Monday, October 31, 2011

The verdict is in

It was a Friday evening. Bout 7:00. We were hungry. What else is new?

Thus, Marni, Jill and I decided on pizza. Deep dish pizza, that is. Chicago's finest. Having had Giordano's with my parents the previous weekend, and been working on the account all week, I suggested we go pop my Lou Malnati's cherry. Sorry, that was vulgar. And now, I can make a knowledgeable decision on which is better: Giordano's Famous Stuffed Pizza and Lou Malnati's Pizzeria.

You see, here in Chicago, for those of you who aren't here, there's a few places for pizza: Giordano's, Lou Malnati's and the lesser talked about, Gino's East. No, there is no Gino's west, that I'm aware of.

While I'm on a Tangent, what do you think: Is it okay to call a restaurant and ask them for a recipe? I'm debating writing in to Bon App so they can get it for me and add it to their monthly feature of this. But that would probably never happen and I REALLY want a few recipes.
-Gino's Pasta Fagioli, Gino's Chicken Vegatable Soup
-Rising Son's Pad Thai, Rising Son's Drunken Noodles
I digresss...

Anyway, so now that I've tried both pizza places......

I've decided there is no comparison. Not that one is so much better, just that they are not at all alike. It's like comparing apples to eggplant parm, my left foot, you get the point.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

5 things

I'm loving this week

My New and Aforementioned Clothes from Madewell. They include this gem, but in black, an adorable jean tunic, I do love my shirts as skirts, a cute dress and more.

My favorite candle sent right now

 Lauren Conrad's New Line for Kohls. I'd share the link with you all but I'm too scared you'll steal all the good stuff before I online shop or make it over to the store.

I do this thing. I pick a TV show that's old or that I'm interested in and watch it from the beginning to the end. Marni calls me a closet TV and movie watcher. I did it with Beverly Hills 90210, that one took awhile, and Ally McBeal. Now I'm doing it with Felicity, so far, so good. Plus Scott Speedman's pretty damn cute.

Finding these Gems. I think I like the word gem today.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A New Rule

To those of you, Nana, who have been trying to take advantage of the sibling rule, there has been an amendment to said rule. When both Barb & Eric are present, and in Chicago, god I hope this rule only applies when in Chicago, Carly pays. That's what I get for going public about the sibling rule. Tsk Tsk.

The new rule was instated and applied this past weekend when the parents were in Chicago. No, no, no, no one else can take me up on this rule. No really, NO ONE.

It was a weekend filled with eating, eating and more eating. We're thinking next time, we're going to need some actual activities. Don't worry I'm already brainstorming: renting bikes, Lincoln Park Zoo, sports game, depending on the season...I'm working on it. Not that that trip is anywhere near in the works. Next up: my trip home for Thanksgiving. Gotta see 'Roo 'Roo, Dunkin. Yes, 'Roo 'Roo, as in Dunkaroo. He gets a lot of names: Dunk, Dunky, Little Man, Monster, Dunkachino, Dunkaroooo, 'roo 'roo and more.

Back to the weekend:
Barb and Eric got in on Friday morning andddd I was even up at 7am to pick them up at Midway. Yep, that's a challenge for me. I digress. We headed up to Evanston, where 3 years ago my parents did not think they would ever be, to deliver some baked goods to Matty. We helped ourselves to some Koi, which with my ordering skills including the Baked Dragon Roll, Honey Shrimp with Walnuts and more was very delicious. I then used the excuse of needing a new cord, which is true, for my computer to hit up the BRAND NEW Madewell Store. And from here, you're getting a bullet listttt of the activities. But some great Chicago Photos from our boat ride on the Seadog Architectural Tour. And yes, all was my TREAT, I even bought myself everything in Madewell.
-Dinner at Chicago q 
-The Seadog Architectural Tour
-Lunch at Giordano's
-Dinner at Rustic House
-Watched the game, tear, at Lottie's
-Brunch at Table fifty-two
-Some errands and some construction around the apartment, and by construction, Eric put up my shades : )

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


It was too perfect not to post.

Monday, October 17, 2011

5 things

1. Its FALL. Finally. Usually we see the first flurries of snow this month but it's been a bit of an Indian Summer. BUT: I just walked outside to get stamps. It was quick walk. Cross the street and into the building. But It felt like fall out and I likeed it.

