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Chicago Marathon Tumblr Cheer Squad!!!Spectators:  Join us!  Runners:  Look for us!
I am so excited to cheer on my friends in their massive marathon run this Sunday!  I will be out on the course bright and early, with at least one daughter and stack of cheer cones - sending the runners every ounce of energy I’ve got!   
If anyone is looking for a place to cheer, come stand with us.  We can make our own Tumblr Cheer Squad!
And runners, please please, throw your hand out so I can give you a high five!  YOU AMAZE ME! 
Here is where we will be:
8am (ish)….Mile 4ish: near Schiller and LaSalle on the WEST (left) side of the street  
Mile 11ish: near Schiller and Wells on the EAST (left) side of the street
Mad Love & Fleet Feet,em(feel free to spread the word!)
photo from Marathon Sunday, 2011…one of my very favorite pictures!

Chicago Marathon Tumblr Cheer Squad!!!

Spectators:  
Join us!  
Runners:  Look for us!

I am so excited to cheer on my friends in their massive marathon run this Sunday!  I will be out on the course bright and early, with at least one daughter and stack of cheer cones - sending the runners every ounce of energy I’ve got!   

If anyone is looking for a place to cheer, come stand with us.  We can make our own Tumblr Cheer Squad!

And runners, please please, throw your hand out so I can give you a high five!  YOU AMAZE ME! 

Here is where we will be:

  • 8am (ish)….Mile 4ish: near Schiller and LaSalle on the WEST (left) side of the street  
  • Mile 11ish: near Schiller and Wells on the EAST (left) side of the street

Mad Love & Fleet Feet,
em
(feel free to spread the word!)

photo from Marathon Sunday, 2011…one of my very favorite pictures!

Go Here: Antique Taco
On Thursday, the Chicago Bib Gourmand recipients were announced.  Simon & I use this as our sort of restaurant check-list.  Throughout the year we work our way through this collection of high quality/low(er) cost spots around the city.
On Friday, Simon took a vacation day and after reviewing our lunch options from the Bib list, we decided to check-out Antique Taco in wicker park.  This was a very good decision.
The restaurant was adorable.On 4Square, one of the comments said: This place should be called ETSY Taco.  That made me laugh because it is true. 
The vintage wood tables, and antiques strewn throughout the space were cute without being cluttered and served to create a warm, pretty space.
That is important to me, you know.
But the food was the main thing.
Fish Tacos, Ribeye Tacos, Tamarind Glazed Carnitas TacoAnd this month’s “Guest Taco” by Bill Kim of Urban Belly (proceeds from this taco go to charity)
We also had Guacamole with feisty chunks of pickled peppersand, wait for it, the Rosemary Margaritas(Mama and I shared a QUART…again with the good decisions.)
It really shouldn’t be all that surprising that I was such a fan of this place…I mean Antiques & Tacos, what’s not to likeBut I was impressed.
Antique Taco: Awesome

Go Here: Antique Taco

On Thursday, the Chicago Bib Gourmand recipients were announced.  Simon & I use this as our sort of restaurant check-list.  Throughout the year we work our way through this collection of high quality/low(er) cost spots around the city.

On Friday, Simon took a vacation day and after reviewing our lunch options from the Bib list, we decided to check-out Antique Taco in wicker park.  This was a very good decision.

The restaurant was adorable.
On 4Square, one of the comments said: This place should be called ETSY Taco.  That made me laugh because it is true. 

The vintage wood tables, and antiques strewn throughout the space were cute without being cluttered and served to create a warm, pretty space.

That is important to me, you know.

But the food was the main thing.

Fish Tacos, Ribeye Tacos, Tamarind Glazed Carnitas Taco
And this month’s “Guest Taco” by Bill Kim of Urban Belly (proceeds from this taco go to charity)

We also had Guacamole with feisty chunks of pickled peppers
and, wait for it, the Rosemary Margaritas
(Mama and I shared a QUART…again with the good decisions.)

It really shouldn’t be all that surprising that I was such a fan of this place…
I mean Antiques & Tacos, what’s not to like
But I was impressed.


Antique Taco: Awesome

Chicago is the most creative food spot, without a doubt. San Francisco has access to greater product, and New York ranks higher in terms of actual quantity, but Chicago has the best mix of chefs and supporting locals. Other cities couldn’t get away with what happens in this city.

