Entries Tagged as 'jessica'

Makai Meets the Easter Bunny

April 16th, 2014 · 2 Comments


Over the weekend some of my family visited (more on that later) and my mom and Jess went with Makai and me to meet the Easter Bunny in Roscoe Village. There was no line or anything, he was just hanging around outside of Village Paperie, which was perfect. It was 76 degrees outside, so we took Makai for a visit and then took a stroll around. I was afraid he would be afraid, but he wasn’t! Yay. The little bunny was a gift from grandpa and grandma.

Jess didn’t really want to go by the Easter Bunny, but he got her in the end!


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A Visit From Cousin Jessica

April 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment


Dallas’s cousin Jessica from Honolulu lives in Brooklyn now and was in Chicago over the weekend. She was nice enough to make time to come out to Logan Square and meet Makai and have dinner with us. We wanted to go to Revolution, but there was a wedding reception there and they were jammed so we went next door to Chicago Diner, the popular vegetarian restaurant. Jessica has a mostly veggie diet, I’d only been there for brunch, and Dallas had never been there, so it worked out great. And actually, it was really tasty and baby friendly.


Jessica was nice enough to bring Makai a few gifts, which I made him model the next day :). And for us, some totally decadent macarons that she brought from La Maison Du Macaron in New York and some amazing Belgian pastries from Hendrickx Bakery in Chicago. Leave it to the New Yorker to tell us where to get some amazing croissants in our own town!


It was great to visit with Jessica, since it had been about four years since we last saw her! And good to introduce Makai to more relatives!

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Brunch at The Radler

February 25th, 2014 · No Comments

photo by Stephanie

photo by Stephanie

My brother brought Steph and Jess down for a visit and we all went (with Makai) to The Radler for brunch. Dallas and I had been there for dinner, but they just recently added brunch, so I was excited to give it a try. This is what we had:

- Pretzel Bread Pudding :: White chocolate, pastry cream, haus cherry jam (Stephanie)
- Buttermilk Biscuits & Sausage Gravy (Jessica)
- Cremini Mushroom Poutine :: Two eggs, local cheese curds, roasted mushroom gravy, fries (Richard)
- Smoked Brisket Reuben & Fries :: Gruyere, sauerkraut, haus 1,000 island (Rachelle)
- Banana Bread :: Toasted oat streusel, almonds, sliced banana (shared)

I liked my reuben, but I’m probably not the best judge, since I rarely get it. I thought it was delicous though. My only complaint was that the bread didn’t hold up and I ended up eating it with a knife and fork. Steph said her pretzel bread pudding was pretty much like eating dessert, so be warned that it’s sweet (not that I personally would mind that!). I think everyone liked what they got. I remember really liking the streusel on the banana bread!


My brother had the Haus Hefeweizen and I had the Bloody Mary, which came with a Haus Helles back, pickled carrot, bacon olive, onion, knockwurst and cheese. The bloody mary was really good. Not too spicy, just right. Steph had some Goose Island soda and Jess stuck with her usual, Coke. The Coke came in a little bottle.

So. Anyway. Everyone was pleased with their meal at The Radler. It wasn’t the cheapest, but was good. Here’s a new part of my thoughts on restaurants – The Radler was chill enough for Makai, not so quiet that when he fussed everyone looked, but not super loud. They have high chairs, but I found out the hard way that there are no changing tables in the bathrooms. I think we’ll be back. We’ve had a good dinner and a good brunch. Still so glad to have this new restaurant option added to our neighborhood!

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