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Seven Saints teases annex expansion on Instagram

Per Seven Saints' Instagram, it looks as though the expansion into the space formerly occupied by Mike N Molly's will be available for customers soon. 

I reached out to Saints for comment, and they mentioned it would be open during "high volume hours" and the beer garden would be open "spring/summer" of this year.

Check out the post:

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Huge squash for sale

Check out this massive sweet squash from Wolf Creek Farm that is available (in limited supply) at Common Grounds Food Coop (CGFC) for $1.69 per pound. This one is 8 pounds. Ann, CGFC produce manager, dubbed by her colleagues as "the squash master," says that it's best to roast this as you would any other squash: in the oven sliced in half with oil. She also says that it's the sweetest squash she's ever tasted, on par with the sweetness of a sweet potato. There are only two left so hurry down and grab one if you're into big sweet squashes.

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Women March on C-U 5,000 strong

Five thousand Champaign-Urbanians showed up Saturday to voice their displeasure with the current administration and their solidarity with each other. Six local speakers rallied the crowd and expressed their validity as humans and their unwillingness to be silenced. For every person attending to walk the six-block loop from West Side Park to Neil Street and back took over two hours, but it was filled with car-honks of support and finished marchers standing on the sidelines participating in chants. For an event that was hoping to attract 200 participants, the community's response was overwhelming and encouraging. 

And all of us had something to say: 

(Sign reads "Will trade one Trump for 10,000 refugees" if I remember correctly)

(and my personal favorite, below)

All photos by Melissa Lunderby

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Here’s what Foellinger Auditorium looked like under construction in 1906

I found this photo of Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois to be pretty great. Courtesy of their Instagram page:

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This lunch special at Kohinoor is on point (and only $9)

Kohinoor opened recently in the former Escobar's building on Columbia and Neil Street in Champaign. If you haven't been there yet, you should go. I did yesterday, for the second time, ordering this lunch special:

47. Non-vegetarian Thali :
Combo platter serve with (yellow daal, shrimp curry, chicken tikka masala, tandoori chicken (1 pc) rice or naan, salad, dessert, crispy wafer & pickle) | $8.99

All of that, a platter of sorts. It was awesome. Heat level 1 out of 5 because that's what type of human being I am. 2 was pushing it, said my lunch companion, for what it is worth. Those who want the heat can get it.

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This bowl of jam bong at Masijta Grill is next level

On a cold day like this one, I found myself craving a hot and spicy noodle soup. And as my wife was shooting on location at PIXO, I stopped into under-celebrated Masijta Grill on Race St.

My server recommended the jam bong to me, which translates to nothing really, according to him. But they define it as spicy seafood soup, and that is exactly what it is.

The rich, deeply red broth is colored and flavored with peppers and is the perfect backdrop for a host of different types of seafood, including mussels, scallops, squid, and shrimp. The noodles are not thick like udon and not thin like Ramen. It's almost like spaghetti, but, you know, not exactly. 

As it is a Korean joint, the meal comes with a host of fermented salads, kimchi, marinated bean sprouts, seaweed salad, and more. 

I would type more, but I'm seriously having a love affair with this bowl of soup right now. 

Stop in and get you a bowl. It's the sort of thing that helps keep you happy when you wake up to find that your subhuman State Rep in Congress is a Nickelback fan, and proud of it. 

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Watson’s Shack and Rail reveals new winter menu

Starting tonight, Downtown Champaign's favorite new fried chicken spot, Watson's Shack and Rail, will be serving from their new, slightly modified, winter menu.

Some note-worthy new items include a sandwich version of their Nashville hot chicken, a new grinder with andouille sausage, fried Brussels sprouts and a pork belly slider.

To see the full menu, check out the screenshots attached, and to try it out for yourself, stop in Watson's starting tonight, where all of your wildest dreams can come true.

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Triptych publishes 2017 release schedule for distro beyond their taproom

This is pretty tight. I, for one, just have a general idea of when some of these brews come out each year at Triptych. But now, you can see when your favorite brew of theirs is available beyond their taproom.

Check it out:

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Check out this rendering of Midtown Plaza, coming in 2018

Earlier this year, Midtown Champaign appeared to be getting a major facelift with a new multi-use development by University Group, which was later endorsed by the City of Champaign a few months back. Now courtesy of the City of Champaign's Facebook page, they've posted one of the renderings of what the area will look like:

Here's some info from the Gazoo about the space:

The development, which will span the east side of First Street between Springfield Avenue and White Street, includes two buildings with commercial space on the bottom floor and one- and two-bedroom apartments on the upper floors, with a plaza lane adorned with terrace overhangs, plants and outdoor seating between them.

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Van Buskirk confirmed the project's finalized specifics: 32,000 square feet of commercial space, 104 upper-story apartments, 103 off-street parking spaces and 19,000 square feet of publicly accessible open space. There will also be two spaces for bike parking in the plaza lane.

These things take time, and there are many, many moving parts — so this won't come until sometime in 2018, it appears. Take a look back at the $95M development proposed for Downtown Champaign while you're at it.