Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Like a Fish out of Water

I'm sure there are some other cute analogies related to fish I can use for this post, but I'll just cut to the chase: don't bike, but certainly drive to check out Calumet Fisheries. I'm sure you've heard of it by now, Calumet Fisheries is an adorable shack at the side of the road with its own smokehouse in back and a James Beard Foundation Award. They make a delicious array of smoked fish. We had the smoked shrimp and the smoked pepper and garlic salmon. Both were excellent.

I'm surprised this is a common bike route for people from the north side, because we were definitely out of place riding our bicycles through the neighborhood at South Shore Dr between 71st and 95th. In fact, some teens on bikes told us this as we rode by. Also telling, was the police blockade we had to avoid with a slight detour into Rainbow Park. Sadly, the police blockade was due to a 19 month old girl who was fatally struck by a CTA bus. Arguably, we might have been safer in the South Shore neighborhood than in Lincoln Park where a woman was shot outside the zoo. In any case, I recommend driving.

If you are looking for a nice long distance bike ride from the Lincoln Park/Old Town area, consider riding north to the Botanical Gardens and taking the Metra back. It's a similar distance, and you don't get to stuff your face with delicious food at the end, so you might actually benefit from the workout :).

Friday, May 23, 2014

NPR Month

Gene and I are obsessed with NPR. From their news coverage, to the programs they distribute like Public Radio International’s This American Life and the Moth podcast.  If you haven’t become an NPR fan yet, tune into your local affiliate, WBEZ (91.5 fm) if you’re in Chicago.

Say what you will about the NPR listener (white, uptight…yup seems right), but I wear my t-shirt proudly.

NPR week started Gene surprised me with a ride to Milwaukee, to catch Ira Glass on stage with two modern dancers for his “once a month, in different cities” performance at Riverside Theater (also known as The Pabst, keep it classy Milwaukee J). It was awesome fun, as Ira told stories related to dance in acts I, II, and III and the two modern dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass performed throughout. As a side note, we also got to enjoy some delicious oysters beforehand at St Paul Fish Company at the Milwaukee Public Market.

NPR week continued as I went to DC for work and took our chief economist to meet with Jackie Northam, John Ydstie and Marilyn Geewax. I also got to meet Robert Siegel, for a brief moment on a tour of their new building, and got to snap this picture of tiny desk!

This also happened to be the same couple of weeks when Gene scored tickets to Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me, the NPR news quiz at the Chase Bank Auditorium. It was a blast to see Karl Castle’s last day in Chicago as the wonderful voice that introduces Peter Segaaaaal!

I heart NPR month. Let's do it again sometime.