February 22nd, 2014 · 2 Comments
Last weekend mom and dad came down for a visit. It was my dad’s 65th birthday that week so we celebrated. For his birthday we always get him the latest John Grisham book. Luckily Grisham has done his part to write at least one new book each year! We also got him some Metropolis and Intelligentsia coffee and went out to lunch at Lillie’s Q, which has some great barbecue and Southern food that my dad loves.
Grandpa and Grandma gave Makai a giant stuffed teddy bear for Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure Makai knows what it is yet, but it makes a great pillow! Happy Birthday and Happy Valentines Day!
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Paul Baker’s birthday at Headquarters was so much fun last year, that we did it again this year! The bar has really expanded, thankfully. They’ve added 7,000 square feet and the new area is much more spacious. I just remember last year it was so packed and took forever to get a beer. The new space has, I think, 2-3 additional bars! I only played a couple games and spent most of my time catching up with Alden and Paul and Kate. I hadn’t seen Paul and Kate since the summer!!
Before the arcade fun, we had dinner at Penny’s. I hadn’t been there forever. After the arcade, Alden and I went to Barrelhouse Flat for one drink. Jess was at a show and tried to get into Headquarters but the line was LONG. Like 50 people. Even with their expanded space. So we met her and Chris and another friend at Barrelhouse Flat. I was so tired from standing all night, though, so then we headed to Paddy Long’s for one more.. then I was out! That was the longest I’d stayed up and out for a looong time and I was TIRED. Fun night, though.
P.S. Emporium Arcade Bar might be opening a second location in Logan Square, by our house, but Headquarters Beercade is also opening a second location in River North in the spring.
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We’ve been wanting to go to Kai Zan for over a year, but much of the year I was pregnant and wasn’t supposed to be eating raw fish. We passed it up for my birthday and finally got there last night for Dallas’s birthday. We both got the omakase (chef’s choice), which was $60 per person for about 14 small courses. Some were literally one bite and some were a little bigger. We also had to get the hamachi kama, because we love it and can never pass it up when it’s available!
The omakase at Kai Zan was great. It lets you try things from all over their menu. About half of the courses were raw and about half were cooked. We also loved the hamachi kama. We got a nice, big meaty piece that was grilled to perfection and served with ponzu and daikon. Kai Zan has a cool vibe going on inside. I really liked it. Also, it’s BYO so you can cut down on costs by bringing your own booze. We both really liked our experience there and I think we’ll be back. Especially since it’s just a few minutes drive from our house!
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