Preach!: Meat and Tights

Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm

We have been customers of Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm for two years now and I can’t say enough good things about this community-supported agriculture (CSA) situation. For $570 a year we receive bimonthly packages of high-quality, locally-raised chicken, pork, beef and eggs.  The shares are delivered conveniently and reliably to Provenance in Lincoln Square. (They also deliver to other Chicagoland areas: Lakeview, Edgewater, Naperville, Oak Park, Evanston, Logan Square and Frankfort.)

CSA Meat Share

We do occasionally purchase additional meat, such as prosciutto or chorizo, from the store for specific recipes, but the shares are of sufficient quantity to feed our family of two. It’s worth the price knowing that the animals we eat were raised on a humane, sustainable family farm and slaughtered at safe, small-scale processing facilities.  Look how happy that pig is!

Pig Farm

You can learn more about Cedar Valley on their websiteblog and Facebook profile.

Uniqlo Tights

Each fall, as soon as temperatures drop below 65 degrees, I celebrate the return of tights season.  I love tights.  I wish my legs could be surgically replaced with tights. And let me tell you: Uniqlo makes the best tights.

Uniqlo Tights

I stock up each time we visit New York and now, lucky for us all, Uniqlo has an online shop so that people all over the United States can experience the joy of Uniqlo tights.

Uniqlo Tights Haul

My very favorite pair is their $12.90 Heattech tights: they are the perfect pair of warm, opaque, matte black tights. And they are durable as all hell.  I have worn them several times a week for months now, and I am not delicate with them: I put on tights like I’m pulling on dungarees.


Whoa, look at that shadow on the wall. Dustin Hoffman, you cad.

(Preach! is an occasional Sunday feature with personal endorsements of products, stores and services — generally one Chicago recommendation and one anywhere-in-the-world recommendation.  These posts are not sponsored in any way.)

Preach!: Sheets and Comics

(Preach! will be an occasional Sunday feature with personal endorsements of products, stores and services. I plan to do one Chicago recommendation and one anywhere-in-the-world recommendation.)

Pinzon Flannel Sheets

Persuaded by their near-flawless rating, I ordered these sheets from Amazon at the beginning of winter.  They’re perfect.  Our bedroom is the coldest room in the apartment – last year we used a space heater and we haven’t needed it once since buying these sheets, even with the thermostat set to 50 degrees at night.  They’re super soft and smooth, and they wash beautifully – nothing like the rough, pilled flannel sheets I remember having as a kid.

Amazon Pinzon Velvet Flannel Sheet Set

Pinzon Signature 190-Gram Velvet Flannel Sheet Set

I was surprised to learn from the packaging that the sheets are actually manufactured by Amazon – turns out that Pinzon is one of their private labels.

Amazon Pinzon

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Challengers Unlimited Comics Rental

Challengers is a comics shop at Western Ave. & Milwaukee, just south of the Blue Line stop.  Jarrod signed up for their rental service recently, which offers a large selection of graphic novels for $10/month.  It’s a great way to explore different series and the collection is much more current than what’s on the shelf at your public library.

Challengers Comics

The shop owners are friendly and approachable – I think a rental membership would be a great gift for the comics newbie in your life.  Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day!” like Saga Volume One.