Dan Dan noodles are a classic Chinese Sichuan (Szechuan) dish. The quite-spicy dish pairs a spicy sauce (Sichuan peppers, chili oil, vinegar, minced pork, scallions) with wheat-flour noodles. They’re pretty easy to make at home but the to-go version is hard to pass up. I love to add them on to a larger order of less… Continue reading EAT: Dan Dan Noodles 擔擔麵
Wow. I took a break that lasted longer than I planned. Sitting inside while it’s 10 degrees outside, reading the Rainbow Cone post from last July reminds me just how long it’s been. Well, here’s to 2014 and hoping I can get back on the (blogging) horse.
I had my first Chicago RAINBOW CONE not too long ago. In a few words: highly recommended. ORIGINAL RAINBOW CONE 9233 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60643 (773) 238-7075
Last week, I went to New York for Forrester’s Forum For Customer Experience. While I was in town, I grabbed dinner with a friend at THE SMITH (Midtown). Dinner was great! Service was excellent from the time we walked in. We had reservations but the place was crowded and they were unable to seat us right… Continue reading EAT: THE SMITH / NYC
When I was touring the city before relocating, the front desk clerk at The James listed GRAHAMWICH as a must-try, nearby recommendation. Unfortunately, award-winning chef Graham Elliot’s sandwich shop is only open from 8am-5pm and I was unable to sample the fare. These days, Grahamwich provides a nice break from the office and it’s never… Continue reading EAT: GRAHAMWICH / State & Ontario
I moved to Chicago a little over a year ago and took almost as much time off blogging. Oh, WordPress, how I have missed thee. Kicking it back off with a series on my favorite Chicago sights/scenes/foods/more. Chicago resident and tourist recommendation #1 : 1. CHICAGO RIVER ARCHITECTURE TOUR A little more than an hour… Continue reading GO: Hello, Chicago!
The newest outpost of NOOKIES opened up in Edgewater several months ago and it’s quickly become a neighborhood favorite. I haven’t stopped by for dinner (yet) but have had a lovely brunch several times. And, as you know, I love a great brunch. It’s not as hip (aka crowded) as the joints on Clark so it’s… Continue reading EAT: NOOKIES / Edgewater (Bryn Mawr)
I hadn’t had my Hunter boots for very long when I noticed a white, powder-looking coating. A quick Google search told me this phenomenon is called “blooming” and caused by the natural wax in the boot coming to the surface. Seems the two most popular methods to get rid of the bloom are olive oil… Continue reading TRY: Wax On, Wax Off
Thanks to an awesome Daily Candy deal, I finally got to splurge on some long-coveted products from THE LAUNDRESS. Shown above: Wash & Stain Bars Can be used for spot cleaning and hand washing. Best when used for working on stains found on collars, cuffs, small straps & other tricky areas. Not recommended for wine… Continue reading BUY: THE LAUNDRESS
My mom was in town this weekend with her very good friend, J., whose nephew is member of the very talented band JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND. We lucked out because they were playing in the Chipotle Cultivate Festival on Saturday. After one awesome set, we went about checking out the rest of the festival. The… Continue reading GO: Cultivate Festival, Lincoln Park
Love, love this made-to-order Heirloom Tote from the Etsy shop RIB AND HULL. From the item description: This bag is made from hand finished vegetable tanned leather from Italy. It is a premium leather. There is not leather like it. It is not drum dyed so the finish is only on the exterior. The interior… Continue reading BUY: RIB AND HULL Heirloom Tote
In Andersonville, everyone talks about M. HENRY. Look at the photos and you’ll see why. Two different trips– cinnamon french toast the first time. And, quiche for the most recent visit. Service is friendly and while the restaurant was clearly busy, we didn’t feel rushed — a brunch must-have. Already looking forward to the next… Continue reading EAT: M. HENRY / Andersonville/Edgewater