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Friday
Aug312012

how we spent summer, 2012

Lauren… we spent almost every evening on the deck with family and friends listening to albums and deciding who had to get up to turn the album over—this is a true not-so-Hollywood story.

Anna… in June I had lots of wedding planning to do, in July I got married and honeymooned in Costa Rica—which of course meant lots of thank you notes in August—icing on the cake was exploring a new neighborhood with my new husband!

Ali… my husband and I spent our summer seeing the world through our 11-month old daughter’s eyes as she explores new things… and drinking lots of wine outside after she went to bed!!!

Emily… as a transplanted East Coaster, I made sure to cherish any and all ocean visits—Nantucket, the Outer Banks. Since we’re expecting in January, I’ll try hard not to sleep through our ‘babymoon’ in Belize this week!

Sandra… spent most Sundays with a dear friend hunting for bargain fashions—everywhere from Michigan Avenue to thrift shops in Wicker Park… a viciously hot summer meant very little gardening but lots of refreshing cocktails and no-bake dinners… then I was off to an even more sweltering place to spend precious time with my 88-year old parents.

Sara… chilled out on my new deck with good friends and good beer… went to California for the first time ever to visit a friend, had fun in Santa Monica and Venice Beach… will finally get to the family cabin in Michigan’s U.P. over the Labor Day Weekend.

Rina… sold our condo… moved in with the in-laws… moved into our new house… then spent a relaxing vacation at the beach in Michigan.

Jaime… spent my summer traveling, training for the marathon, and playing with our English Bulldog Georgie!

Sara… most weekends revolved around my kids’ softball and baseball games/tournaments followed by post-game celebrations with friends—win or lose!

Alicia… QT with family and friends out West was amazing! We started in Glacier National Park and worked our way to Jackson Hole—where we rode in a covered wagon, went fly fishing and snapped pics of the giant moose snacking on a tree in our backyard…for a city girl it was crazy good!

Brianna… weekend getaways filled the summer—several trips back home to Minneapolis, cabins, a few to California, and finishing with a trip to Knoxville. In between, time in the city was complete with good friends, eating good food and drinking good beer. Nothing can top that!

Kate… my husband and I worked on the curb appeal of our house—painted the garage, built a fence and window boxes, laid some sod—now we’re building a native plant garden that attracts indigenous butterflies and soon we’ll enjoy drinks by a new sunken fire pit!

Megan… most of the summer was spent on the deck with our dog, listening to music, watching movies late at night and drinking delicious home-brewed beer on our new havana sectional—not a plug, I seriously just bought it and love it! Sailing lessons will get squeezed into the last days of good weather and we can’t wait!

Lauren… my favorite part was one beautiful week on a houseboat in Kentucky with my family. We drank as many new craft beers as we could find and made up delicious burger recipes—gouda cheeseburgers with arugula were the best!

Joe… rocking in my band The Bright White around Chicago and Nashville.

Ryan… we spent most weekends taking our daughter to the beach in Michigan. This was especially great because she’s learning to walk on the sand for the first time—it’s one of the most amazing things I have seen in my life so far. Could not have had a better summer.

Thursday
Aug232012

destination: boston, ma

Day 1: We started our tour of Boston on the Freedom Trail which takes you through the heart—and the oldest—parts of the city. It begins in the Boston Common where swans swim freely and boaters peddle swan-boats across the pond—established in 1634, it’s the oldest public park in the country.

The 2.5 mile walking trail incorporates 16 historically significant sites—including the 325 year old King’s Chapel and burying ground where Paul Revere rests. Other sites include the Massachusetts State House, Faneuil Hall marketplace, Revere’s home, and the USS Constitution.

Day 2: The city is rich with historical architecture, landmarks and amazing seafood—from B&G Oysters in the South End, to The Salty Pig and The Butcher Shop in Beacon Hill.

We successfully managed to walk, eat and drink our way up and down Beacon Hill, through and past the shops on Newberry Street, to finally chill out in the South End.

Day 3: Renting bicycles, via Metro-Boston’s bike sharing system the Hubway, allowed us to get to give our feet a rest and see so much more. We crossed the Charles River into Cambridge to visit Harvard campus—and taste locally brewed CBC beer.

