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Spring or Summer?

I can't decide if it's spring or summer yet.  It feels like if summer is about to happen, but it is too hot for spring.  It is that awkward time where everybody pretends like it's summer.  I leave my sweaters at home and brave the ride home on my bicycle at night because I don't want to have to wear the heavier clothes.  I go swimming even if the water is cold.  But I am not quite ready to commit to the intensity of summer,  popsicles hurt my teeth and I don't really like the heat if it's above 85.  I'm giving myself until the official day in June when summer hits and will live in limbo until then, continuing to claim it's spring.  (Can we also discuss my friend's great view from her apartment's pool?  Don't worry, I don't live there.. I just have great friends who are that cool.)

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Pilsenite, Henry

We have this thing called Pilsenites.  Those of us who live in Pilsen, Chicago.  During the end of summer, I was walking home from the great Pilsen neighborhood grocery store, La Casa Del Pueblo, and met Henry.  A true Pilsenite.  His family were some of the first in the originally Czech neighborhood of Pilsen.  Now it is primarily a Mexican neighborhood, few Eastern Europeaners still live there.  However, Henry remains true to his neighborhood having lived here his whole life.

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Glazed and Infused [West Loop, Chicago]

For a while I have had a small crush on Glazed and Infused.  Between their large painted logo on the side of the building in Fulton Market, and their deliciously brilliant doughnuts, it's hard to help myself.  They sit across the street from my favorite fish market, and just tempt me every time I ride my bicycle past.  I have stopped by once before, falling in love with the doughnuts that go far past your common cakes and glazed dozens.  This time around they had a St. Patrick's Day special: a chocolate cake doughnut, Bailey's Irish Cream and chocolate stout glazes topped with a few green sprinkles for festivity.  Between these delicious treats and a great atmosphere, I decided to do a little bit of restaurant photography in the space to try to convince you to stop on by yourself.  Did I mention that not only do they have four locations, but they also have maple bacon bars?

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Glazed and Infused

West Loop: 813 Fulton Market

Wicker Park: 1553 N Damen Ave

Streeterville: 201 E. Delaware Place

Lincoln Park: 939 W Armitage Ave

www.goglazed.com

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Go green! Eat your greens!

For a while now I have been discussing joining a co-op.  Fresh produce from farmers markets for a cheap price.  What is there not to love?  Mainly I have been too lazy to find one, to convince someone to go in on the shares with me.  But, alas, after five minutes of some research, I found a co-op not only in my neighborhood of Pilsen in Chicago... but six houses down the street from me.  No excuses.  So I put on my coat last Saturday and walked across the street to go volunteer in distributing the bounty.  Kiwis, fennel, sun chokes, grapefruit, dried peppers galore.  So many new and interesting things, so many delicious things to cook in the future.

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Jordanian Election Day

Today is election day.  Full of excitement, people out an about, and everybody sporting Jordanian flags, scarves, and photos of the candidates they will vote for.  Here they have a woman's voting station and a men's.  Down the road from one another, where you vote is separate and private.  The men sitting around, catching up with one another outside of the voting booth, and the females  doing the same.  I found this girl sitting outside of the school where she voted, sporting a photo pinned to her dress of the female Bedouin candidate for parlament she voted for.  If elected, this woman will represent the village of Petra and the people around it in parlament.

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In other news, I found this photo from an old roll of film from America's most recent election.  Found this man walking down the street in downtown Chicago.

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Weary Traveler

Leaving Chicago I knew I was about to be sleepy for a week straight.  So many photoshoots, so little time was ahead of me.  But, I did it.  One whole calendar, a day spent in a restaurant photographing, family shoots, and engagements.  If I have ever been a weary traveler, this was it.  I photographed this boy sitting on the ground of the Midway airport when I left, and now I get where he's coming from and this is exactly how I will feel the whole drive to Nebraska today.

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Magnolia Bakery, Chicago

There is a tempting bakery just one block away from my work.  It is always full of warm drinks and layered cakes topped with cream cheese and sprinkles.  Red velvet cupcakes and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies line the large windowed shelves not big enough to contain all the sweets piled inside.  I had to learn to walk a different way to work.

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Fish Bar, Chicago

When I had first moved to Chicago, a good friend gave me the tip to go to DMK Burger Bar as much as possible.  I went once, fell in love, then got distracted by the multitude of restaurants to choose from in the city.  Next door is a place called Fish Bar.  Same company, just with food from the sea.  Delicious chowder, sandwiches, daily catches written on a chalkboard, and primarily bar seating.  So much to love and so many tasty things to eat.  Now every time I am in the neighborhood I will have the horrible dilemma between deciding between the two places, if I can ever find it in myself to go to the same place twice, that is.

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Fish Bar

2956 N Sheffield Ave

Chicago