24 June 2011

This Weekend: Venn Diagram

Well, this weekend is officially out of control. THERE'S WAY TOO MUCH GOING ON. Happy Pride, Happy Summer, Happy Festival Season!

Also, I decided to make this one on paint. What do you think of the new format?? 

23 June 2011

Three Aces

Tuesday night Adam and I got together and had a quick brainstorm session over what to do with ourselves. Said list included: 1) See Super 8 2) See Le Quattro Volte 3) Drink beers outside somewhere 4) Eat food. We settled on options 3 and 4, and after brainstorming for all of 30 seconds, I suggested we head to Three Aces a newish bar with an extensive patio on the edge of Little Italy.


Three Aces has a rock and roll vibe with tattooed and pierced servers, some head bangin' tunes, and killer burgers. My dad took me to Three Aces last week, and though I loved the cocktails and the popcorn appetizer, I had a pretty disappointing experience with my entree. Not sure why I thought it would be a good idea to order the Duck Egg, but being served a slimy goopy gigantic egg with not enough toast and a side of greasy prosciutto doesn't exactly entice the senses, particularly taste, sight, and smell.

Either way, I was so impressed with the abundance of seating and the drinklist that I opted to give it  a second chance. Adam and I took the bus over and sauntered onto the patio area where we sat for about 5 minutes wondering what to do with ourselves. A waitress came over and realizing that we hadn't been given menus or waters, apologized profusely and quickly blurted out "SO YOU GUYS WANT SOME SHOTS?" to which I confusedly said "YES!"

Our apology shots arrived, and we threw down our deliciously free whiskey instantly feeling totally groovy. We ordered the popcorn and each got a burger which was delicious. They make their own aioli, ketchup, and pickles in house which goes a long way for people who LOVE their condiments (see: Adam and I). I also happened to run into Amalie, a writer for Chicago Magazine who was working on an article on new bar patios that opened this season in Chicago. We quickly caught up on our likes and dislikes of the restaurant, at which point I proclaimed my love of not having to offer up my first born child for a table, unlike at Big Star. She quoted me in her article, which can be found here.

All in all, I'd say giving this place a second chance and NOT ordering the duck egg was a great decision. I couldn't believe how apologetic the waitress and manager were for their "poor service" - if I wanted to go to a burger joint full of inked up grade-a assholes, I'd hop over to Kuma's Corner.

Unlike Kuma's Corner, it looks as though Three Aces is going to be my summer hang out. And how could I forget to mention that Mario's Italian Ice is two blocks away!? Best Italian ice in the city. I'm a fan of their cantelope flavor as well as making the combo of chocolate banana.

This Weekend: Randolph Street Market

Sifting through the neverending list of amazing stuff happening this weekend, I wanted to highlight a few can't miss events! The Randolph Street Market will be happening on Saturday June 25 (10 AM - 5 PM) and Sunday June 26 (10 AM - 4 PM) at 1340 W. Washington. I attended the Modern Vintage Chicago event back in April, which was held inside of the Plumber's Hall - let me tell you, it was an absolute blast! And though the May event was a bit rainy and dreary, it got rave reviews from Tieka, Veronika, and Andrea. I was super bummed to miss the blogger meetup last month, but this upcoming weekend boasts great weather on Saturday - and fingers crossed on Sunday as well! If you have a chance, come stop by to peruse the goods for sale ranging in price and style from fab fashion finds to one-of-a-kind knick knacks and housewares.

For more information please check out the event website or download the event flier!!

FYI, a lot of the stalls are cash only, so come prepared and ready to spend... the thought of all that bakelite is making me drool.

20 June 2011

Father's Day Brunch

Yesterday we met for Father's Day brunch at my dad's apartment in the West Loop. We had the classic family brunch dishes with Dad's frittata full of farmer's market goodies, Deb's famous fruit salad, and mimosas that had a secret ingredient (involving brandied cherries). We ate till we couldn't eat anymore, and then sat down for some family portraits. It was the perfect Sunday afternoon and I was glad to share it with good company.

Happy Father's Day Dad, Abe, and Papa!


The last photograph is my favorite. We always wind up taking a candid photograph of Lillian and Abe, and it always ends up being the best photo of the day. This one did not disappoint.

