Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent

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Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 07/17/12 5:59 PM
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It's been suggested that we plan a get-together in the coming weeks for locations that are best enjoyed in warm weather. 
 
Some ideas:

Moody's Pub: A classic since 1959- great burgers, great beer garden- I was shocked, SHOCKED to find out some Contingent members haven't been there!


La Palapa: A Contingent favorite.  Camarones La Palapa and a giant, bloodthirsty shark on the roof- 'nuff said.


 
Mario's Italian Ice: I think in August is when the peach is in season.


Cunis Candies & Ice Cream: Great sundaes, peach ice cream, but located FAR south, and are closed on Sundays!


 
Other suggestions?  When do we want to go?  Given the geographical distance between all of these, it may be difficult to do all of them in one day, so let's decide which of these we want to go to and if there are other places we want to add in! 
 
Mr. Maki and I are available any Saturday or Sunday in August EXCEPT the 11th or 12th, but that's because that weekend is Ginza Fest, a Japanese/Buddhist cultural festival in the Old Town neighborhood.  I highly recommend it for the food, the shows, the shopping and the exhibits.  The following weekend, the 16th-19th is Irish Fest in Milwaukee and I'm sure there will be a get-together at Fred's in Burlington.
 
The first three weekends in September (1st/2nd, 8th/9th and 15th/16th) are also good for us.
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 07/17/12 6:14 PM
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This looks great! I've never been to Moody's, and amazingly, due to various time conflicts with recent Contingent tours, I haven't yet made it to La Palapa and Cuni's. It's about time I go to these places.... My availability is similar to yours: the only weekend I know I cannot go is August 11/12.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 07/17/12 6:36 PM
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Chubby's in Racine, Breakfast at Frank's in Kenosha, except they serve a LOT!

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 07/17/12 7:50 PM
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ChiTownDiner and I were talking about similar plans last night at the other end of the table during the "Meet Ralph & Lori" dinner at Nancy's Pizza.  I was thinking about building a tour around a couple of places we've been wanting to visit for a while.
 
Some time ago, CTD recommended a southwest side shrimp house called Troha's, highly thought of over at LTH and elsewhere.  I had Cemitas Puebla in my back pocket as an alternate on the "Dining ala Trunk" tour last summer.  Both places could easily fit into the tour you're suggesting, although, it could be a little too much ( I know, no such thing).
 
Sorry no pictures of my suggestions, because I'm an old man who doesn't understand this new fangled technology stuff.
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 07/17/12 8:31 PM
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8/18 & 9/15-----I'm at Mayo the day before both those days. So I'll be there, but will be a sleepy_detective, not a stricken one.   Any other weekend works as far as I know.
 
Both places you described sound great, Buddy!
 
I know it's early to get into an actual schedule, but doing Mario's before LaPalapa worked out GREAT last time.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 07/17/12 8:40 PM
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BuddyRoadhouse

Troha's,

http://www.chicagoshrimphouse.com/
 
BuddyRoadhouse
 
Cemitas Puebla

http://www.cemitaspuebla.com/
 
 
Troha's has frog legs, people!!!
 
 
I have a suggestion as well. They open @ 7am for breakfast (Although we all know CTD will have hit 3 other places by then. )
 
http://ferrosbeef.com/index.php
 
They have a pepper & egg sandwich.


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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 07/17/12 10:51 PM
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I'd be pushing for a September date, keeping in mind that Cheese Days in Monroe, WI is the weekend of 9/14-16.  Not so much the "Dog Days of Summer"; more like the (hopefully) "Pleasant Early Days of Fall".  Definitely a better climate for dining at Moody's beer garden.
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 07/17/12 11:13 PM
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BuddyRoadhouse

Not so much the "Dog Days of Summer"; more like the (hopefully) "Pleasant Early Days of Fall".  

Fall doesn't start until September 22nd, so we're good.  Buddy, do you have a preference for Saturday or Sunday?

