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I know it’s only Tuesday but I’m already counting down the hours until Saturday night when Boys Noize plays Chicago.  He was originally supposed to play the Aragon, which is one of the more fun and interesting venues in Chicago, but just this past week it got switched to the House of Rules – easily one of the least fun and least interesting venues in the country.  It’s basically the McDonalds of music venues – boring, rude and the exact same in every city.  While I’m more than a little bummed about the change, I’m still psyched for the show.  Check out “What You Want”, off his new album Out of Black, below.  It’ll wake you up better than a cup of coffee.

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This past Saturday, Bob and I enjoyed the best meal we’ve had all year!  We dined at Fat Rice, the newly opened Asian fusion restaurant in Logan Square.  Chef/Owner, Abraham Conlon, and General Manager/Owner, Adrienne Lo, describe the food as, “drawing influence from the Euro-Asian unions of China, India and Southeast Asia’s colonial past, the food at Fat Rice combines homestyle comfort with exotic, lesser known ingredients and flavors“.

We’d been lucky enough to try their food before when they were running X-marx, the successful and always super fun underground dining experience, which they also started.  Their food never fails to impress and Fat Rice is no exception.  We arrived just 10 minutes after opening and they were already half full.  By the time we had sat down at the L-shaped bar (the other seating option is long, communal tables) and ordered our drinks, they had filled up entirely.  So go early!

Most of their dishes are made for sharing, something I’m not always a fan of, but it works well here.  We started with a trio of small snacks – lemongrass carrots, spicy pickled cucumber & Charlie’s peanuts.  The spicy cucumber was my favorite and I would buy them by the gallon if they ever started selling them retail.  The peanuts were good but they were the only dish I wasn’t crazy about – that said, Bob loved them, so it was simply personal preference.  We also split a pork & shrimp pot sticker, which was easily the best pot sticker I’ve ever had in my life (Bob agreed).  Then we split the Fat Rice Casserole (linguica, portuguese chicken, salted duck, tea egg, prawn, clam, roasted pork) which was the best dish we’ve had all year.  I’m not a big meat eater but loved it anyway – it’s that good. Finally, we were gluttons that night, we split the Pineapple Upside Down Cake for dessert.  Again, easily one of the best desserts I’ve had in a long time.

Go, and go soon!  You’ll thank me after.  They are currently open Tuesday-Saturday from 6-10 p.m. and do not accept reservations.  You can check out more Fat Rice photos, via Grub Street, here.

lemongrass carrots, spicy pickled cucumber & Charlie’s peanuts

 

inside, just before it filled up

 

hard at work in the open kitchen

 

fat rice menu

 

fat rice casserole

I’ve been meaning to look into paddle boarding since last summer and I finally put in the two second effort required to Google “Chicago Paddle Boarding” and I happily found Great Lakes Board Company.  Lessons aren’t very expensive and after reading this REI Guide to SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) I’m more eager than ever to give it a try!  Although, with our move just three weeks away I think I’ll wait until then to take a lesson.  Speaking of, I’m going to get back to packing up our apartment now…

(photo via bing)

What are you up to this weekend?  We’re going to a comedy show tonight at Lincoln Hall to see Neil Hamburger and Tim Heidecker.  Very excited for that!  Saturday Bob works so I use it as my errand and “catch up” day.  Then, on Sunday, we’re going to the Cubs vs. Cardinals game at Wrigley.  Should be a fun weekend!  Although, I’m really excited for next weekend when I get to go home for a few days and relax on my parent’s beach in Grand Haven, Michigan.

The house I grew up in, where my parents still live.

The view looking south, towards Grand Haven pier.

The view looking north, towards Muskegon, MI.

(personal photos)

 

 

 

Last week Bob and I met some friends at the relatively new Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park.  It’s filled with1980’s and 1990’s arcade games, including Mortal Kombat, Ms. Pacman, Duck Hunt, Space Invaders and Rampage.  You can check out the full list of their games here.

They have a decent, rotating craft beer selection and some high-end whiskey options.  While they don’t serve food, they do let you bring in your own.  We ordered pizza from Piece and had it delivered.  I can’t recommend this place enough, although I do recommend going on a weeknight as weekends supposedly get shoulder-to-shoulder packed.

(photos via timeout)

Bob and I got married in Chicago on Saturday.  After a year of worrying about everything and anything that could go wrong, it went perfectly!  Great weather and no mishpas – we were thrilled!  We had a very small ceremony in the Presidential Suite of the Ritz-Carlton and then had a much bigger reception aboard Chicago’s Leading Lady, which took us down the Chicago River and out onto Lake Michigan.  I’ll post more pictures when we get them but, for now, these will have to hold you over.

Post-ceremony pic in the Presidential Suite of the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Sunset view from our reception aboar Chicago’s Leading Lady.

(top photo via MO/PHO Photography; bottom photo via Greg Gibbs)

I cannot fully express how insanely excited I am to see one of my favorite shows of all time, Delocated, performed live tomorrow!  AND they’re doing it at my favorite bar in all of Chicago – The Hideout (which is also where Bob and I had our first date).  AND it’s Bob’s birthday tomorrow.  AND after Delocated, we’re going to see another comedy show, Aziz Ansari, at The Chicago Theatre.  So, basically, I cannot wait for tomorrow!

If you haven’t seen Delocated yet, move it to the top of your to-do list immediately!  It’s only three seasons in and the first season had fifteen minute episodes (now they’re thirty minutes) so you can catch up quickly.  The basic premise is a guy goes into the witness protection program and at the same time (and because of this) a TV network moves him to New York City to star in a reality show about being in the witness protection program.  Here’s a clip from Season 3 when Jon (the star of the show) is forced to sell his potato skins bar.