Monthly Archives: October 2011

Happy Halloween!

Aside from sneaking treats out of the candy bowl at work, I don’t exactly have plans to celebrate Halloween. I opted to not dress up this weekend, and instead I only mocked others’ costumes from afar, but I still think this holiday is kind of magical (anyone remember Hocus Pocus and costume parades in elementary school?). So while I know I won’t have any trick-or-treaters tonight, I think I’ll try to surprise Frasier with these fun treats:

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Pooch Treats

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup fresh or canned pumpkin (not seasoned pie filling)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup water as needed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, pumpkin, peanut butter and cinnamon in a bowl.
Add water as needed, but the dough should be stiff and dry.
Roll to 1/2 inch thick and cut with holiday cookie cutters.
Bake for about 40 minutes, or until hard.

Recipe courtesy of the ASPCA.

And because I couldn’t resist. Scary is riding the Haunted Mansion ride at Magic Kingdom while your dad shouts quotes from Edgar Allen Poe. In public. Sometimes Picnik really takes you back.

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Latino Fashion Week

Up until about a week ago, I had never heard of Latino Fashion Week. But after I was asked to help out a friend and do a story for the Lawndale News, I was more than impressed with this 5-year old production. Not only does it promote the Latino community in a positive way, but it also gives a voice to local fashion designers and youth. The event begins next week and runs Nov. 1-6. Get your tickets here and read my article here. If you want to see a Spanish version, check it out here.

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Medici on 57th

A little while back my cousin and I embarked on a journey to experience Hyde Park at dinnertime. Over the last few months I’ve made it into this south side neighborhood twice (here and here), but our restaurant pick this time was the best yet.

After checking out the quaint little eateries on 57th Street, we settled for Medici on 57th. From the homey, old school vibe of the exposed brick with messages from long ago to the plethora of students and professors, this place was definitely a hit. Between her Spinach Goat Cheese pizza and my California Wrap, neither of us left hungry.

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Rediscovered barber shop

Last week I stumbled across an old school barber shop with a co-worker while walking along 63rd Street. The shop is currently uninhabitable and you probably wouldn’t notice it walking along the sidewalk. Yet when I took a tour of the small space, it was easy to imagine what it must have been like during its prime. I don’t think they make them quite like this anymore.

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Weekend in photos

This weekend saw a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry, which I haven’t seen in years, and spending time with the cutest four-year-old around.

Addison meeting Frasier for the first time.

“Daddy, pleaseeeee!”

Forget Cat in the Hat, she’s all about InStyle.

Checking out the airplanes…

…and the baby chicks.

Being a ham. Which happened multiple times throughout the day.

Passed out about 10 minutes after we left.

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Spotlight on: Chicago Lawn Portal

Over the past several years, hyperlocal web sites, news sites and blogs have populated the web at an exceedingly fast rate. Many people will say sustaining hyperlocal media is impossible. I say it’s necessary.

Everyone wants their voice to be heard, and why shouldn’t they? It’s often the people on the ground–those in the neighborhoods and those active in their communities–who have the most to say, but often don’t have the resources.

So check out the Chicago Lawn Portal, which is part of the Southwest Smart Communities Initiative, a collaboration among Chicago Lawn, Auburn Gresham, and Englewood. Learn more about how we are Digitally and Socially Linking our Communities.

And if nothing else consider this:
Chicago’s neighborhoods have always been this city’s greatest strength.
[Jane Byrne]

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Weekend in photos

Hey, Chinatown.

Anyone have any suggestions for some delish restaurants to try in this culturally detailed Asian neighborhood?

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