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 07/18/12 1:13 AM
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I always prefer Sundays, but will defer to the group.
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 07/18/12 1:37 AM
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Hey all. Definitely up for an August tour. As far as that month goes I'll be out of town the weekend of 8-4 & 8-5. I also have plans on 8-11 & 8-25. So Sundays other than the 5th would work probably best for me also.
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 07/18/12 8:18 AM
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Figuring that Labor Day weekend is already ruled out, here are the other days that wouldn't work for me/us: 8-4, 8-19, 8-25, 8-26, 9-30.
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 07/18/12 9:37 AM
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I'm very interested so here are my availabilities:
August:
Good days: 4/5, 18/19 maybe in extremis if necessary the 25th but not my first choice
Bad Days: Absolutely out 11/12, 26th, most likely 25th
September:
Good Days: 1,2,3, (I'm actually OK w Labor Day) 
Bad Days: All the rest LOL be aware for those of us who cross boards the 9th is the LTH picnic, and the 16th is the eve of Rosh Hashanah.
My schedule opens up again starting Oct 6/7 if we end up spilling over....
 
So in conclusion Best for me 
Aug 4/5, 18/19 or Sept 1/2/3

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 07/18/12 11:47 AM
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Sorry to shout, but because there's so many dates to choose from, please fill out this form on doodle.com!!!
 
http://www.doodle.com/uw8xixkwk87z8hdt
 
Enter your name, click the "Show All 15 Options" button.  Click whether each day is a yes or no for you.  If a day is available for you, but not one you prefer, click the "(Yes)"- that means you're available "if need be".  Click "Save" and you're done. 
 
I included Labor Day, but we'd have to make sure the places we choose will be open that day.
 
Dates to consider:
August 11th and 12th- Ginza Fest
August 18th and 19th- Irish Fest (and probably Fred's on the 18th?)
September 9th- LTH Picnic
September 15th and 16th- Cheese Days
September 16th- Rosh Hashanah eve


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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 07/18/12 12:26 PM
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The Roadfood National Tour is September 29-30.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 07/18/12 1:21 PM
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I just want to get around with you all.......will contact Mike and his wife about the adventure!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 07/18/12 3:54 PM
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I'd rather not go too far into September for this tour because we'd like to do stuff outdoors, and that gets dicey the later in the year you go.  Moody's indoors is pretty cool too- dark wood, dark EVERYTHING- one of those restaurants you need a flashlight in, and it has a big fireplace.  Very cozy, but I'd rather go sooner and sit outside, as long as it's not raining (if the rest of this summer is any indicator, that won't be a problem...famous last words.)

La Palapa indoors is fluorescent light hell, so I don't even bother going there in the colder months.
 
Oh, and Mario's closes around September 15th.
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sun, 07/22/12 5:44 PM
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I wrote down all my busy days in my calendar at work, so I will have to check that tomorrow and get back to you on the doodle thing. 
August is a very bad month, though...I think almost every weekend is taken (at least one day), and I know for sure the 25th/26th is out.
The 18th/19th might be possible, but that's Irish Fest, so I'm expecting lunch in the newly-remodeled Fred's with everyone. 
I'll let y'all know as soon as I can. 
 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sun, 07/22/12 7:44 PM
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abe_froeman
Oh, and Mario's closes around September 15th.

I thought they closed October 1st or thereabouts.
 
Buddy
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sun, 07/22/12 7:47 PM
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I won't know until Tue or Wed about my late August and September dates.  I'll fill out the doodle thing as soon as that's ironed out.  I sure hope I can do the Fred's thing with everyone, I've had to miss it every year so far.  This sounds like a great tour.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 07/31/12 8:32 AM
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So, it looks like either Saturday, September 1st or Saturday, September 8th.  CTD is refraining from giving his availability because his schedule is so hectic.  Hopefully whatever day we choose will work for him. 

