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Here are photos from today’s protest in C-U

Members of the Champaign-Urbana community and beyond gathered today for this peaceful protest in response to the murder of George Floyd and countless others. The protest kicked off at the Champaign County Courthouse where it made a lap in the vicinity of Downtown Urbana, stopping eventually at the City of Urbana building. After that, and making several stops at stoplights and intersections down Elm and Green Street through Campustown, the march ended up near Downtown Champaign at the Champaign Police Department at First and University in Champaign.

If you haven't done so already, here's how you can fight racial injustice now, and read our Editorial Board piece about this issue here.

IMAGE: A group of protestors with their fists raised in the air. There's a white and grey building in the background surrounded by tress. Photo by Anna Longworth.
Photo by Anna Longworth.

IMAGE: A man with a raised fists is in the center of the photo, standing beneath a stoplight, amongst a group of people. Photo by Anna Longworth.
Photo by Anna Longworth.

IMAGE: A sign from a protestor that reads Silence is Betrayal!. Photo by Anna Longworth.
Photo by Anna Longworth.

IMAGE: A protestor's sign raised in the air amongst a group of people. Photo by Anna Longworth.
Photo by Anna Longworth.

IMAGE: A group of protestors stand along a brick wall with two flag poles next to them. Photo by Anna Longworth.
Photo by Anna Longworth.

IMAGE: A large group of protestors with signs. Photo by Anna Longworth.
Photo by Anna Longworth.

IMAGE: A large group of protestors with signs. Photo by Anna Longworth.
Photo by Anna Longworth.

IMAGE: A man stands in a circle of protestors holding a megaphone. Photo by Anna Longworth.
Photo by Anna Longworth.

IMAGE: A group of protestors stand in a circle, with men in the middle on a knee. There's the Champaign City Building in the background. Photo by Anna Longworth.
Photo by Anna Longworth.

Top image by Anna Longworth.

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It’s National Burger Day, and we’ve got some burger recommendations for you

I love a good holiday, and National Burger Day is up there with Christmas for me. Here's a list of our best 8 C-U burgers, ranked and a list of honorable burger mentions. If you're not a meat-eater, you can still enjoy burgers with C-U's vegetarian burger options

I also want to share a few pictures to get you hungry for a good, local burger.

Guido's burger. Photo by Jessica Hammie

Farren's burger. Photo by Jessica Hammie.

Dancing Dog's vegetarian burger. Photo by Jordan Goebig

 

Top image is Hamilton Walker's burger. Photo by Jessica Hammie.

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Esquire Lounge has a pineapple slushie called “not our pineapple margarita”

You can get your Esquire pineapple drink fix with their new pineapple slushie called "Not our pineapple margarita." It looks so good. Esquire has a famously delicious pineapple margarita, but they cannot offer it right now due to the Governor's order not allowing the sale of house-infused liquor.  

You can order this slushie and other items from Esquire for carryout by calling 217-398-5858.

 

Top image from Esquire's Facebook page.

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I went to the Champaign Farmers’ Market, and it was great

Last Tuesday, I went to The Land Connection's Tuesday Farmers' Market in the parking lot of Busey Bank at the corner of Neil and University. The parking was free and easy to find. When I walked up to the entrance, there was a staff person offering hand sanitizer in a spray bottle, so we could keep our distance and patrons who entered could enter with clean hands. All vendors, shoppers, and staff that I saw were wearing masks. 

The entrance sign for the Champaign Farmers' Market sits on a parking lot point the direction for social distancing shopping. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

A shopper stands in front of Meyer Produce at the Champaign Tuesday farmers' market. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Outdoor Tuesday farmers' market in Champaign. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Diamond Homestead processes credit card payment for microgreens. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

There was one entrance, and the market was a one-way, U-shaped shopping experience. Vendors were spaced more than six feet apart. Patrons were politely giving other shoppers six feet or more distance when waiting. Produce could not be touched until payment (via card, not cash) was made.

This market runs very Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. until October 27th.

 

Top image by Alyssa Buckley.

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Matt Wiley's My Cat is Depressed is the perfect pandemic read

It's been almost a year since I sat down to talk with author and illustrator Matt Wiley about his book My Cat is Depressed. But I find myself rereading it a lot these days. Its message about depression, and how to best help those with dealing with it, is particularly meaningful during these unsettling times. 

Last June, Wiley shared the story of the book's inspiration.  

The real balance was creating something that could be both endearing and an informal way to teach people that depression isn’t always something that can be cured easily, and how to act around people without popping their bubble. What I didn’t expect was for the cat to serve as an audience surrogate. Some people are relating to the cat,and it can help reassure them that they’re valid people even if they don’t always feel like hanging out.

So if you haven't read it yet, now is the time to do so. And get a copy for a friend

 

Top image: Photo of Matt Wiley's book My Cat is Depressed. Photo by Debra Domal. 

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La Mixteca has taco family packs

La Mixteca is a delicious Mexican place in Urbana. Right now, they are offering family packs for carryout. You can order the taco family pack which includes 14 tacos with your choice of protein (chicken, steak, al pastor, and beef tongue) served with rice, beans, and chips for $40.

If tacos aren't your speed, you can also get the family pack with chimichangas, quesadillas, or grilled chicken served with rice, beans, and chips also for $40. You can find their lunch menu here and their a la carte menu here. You can call 217-552-1544 for place your order. 

Top photo from La Mixteca's facebook page.

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Stango should be on your take out list

We're all trying to support local restaurants right now by ordering food to go. One place that should be on your list for take out is Stango Cuisine. They offer the nation’s only exclusively-Zambian restaurant, and we are lucky to have it right here in Urbana. We've written about Stango here, here, and here

You can check out their menu here. You can order Stango Cuisine to be delivered via Seamless, DoorDash, Eat Street, or GrubHub.

 

Top image by Jessica Hammie.

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Baldarotta’s has take and bake pizza available for curbside pickup

You can order pizza from Baldarotta's Porketta & Sicilian Sausage for carryout. They're offering take-and-bake Sicilian style pizza that is 11 inches by 17 inches. The pizza will come with cooking instructions. 

Place your order by noon on Thursday for curbside pickup on Friday or Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can place your order here.

 

Top image from Baldarotta's website.