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I'm an acting/improvising optimizing son of a gun.

I've been living and working and performing in Chicago since 2005. I love to eat, travel, talk and make people laugh. So for me this blog stuff is pretty neat.

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Mary’s Pasta Tonnata

My Mom and Dad came down this Sunday to visit with Stax and Me… and even though they won’t admit it, Batman and Lester too. I was glad they were able to come down and see some of the progress I’ve been making. I’m very lucky to have their support. This weekend, that support came…

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Dora’s Cocktail Meatballs

Stax kept us in the realm of appetizers for this week’s cooking sesh, though that’s not too surprising since Stax loves snacks. Aunt Dora was the younger sister of my Grandma and was a DiBattista before she was a DiPompeo. (suuuuper Italian) There are some pretty amazing stories that followed her through life: Meeting the…

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Grandpa’s Calzone

That handsome Italian kneading dough in that picture is my Grandpa. And just in case you were worried he wasn’t Italian enough just by looking at him, his name was Al DiNunzio. I was flipping through the cookbook yesterday, trying to figure out where to start this journey, and when I saw that face smiling…

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Back to basics

It’s been a while. I wish I had some news, something interesting that kept me from writing and cooking the past few months…but I don’t. As I’ve mentioned, I struggle with depression that rears it’s ugly head from time to time and, unfortunately, keeps me from doing what I love. As a whole 2017 wasn’t…

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One night in Bangkok

Ok, well it was actually two nights and we actually did more during the day than at night…but the SONG YOU GUYS…I mean come’on. I’m not embarrassed to admit that Stacey and I probably sang the refrain of this song way too many times while there. Ok, well, with the image of Stacey and I eating…

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