• …and I'm weird.

  • Playing Purrfectly

    Hi folks. Nothing to see here, you can just move along. I just wanted to test the new Getty images embedding. But, here’s some kittens on a piano for you.

  • Here kitty kitty kitty…

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    For those of you that don’t know, Carlin, my first pet ever, our beloved tuxedo Maine Coon, died a few weeks ago. Heartbroken doesn’t even begin to cover it. I’ll miss him forever. Even though we’ve got Louie (who is still super cute and might be the worlds most amazing dog) the house felt empty […]

  • New Edition

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    Kinda. Well, it’s a post. Let’s be happy with that. Sorry it’s been a few months since I posted. Which in Internet time is a lifetime. Just think of all the memes that have come and gone! The summer was a magical time filled with friends, food, music, but now that it’s hit the 40s […]

  • Spicy Mindy Lives!

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    My dad started taking my family out for sushi when I was about 12. Who knows why. Maybe he wanted to guarantee I’d be an expensive dinner date for the rest of my life. He’s also the one who introduced me to lobster. Thanks Daddy. Back then sushi restaurants were popping up in every strip […]

  • Hello Summer!!

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    I love you the most. Found at Green City Market this morning. Those sun golds will be amazing with my other amazing burrata from Zingerman’s Creamery. The one in this picture was served with cracked pepper, Old Town Oil 18 year old balsamic (seriously, some of the best stuff ever) & greens & tomato from […]

  • Happy Memorial Day.

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    Yesterday. Today.

  • Carlin meets a Whoodle.

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    We’re going to get a puppy & it’s going to happen soon. But since we’ve already got Carlin (our amazingly cute cat), whatever pup we get MUST get along with Carlin. Last night we had someone bring over a whoodle, to see if the 2 of them got along. First off: let’s ignore the gross […]

  • A Hearty meal

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    Hey guys, remember that time where I had the fortune to sit in on a staff meal at Hearty & sample all their amazing additions to their Spring menu? No? Silly internet generation. What with your forgetting things before you’re even told about them. Ok. I’ll refresh your memory. A few days ago, @heartyboys posted […]

  • Glimpse …a social collective experience

    TRUFFLE HONEY!!!!!!!

    Take Gaztro-Wagon, Fritz Pastry, and Hum Spirits & the evil genius behind them all, and combine them into a week long pop-up restaurant and you know you’re in for a good time. But you don’t realize how good until you sit down in Logan Square Kitchen for your meal. “A social collective experience” means that […]

  • Bold Statement

    The Best Noodle Soup

    To be fair, I didn’t try the soup base. I just used the noodles & covered them in Momofuku’s Ginger Scallion Sauce. I’ve googled the recipe & saved it to various computers/iDevices/Evernote/Delicious multiple times. I was recently gifted the Momofuku cookbook (thanks Suzanne!) and it seemed appropriate that this was the first thing I made […]

  • They won’t let me move in

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    Note: I just realized that this was sitting in my drafts folder. Considering how much I love Arami I found this to be a shame & decided now is as good a time as any to share this wonderfulness with you, my 3 readers. Also important: this is from last October. I need to go […]

  • FOUND: The mythological “diner”

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    Patterson loves me dearly & enjoys making me happy. Last week, knowing we were going to our friend Roy’s house, he suggested we go to this diner-type place for breakfast. It was on the way & had intrigued him last time he passed it. It has a cool sign & I’m a sucker for a […]

  • Next week: detox

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    It’s been a long & hard week. Pity me. Tuesday The Southern — Fat Tuesday crawfish boil : Joined by Patterson & Mary My first crawfish boil. I may or may not have been singing The Radiators — Suck the Head the entire time. I enjoyed myself enormously, even if they shouldn’t have mixed Old Bay w/the Zatarain’s. […]

  • I’m 94 stories above Chicago… with a group of handpicked diners… and we’re all about to dine.*

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    Want a way to win my heart? Invite me to a night of food, cocktails, gorgeous views of Chicago & ice skating. Throw in some delightful strangers & the bonus of a friend & the night gets even better. I was invited to be part of a group of Chicago bloggers (that can’t be me) & […]

  • XOXO, Gossip Girl… I mean… XOCO

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    So here’s how this went down: Last night I watched the Bizarre Foods episode about Chicago. Andrew Zimmern & Rick Bayless toured the Maxwell Street Market & ate amazing tacos. I’m highly suggestible & that meant  I needed Mexican food. ASAP. Today was 50º (In February. In Chicago.) (In case you haven’t spent a winter in […]

