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Real people. Real food. Real date. ....because love means never having to say "Let's split the bill." From their home in Arlington Heights, Illinois, Lisa and Joe share their food, dining, and cooking adventures in Chicago (and elsewhere)!
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Cheap Date – September 28 2012 – Taste of Fall! (0:13:46) September 28, 2012 | 8:41 am
We’re back at the microphones for a good cause!  Join us as we talk to Meghan Freebeck of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Community Shelter about their Taste of Fall event! The event takes place on Friday, October 26 and everyone is invited for a[...]
Update Your Podcatchers -- We're Moving! (27) October 24, 2011 | 7:44 pm

Hey everyone-- we wanted to let you know that very shortly we'll be moving Cheap Date to a new home.

You'll be able to find us at www.cheapdateshow.com as always, but our podcast feed is moving.

Click this link to subscribe to our show in the iTunes Store, or add this link to your podcatcher:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/CheapDateShow

We're working on getting all our old shows up on the new blog, so check it out when you can!

As always, you can reach us at cheapdateshow@gmail.com

Talk to you soon!

Discover Woodfield #15 - Chefs' Fest 2011 Preview! (662) May 14, 2011 | 7:41 pm

Cheap Date presents another Discover Woodfield show!

It's time for our annual preview of Chefs' Fest 2011, presented each year by the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau!  The event will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Arlington Park, and as always, it's going to be a great event!

Listen to Joe's interview with Dave Parulo, the President of the Bureau, and hear what's coming up with the 40 exhibitors for the 18th annual Chef's Fest!

Comments? Send an e-mail to discoverwoodfield@gmail.com or visit the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau's website at www.chicagonorthwest.com.

As always, you also send your comments to us at cheapdateshow@gmail.com or call our voicemail line at 206-203-3283.

Thanks for listening!

This episode's running time: 11:01.

Discover Woodfield #15 – Chefs’ Fest 2011 Preview! (0:11:02) May 14, 2011 | 7:41 pm
Cheap Date presents another Discover Woodfield show! It’s time for our annual preview of Chefs’ Fest 2011, presented each year by the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau! ; The event will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Arlington Par[...]
Cheap Date - 12 March 2011 - Peggy Kinnane's 10th Anniversary Ce March 13, 2011 | 7:30 am

 

It's time for another Cheap Date Show, and we're excited to bring you the details of Peggy Kinnane's 10th Anniversary Music Festival, which is being held in downtown Arlington Heights on March 17-18-19, 2011!

Join us for our interview with Derek Hanley, owner of Peggy's, to hear all the detail of this exciting event!

Details on the party can be found at Peggy Kinnane's web site.

As always, you can reach us at cheapdateshow@gmail.com or leave a message at 206 203-3283 with your comments and questions!  And don't forget to check into our Facebook page at this link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cheap-Date-Show/253639588763 and follow us on Twitter as "Cheapdate."

This episode's running time: 11:31.

 

Cheap Date - 12 March 2011 - Peggy Kinnane's 10th Anniversary Celebration! March 13, 2011 | 7:30 am

 

It's time for another Cheap Date Show, and we're excited to bring you the details of Peggy Kinnane's 10th Anniversary Music Festival, which is being held in downtown Arlington Heights on March 17-18-19, 2011!

Join us for our interview with Derek Hanley, owner of Peggy's, to hear all the detail of this exciting event!

Details on the party can be found at Peggy Kinnane's web site.

As always, you can reach us at cheapdateshow@gmail.com or leave a message at 206 203-3283 with your comments and questions!  And don't forget to check into our Facebook page at this link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cheap-Date-Show/253639588763 and follow us on Twitter as "Cheapdate."

This episode's running time: 11:31.

 

Cheap Date – 12 March 2011 – Peggy Kinnane’s 10th Anniversary Celebration! (0:11:31) March 13, 2011 | 7:30 am
It’s time for another Cheap Date Show, and we’re excited to bring you the details of Peggy Kinnane’s 10th Anniversary Music Festival, which is being held in downtown Arlington Heights on March 17-18-19, 2011! Join us for our interview with Derek Han[...]
Chicago Beer Society Brewpub Shootout 2011 January 27, 2011 | 10:54 am

This past Saturday, we attended the Lucky 13th edition of one of our favorite events:  The Chicago Beer Society's Annual Brewpub Shootout.

It was a wonderful event as always, attended by 300 beer aficionados from all over the USA.  We had a blast with the people at our table, including a couple guys who were actually surprised that Lisa was there of her own volition-- and the fact that she actually likes beer.  I guess they never heard our favorite sound bite where Lisa talks about how much she enjoys it. :)

Here are the winners of this year's Shootout:

Beer1. Haymarket Pub & Brewery2. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery3. Rock Bottom North/South – Lombard & Orland Park

Food1. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery2. Gordon Biersch, Bolingbrook3. Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Pairing1. Revolution Brewing Company2. Haymarket Pub & Brewery3. Gordon Biersch, Bolingbrook

You can read more about the event on the Society's web site (linked above and right here) and you can also view our photos on the Cheap Date Facebook page!

