New Dirty Dozen

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As much as we love Marcia cooking us hot homemade meals when she visits, we also love to take her out and fatten her up on the rich Chicago dining scene!

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Monday night, we had a delicious dinner at the Radler, a Logan Square restaurant that modernizes German classics with local, seasonal ingredients.

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Meghan (her boyfriend Rob, was working early in the morning) came to meet us, and we had terrific service from the team managed by Meghan’s sister Liz. She had a golden glistening buttery hot pretzel waiting on the table for us!

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Marcia loved the onion pie, so rich and buttery, and the pretzel, but her real passion was the sea trout.

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The pork schnitzel was crispy and rich, the finger tube pasta and the late fall vegetables really pleasing…

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It was come as a surprise to no one that my favorites were (and always are) the sausage and the sweets.

Walking My Troubles Away

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On Monday, the three of us went for a walk up Ashland Avenue to the post office. Marcia recommended me the Fleetwood Mac song, Albatross, which got stuck in my head.

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We stopped at RR#1, a store in our neighborhood specializing in locally made gifts. Chris, behind the counter, was the same man who gave Etta, Effie and me the amazing architectural boat tour.

Albatross

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Sunday night the three of us hit up Gallery Cabaret, what has become Marcia Mello’s old stomping grounds in Chicago.

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Marcia played five songs and I recorded audio and video of the set which can be found here.

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Chef Wil, my road dog in Xoco, and friends / chefs Joel, Ethan and Bryan from Topolobampo came to show support and drink a pitcher of beer.

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Marcia’s South-of-the-South-Side friend Carla brought her mother Diane, who was visiting from Canada.

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Another Chicago-based friend, who visited the Cape every summer, was Joe. Joe had open heart surgery earlier this year, and I was happy to hear he had bounced back faster than the doctor’s predicted.

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Not pictured, but great to see, were Pierce and Aja, who stopped by before heading to a film.

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Marcia played old blues, and her own compositions, including the beautiful “Barcelona Sparrow.”

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On the way home we stopped at the Red Hot Ranch for a hamburger.

Blind Boy Fuller

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In the afternoon we headed out into a grey, misty Chicago afternoon for pizza. Coalfire, a wood-burning oven pizza place in our neighborhood, specializes in New Haven style thin crust.

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The temperature swung up from the twenties to the forties, and even the dark foggy November afternoon seemed pleasant. The pizza was even better!

Barcelona Sparrows

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On Sunday I finally had the day off.

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The three of us went for Chinese foot massage.

Sewing Machine

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Marcia bought Etta a sewing machine.

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Together they made a tunic.

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Marcia went to the market for vegetables and made a beautiful salad.

Scrambled Eggs

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Marcia made me hot breakfast before work!

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Between the scrambled eggs, pancakes, and music my days were off to a great start.

Marcia, Etta (and Roly)

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Marcia came to visit at the end of November, the week before Thanksgiving.

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Mother and daughter did a lot of snuggling…

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…but together they snuggled the cat the most!

Captain Riley

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I just finished reading Skeletons on the Zahara, by Dean King. The book is the true story of the shipwreck of the Commerce, an 18th century brig hailing from Middletown, Connecticut. They sailed down the Connecticut River to the open ocean with no idea of what was in store.

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The horrors they faced in the dessert, surviving on camels milk, snails and the fleeting kindness of nomadic Arabs, helped me imagine some of the feelings the American journalists kidnapped by ISIS may have faced. As a 5-year-old boy, Abraham Lincoln read the source material, Captain James Riley’s memoir Sufferings in Africa, and it had a big effect. Lincoln would later state it was one of 3 books underpinning his political ideology as it related to slavery.

Skeletons on the Zahara

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Trying to stay tight while business fluctuates. Tomorrow will be interesting; we will see how the cold weather continues to affect business.

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After last night’s chips and guac numbers, we very conscience about how much product was made today. Yesterday’s waste was a grave reminder about excess prep. We kept everything a lot tighter tonight.

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