Seven Lions

Recently, we had a team dinner at Seven Lions, Alpana Singh’s newest restaurant. It’s not too far from the office, so we just walked over after work. There were twelve of us and we had to be seated at two tables, which was kind of a bummer, but luckily my table ordered a a ton of food and I got to sample many things.

Frank’s wife works nearby and has been to Seven Lions several times. She recommended the brussels sprout and burrata toast appetizer, which exceeded my expectations and goes down as one of my favorite things of the night. The scallops entree was good. I also really liked the fritto misto and the au graten potatoes. And who can resist a fun dessert that has both candied bacon and cotton candy!??! Actually all of the desserts we ordered were fantastic (s’mores bread pudding!!! and a milkshake with peanut butter mousse!!!), so props to the pastry chef.

We pretty much closed the place down as we hung around after dinner and tried many of the fine cocktails. I ordered several from the signature cocktail list. A few of my coworkers ordered many, many Old Fashioneds and said they were very good, if you’re into that sort of thing. I liked the decor of the space too. Very nice. I had a lot of photos of fancy chandeliers on my phone as the night (and drinking) progressed!

Looking forward to my next visit to Seven Lions! You got a winner, Alpana!

Easter Celebrations

In addition to the Palmer Square Easter Egg Hunt that we attended with Dallas’s family, we also went to Dallas’s cousin Jeff’s house out in Schaumburg for more Easter celebrating. And we also celebrated with my family a few weeks ago. My parent’s got Makai candy and he didn’t even know it was for eating! He just played with it. Spoiled Easter Boy!

Christmas Dinner at Aunty Gail’s

Photo by Heather

Photo by Heather

Photo by Heather

This was the 10th year in a row that we have gone to Dallas’s Aunty Gail’s house for Christmas dinner. My parents are visiting from Wisconsin this year and we contemplated not going, but in the end we did and dragged my parents along. I’m glad we did because it is so nice to see all of the family, including many who fly in and we don’t see very often. Of course, everyone made my parents feel right at home and they had a great time.


Photos by Heather





Photo by Heather

Last year Makai was just a baby. This year John was the smallest baby. Makai was running around and trying to get right in there with the bigger kids. That was fun to watch. He and his pal Hana are getting to the age when they can finally play together. When they were hugging I almost died. Cuteness!! Also, we keep Makai away from our stairs at home as much as we can, but at Aunty Gail’s tri-level home, there are a lot of stairs and they’re carpeted with VERY plush carpet and Makai would not hold back on going up the stairs. He’s a pro now.


Photo by Heather

Every year Aunty Gail makes beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole and her mom’s lettuce/mayo/crab/pea salad. It never varies. Dessert varies because other people always bring different desserts, but Aunty Gail always makes her signature cookies. Someone made brownies, my parents brought a tray of their homemade Christmas candy and Naoko made a delicious yule log.



Photo by Heather

Every year Aunty Gail reminds you a hundred times to bring your grab bag, “no junk!”. The gift exchange was a little more lively than it had been in the past couple years. Maybe because with my parents and Marty’s new wife, there were a few newbies. I just wanted the bottle of wine, dangit! My gift ended up including a bottle of wine, though, so that was nice.

Christmas Dinners Past: