Archive For The “entertainment” Category

Getting ripped off by cable and subscription TV

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Getting ripped off by cable and subscription TV

Getting ripped off by cable and subscription TV We pay a lot for subscriptions to Hulu, Netflix and cable TV providers like Xfinity and DirecTV, so why can’t we get what we were promised? Access to great  basic programming and a commercial free experience? By Ray Hanania One of the appeals of subscription television is…

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Czech, Slovak, Bohemian culture & history defines Houby Day celebrations

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Czech, Slovak, Bohemian culture & history defines Houby Day celebrations

Czech, Slovak, Bohemian culture & history defines Houby Day celebrations For many years, the Czech community was Chicagoland’s most recognized cultural presence. As Chicagoland’s immigration makeup has expanded, the Czech community identity continues each year with the popular Houby Day Festival and Parade in Chicago’s West suburbs By Ray Hanania Much is made by the…

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Best tasting burger ever: Oak Lawn’s Smashburger

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Best tasting burger ever: Oak Lawn’s Smashburger

Best tasting burger ever: Oak Lawn’s Smashburger I grew up on hamburgers and I consider myself a hamburger connoisseur. Until recently, though I enjoyed burgers everywhere. But a few weeks ago, I happened across a place called Smashburgers and I am hooked. They are the best tasting hamburgers in the world By Ray Hanania I…

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Archive: A very special Oscar Night

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Archive: A very special Oscar Night

Archive: A very special Oscar Night One of my personal favorite topics is the movie industry and the racism and bias that the industry allows based on politics. This incident involving Vanessa Redgrave back in 1978 impacted my life and characterized the injustices of the American media on so many levels By Ray Hanania (Originally…

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Tech Review: Studio Beats headset are a bad buy

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Tech Review: Studio Beats headset are a bad buy

Tech Review: Studio Beats headset are a bad buy Beats by Dr Dre are inconsistent and poorly constructed. You almost think that they are made to intentionally break to force users to go out and buy another set at the over-priced price tag of $299. The sound is poor quality and they are just not…

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Kirstie Alley deserves better, under appreciated

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Kirstie Alley deserves better, under appreciated

Kirstie Alley deserves better, under appreciated Actress Kirstie Alley has had fame and controversy, but the one thing she isn’t without is talent. Jettisoned to fame with a great character performance in the TV Sitcom “Cheers,” she has meandered through acting opportunities since. But one of her best efforts, Fat Actress, deserves a second chance….

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Stuffed lamb intestines, Karshat, recipe

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Stuffed lamb intestines, Karshat, recipe

Stuffed lamb intestines, Karshat, recipe Stuffed lamb intestines and tripe are popular Mediterranean food recipes. Here is a simple recipe to prepare this Middle Eastern delicacy. By Ray Hanania Stuffed lamb intestines is a very popular Mediterranean recipe in the Arab World, in Greece and in the Mediterranean sea region. It’s a very simple recipe…

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For Middle East recipes, this is the best Facebook Page

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For Middle East recipes, this is the best Facebook Page

For Middle East recipes, this is the best Facebook Page There are a lot of misleading places on Facebook to get information on the Mediterranean Diet and Middle Eastern foods and recipes, but one of the best Facebook pages is called “Mediterranean Foods & Recipes.” You can click here to go to the Facebook Page…

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Mansaf, one of the most important Arab recipes

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Mansaf, one of the most important Arab recipes

Mansaf, one of the most important Arab recipes When you think of the romantic lifestyle of the Arab in the desert, you think of camels, black and white stallions, heavy black tents, flowing robes, and a silver platter of one of the Arab World’s favorite recipes, Mansaf (Mensif, Mensiff). This lamb and rice dish heaped…

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Meli Cafe and al Fresco Dining

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Meli Cafe and al Fresco Dining

Meli Cafe and al Fresco Dining Restaurant review: Enjoying the outdoors in the summer should be a goal, not just when you are out and about but when you are eating. There are a lot of great outdoor cafes and restaurants in Illinois and I’ll showcase many of them. This is Meli Cafe in the…

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