Food Trucks, Food Trucks, Everywhere!

Well, food vans.

I love food as much as – or possibly more than – the average person, so when I discovered that there are tamale-wielding, cupcake-slangin’, meatball-dealing vehicles roaming around the streets of Chicago, I got a lil bit excited.

At first I was only privy to the (now beloved) Flirty Cupcakes mobile – which is phenomenal. My favorite cupcake is the “Curious George” in case you wanted to know. Next, after seeking out other food truck ventures on the internet, I discovered a whole heap of wheeled options. There is an empanada truck, a vegetarian truck, even a gourmet truck! Oh, and I almost forgot…A MAC AND CHEESE TRUCK. yeah. I know. I was happy too.

These delicious trucks make stops all throughout the city during lunch time. You can find out the weekly schedule and whereabouts by following their pages on facebook, on twitter, and probably 3 or 4 other social media sites.

Here is a link (compiled by chicagomag.com) to most of their twitter feeds:

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Chicago-Food-Trucks-on-Twitter/

Bon Apetit!

Have you had any of this mobile fare? If so…how was it?!

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Glad for Gladiolus!

The threat of frost is gone, and if you haven’t yet, it’s time to get planting! Last weekend, I planted some gladiolus of various kinds and, although I’m not much of a greenthumb, I’m so excited for them to start growing! Hopefully I planted them correctly and they turn out as beautiful as the ones pictured!
How about any of you, any suggestions or favorite flowers/herbs popping up in your garden this Spring?

Bike Trails are Tight



Although I have been riding bicycles since I was a kid, my experience was mostly limited to riding down the street to Ace Hardware and buying stale candy. However, over the past few years I have gotten really into riding my bike for both exercise and recreation. I usually frequent Waterfall Glen, a trail that is part of the forest preserve district of Dupage County. I usually go on this trail with friends or my boyfriend, but it’s a pretty safe area and I go on solo rides during the day occasionally…but not at night – it’s too scary! This is a great trail to check out if you never have before, but be warned: it has a tendency to be crowded on nice days.http://www.dupageforest.com/Conservation/ForestPreserves/Waterfall_Glen.html
This trail is approximately 9.8 miles of crushed limestone trail, offering a wide variety in scenery along the way.

Another notable trail runs along the I&M canal (Illinois & Michigan), which is a 96 mile man-made shipping canal that runs from Bridgeport to Lasalle-Peru. It also runs parallel to the DesPlaines River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, with several shorter offshoot trails along the way. Although this is a less strenuous trail, it makes up for it by being LONGGG and having a rich history. There are many historic “ruins” along the way, relics of old trainstops on the rail line that runs along side the DesPlaines River. There are so many different legs of this trail, just remember: However far you ride…you have to ride that many miles back to your car – so don’t wear yourself out. It’s also advisable not to ride alone on this trail as it sometimes goes through some isolated and sketchy industrial areas. Here are the towns it runs through along the way:

Bridgeport (Chicago neighborhood)
Summit
Willow Springs
Lemont
Romeoville
Lockport
Joliet
Channahon
Morris
Seneca
Marseilles
Ottawa
Utica
LaSalle
Peru

If anyone knows of any other good bikes trails (in any state) Let me know, I’m always interested in hearing about new places to ride!

Ahhh, Autumn is so poetic

I am a big fan of poetry and the fall months. Poetry, it seems, is the best medium to express the feelings & joy which the onset of autumn bring on! It’s the time of year when all the sweetness of summer comes to a bittersweet, yet welcoming end.

Let’s read one of my favorites…

Ode to Autumn
by John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,–
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

What are some other art forms that celebrate the spirit of this season? Photography, books, knitting? Share your favorite autumn art addiction!

The best thing on TV: Geoffrey Baer Tours

The WTTW website describes him as “wildly popular”, but for those of you who aren’t familiar with Geoffrey Baer, he is this guy:

He’s awesome, I know. Still not ringing a bell? Well, he is the face of the Geoffrey Baer specials on WTTW/PBS. He hosts a series of video tours of Chicago which are both entertaining and enlightening. In each video he travels through different regions, giving interesting tidbits of historical and current information along the way. If you haven’t seen one of these yet, I would highly suggest checking one out. Although I love the entire series, here are my top 3 (with links to the videos):

The Fox River Valley/Chain o’ Lakes:
(video not available on WTTW – check your local listing for upcoming showtimes and prepare your DVR!)

South of Chicago:
http://video.wttw.com/video/1548484357/

Chicago’s North Shore:
http://video.wttw.com/video/1544562814/