19 June 2011

Missed Connection Meetup Part II

Last night I attended a 90's themed party and donned my ugliest/finest attire for the event. I'm actually really proud of this Titanic tee-shirt (thanks Sam!), but these pants are seriously a mistake. There are four zippers none of which act as a fly. I struggled trying not to zip myself into them a-la Something About Mary, and actually wound up pinching myself twice. Oh and I carried a copy of Leonardo DiCaprio's biography as an accessory, which is incredibly cool in the party setting though totally humiliating outside of the 90's apartment.

After the party, I headed up Division to get to the blueline and ran into my blind date grabbing a slice of pizza!! Though I was mortified by my outfit, I felt like this was too much of a good sign to not sit down and sip on a soda with him. It was totally fun, totally random, and completely reminded me of that scene in Me You and Everyone We Know where Christine runs into Richard after walking a long romantic block with him and then hops into his car as a bonus encounter (the afterlife).

Though I wasn't planning on telling him about my embarrassing love of Titanic and Leo, there was no way I could hide it wearing this outfit.

Titanic shirt: Sam Martone!
Plaid shirt: Target
Pants: thrifted Jordache
Necklace: Hawaii
Bracelets: India

Thai Wraps with Fried Tofu

I had the house to myself this weekend and one of the major perks is that I have the kitchen all to myself. I planned a menu earlier this week, did the grocery shopping, and made something a little different each day. I had creamy tomato gazpacho, summer corn chowder, cheddar and chive corn muffins, and tonight I made Thai wraps filled with veggies and tofu fried in a sweet soy sauce. Everything I ate was so completely delicious, and I have an abundance of leftovers. Next time, I'm inviting friends over to eat these goodies with me!!

I found these recipes from different blogs. The soy fried tofu comes from Bap Story, the cooking blog/side project to Jeana Sohn of Closet Visit. If you are interested in cooking Asian and Korean food, check out this delicious and gorgeously photographed food blog.

The wrap recipe and the peanut sauce to accompany it both came from One Perfect Bite. You can put whatever you want in the wraps - the recipe suggests chicken. But I've made the fried tofu before and loved it so much that I figured it would be a nice substitute for the chicken in this wrap. I loved the combination of flavors in this, and besides chopping up the veggies, there isn't really all that much prep involved in making these amazing and I'm guessing healthy wraps!!

clockwise from left to right: noodle wrap paper, soy seasoned tofu, vermicelli noodles, parsley/mint/cilantro, peanut sauce, lettuce/cucumber/carrot slices. YUM!



Nothing better than sleeping in with the cats, having the kitchen to myself, and being able to make a breakfast nice and slow. On today's menu: Kentucky egg-in-toast, bacon, strawberry and blueberry parfait, OJ, and coffee.

mm mm good.

18 June 2011

Missed Connection Meetup

For those of you who have been following my tumblr and my twitter, you will know full well that I posted a missed connection about three weeks ago. I posted after attending a really great art opening/discussion/food tasting as part of The Salon Series featuring the artist Mike Nudelman. And though I didn't actually talk to the guy, I felt an urge to make a posting to see if I could get into touch with him. My posting went basically unanswered - and then to my surprise, this past Monday I received an email from a JC, the organizer and creator of The Salon Series. He let me know that he'd figured out that I'd posted the missed connection and that he knew who I had posted it about - offering to put us in touch. Me and the guy sent some emails back and forth, and decided to meet for coffee this afternoon.

Of course the first thing that came to my mind was WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?! I wanted to wear something simple, slightly sophisticated, and well, "me". I wanted this meeting to be casual, comfortable, and as unawkward as possible. I picked up these great comfy harem pants last week at Anthropologie and have sort of been living in them since. As you know, I'm a big fan of horizontal stripes, and this outfit just sort of worked. Though I would've loved for my outfit to do the talking for me, I owned up to the challenge of meeting a complete stranger. And all in all, I think it went really well!!!

He is my age and incredibly nice. We both admitted to not being dog people, we both have never owned our own pet, we both took Chinese in high school and college, we both like Chungking Express, we both love to travel, and we both love to cook. Though the conversation lulled at moments I found it easy to toss questions back and forth. It was super fun, totally random, and a really great experience. I felt Miranda July would have approved of this entire encounter.

