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The Doughnut Vault

April 26th, 2011 · 4 Comments

A few weeks ago The Doughnut Vault opened up around the corner from my office and Chicago has never been the same since. All I keep hearing people talk about is “OMG did you hear about this new doughnut place!??!” Especially River North people. While the actual Doughnut Vault location is teeny tiny, the lines are not. They’re very LOOOOONG. Like 100+ people long. Like wait for an hour long. And, as you know the weather these past weeks has been anything but good.

So, why would people wait in line in the cold and rain so long for a doughnut? Well, the doughnuts are homemade in small batches, using high-quality ingredients, fresh every day. The Doughnut Vault makes about 300 – 350 doughnuts and they sell out in just a couple hours. They open up between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., Tuesday – Saturday. You have to check their Twitter to see exactly when they’re opening.. or just go out there and get in line early. There’s always a line before they even open. On Twitter you can also see what flavors are left and when they’re sold out for the day. And they’re really active on their Tumbler site. They post foodie porn photos, give tidbits about doughnuts, and answer people’s questions. So, homemade, small, fresh batches and active social media… it’s the key to a doughnut frenzy.

In my office we couldn’t stop talking about The Doughnut Vault and trying the doughnuts. Finally last Friday, my coworker Taylor stood in line. For a long time. For an hour. In the rain. When it was 40 degrees outside. The maximum number of doughnuts you can get is 6. He got 6. It was $17! Taylor knows that I’ve been wanting to they the doughnuts so he gave me my pick. I chose chocolate glazed.

Look at the size of this doughnut! It is not small! The chocolate glazed was actually twice glazed, once with a vanilla/sugar layer and then chocolate on the top of that and some chocolate sprinkles mixed in as well. The inside of the doughnut was soft and fluffy and the outside had just enough crispness from the fry and the glaze. These doughnuts were dang good. To tell the truth, though, i can’t remember the last time I ate a doughnut.. so I’m no connoisseur… but yeh.. omg.. Delicious. Especially since I didn’t have to wait the hour in the rain!

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Ziplining in Princeville

March 16th, 2011 · No Comments

Jeannette & Paul on the truck driving through the ranch to the zipline area.

Cows (and Chickens!) on the ranch.

Jessica & Rachelle (The Pose)

Amanda going down the first line.



I tried to take a video while ziplining. Mostly all you see is blue sky and my hair in the wind!

Since we had so much fun ziplining with Donna and Dustin on Maui, Dallas decided early on in our vacation and wedding planning that he wanted to coordinate a zipline tour for our friends. I didn’t want another thing to plan, but Dallas was all for it, so I let him take it and run with it.

Paul & Jeannette on the suspension bridge.

Shannan. The guides told us to run across the bridge and not use our hands to hold on. It was ok til they started shaking it like crazy!.

Stephanie. The ravine was really deep and you could see straight down it between the bridge slats. Scary!

Dallas did all the research and found that Princeville Ranch Adventures would best suit our needs. We were interested in the Zip ‘N Dip Expedition which lasted 4.5 hours, included 9 ziplines, a suspension bridge, lunch and an hour at a hidden swimming hole. Dallas sent an email to all of our friends and within less than a day we had 34 friends interested, which worked out great because we could do 12 people per time slot so, including us, we’d take up 3 full time slots (out of 4) that day.




A short hike between lines. Richard, Amanda, Tien, Jessica, Shannan, Kate.



Dallas split everyone up into the following groups: Team Discovery Channel: Caroline, Tammy, Limey, Kristin, Chad, Brian, Jill, Jess G., Trent, Loden, Allison, Herm. Team Packerrific: Rachelle, Richard, Amanda, Stephanie, Paul, Kate, Tien, Shannan, Jess B., Ted, Jeannette, Yvan. Team OG Kush: Dallas, Jordan, Liz, Cousin, Ross, Matt, Adam, Christine, Brian, Sara, Todd, Kelly. So, needless to say, all of my photos are of Team Packerrific.




Guide Taylor showing off!

Our guides were Keiki and Taylor. Keiki was a local guy, born and raised in the Princeville area. He said he lived about ten minutes away from Princeville Ranch. Taylor was a transplant, I think. Keiki was super jokey, teased me a lot for being the bride, and also told our group about local culture. Taylor was fun, too, but more straight-laced.

Most of the people on our tour had never ziplined before. Maybe no one, except me, I think. And even though I’d done it before, I still had a few moments of panic! It’s so fun, but can be freaky too. I thought Amanda was going to have a heart attack before the first line, but by the 4th one she was running off the platforms. You can run if you’re brave, but most people just step off and let gravity do its thing.

Ted and Jessica racing down the last line, a double line called King Kong.

Richard and Amanda racing down King Kong.

King Kong is 1200 feet long, the longest line of the day.

The ladder up to King Kong is 26 feet tall.

Looking down from the King Kong platform.

Guide Keiki getting Kate locked in.

Paul and Kate racing across the King Kong line.

Paparazzi at the end of the King Kong line!

The last line is called the King Kong and it’s 1,200 feet across! This zipline actually had two lines and you were supposed to race. Most everyone in our group was coupled up so the couples all raced against each other. Leftover was me and my niece Stephanie, so we raced. I thought I’d beat her for sure, just because I weigh more, but when the guide said “1, 2, 3, GO!” I hesitated and Steph ran off the platform when he said go. So I lost!

Back: Ted, Jeannette, Richard, Paul, Tien, Yvan, Shannan. Front: Jessica, Kate, Rachelle, Amanda, Stephanie.

Riding in the truck back to our cars.

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Roundarch Summer Event & 10 Year Anniversary

August 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Chicago Skyline from the Shedd Aquarium

Silvia, Victor & Ryan

Taylor & Mark

Stella, Anandi, Anjum

Matt & RJ

At the Oceanarium

Beluga Whale

Beluga Whales

Coral Reef Exhibit

Coral Reef Exhibit

Coral Reef Exhibit

James talking about those who have been with Roundarch for 10 years, himself included.

Marlena, Jaivin, Anjum


Every year Roundarch has a summer event (see 2009, 2008), but this year’s event was extra special because we were also celebrating our 10 year anniversary.

This summer everyone was flown in from all the other offices and everyone stayed at the Trump. Many, many meetings were held there and then our party was at the Shedd Aquarium. The drinks were flowing all night long and the food was very good as well. I felt a little weird about eating sushi at the Aquarium, but not so bad that I didn’t indulge in it! It was fun to see everyone that I work with in all the other offices. Great party, Roundarch!

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