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this week: vegas, paris, chicago & cinci!

14 Sep

this has been a crazy week. glad to be unwinding with a little cab franc and this 60 degree weather in dallas.

so this week was interesting in the way of travel and photos. kinda cool to get the photos i got messaged to me. oh, i love technology!

i was in vegas for a chevy meeting, ROF was in columbus, ohio and naperville, il (hello? i grew up here!) and my sister katie was in cincinnati where my grandma lived and my mom grew up. very very near and dear to my heart. lastly, d, a great friend of ours, is in paris (my ultimate dream location which i’ve never been) and he has been sending me snaps all week.

so, these were the photos i got and took this week.

while i was waiting wednesday morning for a friend to go to a meeting with, i saw this. a dude in his robe and baseball cap holding an elevator and hanging out. what happens in vegas … goes on a blog, dude.

this was our house in naperville. i got this from ROF who was there for a couple of days. i lived in this house from the summer before my sophomore year in high school until i moved downtown chicago when i was 23 years old. my family then moved on to dallas when i was 25. so this house brings back so-many-memories. i can tear up thinking of them. thanks, ROF.

this snap was sent by my sister, katie. she was in cincinnati and this was my grandparents condo on erie avenue in hyde park right across from the hyde park country club where they were founding members. this also brings back so many many memories. i can remember what the condo smelled like – leather and just baked mini bran muffins (my grandma was a stickler about maintaining her weight) i remember the bottom drawer of her dresser in her bedroom (2 twin beds – one for her, one for grandpa) that held plastic bangles of all shapes, sizes and colors. i used to put those on up to my elbow. the other thing i used to do – which is really funny – is when i got a little older, like that awkward middle school age, was read the dirty parts of her “romance” novels. note, they weren’t today’s standard of “dirty” they were super tame but…hello…granny!!

lastly, d really came through for me on texting pictures of paris.

i hope i get to experience this city. i may have it all built up in my head but i’m a very passionate person – about life, love, work, family, art etc… and this (TO ME) is the city that personifies that to me. everything about it is passionate – right down to the food, the sidewalk cafes – everything. thanks d for letting me live vicariously through you for the week!

that’s it for now folks. have a great weekend!

las vegas food: dare i say

31 Jan

going to las vegas the third week into my life-changing diet wasn’t the best of ideas,

but it wasn’t about me.  it was about my sister’s birthday – her 40th.  so indulge we did and boy am i paying the price for it now.

i don’t need to tell you that las vegas is an adult playground.  it is over-the-top food, games, shows, people watching (and cigarette smoke which just killed us, by the way).  i’m now sicker than a dog with a fever but i will survive.  here’s a peek at some of the incredible food we had in vegas.  here are some places we went:


this place had some of the best burgers i’ve ever had:

room service had a nice, small breakfast

by far, our favorite night was at mastro’s ocean club in city center by the cosmopolitan and the aria. this restaurant from the atmosphere, service, food was outstanding.  look at this structure inside a shopping center:

we started with a lemon drop martini which came in extra large glasses, the martini shaker and dry ice pouring out of the glass.  it was a pretty spectacular and dramatic cocktail for the table:

then you know you’re at a great restaurant when the waiter (mike) picks three of their best desserts on the house and delivers them to katie as a present at the end of the night:

so as you can see, the diet must continue with just a small weekend set back.  good thing i’m ill because eating hasn’t been my strong suit. 

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