We hope your 2011 started out as well as ours!  Talk to you soon!

Cheap Date - 28 June 2010 - Biggby Coffee (1270) June 28, 2010 | 11:51 am

We're pleased to be back and even more pleased to bring you the tale of an Arlington Heights favorite that has returned!   Listen in on our review of Biggby Coffee, and our interview with owner Tim Mickelson.  We're sure you'll enjoy this one!

We love hearing from you! If you'd like to tell us about your dining experiences in your town (or anything else that's on your mind), please write to us at cheapdateshow@gmail.com or leave a message at 206 203-3283! You can also join our Facebook page at this link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cheap-Date-Show/253639588763 and follow us on Twitter as "Cheapdate."

"Love" is by The Dream Academy.

This episode's running time: 21:09.

Cheap Date – 28 June 2010 – Biggby Coffee (0:21:09) June 28, 2010 | 11:51 am
 We’re pleased to be back and even more pleased to bring you the tale of an Arlington Heights favorite that has returned! Listen to our review of Biggby Coffee and our interview with owner Tim Mickelson.  We’re sure you’ll enjoy th[...]
Baja Fresh Closed in Illinois May 04, 2010 | 8:22 pm

This past Saturday (May 1) we visited our local Baja Fresh restaurant in Rolling Meadows, only to find the signage had been changed to read "Pacifica Mexican Grill."

When we asked the guy at the register what was going on, he indicated that the name had changed that day, and that was about all the information he had. We got the impression that he was probably just as surprised as we were.  The Pacifica Mexican Grill menu is basically the same, albeit stripped down a bit.  All the "Baja Fresh" trappings--  cups, plates, etc.-- were replaced with generic ones.

None of the media outlets covered this, and no press release was issued by Baja Fresh.  We noticed several other people complaining about the stores in their areas suddenly closing, so I wrote to Baja Fresh and got this response:

Thank you for taking the time to contact Baja Fresh. The Baja Fresh restaurants you are inquiring about are no longer members of our franchise community. At Baja Fresh we take guest satisfaction very seriously, and unfortunately there were a number of operational and financial issues that led us to terminate our relationship with our Illinois franchisee and close all Baja Fresh restaurants in the Illinois Market. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our loyal Baja Fresh Customers. There are no immediate plans to open another restaurant in this area; however Baja Fresh currently has 254 restaurants in 20 states and is continuously growing in its number of locations. 

It looks like another good fast-food alternative is gone.

 

 

 

Discover Woodfield #13 - Chefs' Fest 2010 Preview (1333) April 17, 2010 | 12:10 pm

Enjoy this episode of Discover Woodfield!

Listen to our preview of Chefs' Fest 2010, presented by the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau!  The event will be held on May 11, 2010 at Arlington Park Racecourse, and it promises to be a great time for all!

On this show, Joe interviews Dave Parulo, the Bureau's Director of Membership and Community Outreach.  Join the guys as they talk about what to expect at this favorite event, the 17th annual presentation of the area's premier restaurant and hospitality show.  We expect nearly 70 exhibitors this year!

Comments? Send an e-mail to discoverwoodfield@gmail.com or visit the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau's website at www.chicagonorthwest.com.

This episode's running time: 22:14.

Discover Woodfield #13 – Chefs’ Fest 2010 Preview (0:22:14) April 17, 2010 | 12:10 pm
Enjoy this episode of Discover Woodfield! Listen to our preview of Chefs’ Fest 2010, presented by the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau! The event will be held on May 11, 2010 at Arlington Park Racecourse, and it promises to be a great t[...]
Cheap Date - 7 February 2010 - Chicago Beer Society (1951) February 07, 2010 | 6:47 pm

Welcome back to the Cheap Date Show!

This time around we're visiting with some officers of the Chicago Beer Society, and we talk about this year's Twelfth Annual Chicagoland Brewpub Shootout, one of our favorite events of the year.

Keep that feedback coming!  Write us at cheapdateshow@gmail.com or leave a voice mail at 206 203-3283. You can also follow us on Twitter where we post as "cheapdate,"  and if you're so inclined you can join our Facebook Fan Page by clicking here.

Thanks again for listening!

"Send Me No Wine" is by The Moody Blues, and "Love" is by The Dream Academy.

This episode's running time: 32:23.

