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Wednesday
Jul042012

independence day, 2012

photo by: aa7aeHave a safe and very happy 4th of July!

Tuesday
Jul032012

summer party hints

sandra first, summer parties are usually casual and outdoors with plenty of room—so invite everyone! I have a neon ‘open’ sign that goes on the front deck so neighbors can take a break from their evening walk. Second, make guests feel welcome with icy cocktails, light small bites, comfortable chairs and lively conversation.
ashley retro cocktails and Bingo!
joyce micheladas: if you like beer and spicy food, it’s the best drink ever.  Tecate, Lime, Valencia hot sauce, a dash of Jugo Maggi (Mexican soy sauce) and salt on the rim and you’re good to go.
lauren grill—that is, someone grilling.  I’m not a cook, nor do I pretend to be, so I love when people offer to grill.  That smell is so intoxicating; nothing says summer like burning charcoal.  Some grilled shrimp and carne asada go great with lighter, juicy drinks.
sara music, music, music—I love making a mix specific to a party. When I go back and listen to it I can think of the good times that day. Always make sure to make room for an impromptu dance party. Roll up your rugs, put your breakables away and let the good times roll!
megan it’s gotta be outdoors—on a deck, at the beach or a park—to take advantage of the amazing but brief Chicago summers. Nothing’s better than having a cold one with friends outside in the summer—day or night.
april easy breezy is what it’s all about—fill one side of the kitchen sink with ice and use it as a bottle chiller and prep a small table as a bar so guests can serve themselves.
anna a lake and a floating raft… with beer tethered in the cool water…and we’re good for the day!
Wednesday
Jun132012

summer favorites: sara

cement grey side table
these look amazing everywhere
—as side tables outside, as nightstands in a bedroom, they add such a warm, rustic texture.
shore polyterrazzo planters
love the proportions and the natural element for outdoor.
playa armless chair and low table
cool mid-century California living feel—and fresh with the white woven frame and grey seat cushions.

Thanks to sara, product manager, for this submission.

Tuesday
Jun052012

summer favorites: sandra

bask white sun lounger
this might be the only way I’ll sit still for an extended period of time…
with a magazine or the newspaper, wearing sunglasses and a big hat.
glass beverage dispenser
with a large double-wall cooler, this would be on the tallest timber table with lots of white wine sangria in it!
timber side tables set of 3
for years I’ve coveted a path made
of timber slices so I love this look and each could hold a different necessity —a books, sunscreen, a cool drink…

Monday
Jun042012

behind the shoot: 5411 empanadas

Ironically, it was a ‘roadblock’ to growing a small business that forced 5411 to find a solution— one which created the first empanadas food truck in Chicago.

Specialty food trucks have redefined the old breakfast and lunch take-away versions found at industrial or construction sites—starting on the West Coast and in New York just a few years ago, food trucks have helped small catering businesses get off the ground by keeping overhead low and mobility high.

Created by three Argentine friends—Mariano, Andrés and Nicolás—each with a wildly different profession before leaving them to pursue a dream. But they kept two key aspects—the savory flavors and the telephone connection to their home—54 is the country code for Argentina and 11 is the area code for Buenos Aires.

Word-of-mouth is one of their favorite elements of being a small food business—ironically— and how we learned about 5411 in the first place. So share the news, it’s good business.