Field Trip: Puerto Rico

July 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm (Current Events, Our Favorite Things, Travel, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

by Ms. Rachel Driver

Recently, I ran away on a brief whirlwind of a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a wedding and mini-vacation.  And, I realized how easy it is to get to PR, minus a passport, and within about 6 hours of travel.  Must go back. Often.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Road Trip: Paso Robles

May 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm (Our Favorite Things, Travel, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

by Cara

A lesson in Wine, a lesson in Driving.

This is the travelogue of a 9-day road trip out West with 5 German guys, a Honda luxury minivan, and three imperatives:

1) Stay one night in a Las Vegas hotel suite

2) See the Grand Canyon & Death Valley Nat’l Parks

3) Visit vineyards in Paso Robles, CA

My German friends are prudent travelers, skilled cartographers, and expert drivers.  I cannot stress enough how accomplished I felt during these 9, haste free days. Read the rest of this entry »

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What to do while moving. [What to drink, rather].

May 6, 2010 at 1:55 pm (Current Events, Geek, Travel, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , )

by erin

For people sound of body, brain, and spirit, moving from one domicile to another is an activity that inspires the worst feelings imaginable: dread, preemptive exhaustion, crabbiness, irritability, and leg cramping. Okay, maybe the leg cramping happens after moving. Go eat a banana, girl! Read the rest of this entry »

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Field Trip: Atlanta, Georgia

February 18, 2010 at 10:38 am (Current Events, Geek, Travel, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , )

by Cara

The first weekend in February, I flew down to Atlanta to celebrate the marriage of a very kind, beautiful couple.   I’ll detail my favorite food & drink from the weekend and you’ll probably think I stayed a week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bye Bye Lushies

June 18, 2009 at 3:10 pm (Beer, Travel) (, , , , , , , , , )

It seems that the time has come for my second and last blog posting – I do not enjoy writing, nor do I command the written word as well as my Lush counterparts.

I’ll soon be starting my new life in a faraway land called Utah (yes, they sell alcohol there, and yes, some beers have less alcohol, and yes, you do get drunk at 4500 ft on low-alcohol beer just as easily as you would down here at sea level, or are we below sea level?). While I’m very excited to go back to my adopted home, it makes me a wee bit teary to say goodbye to yet another set of friends and coworkers. It has taken me six years to find such great friends in Chicago and they are what I will miss the most about this place when I leave. If I’m lucky, I will have many visitors to my new home! I really wish I could stick a little Gmail digi-emoticon here. Read the rest of this entry »

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LUSH Interview: 10 questions with Chuck Sudo

April 22, 2009 at 12:43 pm (Beer, Interviews, Travel, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , )

Chuck Sudo
Chicagoist Food and Drink Editor
chuck@chicagoist.com

BIO: Chuck Sudo is a modern day renaissance man[-about-town]. A Chicago native and an early supporter of LUSH, he can also be found checking out brews at the area’s greatest bars, as well as hanging around Bridgeport with his pooch, Emmylou Harris. Fact: One time, former LUSH on Halsted manager Lance’s dog, Jip, once attempted to ‘romance’ Emmylou outside the Bridgeport Coffee Company. She was, uh, less than responsive. Chuck’s got his finger on the pulse of Chicago’s eating and drinking news, and can either be found writing for Chicagoist, his personal blog Bridgeport Seasoning, or roaming the city in spandex. He insists it’s for optimal bike riding but we think he just enjoys the stretchy. Always one step ahead of the next food trend and a fellow supporter of pork products, we’re proud to have him as a LUSH enthusiast, kindred spirit, and fellow South Sider.

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Fieldtrip: Fayetteville, Arkansas

April 12, 2009 at 11:38 am (Our Favorite Things, Travel, What we are eating, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

by Ms. Rachel Driver

I am from Arkansas.  Yes, I am from the deep south…grew up in the Ozark National Forest in a house built by my parents.  I ate dirt, played in the creek, sampled fresh veggies from the garden and threw nasty big tomato grubs, got lost in the woods, and picked up snakes.  And, yes, I do have an accent…but only if you make me mad or I get very excited.

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LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Fernando Beteta

March 25, 2009 at 9:14 am (Interviews, Travel, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

LUSH Interview, 10 Questions with…

Fernando Beteta,

Sommelier and Manager of NoMi at the Park Hyatt

NOMI
At the Park Hyatt Hotel
800 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 239-4030

BIO: So, this kid knows a thing or two about wine…and food. When Fernando speaks of his mom’s cooking, he is evoking the essence of real freakin’ authentic Guatemalan food. But, he has traveled extensively, sampling language, culture, food and beverage from the east and west, as well as the middle, up and down. Mr. Beteta is graced with an advanced palate, a good nose, and a charming personality. His wine and menu pairing is quite lovely and he is absolutely adept at pulling off such a prestigious and demanding position at NoMi. Fernando has dashing good looks and a rockin’ collection of awards, including 3 editions of ‘Best Young Sommelier Midwest’ by L’Ordre Mondial Des Gourmets Degustateurs Chaine Des Rotisseurs and is officially a ‘Rising Star’, although we think his star quite high enough at the moment. Wanna meet us at NoMi for a glass of wine?

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Drinking in New York. Sigh.

February 9, 2009 at 7:51 pm (Our Favorite Things, Travel, What we're drinking) (, , , , )

by Jane Lopes, on New York City

It’s no secret. I love New York City. It is such a magical and surreal place. A place constantly buzzing and vibrating, literally teeming with energy and action. Things happen in New York that have no place in the repetoire of my normal, day to day life; when I leave I feel like it’s been a dream.

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LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Michael Nagrant

January 28, 2009 at 12:28 pm (Travel, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , )

10 Questions With…

Michael Nagrant, Chicago-based food writer

BIO:

Apparently, Mr. Nagrant likes to eat…and talk about it.  Michael Nagrant never met an organ meat he didn’t like. He hopes to meet many more. In the meantime he writes regularly about food and drink for Newcity, CS, Chicago Sun Times, and Time Out. If you are sniffing about, you may catch an article or two at Serious Eats, www.seriouseats.com He’s also the founder/editor of  Hungry magazine www.hungrymag.com.

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