Entries Tagged as 'jen'

New Years Eve 2014

January 1st, 2015 · No Comments

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This year’s New Years Eve looked very different than previous years, as you can see. Makai’s daycare had the popular children’s performer, Mary Macaroni, in to perform and do a countdown to the new year at noon. Then the kids were all released early.

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Later on we went to Jen and Chad’s house and stuck it out as long as Makai could make it (until about 9:30 p.m.). Maybe next year he’ll make it longer (or we’ll get a babysitter). This was the 9th year we’ve spent New Years Eve at Jen and Chad’s house!

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Chicagoist 10 Year Anniversary Party

October 27th, 2014 · No Comments

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Pre-gaming at Gold Star. Julene, Chuck, Rachelle, Justin, Shannon, Erin, Scott, Mike, Margaret, Kevin, Matt. Not pictured: Jim, Michelle, Sam. (Photo by Chuck)

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@Emporium Wicker Park

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Chuck’s opening remarks.

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Q: How many selfies can one take in a night? A: Lots!

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With Jen, of Gothamist

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With Andrew, of Gapers Block

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This logo is burned in my brain.

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Don’t ask!

Chicagoist 10 Year Anniversary Party: The night was EPIC.

– Reconnecting with friends with whom you used to spend every waking moment with either in person or online
– Special guests from New York City
– Hours of free drinks
– Reenacting scandalous 8-year-old photos
– Free Chicagosit merch
– Sending your husband home early
– Endless selfies
– Shots of Fireball that you only discovered you bought (three rounds!) when you find the Fireball soaked receipt in your purse the next day
– Flash Taco (enough said)
– Stolen burritos
– Losing things in the bushes next to your front stoop
– Having to wake the entire household, including your in-laws, because you don’t have your keys
– Finding random things in your pants pockets while doing laundry the next day

I don’t know how 10 years has gone by! I still remember moving to Chicago 10 years ago and Jen and Jake pitching the thought of “starting a site like Gothamist but for Chicago.” I still remember meeting my co-founder, Margaret, at the Starbucks in 444 N. Michigan. And meeting our first two writers at Handlebar and drinking super cheap-o Schlitz. Time flies! People change (we’re going to have a Chicagoist playdate soon), but people are fundamentally the same. I need to be better about getting out and seeing everyone!

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Belly Q

October 12th, 2014 · No Comments

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I’m a fan of Chef Bill Kim‘s, having frequented his casual restaurants, Urban Belly and Belly Shack. I’d never been to his high end restaurant, Belly Q, so I was happy to check it out with Jess, Jen, Jill, and Kristin. We ordered a ton of stuff (below) and shared everything. Fantastic! Probably my favorite thing was the wagyu kalbi. But not as good as our family recipe, of course! :)

Here’s what we had:

Avocado Basil Hummus: Yogurt, Curry, Spiced Rice Puff
Brisket Buns: Braised Beef, Peppers, Onion
Double Smoked Bacon Pancake: Frisee, Kimchi

Roasted Tuna: Coconut Grits, Marinated Vegetables, Shrimp Dressing
Wagyu Korean Short Ribs: Carrots, Crispy Shallots
Tea Smoked Duck Breast: Chinese Broccoli, Steamed Buns

Sticky Rice: Dried Shrimp, Togarashi, Chinese Sausage, Mushrooms

Peanut Butter & Jelly Soft Serve: Peanut Butter Crunch, Huckleberry Jam 6
Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts: Vanilla Soft Serve, Huckleberry Jam

If you look close, you can see Chef Kim in this photo:

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