October Book Club Review

October 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

We had a smaller group than normal because one of our regulars was unable to make it but the three of us who showed up managed to have a really good time.  We went to Jaiyen-Sushi n Noodle in Boystown because we all had a hankering for some sushi – and we were not disappointed!  I made a reservation just in case and we were seated next to two really large aquariums, which was a nice touch and gave good ambiance.

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The restaurant is BYOB so we all pulled out our beer and wine and enjoyed not having to pay a corking fee.  I know that as a vegetarian my views on sushi experiences are somewhat limited but I enjoy the heck out of a good roll and this place provided lots of those.  I had a sweet potato roll along with one full of avocado while another gal had one stuffed with asparagus (those were the only ones on the table I tried).  They were all really good but the sweet potato took home the cake.  It had cream cheese and other vegetables and I seriously almost ordered a third roll but I didn’t want to keep us there all evening.  Which translates as: I will be going back with my own bottle of wine to keep myself there all evening sometime soon.

To get us in the Halloween spirit, we read Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice.  The only other Anne Rice novel I’ve read before was the series The Witching Hour.  I really enjoyed that first book but by the time I was three books into that trilogy, I was over it.  Interview was based in the same world and a lot of it took place in New Orleans, which I always appreciate.  I’ve seen the memorable movie with Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst but it’s been many years so I didn’t really remember specific plot points.  The story is based on a vampire telling his life story over the course of an evening to a journalist who records their talk on tape.  It’s a good premise and certainly was fascinating to read about the early life of this vampire but to be honest, I felt the vampire himself was a little…boring.  He retained a lot of his humanity and it made it hard to remember he was supposed to be this monster who preys on human flesh.  The story he told really dragged on towards the end and some of his moral issues were honestly a little dull to me.  I did like some of his interactions with other vampires and his “daughter” especially and I also liked how the setting took place in a few locations.  I enjoyed the ending too and can see how it set up for the next books in the series.

All in all, another good book club night.  I think the next place we’re going is BYOB too so that’s just something else to look forward to!

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I Dream of Falafel

May 24, 2011 at 11:23 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

Working in the Loop provides one with ample choices for lunchtime eateries.  I usually don’t allow myself to eat out for lunch (as I’m no Rockefeller) but every now and then I splurge and brave the windy city streets for some delicious eats.  As many scrumptious options as there are within walking distance, I find myself time and time again heading to the doors of I Dream of Falafel.

I was turned onto this place by a coworker and in the three months since I first ate there, I’ve convinced three other

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coworkers of the glory that is amazing falafel as well.  It doesn’t hurt that we have a Willis Tower Rewards Card that gives us a 20% discount, but even without the price cut I’d be there quite often.  In fact, I didn’t know about said discount until last week and it never stopped me from going prior to that.  Anyway, this quick and easy Mediterranean place serves up large quantities of hummus, baba ganoujeh, tabbouleh,  pita and of course falafel.  In fact, this place actually has sweet potato falafels and now that I’ve had that, i don’t know if I can ever go back.  For those of you who have know clue what the hell a falafel is, I’d be happy to enlighten you.  It’s basically a scoop of chick peas (the same thing hummus is made of), only shaped into a ball and deep-fried.  It’s much better than it sounds, I assure you.  It’s actually downright dreamy (pun intended).

I was treated to a meal here yesterday by a woman I work with – I’d helped her with a rather long, tedious project and she wanted to say thanks.  It wasn’t necessary but it was much appreciated, especially since one plate from this place will satiate my appreciate for an entire day.  Unfortunately, this is only a Chicago eatery (so far as I know).  There are three locations in and around the Loop so if and when you’re here and hungry, you know where to go.  And if you take me with you I can get us a discount!  Your treat, of course.

PS – You know how my life is full of coincidences, much like that which I blogged about yesterday?  Well last night I was watching a few episodes of the Simpsons from a friend’s box set and the episode where they go to Itchy and Scratchy Land came on.  There’s a rather long parody of the It’s a Small World ride in Disney World, which I found funny given my post topic yesterday.  That is all.

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