Monthly Archives: July 2011

I can’t wait to read: Life, on the Line

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Hardcover, 390 pages, Penguin Group USA, 27.50, published March 3 2011
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Life, on the Line A Chef’s Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas Amazon » Independent Booksellers » Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How? Conversely, as its title suggests, Life, On the Line: A Chef’s Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat, is a memoir of undiluted ambition. By age 16, Grant Achatz already dreamed of owning “a great restaurant, a famous one.” With fanatical dedication, he trained in the most celebrated kitchens in the world: Charlie Trotter’s, The French Laundry and ElBulli. At 29, he won the James Beard Rising Star Chef Award. Two years later, he opened avant-garde Alinea in Chicago. Gourmet magazine named it the Best Restaurant in America. And then, Achatz was diagnosed with Stage 4 tongue cancer. To have any chance of surviving at all, this top chef would literally have to have his tongue cut out.

Written by both Achatz and his partner, Nick Kokona, Life, On the Line, has the fundamental ingredients of a modern-day Greek drama. And, like any good culinary memoir, there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes dish, too.


High Fidelity

Last night we ran to Logan Square for dinner at Revolution Brewery. While running along Milwaukee Ave, we went right by Reckless Records. It’s right next to where they filmed “High Fidelity”! 

This is one of my favorite scenes: 
Source: via Eva on Pinterest

I love that this movie is about making the best mixed tape. [Because I love making mixed tapes/cds.] I can’t way to watch this movie again and hear the amazing soundtrack. 

Chicago magazine rated High Fidelity #1 in a list of the top 40 movies ever filmed in Chicago.

P.S If you ever go to Revolution Brewery, we love the Rosa beer. It’s a summer beer with hibiscus and orange!

Beautiful messy hair and updos

I love messy, curly, wavy, bedhead hair. Fortunately, my hair loves to be messy, although frizzy is my forte. I saw this phrase on Pinterest and had to blog about beautiful hair.

Source: via Emily on Pinterest

With the heat and humidity this summer in Chicago, my curls are more hydrated but I love having my hair up instead. This is what it typically looks like at the end of the day.

Source: via Lynne on Pinterest

I’d like to make it more like this…

Source: None via Breanna on Pinterest

My hair is not that straight, so it ends up looking slightly more like this….

Sometimes I wear my glasses…

I’d like to try more intricate updos like this……..

Source: via Emily on Pinterest

When it’s cooler, I’d like to have more hair down more like this…

After work maybe my hair can look more like this…

I like this messy undo hair for evening too.

Source: via Susie on Pinterest

In an ideal world, I would love to have Shakira-like curls. 
Source: None via cate on Pinterest

Recently, my hair has been up in a ponytail exclusively, unless I’m inside an air-conditioned building!