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Gymboree Time with Loden and Ellyza

February 17th, 2014 · No Comments

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Loden scoped out a free class at Gymboree and invited Makai and I to join her and Ellyza at the class. We had brunch at Bakin’ & Eggs. The food was only ok, but the good part was that pretty much every table had at least one young child, so if your baby made a fuss, no one noticed. Ellyza was perfect, but Makai was a bit fussy. I don’t think he had a good morning nap. The class was pretty laid back. There were six babies total, but Makai was the only boy! Ladies man. He was more interested in what everyone else was doing and in looking at the instructor than anything I was doing! He still seemed to have fun, though.

In case you’re wondering, YES, Ellyza is on the small side and Makai is on the large side. I think around the time this photo was taken Ellyza was weighing about 12 pounds and Makai was about 17. Ellyza is just five days older than Makai.

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Paul Baker’s Birthday at Headquarters Beercade

February 5th, 2014 · No Comments

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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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Gapers Block Hot Dog Cookoff

July 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment

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Later on Saturday afternoon we met up with Sara, Alden, Paula and Kate for the Gapers Block Hotdog Cookoff in the Schuba’s parking lot. This was a pretty cool event. Participating chefs from Kuma’s Corner, Harmony Grill, The Haute and The Dog, ManBQue, and Gapers Block started with Vienna Beef hot dogs and then used them to cook up whatever they wanted. Fat Rice was supposed to participate, but for some reason was not there. Ok with me. I’m kind of annoyed with them right now!

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Kuma’s Corner hotdog: Spicy chili and lots of veggies.

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Gapers Block hotdog: Thai hotdog kebab.

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ManBQue hotdog: A stuffed Mexican hotdog with refried beans, cheese and chicharones, among other things.

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Harmony Grill hotdog: Bacon, jalapeno jam, Cheetos-coated fried onions

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The Haute and The Dog hotdog: Cheese-stuffed hotdog taco with pulled pork.

Some of the chefs did a hot dog in a bun with crazy toppings, but others did some pretty imaginative stuff. Gapers Block made a Thai hotdog kebab and The Haute and The Dog did a kind of taco hotdog with pulled pork added on the top.

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After tasting all of the entries (luckily they were served in half-hotdog portions!) it was time to vote. I really liked Harmony Grill’s hotdog. If I remember correctly, this dog was cooked in bacon fat and had jalapeno jam that was actually pretty sweet. There were some Cheetos fried onions on the top and also some bacon in there somewhere, I think. YUMYUM. Everyone got a slip of paper that they submitted at competitor tables to vote. If you wanted you could also vote “the Chicago way,” by stuffing the ballet boxes with money!

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In addition to the popular, people’s choice vote, there was also official judging done by experts! Doug Sohn of Hot Doug’s, David Lissner “The Food Dude“, and Bruce Kraig, author of Man Bites Dog conferred at the end, while Paul Baker tried to listen in, and chose a winner.

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Funny thing: ManBQue won both the popular vote and the judges vote! They had a Sonora hotdog that they told me is popular in Northern Mexico and Arizona. Sara thinks she should be a judge next year, since she picked ManBQue as her favorite too!

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All in all, we had a really fun time and felt good knowing that all of the proceeds will benefit Reach Out and Read Illinois, an early literacy organization.

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