Veal Shank at Wildfire

Wildfire

by Administrator on January 24, 2015

This is an easy restaurant to find and enjoy. With multiple locations in the Chicagoland area, you are probably never far from Wildfire. We have visited Glenview, Schaumburg, River North, and Lincolnshire. This is a great location for fish or beef, but I will say that anything which takes advantage of the large wood fired ovens and spit roasters is taking advantage of some of the unique Wildfire flavors. All the barbecue and meats we have had have been excellent, additionally the scallops as appetizers, and house salad have been good as well. Wildfire also has an extensive martini list and also creative wine flights and a good wine list. Last visited: January 2015 (note: As of this writing, Wildfire was featuring a select wine list at 50% off every Monday evening) Link

Wildfire Shrimp Cocktail

Wildfire Shrimp Cocktail

Wildfire Scallops

Wildfire Scallops

Pizza at Wildfire

Pizza at Wildfire

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Lots of FLACing for my Sonos

by Administrator on January 19, 2015

What? Well I finally took the plunge over the holidays and decided to convert my 1,000+ CD library into media accessible to my Sonos. I’ve had my Sonos, an incredibly versatile and powerful wireless audio streaming system since 2006. Since 2006, I’ve bought a large number of MP3s and have also enjoyed the extensive library of internet streaming services available on the Sonos. But I still had a large library of CDs which I didn’t have instantaneous access to.

So on to the FLACing. OK, FLACing isn’t really a word, but it does describe the process of converting music files on a CD to files more easily used with digital audio systems such as the Sonos. FLAC, then, is a digital music format, much like an MP3 is. The big difference between the FLAC and the MP3 is really the quality of the resulting product. MP3 loses information in the process of being converted from a CD – it is a lossy format. FLAC is a lossless format, so the process of converting the information from a CD to a FLAC involves only compression (making the resulting file smaller) but not losing any of the originally encoded information. FLAC files are substantially bigger than MP3s, but with the relative costs of disk today, the level of audio quality retained is worth it.

So, I’m FLACing my library. I figure it might take a good month or two of work to get through my 1,000+ CD collection.

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Restaurant Seating

January 18, 2015

Why, in an almost empty restaurant, do we always get seated directly next to the few other people in the restaurant, versus being given some space and privacy? In most restaurants, we must repeatedly ask to be seated with some spacing between us and other people, even when the restaurant is sparsely populated. I assume […]

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Incontro A Tavola

January 3, 2015

Opened in late 2014, this is a great new place in South Barrington, Illinois. We are familiar with some of the owners from a previous restaurant (Zaza’s) and were interested in giving it a visit and we were very pleasantly surprised. Some of the menu items are consistent across most Italian restaurants, but dome of […]

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Stoney River

December 29, 2014
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This chain is the home of the Legendary Steak and it is a good change of pace since the atmosphere, food and service all come together for a relaxing, upscale meal in a wilderness lodge setting. The layout of the restaurants is based on classic American lodges with substantial fireplaces, stone and wood incorporated into […]

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Saranello’s

December 26, 2014
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An always lively, casual Italian restaurant, Saranello’s has a few things going for it. The atmosphere is “loudish” since there are a lot of wood surfaces in the restaurant. Having said that, there are six good sized booths in the main dining area along with several in the bar. The booths tend to be just […]

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McCormick and Schmick’s

December 25, 2014
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We have visited a McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant multiple times now and each experience has gotten a little better. Our initial experience compared it too much to some higher end seafood restaurants and McCormick and Schmick’s fell short. Service was always good and wine selections adequate, but food quality and preparations seemed lacking. With […]

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ZaZa’s Tavola Italiana

December 20, 2014
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A gem of a local Italian restaurant. Excellent regular menu in addition to seasonal and other daily specials. Attentive service, with a nice dining room, and good Italian music adding to the ambience. We now go at least once every few weeks – there is enough variety and rotation of specials to keep each visit […]

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Capital Grille

December 19, 2014
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The Capital Grille is a great place to go for a guaranteed nice evening, especially if celebrating something. We have visited the Lombard and Rosemont locations in Illinois and the Cabo San Lucas location in Mexico and have had very nice evenings every time. For special occassions such as anniversaries and other celebrations, the Capital […]

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Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company

December 14, 2014
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Located at 2121 N Clark Street in Chicago is a unique and wonderful pizza place – and for Chicago, it is unique. The pizzas start as pizza pot pies in a bowl with the dough baked on top. Each pizza consists of triple-raised Sicilian bread-type dough; a homemade sauce consisting of olive oil, fresh garlic, […]

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