Tuesday, March 25, 2008

So, Let’s Talk About Food!


Here’s the Kiera Knightley aka - Fire Dog (because it’s hot) from Hot Dougs. If you haven’t been there, you should visit "The Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium."
www.hotdougs.com
3324 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618


Here are the fries. I believe you can get "duck fat fries" on Saturdays, which are delicious. If you go, expect a long line out the door.


Megan making the Easter lamb. A tradition of hers. Good stuff!


Here’s a close up. Unfortunately, the food was so good that I forgot to take pics of the finished product. 8-9 pounds of lamb, a heap of potatoes, gravy, asparagus, and mousse. Mike, Megan, and I were stuffed...


A snowman we saw on a post-Easter dinner walk. I think it’s doing the limbo. Plus, I like his pirate tie.


Megan has her traditions and I have mine. Here we are celebrating "Easter Monday!" Like other great holidays (x-mas on the 26th, Valentine’s on the 15th, Halloween in November), all the candy at Walgreen’s is 50% or more off.


We settled on Whoppers Eggs. What a great Easter Monday!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Happy 2nd Anniversary Baby Doll

HAPPY 2nd YEAR ANNIVERSARY MEGAN!!!


Two years means two days of celebration. So, Megan and I went to the Old Town School of Music to see a Columbian band called Revolu. Pretty good stuff...


Girls dancing like butterflies


Megan at the Calypso Cafe. Really good Caribbean food in the Hyde Park neighborhood. They are located at 5211 C South Harper Shopping Center.


Me. Somewhat fuzzy and in my finest goin’ out clothes.


Here’s the West Indies Patties (one vegetable, one beef) They are traditional mildly spiced pastries with citrus mustard sauce


This is Megan’s Crusted Tilapia that was mildly seasoned and crusted with crushed plantains. She didn’t care for it though...


This was the Jerk Marinated Chicken Breast. The chicken marinade was really good even though it was on cheap Gordon Food chicken patties. Delicious! The plantains were awesome!


Banana Pie with Coconut topping and Megan thinking "why does my stupid boyfriend take so many pictures." She’s annoyed because I’m preventing her from eatting that delicious dessert.


Now she’s happy because she can eat!!!


More SaveMore! Brent rocking out the Pirates of the Caribbean pinball. This is really a Caribbean themed anniversary and week.


Megan, Tony, Frances, Brent, Mike, and Noah at the SaveMore


Frances, Brent, and Mike. Two of the three had a hard time getting home. One I don’t know about. I hope all are fine...


Amanda and I. "Mike, I just wanna dance. Com’on and dance. pleeeaasse!" She’s not a bad dancer for having a torn ACL or whatever.


Brent’s rock and roll album cover


Megan and her classmate Tony from Cleveland. "What’s this place called? The SaveMore? What a dive! It’s just like home!"


Amanda telling me something very important...


Angela’s going to be in China very, very soon.


Frances had a very good time.


Went to Quenchers after the Mutiny and got myself a Tater Tot Pizza.


Roberto hates how much he loves his sandwich.


Megan out at the forest preserve near Irving Park and River Road.


Pretty cute for a longshoreman, eh?


DEER! DEER EVERYWHERE!!! By my count, we saw approximately 39 deer at the park. Not even at a distance. I mean these deer were so close I could have tackled them!


Hello little fella!


A few of its friends.


MORE DEER! Also, notice the poor urban planning. This is another example of suburban insanity. Here were are in a park loaded with tons of deer. What goes better with deer than a five-lane highway on all sides! I’ll never understand post-World War II city and traffic planners.


Another little deer just a few feet off the trail in the woods


Another of his buddies taking a rest nearby.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MEGAN!!!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Southside Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade!!!


Creepy little fella, ain't he?


A couple mounted police protecting the interests of BP gas.


Megan looking at the mayhem


Noah seems a bit overwhelmed.


Frances and Noah beginning to celebrate Chicago's Southside St. Patrick's Day Parade


Just a few of the hundreds of thousands of people having a good time.


Iconic


A lot more of Chicago's Police State made it's presence this year.


Did you know there's a parade going on?


These cops are actually arresting people for drinking. Now, look at this picture. EVERYONE IS DRINKING. Even the police are drinking. They are drinking at a drinking festival. People come here, pay money, move to Chicago, and make a life and economy based on this fact. Yet, they still arrest people for it...


This guy is talking to the cops saying "ARE YOU SERIOUS? You are arresting them for drinking? What about the other 300,000 people around here drinking? What about the cops and firemen in the parade drinking? You have got to be kidding?"


This is what is going on right above the cops head. A three story building of partying.


Me and Frances making our obligatory stupid face picture.


MORE LEPRECHANS!!!


HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY RANDOM GIRL!!!


Channel 7 trying to get above the peons and little people of Chicago and pretend the Southside parade is something a bit more "classy."


No one did this at all.


Megan, Frances, Noah, and Mike along Western Avenue.


Cops surrounded by chaos.


Side street near the Beverly Arts Center


Just a few Chicago residents


Frances and Megan waiting for Mike and Noah to get back from their $5 bathroom excursion


Just a few more people


Girls with camera phones.


Megan, Mike, and Frances




Mike with some pizza


Frances


Noah


Megan




USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!


This guy never stood up again...


The line for the portajohns where it so filthy it "seemed someone blew up in there."


Noah and Frances talking to some guy about Sloth from Goonies.


Some cop arresting some 10 year old.


Some more cops arresting some more kids.


Frances and Mike


Mike and Noah


Noah and Frances


Storm Troopers going down the alley


More kids... More arrests...


I should have been a lawyer...


Another one off to Gitmo... There must have been a bounty put on kid's heads this year...


CSX Railroad security watching kids.


Noah waiting for the bus


Frances and Noah on the Kedzie bus home


Mike!

A good time had by all. Got to see the parade, had some fun, watched some kids roughed up by the police. All and all, a great St. Patty's Day.

xoxo,

Mike
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