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Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Haute Toast.


We want to remind everybody to join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago. For tickets and more information go to, or you can find a link at our website, Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news.

PJ, cupcakes are over, meatball fad never really happened, but a new trend food, people are paying ridiculously high premiums to go in, line up and have what?

P.J. O'ROURKE: We already are, like, paying $40 for something at Starbucks, so it's not coffee.

SAGAL: Right, it's not coffee. No, coffee's old.

O'ROURKE: I need a hint.

SAGAL: You need a hint. It goes great with very expensive artisanal jelly.

O'ROURKE: Peanut butter?


SAGAL: No, although you might spread peanut butter on this.

O'ROURKE: Toast.

SAGAL: Toast, yes, $4 slices of toast.

AMY DICKINSON: You are kidding me.

SAGAL: Not since the Great Depression have skinny bearded people been this desperate to get their hands on bread.



DICKINSON: Where is this happening?

SAGAL: Well...

O'ROURKE: Brooklyn.

SAGAL: Exactly. Toast boutiques are popping up across the country, from San Francisco to towns a few miles away from San Francisco.


SAGAL: Acre Coffee there in San Francisco has a toast bar. The Mill coffee shop has a daily toast menu.

O'ROURKE: I'm hanging at the toast bar. It does attract a few biker types.

SAGAL: Oh yeah, hey look, pal, no more toast for you. I'm cutting you off.

LUKE BURBANK: Or at the least you're not allowed to toast it on seven anymore.


BURBANK: You guys are laughing, but be honest, toast is one of the greatest things going in this country.

SAGAL: Well that's the thing.

BURBANK: That's partially a comment on America but also how great toast is, and that's a real thing.

SAGAL: That's the thing. That's the problem. You know who really in the end has the best toast? Everyone. It's toast.

DICKINSON: Toast is awesome.


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