Try as we might to get away from work, we spotted a peekaboo console table as movers delivered furniture. And if the city didn’t have such great sites—Beacon Hill, the South End, the North End—we probably would’ve spent more time on the rooftop garden at the XV Beacon.

Monday
Sep052011

labor day, 2011

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

Friday
Sep022011

how we spent summer, 2011

Marta…went for an inspirational walk on the High Line in NY in June…cooked with 8 friends every night for one week in July on Lake Michigan…spent a week with my husband in Zihuatanejo in August…tequila and sun.

Sandy…spent a week in a small resort on a private beach in Sturgeon Bay, Door County, WI. We also spent a lot of time at our local Lake Michigan beach—perfect on sweltering summer days.

Ryan…went to work, then went home to put my baby girl to bed…every…day.

Sandra…wore as much white as I possibly could…spent hours on my new front deck with friends, family, neighbors…and did some family history research in Warsaw in preparation for my 87-year-old parent’s first trip to Poland.

Todd…spent it in the backyard with our dogs Rocky and Juliet. We have a wood picnic table that we painted bright red there is lots of candlelight everywhere. We grill fish and maybe corn. When the meal is done, we pull some chairs over to the fire pit and drink beer and tequila until the firewood is gone.

Adam…visited Connecticut and Boston…rented a Fiat 500 for drives there and toured The Phillip Johnson glass house. Visited Traverse City, MI and had a water balloon fight with nieces and nephews…came home to Chicago for Cubs games and Ravinia Music Festival.

Jake…of course had to come back to Chicago to visit friends and go to Market Days—my favorite street festival off all time. I also went to Houston to visit friends and explore the city—the highlight was the Menil Collection which has everything from frescos from the 1300’s to a modern light exhibit by Dan Flavin. It’s a really cool mix of modern and ancient.

Ali…moved into a bigger place and got a baby’s room ready!

Sara…went to my parent’s cabin in the UP of Michigan…chilled out at home in Chicago…went to the Foster St. beach on Lake Michigan…ran every errand on my bike…cooked all kinds of delicious Mexican food at Joyce and Jimmy’s—that is, Jimmy cooked and Joyce and I enjoyed cocktails.

Anna…went car shopping…visited WI and KS…went home for the county fair and to visit friends.

Megan…ate outside at foodtruckfests…went boating on Lake Michigan with friends…brewed beer for my wedding!

Curtis…went to NYC and saw the Alexander McQueen show…and some great works at the MCA in Chicago…discovered a new like—not quite love yet—of running along the lakefront…started taking tennis lessons which I do love.

April…soaked up the salty air and sand dunes in South Carolina with family.

Wednesday
Mar032010

destination: new orleans, la

What better place to be than a city that’s been celebrating Mardi Gras—and their amazing Super Bowl win—for the past few weeks? The spirit here in New Orleans is incredible—there’s an electricity in the air!

Thirsty? First stop is the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone. Immortalized in the writings of Ernest Hemingway, the revolving Carousel Bar is a part of New Orleans history. It has a wild circus motif and is often filled with colorful local characters telling their stories.

Hungry? The raw bar at John Besh’s brasserie Luke in the central business district is the best in the city. The casual dining room and delicious flavors of fresh local fish and meats will definitely require a return trip.

Nightcap? No trip to New Orleans would be proper without a Sazerac cocktail. I tested many of these around the city and these two serve the best versions.

Named after what many consider to be the world’s first mixed drink, The Sazerac Bar carries with it as much history and lore as its potable namesake. Just gazing at the famous Paul Ninas murals that flank the long African walnut bar takes you back to the grandeur of old New Orleans. A time when Huey P. Long might stroll in, order a Ramos Gin Fizz, and spend the next few hours talking to his constituents.

The Hermes Bar at Antoine’s also has a wonderful history. Since 1840, world-renowned Antoine’s Restaurant has set the standard that made New Orleans one of the greatest dining centers of the world. Can you believe that this place has been in the same family for three generations and that they were only closed for four months after Hurricane Katrina?

Sleepy? I want to stay up all night so I don’t miss a thing—and this is definitely the place to do it. But too much of a good thing is not so good.

I check in to the Loft 523 hotel, which is only two blocks from the French Quarter (and much quieter). The rooms would make a perfect location for CB2 catalog photoshoots…minimal, warm, and inviting.