Deka Brasserie

May 30, 2015
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A fairly unique and well executed take on a French Brasserie with some non-traditional menu items as well. A nice, bright dining room with colorful accents make for a pleasant dining environment. A fairly good wine list with reasonable pricing. We were there early on a Saturday and had great service by a very knowledgeable […]

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May 15, 2015
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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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Playlists by Mood

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 […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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