CHICKS and BUBBLES: The Aftermath

October 7, 2008 at 3:22 am (Our Favorite Things, Special Events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Vintage Champagne and fried chicken are the most perfect pairing…really. We tested it out. For sure. The Champagne was delicious and extra bubbly. The food was plentiful and incredibly hearty. Our little chicks and bubbles picnic was quite lovely. Check out our menu, wine list, and photos below!

Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Permalink 1 Comment

PAX and PIG: The Aftermath

September 27, 2008 at 11:21 pm (Our Favorite Things, Special Events, Uncategorized, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , )

PORKY PAXY Pleasures….

It was like a dream*: the heady aromas of slowly roasting pork in the air, a perfect Indian summer evening, white linens topped with flickering candlelight. Oh, yeah–and some damn awesome wine. This past Saturday we hosted a fantastic dinner featuring the ever-rare and ever-delicious wines from Pax Cellars, a cult Syrah** producer based in Northern California. To sweeten the deal, we even had Joe Donelan, their owner, come out to join us and give all the attendees extra insight into the meticulous production and vineyard site selection that makes Pax so special. As the evening progressed, all twenty folks present got to hear anecdotes from the encyclopaedic brain of Mr. Donelan, who knows his wines the way a parent knows a child’s every quirk. From the tasting notes and detailed descriptions of the sites whence come the wines, he had us all engrossed–and it is no easy task to divert one’s attention away from a delicious glass of Syrah!

Read the rest of this entry »

Permalink 1 Comment

OYSTERS: The Aftermath

September 17, 2008 at 3:21 pm (Beer, French Wine, Our Favorite Things, Special Events, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well, my friends, you may be expecting to peruse a set of crazy pictures of slimy grey creatures…however, my camera remained safely nestled in its case, in my bag, tucked under the cabinet for the duration of LUSH Oyster Fest. Bummer. But, lucky for us, I have very photographic memories to share. And, for all you squeamish folk, no graphic depictions of oysters.

Read the rest of this entry »

Permalink 2 Comments

I’m having a hard time telling you what is in my mouth

August 13, 2008 at 7:07 pm (What we're drinking) (, , , )

It’s a red wine, and it’s a really interesting one. It looks different in the glass, an odd shade of red that makes me think “nuclear” even though that doesn’t make any sense. It smells, well, it smells a LOT; the kind of smell that gets stuck in the back of your mouth where your nasal cavity meets your throat. When I put the glass to my lips, I imagine a lit Molotov cocktail wrapped in velvet and landing in a vat of raspberries. I like it, even though it’s not really my preferred style. It’s a spectacle, like the TMZ show or when my upstairs neighbors fight. It’s the Brochelle Syrah, and I’m trying to tell you what I experience when I drink it.

Read the rest of this entry »

Permalink 2 Comments

BYOB: Earwax Cafe

July 9, 2008 at 8:18 pm (BYOB, What we're drinking) (, , , , )

Earwax Cafe

Earwax Cafe

After spending most of yesterday ducking the heat (and saving money!) by hanging out in the libarary, the gym, and our neighborhood pool, my fiance and I decided to take a break from cooking and grab a bite to eat elsewhere.  Not really concerned with the type of cuisine, we instead prioritized that the place be 1) inexpensive (saving for the wedding!), 2) a BYOB, and 3) airconditioned.  Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

Read the rest of this entry »

Permalink Leave a Comment

Big buck, bigger bang

June 18, 2008 at 6:06 pm (French Wine) (, , , )

I’m a regular reader of the online magazine slate.com, and while most of the articles I read there are political in nature, they also occasionally post some extremely interesting articles in their Food and Drink section.  Their in-house oenophile, Mike Steinberger, does a good job posting articles that inform and entertain more seasoned winos while not intimidating the newbies out there.  His article posted today focuses on his search to find truly great wines that retail for under $150. Read the rest of this entry »

Permalink Leave a Comment

The Forbidden (Fermented) Malts: Part 2

June 14, 2008 at 6:28 pm (Beer, Our Favorite Things, What we're drinking) (, , , )

Uh-oh, the fiancee is out of town, so you know what that means!  After doing a little freelance work up at Lush Roscoe, Thursday night was dedicated to watching the NBA Finals and raiding the ol’ beer cellar.  As always, these beers were purchased outside the state of Illinois and are not available in this market. Read the rest of this entry »

Permalink Leave a Comment

BYOB: Mado

June 13, 2008 at 5:54 pm (BYOB, What we're drinking) (, , )

I guarantee that every staff member at Lush knew I would choose Mado as my BYOB of choice for this post.  Why not?  It’s brand new, it’s fantastically cool and it’s a five-minute walk from my door.  When those factors combine, the chances of me making it a regular haunt reach high levels.

Read the rest of this entry »

Permalink Leave a Comment

Google map of Chicago BYOB restaurants

May 3, 2008 at 7:03 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

Thanks to the excellent Dr. Vino for creating this google map of Chicago BYOB restaurants.  For those of you who didn’t get a chance to attend our BYOB-themed free tasting on Sunday, this will be a good cheat sheet.  My personal favorites are Terragusto at 1851 W. Addison and Mado at 1647 N. Milwaukee.  If you’re planning on heading to a BYOB, make sure to let us know so we can help you pair up your wines with some of their best dishes.

Special thanks to Michael at hungrymag.com for bringing this link to my attention.

Posted by Lance

Permalink Leave a Comment

In the interest of full disclosure

April 13, 2008 at 8:01 pm (What we're drinking) (, )

Sometimes I do embarassing things.  I frequently forget people’s names and have to spend significant portions of conversations trying to get them to refer to themselves in the third person.  Two days ago I called a nice young lady “Sir.”  I have an approximately 100% rate of getting caught in any lie I tell.  This weekend, though, I did something that went beyond embarassing and extended into the realm of mortifying.

I, a manager of one of the best fine wine and spirits stores in the country, bought a boxed wine.  From the grocery store.

Read the rest of this entry »

Permalink Leave a Comment

Next page »