So here's to new friends, nice weather, and one-too-many cups of coffee!

Top: Loehman's
Pants: Anthropologie
Shoes: Naots
Bracelets: via my sister from India
Necklace: Hawaii

PS None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for JC Steinbrunner and The Salon Series. If you are looking for something amazing to do in the city of Chicago and love to look at art and talk about it while eating delicious food - this is for you. Please check out JC's upcoming event featuring artist Lara Miller.

PPS Check out JC's art!!

17 June 2011


As a freshman in college I befriended a lovely gal named Kathy, who we quickly donned Schmathy, and after wooing her with drawings of my favorite English professor - we became fast friends. We drank jugs of wine, she could get me to tell my most embarrassing stories to the most random groups of people, we shared a love a cats and Picasso, and she is who introduced me to the term "photosafari". A photosafari is when friends armed with cameras wonder around with no destination with the soul purpose of capturing some fun and random photographs that usually sum up an afternoon. There's nothing better than getting out of a class to a text saying "Photosafari?".

These shorts for some reason are very safari-esque to me. I'm not sure if it's the olive khaki or the modest length, but something about them screams SAFARI. If only dear Schmath were here for us to wonder around cameras in tow in this gorgeous early summer evening light.



Shirt: Funky Monkey, New Orleans
Shoes: Thrifted
Shorts: Anthropologie
Necklace: Falsi Gioli, Florence, Italy

Venn Diagram: Weekend of June 17-19

Not sure how much of this I'm planning on really attending, but I do know that I will be spending the weekend baking, making chowder, celebrating dads, and looking at old photographs on my external hard-drive (for the blog!). My big plans for tonight involve two Siamese cats, this recipe, and maybe going to see Midnight in Paris with myself and a giant bag of popcorn.


16 June 2011

summer uniform

I'm posting my first outfit post in a really long time - I think I was just getting over reverse culture shock from my visit to Cuba and posting pictures of my clothes had lost it's sweetness. But then I realized I like documenting what I'm wearing, and I like seeing what other stylish folks are wearing as well. Plus this entire outfit was remixed from some favorites in my closet that I've never even considered of pairing together - can you blame me for loving this look?? It's comfy, casual, slightly dressy, and totally weather appropriate (is it spring/summer/or fall Chicago?). I've been wearing a lot of this yellow and blue combo lately, today marked the second time that someone at work told me I was wearing Michigan colors!! Needless to say, I love this dress and I'm so happy I own it in two colors. And these pants are funny because I own them in three styles. Sometimes we just have these staples in our wardrobe...


Dress: Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand
Pants: Tripp NYC
Belt: UO
Sandals: J.Crew
Necklace: Hawaii

Galesburg or Bust

I went to Galesburg for Lexie's graduation from Knox College, and had one of the best weekends I have had ALL YEAR. It's so strange to be a visitor in a place that I once called home, but comforting to know that, though some things have changed, most of the good things I love about this place have remained the same. Q's Cafe still serves the best sandwiches in town, Duffy's still has the most incredible jukebox, and Knox College is still as magical as it was the day I left it.

Congratulations to Lexie and all of Knox students who were graduated from that fine institution! I am unbelievably proud of you.

And to quote one of the greats, "When someone asks you where you went to school, are you going to look at your shoes and say 'Oh, a little school, you've never heard of it?', NO, you're going to say KNOX COLLEGE!"

 - Roger Taylor, class of 1963


1) Senior Night/$1.50 margaritas at Buffalo Wild Wings 2) Duffy's, $3 pitchers of Old Style 3) The final fridge from the Maytag factory 4) The Galesburg Antique Mall 5) Lily and some amps 6) Old Main and the South Lawn for Commencement 7) Galesburg (GBB) Amtrak Station

Thank you Kelly and Lexie for being wonderful friends and amazing hostesses!

13 June 2011

An Art Institute Anniversary

This week marks the one-year-anniversary of me working at the Art Institute of Chicago. In the last year I have met an abundance of amazing people, including my current co-workers and my fellow Summer 2010 Museum Education interns (reunion this weekend!). I have gotten to do and see so many crazy things through this place, that I honestly have a hard time believing that it's been an entire year of working at someplace so magical.

