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An Extended Weekend of Birthday Celebrations

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

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My Saturday night began and ended at Liz’s birthday party. She is turning 30 and celebrated at Smoke Daddy. Dallas and Makai and I took the bus down to Wicker Park (our train station is still closed). This was Makai’s second time on the bus, but the first time was just with Dallas. We had a few drinks and some fun, but had to leave after a short while.

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Dallas and I had plans for Saturday dinner at Kai Zan. Makai got his first paid babysitter. It was a little strange, but he was with someone he knows who loves him, so it was fine. Kai Zan was delicious. We tried a lot of adventurous things. Afterwards we met back up with Liz’s party at Smoke Daddy again where we proved that three root beers (10% AVB) is not the limit, even when you’re pairing them with shots of Fireball!

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On Sunday, my parents, who were in the area for a wedding, came over. We went to brunch at Revolution Brewing and Makai got his own meal for the first time. It was a side of scrambled eggs, his favorite food. He LOVES eggs! We also got some good chores done, like finally getting the gate by the stairs installed.

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On Monday, my actual birthday, Dallas had to fly to San Francisco for work, but it was still a great day. I treated myself at breakfast and went to Intelligentsia for a great coffee and ham and cheese croissant. At lunch I ducked out to the nail salon for some pampering. And in the afternoon I got my annual flower delivery, which I completely forgot was coming until Amanda was standing at my desk with the vase of flowers. Very summery this year. Pretty colors. Lots of roses and daisies.

For dinner, I picked up Makai and met Jess at Lula. I’d never been there with Makai, but they were SUPER kid friendly (high chairs, plastic cups, crayons, and my biggest pet peeve lately – the waiter was awesome and DID NOT set things right in front of Makai so he could immediately swipe them off the table). The food was great at Lula, the weather was really a perfect summer night, Makai was well behaved, and best of all, I got to catch up with a good friend.

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And continuing on into Tuesday! At lunch I went to Eggy’s with some of my friends at work. We had to continue the birthday tradition by getting the poutine. It looks gross in the photo, but it is SO good. And then for dinner, Makai and I met Jen, Quinn, Kristin, Cousin and Donna at Longman & Eagle. Makai’s first dining experience at a Michelin starred restaurant. Ha. I wasn’t sure how kid-friendly Longman is, but they have high chairs and we sat outside, which is more casual. It was fine. Actually, it was great! Lots of fun with a bunch more friends, all while having a great dining experience!

Maybe 39 29 isn’t so bad! Thanks to all of my friends and family for all of the texts and instant messages and cards and gifts and time spent celebrating. You have made this a great birthday!

Oh. And here’s my growing list of birthday flowers!
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Blue Line Rehab is Getting Painful

August 11th, 2014 · No Comments

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I was on a walk yesterday looking at the CTA Blue Line construction that has closed our closest station, California, several times this summer, for several days each time. Not only has our access to the train been limited, but the construction has also closed our street and ally a few times. Yesterday I couldn’t even get our car out because one end was blocked by the CTA construction and the other end was blocked by some AT&T line work.

I shouldn’t have been complaining so much! This morning we woke up to news that the California station will be closing for 6 weeks, beginning just after Labor Day! I guess it could be worse. The Damen station is closing for 9 weeks, after California reopens, and in the colder months!

I know this is all for the greater good. The Blue Line can be slow and our station is really showing its age, but after going through the big Brown Line rehab a few years back when we lived in Roscoe Village, it’s all still fresh in our minds!

Time to Google and see if walking to the Logan Square stop or walking to Western is faster. I don’t think the #56 bus is an option because the traffic through Bucktown and Wicker Park is horrible during rush hours. AHHHHHHHHH!!!

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Grandma J’s Local Kitchen

March 28th, 2014 · No Comments

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A few weekends ago, Jess and Sara and I got together for brunch and to check out Grandma J’s Local Kitchen. They’d been hearing great things about it, but somehow it had flown under my radar, so I was excited to give it a try.

Inside was very small and cute and kitschy and mismatched. It really does feel like you’re eating at your grandma’s house!

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To start we tried the deviled eggs with bacon and the fried pickles with roasted red pepper aioli. This was our first peek at the food and it was surprisingly gourmet. And. Delicious. The eggs were really rich and decadent!

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I tried the braised pork belly bennie (two cage free poached eggs with nitrate free bacon on top of French Bread and hollandaise comes with potato hash), Sara had The Works (two cage free poached eggs on top of potato hash with swiss cheese marinated mushrooms, crispy kale, bacon and fried tomato in a bowl comes with toast,house made jam) and Jess had Duck Three Ways (duck confit with a free range poached duck egg in a maltaise with duck fat fried hash).

Everyone enjoyed their food, but I was especially jealous of The Works that Sara got because it looked SO GOOD.

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Grandma J’s is BYO, so I brought a bottle of prosecco. For $6 we got the mimosa tray and they gave us three seasonal fruit juices (grapefruit, cranberry and orange), to use as mixers. That was a fun way to do mimosas!

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As a side note, I noticed on the menu that they had mac salad and then I noticed some Hawaiian-ish things on the wall… one spot said “tutu wahine,” which means grandma in Hawaiian.. but then realized that as I looked around, grandma was written on the wall in various languages all over the place. Still… the owner’s name is Layla Malia, so I’m going to guess that there is some kind of Hawaiian connection.

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After brunch we went to The Chop Shop to check out The Wicker Collective, a warehouse sale of multiple boutiques in Wicker Park. I didn’t get anything from the sale, but I did get some super yummy prociutto from The Chop Shop! I want to go back there for a meal.

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