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Cook One on One with a Top Chef!

Chicago’s  Chef Tong is now offering something pretty cool!  NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE!

Private Virtual Cooking Classes from My Private Chef

I love to attend Chef Tong’s cooking classes when he holds them in Chicago. But now with technology, you can cook alongside this world-renowned, international chef during a private, one-on-one video session!

Cooking is such a satisfying way of getting creative at home. Now, with a personalized class from My Private Chef, you get to expand your skills, or try new foods, or prepare old favorites. How about introducing a young family member to the world of cooking?

Here’s how it works: Chef Christopher Tong will work with you to create your menu, provide an ingredients list, recipes and a demonstration based on your selection. You set up a date and time via video conference. Chef Chris will lead you step by step to perfection.

Cooking at home has never been so fun!

For more details, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

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SKITTLES Limited Edition for LGBT Pride

SKITTLES the classically rainbowtastic candy has decided that “only one rainbow deserves to be the center of attention” and that belongs to us!

This is the second  year Skittles has dropped its rainbow colors  in an expression of solidarity with LGBT Pride, writing in its promotion, “Only one rainbow matters this pride. Give the rainbow, taste the rainbow. All the lentils are white in celebration of pride. Enjoy the mystery mix.”


Some folks  have slammed Skittles for choosing white as the color for candy meant to praise equality. I don’t know….what do you think?


BOOMF Gay Marshmellows


Boomf is a magical treat. It’s a scrumptious, squishy marshmallow – with your face on it! Free delivery worldwide.

James Middleton, the 27-year-old younger brother of Her Royal Highness Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, has a business venture that hopes to make coming out as gay a little easier and a little sweeter.

Middleton’s company Boomf allows customers to put personalized images on marshmallows. ($25  +  FREE Shipping). One of the uses of customized marshmallows? According to Boomf, to tell your friends and loved ones that you’re gay. – In the  promotional video for his business Boomf, James Middleton says his sweets are the perfect way to break the news to friends and family with the slogan: ‘These pre-designed messages make that nerve-racking announcement a whole lot sweeter.’ WATCH NOW.

The Daily Mail refers to Middleton as Catherine’s “bachelor brother” and says he “raised eyebrows” with his latest ad campaign for his company. Just whose eyebrows exactly were raised though?

Boomf took to its blog to talk about their marketing towards a gay audience, writing, “Boomf is all about the big messages in life. We felt we were missing a way to say ‘straight is great, but gay is the way’, so Boomf! There it is! These pre-designed messages make that nerve-wracking announcement a whole lot sweeter.” The company also links to its other “homo-fabulous” designs.


Zac Efron Eats Penis



Not quite sure what this means…..Zac Efron shared  this  on Instagram…and  said….You know you mom’s  on point when she puts this in your stocking….






Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies EVER


So I agreed  to sample some cookies I had never heard of;  GIMMEE  JIMMYS.

A huge 2# tin arrived  last night  at 5pm.   Visions  of Chocolate Chip  and decadent brownies danced in my head!

I opened the tin!  and  there  they were!  NOT.

Instead, I saw Oatmeal Raisin cookies (probably my least favorite cookie on Earth!)  and  pretty  Chocolate Rugelach. (Rugelach, other spellings: rugelakh, rugulach, rugalach, ruggalach, rogelach, rugalah, rugulah, rugala, is a Jewish pastry of Ashkenazic origin. Traditional rugelach are made in the form of a crescent by rolling a triangle of dough around a filling.)

So I grabbed  a  rugelach first, since it had chocolate in it. DELICIOUS. Soft, fresh, perfect balance in flavors.

So I thought what the heck, let me try one of these oatmeal raisin cookies.  I took a small bit at first….it was sweet and chewy, and pretty darn good.  I took a second bigger bite.  Wow!  I told my partner, who also does not like  oatmeal raisin to try one. He did. AND  WOW  WOW!   He agreed, this was one of the BEST COOKIES  we had ever had.  Over the next 3 hours, I hate to admit, we finished off ALL  of the oatmeal raisin cookies   and  half  of the regelach, at which point I demanded we freeze the rest, so that we would stop eating the entire tin.

Come to find out, in 1983, Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies opened its doors, making spectacular home baked cookies available to the public in simple cookie tins. The founder, Jimmy Libman, was a dedicated businessman, deaf from birth, but never handicapped by the physical obstacles he faced. Jimmy delivered a great product, and word of his great-tasting cookies soon spread through his loyal and satisfied customers.

A few years ago, Jimmy stepped back from the center of the arena and left the responsibility of producing Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies in the hands of a small team of successors. Today, it is the mission of  the  talented team to make sure that Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies no longer remain a secret. “We share our love of cookies, cakes and all things delicious with tens of thousands of sweet-toothed customers, and enjoy bringing the experience of freshly-baked, carefully sourced, expertly crafted baked goods to cookie lovers worldwide.