2. Last week, I found Fluff at Treasure Island. For those of you who do not know this, Fluff is delicious. A great marshmallow spread. Goes deliciously on graham crackers as a snack or on bread with PB for a Fluffernutter, the official Sandwich of Massachusetts. I prefer mine on Challah Bread. Barb used to make that for me when we had Cheryl Anne's in the house...and it made it through the weekend for Monday's lunch.
Now, if they only had the larger, plastic container, I'd be a happy camper.
DISCLAIMER: I do not condone the eating of Jet Puffed Marshmallow Spread, Creme whatever they call it. Fluff is the only way I go and the only way to go!

3. I've started doing Jillian Michael's Work Out DVDs I have the 3 above. They're pretty damn hard. But pretty damn good. Plus her meanness is hilarious. "You feel that burn? YAH. You know what that is? That is FAT CRYING. That is FEAR ESCAPING YOUR BODY"

4. Maddie and I went to see What's Your Number? Chris Evans is the lead male in it and boy is he cute. PLUS, he's a Boston boy and he's pretty.

5. I don't really know how to describe Fox & Obel.  It's a grocery store, a cafe, a fine foods store, all mixed together. It's Stonewall Kitchen, Barefoot Contessa. They have every specialty food item you can imagine! Plus, there's a delicious cafe and plenty of grab and go stuff. I imagine it to be what heaven's like. Only in heaven, there are no such thing as calories and I can stuff my face with it all.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Well this was only a matter of time

For those of you who have never been to a football game in the wonderful place that is Madison, WI...I share this with you cause it made me laugh and I'm not even remotely surprised.

I also share this with you. One time, Marni and I were enjoying a game and it was in the midst of one of those ____ (insert 4 letter word here) you.... Eat _____ (insert 4 letter word here) chants and there was a young girl who asked her mother was everyone was yelling back and forth about. She simply explained to her daughter that we were fighting over different kinds of cheeses and then chanted along with the students: CHED-DAR...MUN-STER

...Only in Wisconsin

A Delicious Weekend - Part 2

Sunday evening, I finally got to try Table fifty-two! Ever since I began watching Top Chef I've wanted to try Chef Art Smith's flagship restaurant. I figured it had to be good, its Oprah & Mr. President's favorite restaurant! It surpassed all of my expectations.

Upon arrival, D and I could hardly decide what to get. We were relieved when our waitress offered to create a tasting menu for us. Thanks job!! We got tasting portions or to share their best dishes including deviled eggs, goat cheese biscuits, fried green tomatoes, shrimp & grits, beet salad, the fish of the day--snapper, spaetzle w/ mushrooms, short ribs, fried chicken, sweet potato custard with toasted marshmallows and an apple pie custard with maple bourbon ice cream.

This was an evening where I truly realized JUST how much I loveeee my job.

**I did not take photos during the meal as I was far too busy enjoying my meal. Thus--photos are not all my own. I take no credit for them.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Delicious Weekend - Part 1

This past, I was finally able to try the restaurant in Chicago I've been DYING to try. Bro-ho, Dave, was in town for the NU vs. Michigan game so Barb & Eric were paying, sibling rule, and we decided to HIT some of the towns best restaurants : )

Thursday night, we ventured to Sunda, an Asian Fusion restaurant, I've been wanting to try. And try we did. We got plenty of delicious food...and delicious is an understatement.

If anyone is looking for a date to Sunda, sign me up...I might even pay : )

 Strawberry Palmer
Absolut Wild Tea muddled with fresh Blackberry, Mint & Lemon Juice Topped w/ Apple Soda and Lavender

Super Fresh Sakitini
Grey Goose Vokda, Tyku Junmai Sake, Muddled Cucumbers & Mint

Crispy Brussel Sprout Salad
Chilis, Fried Shallots, Nuoc Cham & Minced Shrimp

Rock Shrimp Tempura
Glazed Walnuts & Creamy Honey Aioli

Spicy Tuna Sticky Rice Sushi
Crispy Pan Fried Sushi Rice with soy sauce and topped with Spicy Tuna & Jalapeno

Lobster & Wagyu Roll
Creamy Lobster, Scallions, Jalapeno, Wagyu Sashimi, Tempura Sashimi & Truffle Foie Aioli

The Number 10 Roll
Tempura Roll, Shrimp, Roe, Avocado, Scallions, Cream Cheese, Unagi Sauce & Wasabi Aioli

Pork Belly Bao
Steamed Bao Buns filled with Pork Belly

Monday, October 10, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs

Last week, Steve Jobs passed away. Yes, I'm aware you already know this, unless you're living under a rock that's covering a hole while you're digging your way through the earth to China. While it came as no real surprise to me, Jobs recently resigned as CEO in August, it does not make it any less sad.