  • Mayor of Wells Street

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    Hey! Remember that time I was mayor of two of my favorite shops in Chicago? Me too. It was pretty great. Also great was when I was the mayor of my lifelong Dunkin’ Donuts & the home of the greatest duck in the world. But I’m not mayor of those anymore. At one point for […]

  • Breakfast of Champions

    EGG SANDWICH! AKA, the best breakfast ever

    I can’t be the only one. Bacon, egg, & cheese on a roll. For the past almost 6 years of living in Chicago there’s one thing that’s a constant disappointment. Breakfast sandwiches. Dear Chicago, what you think of as an acceptable egg sandwich is nothing of the sort. Bacon/Egg/Cheese/K/S/P on a kaiser roll. It’s really […]

  • Ask a Stupid Question…

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    For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not. December 18 – Try What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it? (Author: Kaileen […]

  • Homer.

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    For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not. December 17 – Lesson Learned What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward? (Author: Tara Weaver) I don’t […]

  • Boognish.

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    For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not. December 16 – Friendship - How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst? (Author: Martha Mihalick)   I’ve learned tons […]

  • And let’s ride…

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    For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not. December 15 – 5 Minutes – Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want […]

  • Not a Goose

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    For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not.   December 14 – Appreciate What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? (Author: Victoria Klein) duck. I so badly […]

  • oh, chai.

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      For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not.   December 13 – Action When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step? (Author: Scott Belsky) My next step will be making […]

  • I can’t take this seriously.

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      For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not.   December 12 – Body Integration This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but […]

  • This One Goes to Eleven.

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      For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not.   December 11 – 11 Things What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 […]

  • Lao Sze Chuan

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      For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not.   December 10 – Wisdom — What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out? (Author: Susannah Conway) HOT POT! I don’t keep a running tally […]

  • Celebratory Shenanigans

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    For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not.   Prompt: Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans. (Author: Shauna Reid) I threw Patterson a beer tasting birthday party. Bring a […]

  • John Candy

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      For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not.   December 8 – Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – […]

  • Community

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    For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not.   December 7 Prompt: Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? (Author: Cali Harris) […]

  • Lifeline

    I've even packed this moka pot & taken it on trips with us. Along with a bag of Intelligentsia, of course.

    For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not.   December 6 – Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time […]

  • I dig the pig.

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    For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not.   December 5 – Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? (Author: Alice Bradley) I’ve let go of the notion that I don’t like barbecue. While I […]

  • Snowy

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    For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not.   December 4 – Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? (Author: Jeffrey Davis) First snow of 2010. While it’s pretty now, I’m sure I won’t feel […]

  • moe.ment

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    For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not.   December 3 – Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors). (Author: Ali Edwards) Hate the moe.ment (but I […]

  • Not a Writer.

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    For the month of December I’m participating in & blogging the daily prompts from reverb10. Some people are taking this seriously. I am not.   December 2 Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta) Not a Tardis., originally uploaded by dupreeblue. […]

  • Seen on Ashland — 9/11/10.

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    Seen on Ashland — 9/11/10., originally uploaded by dupreeblue. Lots of these popping up in people’s photostreams lately. Thought I’d share mine. Saw this on Ashland a few months back. Not sure why they’re everywhere but they are.

  • First Night of Chanukah

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    In a secular household? We are. This is how we do it. Sweet potato latkes and gumbo. Great dinner or the greatest dinner?

  • You’re Not Famous Until You Have a Blog Post Written About You

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    I guess Patterson & I hit our first level of fame today. Click the link to go to a post by our friend Felicia. You’ll see how amazing she is, and how great she thinks we are.

  • Arami: my new second home

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    It seems my idea of blogging is posting pictures of amazing food I’ve eaten. Well, we went to Arami tonight. It was so amazing I’d consider living near hipsters just to be closer to it. I’ve already put in a request to Patterson to eat there on a weekly basis.

  • Let’s Go Hawks!

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    Seen outside Daley Plaza on Thursday. A Stanley Cup made of ice, celebrating the start of the Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks season.

  • The Purple Pig

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    While the cheese, wine & swine is amazing, let’s not overlook their stunning vegetables. Like my favorite: the butternut squash. This reappearing on the menu makes the cold weather a bit easier to handle.

  • Hot Doug’s

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    There are no two finer words in the English language than “encased meats” my friend. Patterson & I had our friends Elwood & Sharon in town for a few days. We’d be terrible hosts if we didn’t take them to Hot Doug’s, right?

  • There’s always next year

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  • Our visit from the cheesemonger

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    Just pause and admire the gloriousness below.