Entries Tagged as 'dance'

Hubbard Street Dance at the Harris Theater

March 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment

This year for our annual dinner and a show night, my mom and I saw Hubbard Street Dance perform at the Harris Theater. This year my dad drove down with her and along with Dallas we all had dinner at our neighborhood Argentinean restaurant, El Nandu. Then my mom and I took a cab downtown for the show while my dad and Dallas fell asleep in front of a marathon of college basketball games.

I’d been wanting to check out Hubbard Street Dance for a long time so when I saw the Groupon for it, I thought it was a good opportunity to both finally check it out and to take my mom out for our annual event. I’m glad we went. Artistically, I don’t know if it was 100% up my ally, but it was a totally impressive, beautiful, inspiring show. Especially impressive given I don’t have a lick of dance talent and don’t know how the dancers can do all the moves they did. Very talented dancers.

On Sunday we all went out for lunch at Revolution Brewing and then my parents were off to head back to Wisconsin. We had a fun weekend together and also very productive. We got to do a brain dump and get feedback about a ton of wedding stuff – invitations, location, dress, etc. Things are moving along slowly but surely on that front.

During a dance intermission my mom and I were trying to count up all the nights out we had over the past years. Here’s my count. I think it’s accurate?

2009: Rhapsody & Jersey Boys
2008: Landmark & Dead Man’s Cell Phone at the Steppenwolf Theater
2007: Costello’s & Blue Man Group
2005/6: Hillary’s Urban Eatery (HUE) & Wicked
2004: Petterino’s & Mamma Mia
Ze Olde Days (1999?): Riverdance in Milwaukee
Ancient Times (1997?): Lorie Line

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Mesa Grill at Caesar’s Palace

December 1st, 2009 · 5 Comments

When I lived in New York I always wanted to go to one of Bobby Flay‘s restaurants, but at the time they were way out of my budget. I’d thought about going when I went back and visited, but never did. So, when Cory and Chris asked if we’d like to join them for Thanksgiving lunch at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill in Caesar’s Palace, we said “for sure!”

Mesa Grill, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas

Mesa Grill, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas

Mesa Grill was featuring a Thanksgiving menu, but we decided not to order from it. It would have been nice to actually have turkey on Thanksgiving, but we came to try the food that Flay is known for, and so we ordered from the regular menu. This is what we had:

Tiger Shrimp + Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale: Corn-Cilantro Sauce

Goat Cheese “Queso Fundido”: Rajas + Blue Corn Tortilla Strips

Oyster Special: Can’t remember exactly what was in these, but they were cooked oysters put back in the shell with some sauce

New Mexican Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin: Bourbon-Ancho Chile Sauce, Sweet Potato Tamale + Crushed Pecan Butter

Southwestern Spiced Duck Breast: Carrot-Habanero Sauce, Chorizo-Goat Cheese Tamale + Thyme Butter

Grilled Lamb Porterhouse Chops: Tangerine-Roasted Jalapeno-Mint Sauce + Plantain Tamale with Molasses Butter

I really liked the cheese appetizer, of course. Unlike other fundido I’ve had, the addition of goat cheese added a nice tanginess to the appetizer. I also really liked the tamale. For the entrees, I had the duck, Cory had the pork and Chris and Dallas both got the lamb. We all tasted each other’s food and everyone agreed that the pork was the tastiest. We all enjoyed the duck as well. It was agreed that the lamb was a disappointment. It didn’t taste bad, but it wasn’t flavorful at all. Overall, I was glad to try Flay’s food, but I wasn’t head over heels.

Mesa Grill, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas

After lunch, Cory and Chris were off to meet up with some others in the family. Dallas and I hung around Caesars and then headed back to Planet Hollywood, where we were staying. We needed to rest off our food coma because in a few hours we were due to go to a buffet!

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Balinese Dancer, See You In My Nightmares!

September 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments




Over the weekend I went to the Bucktown Arts Fest with Jess, Alden and Elizabeth. On a small stage in the park we saw this Balinese dancer and accompanying musicians. The dancer was SO creepy. At least one kid was yelling “NO!NO!” and had to be taken away!

The fest itself was pretty cool. Unlike many of the Chicago fests that are ver much the same, this one actually had many many many artist stalls and tents. Everything from jewelry to paintings to clothing to photography and much more was on display and for sale. I didn’t buy anything but I did take some cards from artists I like.. so maybe later on.

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