Went to the Blackhawks vs Blues game last night (tickets courtesy of best/worst sports dealer @moutheyes), and this time I made sure to get to the United Center with plenty of time to watch warm-ups. I’ve been to 3 regular season home games this year but the playoff atmosphere yesterday was crazy, so frenetic and crushing — 24 hours later, and I’m still coming down from the high of the live crowd. Corey was so sensational! Don’t want to jinx anything (everyone knock on wood right this second), but the thought of no more weekly Hawks games in the near future is devastating ㅜㅜ TWO MONTHS MORE, OK \(⌒O⌒)/
taipei for NYE, 2012.
Onion kulcha (naan bread stuffed with grilled onions, green peppers, cilantro), chicken tikka masala, chana masala, deep-fried potato bhajia, and frozen mango kulfi @ Hema’s Kitchen in Lincoln Park. This week was my coworker S’s turn to ~share her cultural food~, so she took us to her favorite Indian restaurant in the city. Had a 2 hour cathartic dinner where we vented about all of our work frustrations; I couldn’t survive without girls ㅜㅜ
Chinatown fashion combines urban utilitarianism with smart, unexpected combinations of prints and a use of color that just made me feel uplifted whenever I saw it. They’re fashionistas – worthy of any street-style blog.
This photo essay is a month’s worth of excursions with photographer Andria Lo and translators Tricia Choi, Kat Wong, and Michelle Yeung. It was a month of cold and hot tea and dim sum meals, of many seniors being open with us, sharing their outfits and telling us their stories, from the feet up.
Caprese eggs benedict (tomato, mozzarella, basil pesto hollandaise) + pancake flight (granola & strawberry raisin, coconut & marmalade jelly, sweet potato & fried banana, chocolate chip & blueberry) @ Orange in Lincoln Park. Next level. (▰˘◡˘▰)
Smoked salmon bruschetti spread, spiced pork jerky (garlic, soy, cola) served in an adorable pig bowl, and wild mushroom gnocchi with goat cheese and brussel kraut @ Bottlefork in River North. Food was great with an extensive drink list, though I’m a little peeved that our server recommended an amber rye beer to me that she assured was “not at all hoppy” except it tasted exactly like an IPA. (¬︿¬)
Weekend recap time:
- Friday happy hour @ Bottlefork (when will I stop falling prey to hype…)
- Saturday brunch + Shedd Aquarium date; the jellyfish were stunning
- Rainy Sunday at the Art Institute to check out the contemporary Production Line of Happiness exhibit
- I’m going to print & frame this stealthily taken iPhone picture and name it “The Impressionism of an Azn Babe”
This was my last free weekend for a while, so I wanted to hit up some places that’ve been on my Chicago radar since last year. I like art well enough, though I’m more preoccupied with architecture and room layout in art museums — lighting, displays, how collections are curated. I could spend all day soaking up the natural light in the Art Institute’s modern wing.
Seasonal fruit (grapes, blood orange, grapefruit, pear) with yogurt, cinnamon pecan sticky bun, ricotta pancakes with caramelized orange syrup, and the specialty burger with smoked pork belly and poblano aioli @ Gage in the Loop (I know, I know, I need to stop eating in the Loop).