston’s newest art-and-wine event store. The concept is simple: Guests do no more than bring a bottle of wine, then are taken from amateur to artiste in three hours. Bottle & Bottega offers public classes as well as corporate and private events, which feature anything from the kid-friendly “Juice Bottle & Bottega” to the lessthan-PG bachelorette parties with nude models. This week, The Current sat in the lounge of the Davis Street shop with Lynette Martin, Bottle & Bottega’s enviable entrepreneur, to get the story painted on its canvas.

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different restaurants in Chicago over the past four years. That’s a lot of menus, entrees and reviews for someone who appreciates staying in for dinner just as much as going out. “I like home-cooked, simple food,” Pearl said For now, it’s Pearl’s job to get out there and explore the restaurants of the Chicago area. He’s covered 500, which leaves just a couple thousand more. Just don’t ask him which of the 500 is his favorite. “That’s a completely unfair question. Absolutely ridiculous,” Pearl said. Apparently, there are just too many to choose from.

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Bring a carry all A bag is a crucial item to remember when planning to layer. The convenience of layering gets a little bit ruined if you have to lug all the of the pieces you removed beneath your arms all day. So be prepared, and grab a tote or your backpack before you walk out the door to stash your extra layers.



In the late 1990s cinematic masterpiece, “Halloweentown,” main character Marnie discovers that her grandmother is a witch and lives in an alternative universe where every day is Halloween. They probably should have renamed the movie “Paradise” because I struggle to think of anything better than 365 days of Halloween. I was the kid who had her costume picked out in August and created detailed maps to optimize my candy collecting. Upon relocating to Evanston, however, I was faced with a good deal of inner turmoil: Do I continue to let my Halloween obsession run rampant, or should I tone it down in favor of a more socially acceptable level of excitement? I chose the former, because as wise Grandma Aggie notes in “Halloweentown,” “Being normal is vastly overrated.” Last year, my mom sent me the greatest Halloween care package of all time, complete with decorative lights, ghoulish signs and a sweet ugly sweater. Thus far, however, that same package has not reared its head, so I turned to Pinterest to fill my Halloween needs. I found a pin that describes how to make your own pumpkin patch, and not only does the finished product look absolutely adorable, but it is also described as “easy and fast!” on the website. I figured this was a safe undertaking. The only supplies needed for this project are orange balloons, candy and a Sharpie marker. In

theory, you could actually follow the pin’s directions and find some green fringe to tie at the top, but it didn’t look that cute, so I decided against it. Essentially, the project is a balloon with a face on it filled with candy. That may sound somewhat bleak, but fear not, this project is adorable. I began blowing up balloons and quickly realized that stuffing candy inside them was easier said than done. The balloon was like a suction cup that would only let in half of my fun-sized candy bar, and how much fun is half of a fun-sized candy bar? It’s not any fun. Eventually, however, I developed a technique that proved successful. I would blow up the balloons and then, prior to allowing them to deflate, stretch them from the inside to create a cavernous opening for candy. I found that three pieces of candy fit nicely inside each balloon. Then came the fun part. I decorated each balloon with a little face to make it look like a jacko-lantern. On a scale of one to newborn puppies, these balloons were as cute as baby Mary-Kate and Ashley as Michelle on “Full House.” If you are looking for a cheap, easy way to get some Halloween spirit into your dorm room, I would highly recommend giving these jack o’ lanterns a shot. Plus, you can eat all the leftover candy and pretend you’ve gone trick-or-treating, and that’s really what you want to do.

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‘Sleepy Hollow’ surprises as the biggest success of fall TV DEVAN COGGAN


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SUCCESSFUL RIDE. FOX’s hit show, “Sleepy Hollow,” which combines Revolutionary War drama with supernatural gore, has already been picked up for a second season.


Childish Gambino gets deep on Instagram Comedian Donald Glover, also known as rapper Childish Gambino, took to Instagram on Monday to post a series of dark insecurities written on Marriott stationery, including fears like “I’m afraid people think that I hate my race” and “I’m afraid there’s someone better for you or me.” These confessions came only a few days after Glover headlined A&O Blowout, which begs the question: Was it something we said? We’re sorry for whatever it was! Hang in there, Glover. We love you.


Tina Fey, Amy Poehler will return to Golden Globes Thankfully, NBC announced Tuesday that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return to host the Golden Globes for the next two years. The pair were widely considered the most successful awards show hosts of the 2013 season, and although we had hoped they would be promoted to host “every awards show forever,” we’ll settle for two years of the Golden Globes. Sufjan Stevens weighs in on Miley Cyrus, corrects her grammar The Sinead O’Connor-Miley Cyrus feud rages on, and O’Connor has posted a total of four open letters to the former child star. But indie musician Sufjan Stevens wins this round with his own open letter addressed to Cyrus. On his Tumblr, he professes his undying love for her new song “#GetItRight” before tactfully correcting her grammar. He even suggests changing “I been laying in this bed all night long” to the more grammatically correct “I been laying my tired booty on this bed all night long.” He closes by calling her “the hottest cake in the pan.” If this is what a Sufjan Stevens celebrity feud looks like, we need more of them. Charlie Hunnam drops out of ‘Fifty Shades’ “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam has backed out of the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Hunnam was to play billionaire BDSM enthusiast Christian Grey, and rumors behind his departure range from a low salary to a lack of creative control. But the most likely reason? He was busy shooting “SOA” and didn’t want to “Fifty Shades” to get him tied up. (Get it? “Tied up”? … I’ll see myself out.) — Devan Coggan