We are very excited to offer our cookies and fresh baked gourmet Kosher desserts to you!”

Baked Fresh All Day, Every Day.

  • Spotless Kitchen
  • Freshest All Natural Selected Ingredients
  • No Artificial Anything
  • Kosher Certified
  • Delivered Daily To Fine Restaurants
  • Shipped Fresh Daily Around The World

For about $25-$45 the fresh baked cookies are great for birthday gifts, corporate gifts, student care packs, fund raising and corporate premium gifts programs.  (FREE Shipping).

Come and enjoy our just-baked cookies, cakes and desserts. Order online or by phone 1-844-446-6332    for scrumptious baked goods shipped daily with our guarantee of safe, fresh delivery.  We’ve been pleasing kids and adults, customers and friends since 1983.

You are going to LOVE this product!  Gimmee Jimmys

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(Possibly Important :

  • Q. Is Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies Nut-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Kosher?
  •  A. Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies and Treats are made in a non-nut free facility (There are nuts in our facility). That being said, if the items do not list nuts on the flavor, then we have not expressly added nuts to the ingredients. We unfortunatly are not currently gluten free. All of our Cookies are Dairy-Free Parve, the same goes for any items which do not expressly list Dairy in the title. All of our items are Kosher, Parve, and when listed as Dairy, “Cholov Yisrael”. We are certified by the OK kashrus agency. )





Fifty Shades of Frosting – Jamie Dornan Cake


At Graham Norton , An audience member has baked a life-size Christian Grey cake.

Guests Jamie Dornan has a taste of his abs!  The cake took a team of 4  of  2.5 weeks  to make.  It is going to London for man international cake competition.



Fifty Ways to Eat Cock

cock cook book

For the cook in your life!

Curious about cock?

You’re not the only one. Once revered for his virility and strength, the rooster has taken a back seat to the hen in more recent years. With healthy chicken recipes like Risotto Cock Balls and Cock-o’s, 50 Ways to Eat Cock is a fun and inventive chicken cookbook that takes a revealing look at the folklore, history, culinary culture and nutritional benefits of this well-endowed ingredient.

With tongue-in-cheek descriptions, these playful cock recipes are bulging with everything from the quintessential to the quick-and-easy to the downright quirky. You’ll learn how to tame this tough bird meat into succulent and finger-licking gourmet meals.




Honey Made Nabisco says Gay is Wholesome


Those poor One Million Moms…they boycott every company who does a gay friendly commercial!  They are are going to have no cars to drive, no clothes to wear and nothing to eat!  HA!

For nearly 90 years, Honey Maid has been a wholesome part of snack time, and today the brand launches its latest integrated marketing campaign that celebrates a continued commitment to making nutritious products for every wholesome family. With the new “This is Wholesome” campaign, Honey Maid recognizes that while the makeup and the day-to-day lives of families have evolved, the wholesome family connections remain the same.

It is no secret that the traditional American family has changed; today, in the U.S., there are nearly 20 million single parent households1, 11.6 million Hispanic family households2 and one in 12 married couples in the U.S. are interracial3. The new Honey Maid integrated marketing campaign highlights the ways in which the family dynamic has transformed over time, paralleling it with Honey Maid. Just like the Honey Maid products have evolved, Honey Maid believes that no matter how things change, what makes us wholesome endures.

Among the real-life stories featured in the campaign include Joey, a punk-rock musician and his wife Terry, who bond while cooking with their daughter, Moxie; when mom is done tutoring and dad gets home from touring the world with his band, all three enjoy one of their favorite family treats, graham crackers with a thin layer of icing. Another family is that of Jason and Tim, who are raising their two sons in a same-sex household and love playing board games and enjoying a night relaxing together on their family heirloom swing. A third, RJ, is a single father who is featured with his son Travie, who make every Friday “Sweet Friday” with a movie and ‘Cracker Stackers.’

Each family in the campaign embodies an evolving family dynamic and demonstrates those special family connections that align well with the Honey Maid brand attributes.

Visit Honey Maid on and at to check out the new campaign and learn more about the wholesome product offerings from Honey Maid.


TAKE THAT  One Million Moms!


Yigit Pura….Delicious Top Chef from Just Desserts


For fans of Top Chef, this new show featuring the best pastry chefs from around the country competing against each other is as natural as putting chocolate and creative chefs together.

Team Gay  seems  includes, not one, not two, but three out pastry chefs: Zac Young, Yigit Pura and Tim Nugent.

We are in LOVE with YIGIT!

