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Culture

Connect the Dots

If you’ve ever been to Chicago, you might agree that if the city lacks anything it certainly isn’t in the “magnificent views” category. Here’s a photo from last night. Facing north I used a Sony A6000 mirror-less camera from our 31st floor balcony above Indiana and Cermak. If you look closely you’ll notice that everything […]

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Essay, Food

A Toast to the Digestif

When I think of “bitter,” I think of “digestif.” I knew nothing of the digestif until late in my hospitality career, and as my knowledge of it grew so did my acquired taste. It’s an alcoholic drink served after a meal to aid digestion and is the sibling of the apéritif, served before a meal […]

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Essay

What’s Better Than Saturday Morning?

Not much, especially when it involves an early morning long run on the lakefront with a good friend. Tom and I met at 7:00am for 12 miles total (the first six were directly into a 20mph headwind). Along the way we took a few detours – paths we usually don’t take. We decided to run […]

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Food

Quieres Refresco? Topo Chico.

I’ve been getting into these little buggers lately. Topo Chico. If you like water with some bubbles this stuff is for you. They’re refreshing, and as my friend friend Jessica says, “they’re addictive.” I like the plain mineral water and I believe there’s lime flavor and maybe grapefruit (per the cashier at Whole Foods)? I’ve […]

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Essay

Make Understanding Yourself Your Lifestyle.

“My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain – and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain.” Tony Robbins A great quote from a man who has […]

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Essay

Panic Attacked

Panic: noun a sudden overwhelming fear, with or without cause, that produces hysterical or irrational behavior, and that often spreads quickly through a group of persons or animals. I’ve made an honest effort to remember the last time panic attacked (me). It’s been quite a bit. I’ve weathered ups and downs over the years, but […]

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