Hold The Ketchup + Pizza Fight

Scared Panda is a Chicago based T-Shirt shop that specializes in tees that show off the spirit of Chicago and support non-profit organizations. What better way to show your love for your city than with its food. I’ll be the first to admit that when I visit a city that I’ve never been to, I make it a point to eat only at local dining hot spots. No McDonald’s for me. Hole in the wall joints, local eateries, bakeries, and fine dining restaurants make for one of the best ways to experience a city you’ve never been to.

The guys at Scared Panda not only have a love for Chicago but also a love for the food that Chicago has come to be known for, like the Chicago hot dog and the Chicago style deep dish pizza.

Some of you might be wondering at this point, what makes a Chicago hot dog a Chicago hot dog and how did the Chicago style deep dish pizza come about? Chicago food history lesson:

A Chicago-style hot dog is a steamed, boiled or grilled all-beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun. The hot dog is topped with mustard, onion, sweet pickle relish (often a dyed neon green variety called “Nuclear Relish” or “Emerald Relish”), a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers, and celery salt.Some variants exist, adding ingredients such as cucumber slices, but there is a widely-shared, strong opinion among many Chicagoans and aficionados that ketchup is unacceptable.

And according to Hot Dog Chicago Style, it is important to apply the topping on a Chicago dog accordingly:

  1. Yellow Mustard
  2. Bright “Neon” Green Relish
  3. Fresh Chopped Onions
  4. Two Tomato Wedges
  5. A Pickle Spear or Slice
  6. Two Sport Peppers
  7. A Dash of Celery Salt

Chicago-style deep dish pizza has a buttery crust up to three inches tall at the edge, slightly higher than the large amounts of cheese and chunky tomato sauce, acting as a large bowl. The term also refers to “stuffed” pizza, another Chicago style. While in Chicago most pizzerias serve thin-crust pizza, generally in a style characteristic to the city, the term Chicago-style pizza is used to describe this deep-dish style of pizza.

Where to go for a Chicago-style deep dish pizza?

And of course, you can pick up the Hold The Ketchup (10% of the proceeds go to PAWS Chicago) and Pizza Fight (10% of the proceeds go to The Anti Cruelty Society) tees from Scared Panda for $17 each.

Now I’m hungry. Are you?

Hold The Ketchup

Pizza Fight

Portillo's Chicago Style Hot Dog

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza Uno's Pizzeria

Seattle/Portland Trip Day 3 + 4

And my Seattle/Portland daily recaps continue!

Day 3 T-Shirt of Choice: And Then I Woke Up by Ugmonk

We had a late start on Day 3 mainly due to the amount of alcohol consumption the day before. That’s okay because we kicked the day off by eating a late breakfast/early lunch at Schultzy’s Sausage on “The Ave” near the University of Washington. When I visited Seattle 5 years ago this place was a small hole in the wall and I loved eating there. They’ve renovated since then but the sausage burgers are still amazing! The original Shultzy is my weapon of choice.

Shultzy's Sausage

We then headed back to the Seattle Waterfront to checkout the Seattle Aquarium, which I thought I had visited before but it turned out that I had mistaken it for the New England Aquarium. The New England Aquarium was awesome. The Seattle Aquarium, not so much. A harbor boat cruise tour  followed (via Argosy Cruises) and we got to see the different Seattle landmarks from a different perspective.

After the cruise we walked through Downtown/Pioneer Square and towards Safeco Field to watch the Mariners play the Yankees. I love going to pro sporting events whenever I’m on the mainland since we have zilch pro sports in Hawaii. I found it interesting that they allowed vendors to sell food right next to the stadium. You could even bring goods inside the stadium except for liquids. Awesome!

Safeco Field

We had time to kill before the game so we hopped on over to the Pyramid Brewing Company. Pyramid makes my favorite beer, the Pyramid Hefeweizen (renamed the Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen). It was a 40 minute wait to get into the restaurant but we hung out in the Beer Garaden and drank a few while we waited to get in- how convenient! Once inside we ordered up some garlic fries (which were amazing) and had, you guessed it, more beer!

Pyramid Hefeweitzen

After the impromptu beer session we headed to the ball park, just a couple of feet away. We had pretty good seats overlooking left field. The Mariners got off to a good start and then the Yankees kicked it up a notch around the 6th inning. Needless to say, the Mariners lost and the Yankee fans were heckling away like mad men.

After the game we decided to checkout the late night vew from atop the Space Needle. I’ve never been up there  in the evening and have to say:

1. Much less people around. During the day it’s super crowded. If you hate crowds then go at night.
2. The view at night is stunning! It gets chilly up there so bring a jacket.

We chose to eat at the top of the Needle before heading back to our hotel. Another incredible day in the books.

At the Top of the Space Needle

Day 4 T-Shirt of Choice: The Gaming Revolution by Sean Mort (Threadless)

Baseball + Beer = Waking up late the following day. That’s exactly what happened. We ended up eating a late breakfast in the hotel. Not ideal but it did the trick.

The Gaming Revolution

So the whole reason why we made Seattle our destination for the now 4th Annual Guys Trip was because the good friend of one of my buddies was getting married. Today was the wedding ceremony and reception! The ceremony was held at the Sylvan Grove on the grounds of the University of Washington. It was a rather beautiful ceremony that incorporated both American and Cambodian customs.

University of Washington

Bopha & Lang