Graham Elliot | via Eater
Chicago Alert: James Perse Sample Sale
On December 16, James Perse will be  occupying the vacant storefront at 100 E Walton for the traveling James  Perse sample sale. At the sale you’ll be able to find men’s and women’s  samples and styles from past seasons at up to 80% off. The sale runs  Friday from 10AM-8PM, Saturday from 10AM-7PM and Sunday from 10AM-4PM.  - Racked

Chicago Alert: James Perse Sample Sale

On December 16, James Perse will be occupying the vacant storefront at 100 E Walton for the traveling James Perse sample sale. At the sale you’ll be able to find men’s and women’s samples and styles from past seasons at up to 80% off. The sale runs Friday from 10AM-8PM, Saturday from 10AM-7PM and Sunday from 10AM-4PM.  - Racked

It’s here.Christmastime is here.
The city, it’s twinkling - Chicago’s Christmas light budget is money well spent.The bell ringers have taken to their holiday post.  Red-buckets and festive peals fill my neighborhood with cheer.At NEXT, Autumn Scene became Winter Scene, with the aroma of juniper needles replacing the smells of apples, cinnamon and burning hay.I have been crying my way through the christmas episodes of my favorite shows (Parks & Rec, anyone?)And my advent calendar has more doors open than closed…
It’s hard to believe but hazel’s first Christmas is here.For the rest of our lives when we unwrap the ornament that says Baby’s First Christmas, we will think back to this one.
Christmas stories at bedtime, The Santa pajamas, The number of presents under the tree with her name on them
On Saturday we did some serious holiday shopping.  Em + Haze + the Technicolor Dream Stroller cruising down Michigan Ave crossing names off our list.On Sunday, Her first children’s Christmas concert.  My baby loves carols.On Thursday, I’m taking the day off work so we can join Mama and Ellie for cookie baking. I will teach her how to make gingersnaps.
In 12 days this Christmas will be done.
Don’t blink.

It’s here.
Christmastime is here.

The city, it’s twinkling - Chicago’s Christmas light budget is money well spent.
The bell ringers have taken to their holiday post.  Red-buckets and festive peals fill my neighborhood with cheer.
At NEXT, Autumn Scene became Winter Scene, with the aroma of juniper needles replacing the smells of apples, cinnamon and burning hay.
I have been crying my way through the christmas episodes of my favorite shows (Parks & Rec, anyone?)
And my advent calendar has more doors open than closed…

It’s hard to believe but hazel’s first Christmas is here.
For the rest of our lives when we unwrap the ornament that says Baby’s First Christmas, we will think back to this one.

Christmas stories at bedtime, The Santa pajamas, The number of presents under the tree with her name on them

On Saturday we did some serious holiday shopping.  Em + Haze + the Technicolor Dream Stroller cruising down Michigan Ave crossing names off our list.
On Sunday, Her first children’s Christmas concert.  My baby loves carols.
On Thursday, I’m taking the day off work so we can join Mama and Ellie for cookie baking. I will teach her how to make gingersnaps.

In 12 days this Christmas will be done.

Don’t blink.

Thursday Night (& Friday Morning) in The Office
First stop of the night: My company holiday party
and then…to The Office.  Not my office, mind you, but the 16 seat, by-invite speakeasy, hidden below The Aviary (next door to NEXT.)
We arrived at around 9:30 and were greeted by friendly (handsome!) faces.  Cheeks were kissed and our coats were whisked away.Then, with a hushed tone and knowing smile, they invited us downstairs.Would you like to join us in The Office?There is nothing we would love more.  Thank you.
Andrew (bro-in-law), Simon and I followed Marlon (manager) down to the unmarked metal door and with a turn of his key found ourselves back in the coolest room in the city (country?)  It is a dark, masculine, intimate space…sexy as all get-out.The type of room where conversations flows easily and secrets feel safe to share.The type of room where hours feel like moments.If I could stop time, here is the place I would do it.
Perhaps it was the allure of my cognac & vanilla beanor maybe we were just excited to have a night of togetherness with no real curfew (Z was sleeping over at grandmas!)but as we cozied into the cracked leather couch tucked back in our private corner, there was a tacit understanding…There was nowhere else we would rather be.
We drank our way through the menu (The Tequila, Grapefruit, Horseradish, Ginger, Sea Salt concoction was my favorite)and ordered decadent late night snacks: Stunning Wagyu Beef Tartare, Strips of Iberico Ham and Oysters on the Half Shell served with an assortment of Tinctures like smoke, curry and green peppercorn infusions.
We arrived as a group of 3 but the party felt much fuller.  Our buddies from next door (NEXT) stopped by to visit.  I like them.  So much. And I couldn’t have scripted a better end to our night:In the NEXT kitchen with Chef Dave and GM Will, talking….laughing.It was the best.
It must be said, this is my favorite corner in the city. NEXT, Aviary, The OfficeA staggering amount of talent…and care… under one roof.I love it here.
[image via Wesley Rosenblum]

Thursday Night (& Friday Morning) in The Office

First stop of the night: My company holiday party

and then…to The Office.  Not my office, mind you, but the 16 seat, by-invite speakeasy, hidden below The Aviary (next door to NEXT.)

We arrived at around 9:30 and were greeted by friendly (handsome!) faces.  Cheeks were kissed and our coats were whisked away.
Then, with a hushed tone and knowing smile, they invited us downstairs.
Would you like to join us in The Office?
There is nothing we would love moreThank you.

