• “Thirty of 93 fish samples taken from Chicago restaurants, retail chains and sushi bars were mislabeled,” according to the Trib‘s story on fish fraud.

Titus knows where the fried chicken is: Loncar’s Liquors on the far-southeast side.

• Baconfest 2013 sold out in 41 minutes.

• The James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists (not nominees) for its annual chef/restaurant awards. If I’m not mistaken the Trib posted the Chicago picks first.

• Under public pressure, Maker’s Mark reversed its terrible decision to lower the alcohol content in its bourbon, and Binny’s is now marketing their inventory of the watered-down stuff as a collector’s item.

• Paul Leddy of Chicago Cocktail Chronicles captures Eric Henry of the Whistler making a Shrinebuilder, at Chicagoist.