A month ago, if you had asked me to predict which new fall TV series would get picked up for a second season, I might have cast my vote for Michael J. Fox’s titular new comedy or Andy Samberg’s cop farce “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” I would not have placed my bet on “Sleepy Hollow.” And I don’t think you can blame me, with a premise like this: British professor-turned-American-war-hero Ichabod Crane wakes up 250 years after the Revolutionary War and must team up with a snarky female cop to vanquish the four horsemen of the apocalypse and prevent the end of the world. It sounds like the lovechild of “Once Upon a Time” and “Supernatural,” with maybe a little “National Treasure” thrown in for good measure. And yet, here we are. How did a strange show starring unknown actors become a smash success and the first fall network show picked up for a second season? Here’s how: It’s actually good. It’s actually really good. Against all odds, “Sleepy Hollow” includes everything you could want from a good network series. It’s got historical drama, with plenty of Revolutionary War references and cameos by the Founding Fathers. It’s got supernatural gore, with no less than three heads chopped off in the first half hour of the pilot. And it’s got a little bit of sitcom humor, most notably from Crane’s haphazard attempts to navigate modern life. Although some audiences may balk

at the idea of either a cop drama or a supernatural thriller, “Sleepy Hollow” succeeds because it combines both. Thankfully, the leads are cast well, and Nicole Beharie plays main character Lt. Abbie Mills as smart and skeptical. Tom Mison’s Crane is charming and appropriately baffled by modern technology without being totally incompetent. Together, they feel like Mulder and Scully from “The X-Files,” if Scully were a badass, gun-wielding lieutenant and Mulder were a 250-year-old Revolutionary War veteran. But the best part about “Sleepy Hollow”? It’s unapologetic. The writers know it’s a ridiculous idea, so instead of toning down the crazy, they decided to throw in some explosions, a telekinetic priest, a sexy and possibly dead witch-wife and a demonic possession or two. Admittedly, the dialogue can get a bit campy at times, and the pilot includes the line, “The answers are in Washington’s Bible,” which might be the most Nicolas Cagelike line ever uttered by an actor who isn’t Nicolas Cage. But with all the overthe-top drama and gunfire, what’s left is a show that takes an absurd concept and, with clever writing and performances, creates a series that’s actually smart and engaging. FOX made the right choice picking up “Sleepy Hollow” for a second season, and if the first few episodes are any indication, this is a series that might be around for a long time.

‘Oldboy’ gets a new look DJ OH


Remakes seem to be a trending fad in the movie industry these days, but it is always tricky in the case of Western reinterpretation of Asian cinema — especially when the original is a beloved cult classic. Spike Lee’s remake of Korean director Chan-wook Park’s hit thriller “Oldboy” is set to be released Nov. 27, and the muchanticipated shocker is already garnering a heap of controversy. The new “Oldboy” will feature Josh Brolin (“No Country For Old Men”) as Joe Doucett, who is kidnapped and kept in solitary confinement for 20 years. Sharlto Copley (“District 9”) will portray the mysterious captor, who torments the protagonist by suddenly setting him free and goading him to take revenge. After its 2003 release, the original “Oldboy” shocked international viewers with its Tarantino-like ultra-violence, on-screen nudity, themes of incest, and of course, the notorious live octopus-eating scene. Despite its controversial content, the vicious revenge flick opened to universal acclaim, eventually winning the Grand Prix award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, along with dozens of other nominations and wins. Besides its shock value, the original was praised for its unorthodox yet beautiful cinematography, top-tier acting and rich script filled with playful insight and gaspinducing plot twists. With the mark the original film made in the international film industry, it is easy to see why the announcement of a Western remake may upset some fans and critics. Lee stated the remake will be a direct adaptation of Park’s film instead of an adaptation of the Japanese manga that the original “Oldboy” was based on. “That’s a great film,” Lee said. “This is the first time I am doing something like this, so it’s interesting how you can stay

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SECOND TIME AROUND. Josh Brolin stars in the remake of the 2003 Korean thriller, which will be released on Nov. 27.

essence of the original source material, but make it something different.” But Park’s “Oldboy” stood out for its darkly humorous undertone that drove this bloody ride of a revenge story. And it will be interesting to see whether Lee can pull off the subtle nuances that made the original shine.

Will Spike Lee be able to top the already high expectations for his daring effort in recreating a masterpiece? Make sure to check it out this Thanksgiving, and if you haven’t seen the original yet, go ahead and watch — and be amazed.

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