Andrew (bro-in-law), Simon and I followed Marlon (manager) down to the unmarked metal door and with a turn of his key found ourselves back in the coolest room in the city (country?)  It is a dark, masculine, intimate space…
sexy as all get-out.
The type of room where conversations flows easily and secrets feel safe to share.
The type of room where hours feel like moments.
If I could stop time, here is the place I would do it.

Perhaps it was the allure of my cognac & vanilla bean
or maybe we were just excited to have a night of togetherness with no real curfew (Z was sleeping over at grandmas!)
but as we cozied into the cracked leather couch tucked back in our private corner, there was a tacit understanding…
There was nowhere else we would rather be.

We drank our way through the menu (The Tequila, Grapefruit, Horseradish, Ginger, Sea Salt concoction was my favorite)
and ordered decadent late night snacks: Stunning Wagyu Beef Tartare, Strips of Iberico Ham and Oysters on the Half Shell served with an assortment of Tinctures like smoke, curry and green peppercorn infusions.

We arrived as a group of 3 but the party felt much fuller.  Our buddies from next door (NEXT) stopped by to visit. 
I like them.  So much.
And I couldn’t have scripted a better end to our night:
In the NEXT kitchen with Chef Dave and GM Will, talking….laughing.
It was the best.

It must be said, this is my favorite corner in the city.
NEXT, Aviary, The Office
A staggering amount of talent…and care… under one roof.

I love it here.

[image via Wesley Rosenblum]

tonight: nite market
A really cool scenequirky, which suits us best, i think.
A storefront takeoverbut the entrance was tucked back down a tight side alley.$2 at the door (unless you folded your own origami box from the template printed at the bottom your ticket, then you got your rubber-band wrist band for free)It was crowded but cozy.There was space in the back too - a dimly lit path leading to an open garagethink: high school party (in a good way.)
Pockets of people gathered at each table -chile vodka + ginger beer at one,  golden brownie-edges at another/We shared a rosemary-mushroom roll and a fried-right-in-front-of-you doughnut.Dinner date with a twist.
Hen + Cousin Alaina were at home with a sleeping Hazel,giving us a couple of hours to get out…(thanks guys!)Our delicious Friday night in Ukrainian Village was good for the soul!We ran into friendsand talked to new peoplewe chatted and chewed… and watchedand took a piece of apple/cayenne pepper pie-to-go
Good Nite (Market)

tonight: nite market

A really cool scene
quirky, which suits us best, i think.

A storefront takeover
but the entrance was tucked back down a tight side alley.
$2 at the door (unless you folded your own origami box from the template printed at the bottom your ticket, then you got your rubber-band wrist band for free)
It was crowded but cozy.
There was space in the back too - a dimly lit path leading to an open garage
think: high school party (in a good way.)

Pockets of people gathered at each table -
chile vodka + ginger beer at one,  golden brownie-edges at another/
We shared a rosemary-mushroom roll and a fried-right-in-front-of-you doughnut.
Dinner date with a twist.

Hen + Cousin Alaina were at home with a sleeping Hazel,
giving us a couple of hours to get out…
(thanks guys!)
Our delicious Friday night in Ukrainian Village was good for the soul!
We ran into friends
and talked to new people
we chatted and chewed… and watched
and took a piece of apple/cayenne pepper pie-to-go

Good Nite (Market)

Chef Curtis Duffy is leaving Avenues @ the Peninsula (and taking the entire kitchen staff with him) to open a new restaurant in the West Loop…among culinary neighbors such as Grant Achatz’s Next, Stephanie Izard’s Girl & The Goat and Paul Kahan’s Blackbird, avec and The Publican
Details about his project haven’t been released yet, but Duffy is clear about his goal:

"We want to be the best restaurant in the country and be known as one of the best in the world….We want to push for three stars."

Can’t wait!
[via: mascarah]

Chef Curtis Duffy is leaving Avenues @ the Peninsula (and taking the entire kitchen staff with him) to open a new restaurant in the West Loop…among culinary neighbors such as Grant Achatz’s Next, Stephanie Izard’s Girl & The Goat and Paul Kahan’s Blackbird, avec and The Publican

Details about his project haven’t been released yet, but Duffy is clear about his goal:

"We want to be the best restaurant in the country and be known as one of the best in the world….We want to push for three stars."

Can’t wait!

[via: mascarah]

It rained hard on Saturday.
We made it inside just in the nick-of-time.  It was neat…from our perch on the terrace, we watched the storm roll in across millennium park.
Once the skies quieted down and clouds closed back up, we were left to a enjoy a technicolor reflection.
8.13.11

It rained hard on Saturday.

We made it inside just in the nick-of-time.  It was neat…from our perch on the terrace, we watched the storm roll in across millennium park.

Once the skies quieted down and clouds closed back up, we were left to a enjoy a technicolor reflection.

8.13.11