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It’s that time of year. Mid-August. Seems like just a few weeks ago we were celebrating graduations, then we were lighting fireworks in the sky celebrating Independence Day on the 4th of July.

Sprinkle in some weeks filled with rain and storms, a cookout here and there then BANG, the kids are going back to school. Really, they are. Just this week there were school buses on the streets where I live, snatching up kids in the very midst of summer to take them back to school in August, sucking the summer right out of them.

While a winter seems to drag by, the summer seems to fly.

Heck, I even saw a football game was on TV this past Sunday and baseball season isn’t even over yet.

Now, in a normal year, baseball season in Chicago is over by August, especially on the North Side of town where my beloved Chicago Cubs play. But there seems to be something brewing on the ivy covered fields of Wrigley. The Cubs are actually winning some baseball games and I’ve had the good fortune to attend three this year.

Lest I jinx the effort thus far, I will not go into great detail about the team. Suffice it to say, for those not in the know, that the Cubs have not been to a World Series in 70 years, so I harbor no overly optimistic expectations about this year. But it’s been fun so far.

Let’s briefly review a couple unique concessions I purchased at the games I’ve attended. And they weren’t peanuts and Cracker Jack.

Here’s the first.

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To the untrained eye, this appears to be a parfait which traditionally is a frozen dessert made with layers of ice cream and fruit and other sweet stuff.

While it IS a parfait, that’s NOT how they serve it at Miller Park in Milwaukee. This is a MEAT parfait with layers of mashed potatoes and beef brisket.

It’s deliciously decadent and the good news for those of you watching your gluten which is SO popular these days, there wasn’t a speck of it to be found in the concoction. For those of you watching your fat intake, sorry, there’s no good news there.

The second is this.

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Got this one at Wrigley Field which is not particularly known for gastronomical concessions. While a dog and a beer is traditional ball park fare, this foot long chili cheese dog gives the consumer a three dog night with one dog. While hardly low cal and certainly not gluten free, it tasted outstanding and it was even more flavorful while watching a Cubs win.

So here’s hoping you can pack a summer’s worth of fun into the little time that now remains of it. Except for you school kids. Sadly, your summer is over in August.

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