Playlists by Mood

by Administrator on March 30, 2015

For the longest time, I have been assembling playlists for specific moods – not unlike one can get today on Songza or other similar services. These playlists are for my all time favorites by category. This is no easy task, as things change over time – these are indeed very dynamic.

The songs listed in each category are not listed in priority sequence – I’ve only alphabetized strictly to help organize them.

Romantic / Seductive Playlist

6 Underground – Sneaker Pimps (Nellee Hooper Edit)
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Afterglow – INXS
All of Me – John Legend
Always on Your Side – Sheryl Crow with Sting (Better than the Sheryl Crow solo version)
Amazing – One Eskimo
Anything for You – Gloria Estefan
Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
Broken Arrow – Rod Stewart
Collide – Howie Day
Damn I Wish I was Your Lover – Sophie B. Hawkins
Europa – Gato Barbieri
Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
Finally – Fergie
Gravity – Sara Bareilles
Have a Little Faith in Me – John Hiatt
How Do You Keep the Music Playing – James Ingram
I Belong To You – Eros Ramazzotti and Anastacia
I Can’t See Nobody – Bee Gees
I’ll Stand by You – The Pretenders
In Another Time – Sade
It Could Happen To You – Robert Palmer version
Just One More Dance – Michael Buble Version
l’appuntamento – Andrea Bocelli
Let Me Go – Avril Lavigne with Chad Kroeger
Let’s Go Home – Glenn Frey
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Love Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – Seal version
Love Without You – Darius Rucker
Lost Without U – Robin Thicke
Make You Feel My Love – Adele version
Nevermind Me – Maria Mena
Nights in White Satin (Notte de Luce) – Mario Frangoulis version
No Air – Jordin Sparks
One Hundred Ways – James Ingram
One in a Million You – Larry Graham
Più Che Puoi – Eros Ramazzati and Cher
Save Room – John Legend
Secret Garden – Bruce Springsteen
September Morn – Neil Diamond
Someone Like You – Van Morrison
Stay – Rihanna
The Only Exception – Paramore
To Love Somebody – Bee Gees
Was it Just Another Love Affair? – Eurythmics
What Would Happen – Meredith Brooks

It’s a Party Playlist – Don’t Sit Down and Crank it Up
It’s a real challenge to come up with a list that spans generations and music genres – is this success?

1985 – Bowling for Soup
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
All Summer Long – Kid Rock
Bang, Bang – Jessie J and Nicki Minaj
Boogie Wonderland – Earth, Wind and Fire
Bom Bom – Sam and the Womp
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Can’t Get You Out of Mind – Kylie Minogue
Clarity – Zedd
Devil With the Blue Dress On – Mitch Ryder
Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
Fireball – Pitbull
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Got To Give It Up (Part 1) – Marvin Gaye
Hot, Hot, Hot – Buster Poindexter
I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
I Like It – Enrique Iglesias
I Want it All – Karmin
I’m Alive – Michael Franti
I’n Not Running Anymore – John Mellencamp
Kiss – Art of Noise
Ladies Night – Atomic Kitten version
Look on the Floor – Bananarama
Mmm Yeah – Austin Mahone
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
Oh Yeah – Yello
Please Don’t Go – KWS
Real Wild Child – Iggy Pop
Selfie – The Chainsmokers
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
She Bangs – Ricky Martin
Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna
Straight to Memphis – Club des Belugas
Sway – Pussycat Dolls version
Tequila – The Champs
The Politics of Dancing – Re-Flex
Timebomb – Kylie Minogue
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
Vogue – Madonna
Walk Like an Egyptian – Bangles
Wanna Be Startin’ Something’ – Michael Jackson
Wasted – Tiesto
When Smokey Sings – ABC
Wings – Little Mix
Work Bitch – Britney Spears
Yeah 3X – Chris Brown

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Veal Shank at Wildfire

Wildfire

by Administrator on March 27, 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: March 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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Maggiano’s Little Italy

March 7, 2015
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With its huge portions, large bustling dining room and family style specials, Maggiano’s is a good place to go when the appetite is large, when the will power is great or when leftovers are part of the goal. This has been a long time favorite where we have items that we tend to gravitate towards, […]

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Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company

March 1, 2015
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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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ZaZa’s Tavola Italiana

February 27, 2015
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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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Seasons 52

February 24, 2015
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What a great surprise! This restaurant prides itself on using all fresh ingredients to create seasonally inspired meals and it works. Wonderful appetizers such as Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli with roasted garlic and fresh basil and Grilled Chipotle Chicken Skewers with spicy BBQ sauce, summer corn relish and guacamole all deliver spectacular flavor and make […]

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Incontro A Tavola

February 20, 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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Chicago Prime Steakhouse

February 17, 2015
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One of the food styles for which Chicago has plenty of options is steak, so trying another steakhouse was not high on our list. We tried Chicago Prime because someone we know in the restaurant business took a job there. We have become regulars ever since. This restaurant has a great deal of classic steakhouse […]

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Lots of FLACing for my Sonos

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 […]

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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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