So to celebrate this wonderful year, I'd like to make a top-ten list of my favorite things I've done since working here:

1) Touring the Department of Asian Art storage area: I was able to touch ancient Chinese Jade and Bronzes, hold a very expensive china bowl from the Emperor's collection, pick up one of the woven baskets we currently have on display, and brandish a samurai sword.
 Fujinuma Noboru. Spring Tide, c. 2000. Gift of Fujinuma Noboru. 

2) Touring the Department of Conservation:  Let's just say that seeing a Van Gogh and a Manet up close and personal is as life-changing as it sounds. Oh, and I saw them cleaning Marc Chagall's America Windows, one of my all-time-favorites in the museum's permanent collection.
Marc Chagall. America Windows, 1977. A gift of Marc Chagall, City of Chicago, and the Auxiliary Board, commemorating the American bicentennial in memory of Mayor Richard J.Daley. © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. 

3) Attending the VIP opening of SOFA: While I spend a large part of my day in the office at my desk, there are some occasional perks. Throughout the year opportunities to attend openings arise, and back in November I was able to attend the VIP opening of SOFA, a design fair, held at Navy Pier. It was awesome.

4) Theme parties: My office will do anything to have an excuse to eat while we are working. We had a Chinese New Year lunch with food from Joy Yee, we celebrated Mardi Gras with a King Cake over-nighted from New Orleans, and for the Royal Wedding we had tea, scones, clotted cream, and sparkling grape juice.
 A green bagel in honor of Saint Patrick's Day and Anthony's Birthday

5) Bus Tours: Occasionally, I get to work bus tours for the Membership Department. I've visited countless galleries including Kavi Gupta, Western Exhibitions, Carrie Secrist, Linda Warren, toured artist's studio spaces, met an amazing variety of working artists such as Ken Fandell, Deb Sokolow, Curtis Mann, Michael Langlois, visited some really great architectural sites including Robie House, U of C Campus, the Glessner house - and had lunch at amazing restaurants like La Sardine, Reza's, and Wishbone. Basically some of my favorite days from the last year I was actually off-site visiting amazing places all over the city.
Robie House
An old TB hospital turned forest preserve on the North Side

6) Gallery Openings: I've seen a variety of shows go up and come down over the course of the last year. My favorites include John Marin's Watercolors: A Medium for Modernism, Contemporary Collecting: Selections from the Donna and Howard Stone Collection, Hyperlinks, Altered and Adorned: Using Renaissance Prints in Daily Life, Chicago Scope: The Films of Tom Palazzolo, 1967-1976, and Pae White's (controversial) Restless Rainbow
John Marin. The Red Sun-Brooklyn Bridge (detail), 1922. Alfred Stieglitz Collection.
7) Having an All-Access Pass: I'm not gonna lie, in addition to having an all-access/VIP pass to AIC, I also have reciprocal benefits at museums all over the place. My ID has gotten me into the Milwaukee Art Museum, MOMA, and the MCA, as well as discounted movie tickets at the Gene Siskel film center. Who wants to visit some museums with me??
"Richard Serra skatepark" at MOMA, NYC
Pix-Message phone-foto of Picasso's Les Demoiselles D'Avignon at MOMA

8) Being in the Heart of Downtown: AIC was strategically placed where it currently stands in 1893 with such foresight and intuition. Set miles north of the actual World's Columbian Exposition, the location became a destination reached only by the newly installed "L" train. Now, surrounded by gorgeous architecture, and neighbored by Grant Park and Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat, jump-start a trip (getting to the airports and Union Station is easy!), and most importantly, take a lunch break. On nice days I can be found eating in one of our two gardens or Millennium Park. On not so nice days, it helps to have a museum full of amazing art at my disposal.

9) Friends: I have made a ton of friends since working here, but at the core it was the crazy group of interns that I ran around this place with last summer that really left the strongest impression on me. Miss you bros! Anthony, you're quickly climbing up my "favorite people list".

10) Um, I work in an art museum. My favorite book growing up was From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - a story of two kids who ran away from home and live in the Met. Well here I am, a kid growing up, leaving home, and running around a world-class art museum. Does it really get any better than that??