29-year-old Yigit Pura
(pronounced “Yeet”) is originally from Ankara, Turkey, but now lives in San Francisco. A pastry chef for ten years, Purga was a fan of the original Top Chef, which he calls “therapy for chefs,” but had no plans on being on TC: JD. But when he was visiting a friend in New York City, the show contacted him and Pura began a process he calls a “wild rollercoaster” ride. But he says that “…was a very small preparation for the wild rollercoaster ride that was the show.” 

AFTER  ELTON  reveals   Pura is currently single (and looking!) he did have a boyfriend during the show, a topic that apparently came up during filming, something that made him happy. “I do a lot of queer activism in New York with HRC and American Equality,” says Pura . “I felt it [Just Desserts] was a very natural platform for America to see that gay men can be as natural as anyone else, and they can be talented and ambitious and polite, and one’s sexuality has nothing to do with the person that they are.


Asked about the attitude of savory chefs toward pastry chefs, Pura says his experiences have been good and bad, and ultimately depends on the personality of those involved. But he does allow that “… most savory chefs do tend to think that pastry chefs are these dainty, cute little things that play with flour, you know? And eat chocolate all day. What they don’t understand is that it has a lot more planning and science and knowledge that goes into it. A pastry chef is usually very compulsive and detail-oriented.”

Pura is quite handsome and fit!  Something he says he maintains even though he eats “absurd quantities of sugar” by exercising a lot, including biking 115 miles a week. WOW!

Read More at AFTER ELTON

UPDATE – Nov. 17th, 2010- 


Why Are Those McDonalds Chicken McNuggets So Delicious?

Because it’s

mechanically separated meat,

or Advanced Meat Recovery (AMR).


Fooducate   says, “Someone figured out in the 1960s that meat processors can eek out a few more percent of profit from chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows by scraping the bones 100% clean of meat. This is done by machines, not humans, by passing bones leftover after the initial cutting through a high pressure sieve. The paste you see in the picture above is the result.”

Because it’s crawling with bacteria, it will be washed with ammonia… Then, because it tastes gross, it will be reflavored artificially. Then, because it is weirdly pink, it will be dyed with artificial color.

This photo IS NOT from McDonalds however. McDonald’s famous McNuggets no longer do contain “mechanically separated poultry as defined by the federal government. The USDA now requires foods with mechanically separated poultry to be labeled as containing “mechanically separated chicken or turkey” in their ingredients lists.


Chambord Vodka Launch Party in Chicago

we were invited to the
new Chambord Vodka launch party!

The party took place at EPIC  restaurant downtown CHICAGO on their rooftop terrace area. Chambord, the world-renowned black raspberry liqueur, introduces a groundbreaking new taste experience in Chambord Flavored Vodka.

The exquisite taste of Chambord Flavored Vodka is the result of fine ingredients and a delicate process that forms a perfect balance of premium quality French vodka and extraordinary black raspberry flavor.

Chambord Flavored Vodka delivers the floral aromatics of the hibiscus flower with notes of vanilla, white chocolate and the distinctive flavor of the original Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur, delivering a unique and satisfying taste experience when enjoyed straight or in a wide variety of cocktails.

They sampled a delicious Fleur De Lis ™, made with 2 oz Chambord Flavored Vodka,
3/4 oz Chambord Liqueur, 2 oz Lemonade, 1 oz Cranberry Juice. DELICIOUS!

They also served delicious food accented with the rich raspberry Chambord liqueur! There are LOTS of things you can do with Chambord !


According to legend, in 1685 King Louis XIV visited Château Chambord, where he enjoyed a marvelous liqueur made from wild raspberries. This liqueur inspired the spirit that today is known as Chambord Liqueur Royale de France. The rich heritage of the Liqueur Royale is now celebrated in the reintroduction of Chambord, the world-renowned black raspberry liqueur for the modern mixologist.

Check it out Chambord and Chambord Vodka !
And watch for a Chambord party in your city!

Best Gay News


McDonalds Goes Gay in Europe

I don’t know how many gay people eat at McDonalds but McDonald’s France has released a new gay ad campaign entitled “Come As You Are” which promotes McDonald’s being a place where people can feel free to be themselves.

The ad shows a young gay man eating in a McDonald’s with his father, who doesn’t know his son is gay.

The ad opens with a closeted young boy talking on the phone with his lover and looking longingly at their class picture. After telling his lover “I miss you too,” he quickly hangs up when his father returns with their order.
He then says to his son, “Too bad your class is all boys … you could get all the girls.” The boy wryly smiles to himself, and the advertisement slogan appears on the screen.

Fox News’   A-HOLE  Bill O’Reilly mocked the ad during a segment on his show, asking if the company had an “Al-Qaeda ad?”