The 1st works for everyone except JRP and PieDiva.  The 8th works for everyone except Iris.
 
Last minute people- does one of those dates work better than the other?

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 07/31/12 9:05 AM
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We have our family reunion at Indian Summer
on the 8th; sorry.
 
 
 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 07/31/12 12:40 PM
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Either day is fine with me.
 
September 1 falls on Labor Day weekend, if that's an issue for anyone. Perhaps a place or two on the itinerary will be closed then.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 07/31/12 2:16 PM
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Either date, the 1st or the 8th, is good for the Roadhouses as long as we nail it down soon so I can mark my availability on the calendar at Burt's.
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Thu, 08/2/12 8:45 PM
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If I had to pick, the first works the best for me.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/3/12 5:43 PM
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Is it looking like September 1 is the preferred date? 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/3/12 7:09 PM
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That's what it seems to be leaning towards....okay, where are we going?

Moody's...La Palapa...Mario's...Cemitas Puebla...
 
S_D, did you want to go anywhere with a pepper & egg sandwich, or that place specifically?
 
 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/3/12 9:39 PM
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I'm good with Moody's. Ate a lot of their burgers in the mid late 60's on dates. How about Edzo's in Evanston? We could stay north and do a burger run. Poochie's, wiener & Still Champion, that little shack on Asbury, north of Howard-Bill's? Gold Coin, Pickle Barrel?

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/3/12 11:05 PM
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abe_froeman


That's what it seems to be leaning towards....okay, where are we going?

Moody's...La Palapa...Mario's...Cemitas Puebla...

S_D, did you want to go anywhere with a pepper & egg sandwich, or that place specifically?



These are good choices to work with. If the Milwaukee part of the Contingent gets to Chicago early enough, we can start off at Freddy's in Cicero at 10 am, then raid La Palapa at around 11:30, then Mario's at 1:30 or 2:00 pm, then Cemitas at 3:00 or 3:30, then Moody's at 5:00 or 6:00 for dinner. Maybe dessert at Wiener and Still.... Okay, maybe that's a bit ambitious. Or we could go north to south, kicking off at Moody's and ending up at Mario's for Italian Ice and/or Freddy's for gelato.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/3/12 11:12 PM
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Ooo, Edzo's, CSD....you may be onto something there.  I'm not sure about doing an entire day of burgers, but at least Edzo's and Moody's sounds like a good idea.
 
Edzo's is open until 4, so I think we should start the tour north and move south.  
I'm not sure I'm going to make it until September 1st...


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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/3/12 11:25 PM
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What time does Edzo's open and start serving burgers? If some of us get to Evanston a bit early, I remember there are some interesting bakeries around the area. Any recs for a place for a tasty breakfast pastry (or pie) and coffee? 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/4/12 2:04 AM
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They open at 10:30.  Pastry and coffee- gotta go to Bennison's.  They've won lots of prestigious awards for their baking.  We almost got our wedding cupcakes there.  

I would meet you early for Bennison's.   

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/4/12 2:52 AM
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Maple bacon bar at Bennison's is a must!

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/4/12 3:47 AM
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chicagostyledog
We could stay north and do a burger run...Gold Coin, Pickle Barrel?
Gold Coin and The Pickle Barrel?!?  How the heck old are you dude?
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/4/12 11:22 AM
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Suggestion: When a date is established, please add it to the thread's title.  It is hard to follow all the suggested dates within the thread.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/4/12 2:32 PM
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Seems like September 1st is the day.  Right or wrong?
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/4/12 2:38 PM
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Do I edit the title or ask a mod to do it?

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/4/12 6:14 PM
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September 1 is out for us as we are on our 30th Anniversary cruise.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/4/12 7:03 PM
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Help!  Pie Diva is threatening to lock me in the cabin for 7 days on that cruise.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/4/12 7:12 PM
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LOL!!!!!!!!!!