To quote the WSJ: Job's pioneered the personal-computer industry and changed the way people think about technology ... He proved the appeal of well-designed products over the power of technology itself and transformed the way people interact with technology ... He was a key figure in changing the way people used the Internet and how they listened to music, watched TV shows and movies, and read books...
As Disney's CEO said, "despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started"
To read the full article, click here

So I'm not only sharing this as an Apple User, as I sit here I'm typing this blog on my MacBook Pro, texting on my iphone and charging both my ipad and ipod Touch, I'm sharing it as someone in an industry that without Steve Jobs I don't think would even exist. My boss recently send me an article explaining how the world has changed in the past decade. It stated that, "two billion people are online today and that in the next decade that number will more than double. Five billion devices are connected to the Internet today. By 2020, that can be more than 20 billion. As much information was created every 48 hours in 2010 as was created between the dawn of time and 2003. By 2020, that same volume of information will be generated every 60 minutes. Pieces of content shared on Facebook have increased from 140 million in 2009 to four billion in 2011. We are even sending more e-mails: 50 billion were sent in 2006, versus 300 billion in 2010" These are things that occurred because of men like Steve Jobs.

I know I'm not alone in my mourning. Check out these photos, courtesy of some random girl's flicker page, of the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

5 things

Here are the 5 things I'm diggin' this week..

The Wisconsin Badgers being ranked 4th in the country, Go Bucky!

Wearing Shirts as Dresses...with Tights, and longer shirts, don't you worry!

My new diet: not eating after 8:00pm

My new Gaucho pants I got at The Urban Surplus Store...first thing I put on every day when I get home 

No Pudge Brownies. Guilt Free. 'Nuff Said. Maddie and I even made them last week and then covered them in delicious frosting. Talk about Guilt Free

Saturday, October 1, 2011

My Favorite ESPN Article

In honor of the beginning of in conference football games and the University of Wisconsin Badgers taking on the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, I've decided to share my favorite ESPN article to date. The article first appeared on in Mid-July and it's pretty damn good, if I don't say so myself. As for me, I'm currently up in Madison, Wisconsin watching everything this article predicted, come true. (knock on wood).

My favorite line: I'm afraid Wisconsin is you, Nebraska, only with much better parties and more wins.

Happy Reading!

Big Ten primer for Big Red
By Rick Reilly,

Bo Pelini
This fall, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini will lead the Cornhuskers into their first season in the Big Ten. 
Hello, Nebraska!Now that you're joining the 12-team Big Ten, nothing is going to make sense anymore. I know it doesn't for me. Growing up as a Colorado Buffs fan, we were taught that if Nebraska was playing Libya, we should be there with a giant poster of Moammar Gaddafi. So why do we feel this weird need to help you switch over? Because your state gave us Johnny Carson and Larry the Cable Guy. Besides, you kicked our butts to the state line every year and we're frankly glad to see you go.
You are joining one of the great football traditions in America, a fabric woven with sturdy football, passionate fans and the time-honored institution of selling your jerseys for tattoos.So here you go, Nebraska. Let us help you get the lay of the Heartland.

Your new rival -- Forget Oklahoma. Now it's Iowa, like it or not. You close out your regular season with the Hawkeyes on the day after Thanksgiving at home. Iowa's a natural for you. Both your states are so flat you can watch a train pull out for three days. Football-wise, Iowa has been better than you lately, but you're 26-12-3 against the Hawkeyes overall, plus your football lore gives their lore an atomic wedgie (Nebraska: three full national championships and two half ones; Iowa: one-half of a national championship). All in all, it ought to be a big game every year. Got a name for it, too. The Cornfrontation.

Academics -- I wouldn't bring this up at meetings, Nebraska. Until you joined, the Big Ten was the only Division I conference to have all its members in the prestigious Association of American Universities, which selects only the finest research and academic institutions in America. Sad how some people don't see the value in your night crawler research. Ah, well, when's the last time a bunch of lab geeks put 85,000 fannies in a stadium, am I right?

Dress code -- Now that Jim Tressel and The Vest are gone from Ohio State, there is no dress code. Your lunatic screamer of a head coach, Bo Pelini -- the man who could be an entire season of "What Not to Wear" -- is going to fit in nicely. Your fans aren't exactly ripped from the Armani catalog, either. Oy, that Sea of Red some of you wear: red socks, red overalls, red cowboy hats. Goes nice with your necks, though. And since nobody travels better than Nebraska -- remember the time you went to South Bend? -- all that red is going to wash into Big Ten stadiums and they're going to wish you were all Big Dead.