Rodney Croome, spokesperson for the Australian Coalition for Equality, told the Sydney Morning Herald that the ad was “a refreshingly realistic depiction of a young man who’s in a same-sex relationship, who isn’t angst-ridden and who is in control of his life even as he faces the question all young gay people face: ‘When do I tell my dad?'”

McDonald’s brand director in France says the ad simply looks at how French society is today.

“We’re very comfortable with the topic of homosexuality, there is obviously no problem with homosexuality in France today,” Nathalie Legarlantezec told

Watch the US  Parody Spoof !

PS – This DOES NOT mean McDonalds become “gay-friendly” or is rolling out the red carpet for the LGBT community!

Last July, the Hamburger Giant  signed on with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as a diverse supplier in their LGBT vendor certification program.  But what does that mean?  Just last week Chief Operating Officer Don Thompson announced it in an interview with The Chicago Tribune. “At McDonald’s, there are core values we stand for and the world is getting much closer. So we have a lot of conversations. We’re going to make some mistakes at times. (We talk) about things that may have an implication in one part of the world and may be the cultural norm in another part of the world. And those are things that, yes, we’re going to learn from. But, you’re right, that commercial won’t show in the United States.”

The NGLCC is now distancing themselves from the Hamburger Giant:

We strongly believe that McDonald’s plan to distance itself from LGBT and other diverse business segments, coupled with the release of the French TV ad, is ill advised and counter to the spirit of good business and sound ethics. We sincerely hope that McDonald’s will reconsider its position and that the company will again show its support for LGBT people, our families and our businesses — not just where it is politically expedient, but around the globe.

Barring a significant change in policy on the part of McDonald’s, please consider this letter as official notice that the NGLCC will not accept future support or membership by McDonald’s or any of its subsidiaries. Additionally, please note that we will answer any questions about this communication, the past relationship between our organizations or any other questions by members of the NGLCC, the media or other interested parties with nothing less than factual and accurate information based on our communications and experiences with McDonald’s and its representatives.



Is Your Body Ready for the Gay Beach?

With just hours away from Memorial Day Weekend,  I look in the mirror and ask myself, “Is my body REALLY ready for the beach season this year?” – The answer is NO.  And there really isn’t  much time left to do anything about it! If I am lucky, I may feel comfortable to take off my shirt and don a Speedo in time for Gay Pride!

But seriously,  eating out is THE WORST. Why don’t they publish a Nutritional Value for items on the menu? It should be a law. 


The Cheesecake Factory’s Pasta Carbonara with Chicken
(2,500 calories, 85g saturated fat)

California Pizza Kitchen Tostada Pizza with Grilled Steak
(1,680 calories, 32g saturated fat)

Outback Steakhouse New Zealand Rack of Lamb with
garlic mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables
(1,820 calories 80g saturated fat)

California Pizza Kitchen’s Pesto Cream Penne
(1,350 calories, 49g saturated fat)

All this and more useful information comes from Men’s Health editor Dave Zinczenko and his food swapping book  Eat This Not That! 2010: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution .

Even what you DRINK, will make you FAT! 

The Starbucks White Hot Chocolate with whipped cream,
with 520 calories, 16g of fat and 75g of sugar
 makes it on to the list as the worst hot chocolate. 


So what is a gay man to do?
Get informed before you put that next big bite in your mouth!

Eat This Not That! 2010: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution
Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution
Eat This, Not That! Thousands of Simple Food Swaps that Can Save You 10, 20, 30 Pounds–or More!


Bea Arthur Rolls Over in Her Grave and Helps PETA

When I see meat in the counters at the supermarket, I don’t give much thought to how it got there. I don’t think most people do.  I bet if videos were shown above the meat cases, more of us would be vegetarian!

Honorary PETA director Bea Arthur had no intention of letting a little thing like, say, death stop her from speaking out against cruelty to animals. The Golden Girl is taking on the Golden Arches’ chicken abuse in a full-page PETA ad in Thursday’s Chicago Tribune—(McDonalds is headquarted in the Chicago area) paid for by Bea herself through a gift in her will.

PETA members dressed in black will also held a spirited protest outside a downtown Chicago McDonald’s to mark the ad’s debut and the one-year anniversary of beautiful Bea’s passing.

McDonalds  BRUTALLY kills  chickens. Even their own internal animal welfare advisors have asked them to stop this practice. But CEO JIM SKINNER  refuses.

Will Bea’s plea from beyond the grave inspire McDonald’s to lessen the hellish suffering of the chickens who are killed for its restaurants? Please join Bea and PETA by taking action and urging McDonald’s to demand that its suppliers switch to a less cruel slaughter method called controlled-atmosphere killing. If Bea’s eternal activism has inspired you, please also consider joining PETA’s Augustus Club (which Bea helped launch) to ensure that your efforts to help animals live on long after you’ve gone!