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LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG: What'll Ya Have? Make Mine a "Michigan Straight!"

THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Buddy at Rest - Fourth of July, 2007

Believe it or not - it's SNOWING once again here in Chicago.  That makes 43 separate accumulating snowfalls in the Chicago area this winter season - the snowiest winter here in over 25 years.  Will this be the last this winter?  Please - yes!

You know, there is one thing we dogs (and cats, for that matter) have in common with you humans. 

We drink! 

Water, that is! (C'mon - hope you weren't thinking Pabst Blue Ribbon!)

We Chicago Dogs feel fortunate - we enjoy one of the cleanest, best tasting municipal water supplies anywhere in the U.S., perhaps in the world.   Our town gets consistently high marks for water quality, and low impurity.  Click here for the latest-available, 2006 Water Quality Report commissioned by the City of Chicago.

It's delicious, clear, and called.  Humans around here fondly refer to Chicago water as "Michigan Straight."  But it's very good "on the rocks" as well.

The drinking of bottled water across the U.S. is a relatively recent phenomenon.  Our Team Leader and my Human Dad, Dean, said no one in Chicago really drank bottled water 20 years ago, except the fu-fu set, drinking Evian to look pseudo-sophisticated.  For many years before that, other cities across the country, as well as those Chicago suburbs without the benefit of Lake Michigan water, drank purified or spring water, delivered in those huge five-gallon bottles, to water coolers.

Water Coolers were always the exception to the rule here in the City of Chicago, however.  Going back to when Dean was a little pup, he told me he always drank water straight out of the tap, with great taste, and no ill effects.  Chicago's Water Purification plant, right on Lake Michigan, sources the Chicago Water Supply from way out in the lake, purifies it and adds fluoride, and sends it to Chicago households and businesses for distribution.

One North Side Chicago Restaurant, The Balanced Kitchen, on the 6200 Block of North McCormick Avenue, has stopped serving bottled water entirely.  The restaurant this week ran a water taste test of plain ole' Chicago Tap Water, against several branded bottled waters - Aquafina, Dasani, and Ice Mountain.  In blind taste tests - guess which water came out the best?

CHICAGO TAP WATER!  And, it's a lot cheaper - with no environmentally-unfriendly plastic bottle either!

Other Chicago restaurants are also joining the "no bottled water" bandwagon, for both taste, cost, and friendliness to the environment.  According to Monica Eng and The Stew, Chicago's Blog on our Food, Wine, and Dining Scene, these establishments include Clarke's Diner  on the 900 Block of West Belmont, just south of Wrigley Field in the Lakeview Neighborhood, The Heartland Cafe on the 7000 Block of North Glenwood in the Rogers Park Neighborhood, and Ina's, in the West Loop, at Racine and Randolph Streets.

I'm no food critic, folks!  (As you know, I'm an ANIMAL - most of the time, when my humans go out to eat, I get tied to the Sun-Times Newspaper Box outside the restaurant). 

But I do know what tastes so refreshing, in my Lil' Blue Dish - cool, brisk Lake Michigan Chicago Drinking Water.  It's a perfect compliment to wash down my every-day-dinner delicacy of Pedigree Chicken Parts in Rice!   MMMM, MMMM Good!

Visiting Chicago?   Let me know - belly up to my dish, and I'll offer you a drink! 

But keep away from my Pedigree!

YOUR ACE REPORTER ON FOUR PAWS,

BUDDY HOLLY MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2008 8:50 PM by Dean's Team
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