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/4/12 7:19 PM
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I will let you out to eat, use the spa and go on excursions.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/4/12 7:21 PM
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Alert the authorities.  There must be some kind of law, somewhere....
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/4/12 7:31 PM
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Maybe in the states, but we are going to be in Mexico. 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/4/12 7:53 PM
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OMG!  Not the ceiling fan basket.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sun, 08/5/12 1:51 AM
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You are both dirty, dirty people.  I'm proud to call you my friends.
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/7/12 2:08 PM
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Pie Diva


September 1 is out for us as we are on our 30th Anniversary cruise.

I did not realize we were so close in "Anniversary"
our 30th is Sept 5, and we will also be on a cruise but later in Sept (in the Greek Islands)
Congrats, and when is your actual date?
 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/7/12 5:08 PM
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Our anniversary is August 28th. Jim couldn't get the time off for a cruise of Italy this year, so he bought me a ring instead and a cruise closer to home. Maybe next year.
 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/7/12 6:22 PM
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That's awesome! A cruise ANYWHERE is so great!
And a ring?
You know what they say about a girl's best friend...
Although I'm pretty sure I'll come home with another pair of earrings for my "collection" LOL

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/7/12 7:26 PM
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The ring is spectacular! Jim refers to it as our "re-engagement ring".

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/7/12 8:45 PM
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And Jim is getting what?

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/7/12 8:56 PM
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Locked in the cabin ;)

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/7/12 9:24 PM
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I cannot confirm nor deny that last post.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/7/12 10:13 PM
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Photos...

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/7/12 10:32 PM
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$9.99 a month, all major credit cards accepted...

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 08/8/12 7:29 AM
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Cabin cam...

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 08/8/12 1:13 PM
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How I hope you are still talking about the food...
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 08/8/12 1:36 PM
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That horse left the barn 17 posts ago.
 
But if we could get back to talking about the tour, that would be nice.
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 08/8/12 1:53 PM
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September 8 works for us

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 08/8/12 2:56 PM
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but not us.. LOL

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 08/8/12 3:57 PM
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Dates Jim will be in Wisconsin (as far as I know). August 17-19, September 7-9, 21-23 October 5-7 19-21, November 2-4, 16-18

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Thu, 08/9/12 4:41 PM
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I hate to be the guy who makes an unpopular decision, so I'll just state the facts:
 
1. No matter when we schedule this meet up, someone will be unable to join us.
2. This is not an uncommon problem; we've never had a meet up where everyone was able to attend, and we've all somehow managed to stay friends even when someone is left out.
3. September 1st looks like the day, not only where we have the least number of "unavailables", but the most "availables" (seems like a logical conclusion, but not necessarily).
4. I would love to pick a day when JRPfeff/Pie Diva and irisarbor are all available, but that day doesn't seem to exist.
 
You guys do the math and let's pick a day.
 
As for the stops we choose, I'll chime in with some thoughts:
 
I think abe's suggestion of Moody's is a dandy pick; great burgers in a lovely beer garden setting.  What could be better for late summer outdoor dining?  I would add to the list, Cemitas Pueblas for amazing Mexican sandwiches, and Troha's for some outstanding fried shrimp.  While I love Cunis Candies' ice cream (Thank you CarolinaBob/SurreyCounty, if you're reading this, for introducing us to Cunis), let me suggest a place The Contingent hasn't visited before, Black Dog Gelato.  Black Dog has been getting raves over at LTHForum, and I can personally attest to the excellence of their product.
 
Also possible; Ferro's Beef as suggested by stricken_detective, and Edzo's Burgers, per chicagostyledog.
 
That would give us, in no particular order, six places: Edzo's, Moody's (just my opinion, but this should be our wrap up spot in the evening), Ferro's, Troha's, Cemitas Puebla, and Black Dog.  I know we love La Palapa and Mario's, but that's already a long list.
 
How about some feedback folks?
 
Buddy
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