 

Cheap Date – 7 February 2010 – Chicago Beer Society (0:32:23) February 07, 2010 | 6:47 pm
Welcome back to the Cheap Date Show! This time around we’re visiting with some officers of the Chicago Beer Society, and we talk about this year’s Twelfth Annual Chicagoland Brewpub Shootout, one of our favorite events of the year. Keep that feedbac[...]
Cheap Date - 26 December 2009 - Happy Holidays! (1029) December 26, 2009 | 9:59 pm

We're back to wish you a happy and healthy Holiday Season!!

Joining us this time around is Joe's daughter Becca, who shares her thoughts on two of her favorite spots around the Chicago suburbs: Charles Romano's in Des Plaines, and Chef Ping in Rolling Meadows.

We also mention our beer-expert friend Chris' recent trip to Italy, and you can read his report by clicking here. You'll be thirsty after reading it! And speaking of beer, we also talk about the upcoming 2010 Brewpub Shootout, sponsored by the Chicago Beer Society.

Thanks for all the emails and voice mails-- we love hearing from and corresponding with you! You can drop us a line at cheapdateshow@gmail.com or you can leave a voice mail at 206 203-3283. And you can follow us on Twitter where we post updates as "cheapdate."

Thanks again for listening, and here's wishing you all the best for 2010!!

"Not So Silent Night" is by Charlie Crowe.

This episode's running time: 17:01.

Cheap Date – 26 December 2009 – Happy Holidays! (0:17:01) December 26, 2009 | 9:59 pm
We’re back to wish you a happy and healthy Holiday Season!! Joining us this time around is Joe’s daughter Becca, who shares her thoughts on two of her favorite spots around the Chicago suburbs: Charles Romano’s in Des Plaines, and Chef Ping in Rolli[...]
Cheap Date / Discover Woodfield - 25 April 2009 - Chef's Fest 20 (938) April 25, 2009 | 12:58 am

It's our annual Chef's Fest show!  

Join us for this year's event at the Arlington International Racecourse, where we sampled many of the offerings from the 60 exhibitors who were present! Special guests Liz and Bob and Becca and Emma joined us for the festivities.

We’re presenting this as a Discover Woodfield show—if you’d like to hear more shows like this, drop by www.discoverwoodfield.com.

Some of the places we mention:

Lynfred Winery

Fox & Hounds

McCormick & Schmick's 

Birch River Grill

Sweet Baby Ray's

eSkape

Pinstripes

Bob Chinn's

Francesca's Tavola

Cabela's

Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary

The Grand Station

John Barleycorn

The Meadows Club

Weber Grill

Morton's Steak House

Wildfire

Uno Chicago Grill

Lou Malnati's

L'Eiffel Bistrot & Creperie

Dominick's

Fuego Mexican Grill

Kendall Kelly Lewis Quartet

The Arlingtones

Big Shot Piano Lounge

Thanks again for the fine people at the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau for their hospitality and for putting together such a wonderful event!

We love your feedback, so please drop us a note at cheapdateshow@gmail.com or call our voice mail line at 206 203-3283 and let us know what's on your mind!

This episode's running time: 15:35.

 

Cheap Date / Discover Woodfield - 25 April 2009 - Chef's Fest 2009 (938) April 25, 2009 | 12:58 am

It's our annual Chef's Fest show!  

Join us for this year's event at the Arlington International Racecourse, where we sampled many of the offerings from the 60 exhibitors who were present! Special guests Liz and Bob and Becca and Emma joined us for the festivities.

We’re presenting this as a Discover Woodfield show—if you’d like to hear more shows like this, drop by www.discoverwoodfield.com.

Some of the places we mention:

Lynfred Winery

Fox & Hounds

McCormick & Schmick's 

Birch River Grill

Sweet Baby Ray's

eSkape

Pinstripes

Bob Chinn's

Francesca's Tavola

Cabela's

Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary

The Grand Station

John Barleycorn

The Meadows Club

Weber Grill

Morton's Steak House

Wildfire

Uno Chicago Grill

Lou Malnati's

L'Eiffel Bistrot & Creperie

Dominick's

Fuego Mexican Grill

Kendall Kelly Lewis Quartet

The Arlingtones

Big Shot Piano Lounge

Thanks again for the fine people at the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau for their hospitality and for putting together such a wonderful event!

We love your feedback, so please drop us a note at cheapdateshow@gmail.com or call our voice mail line at 206 203-3283 and let us know what's on your mind!

This episode's running time: 15:35.

 

Cheap Date / Discover Woodfield – 25 April 2009 – Chef’s Fest 2009 (0:15:36) April 25, 2009 | 12:58 am
It’s our annual Chef’s Fest show! Join us for this year’s event at the Arlington International Racecourse, where we sampled many of the offerings from the 60 exhibitors who were present! Special guests Liz and Bob and Becca and Emma joined us for th[...]


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