Divisions -- The Big Ten is divided into two divisions: Legends and Leaders. Yes, these are incredibly anvil-brained names for divisions, but you should have seen the stuff that lost out:
Second -- Princes and Potentates
Third -- Behemoths and Brutes
Fourth -- Cheats and Soon-to-be-caught Cheats
You will be in the Legends division, along with Michigan and Iowa and a bunch of Twinkies. But you're going to end up playing everybody, so let me give you the thumbnail on all of them (in order of how you'll grow to hate them):


There is a thing you'll discover called The Michigan Man. The Michigan Man believes he is above Normal Man. The Michigan Man is certain he invented the Big Ten, along with intellect, cocktails and sex. The Michigan Man is full of pride in himself and his Michigan degree -- so much so that you're going to want to bring a throw-up bowl along with you.Sadly, the Michigan Man has had to reduce the volume a little lately, having not beaten The Ohio State Man since the debut of the Edsel.
Michigan has arguably the grandest stadium in college football. The Big House is the largest in the United States -- holding 109,901 -- and yet they still sell out 102 percent of the seats. Can you imagine? They have very cool helmets that have nothing to do with their nickname, the Wolverines, which is about as indigenous to Michigan as the fairy penguin. They're talking about having a mascot, though, which is going to ruin everything.Anyway, Michigan runs things. It's the Dean Wormer of the Big Ten. It's fun to mess with Michigan.


You're coming to the Big Ten at a lucky time, Nebraska. Ohio State has been the king, but if the king is not dead, it's on one knee and searching around for its mouthpiece. Buckeyes fans are usually very nice people, but all this vacating of wins has caused them to vacate their manners. They harassed Golden Boy QB and ESPN announcer Kirk Herbstreit into moving to Nashville and they sent death threats to the college newspaper sports editor over Tressel. Remind me, what did those guys sell? Your Cornhuskers and coach Bo Weevil have a chance to come in early and corn-slap some people.


You're going to love coming to Madison, until kickoff. Put it this way, a weekend in Madison is going to beat the bejesus out of going to Ames, Manhattan or Stillwater. Great town, fun fans, delicious brats. The problem is, Wisconsin has even bigger and stronger linemen than you do. Do you realize that the last lineman you had taken in the first round of the NFL draft was 27 years ago? Dean Steinkuhler? The Badgers have had five in that time!I'm afraid Wisconsin is you, Nebraska, only with much better parties and more wins.


Fun facts for you to tell when you visit Happy Valley on Nov. 12: Q: If they are the Nittany Lions, why do they play in Beaver Stadium?
A: It's named after James Beaver, former Pennsylvania governor.
Q: Why do Penn State players wear black shoes?
A: Reportedly, coach Joe Paterno believes it makes his players look slower, which is not true. Bowl games do.
Q: How is the health of the 84-year-old Paterno?
A: His ears still hurt a little from The Big Bang.


If you want to get under their skin, just go up to Michigan State fans wearing Spartans jerseys and say, "Oh, couldn't get into Michigan, huh?"Then duck.


You will see a few people in purple shirts with a stupid cat logo on them. You do NOT have to worry about them. But be nice to their students. A lot of them end up running big media companies. The Wildcats found a really good coach in Pat Fitzgerald, though. He's hot property. Get his email ready for when Pelini rips off a referee's arm and eats it.


You draw more for your spring game than the Illini do for regular-season ones. I'm not kidding. You drew 66,784 for your spring game this year. The Illini didn't even average that for home games last year.


Just awful. Being a football fan in Indiana is like being a scuba fan in Tibet. There's no point. The "I" on the Hoosiers' helmets is for the number of games they win every year.


It's hard to hate Purdue. You get to watch the little train that runs around. You get to watch the Boilermaker mascot get in fights. And you get to watch Purdue throw the football like crazy and still lose 56-35. Great fun.


The Gophers are in your Legends division. The only thing they're legendary for is losing. You'll love them.

As for you, Nebraska, the Big Ten is really going to take an instant dislike to you. Why? Saves time.
Yes, you're relatively nice people. You never swear. You're devoted fans. But you represent a real threat. You could win a few titles someday and they aren't going to like it. Also, those games at Memorial Stadium with the freezing rain and the howling wind and nothing around for 100 miles to hide behind but corn stalks? They're not fun. Put it this way: You're going to have LOTS of visiting team tickets to re-sell.You know what might impress them, though? Your bowl record. You're 24-23 all time. You better knock that crap off. In the Big Ten, that's just showing off.