Posts Tagged ‘ Chicago ’

See The Food At The Worlds Best Restaurant.


That, in the photo above, is a 100% edible “Green Apple Balloon”, don’t ask me what it’s made of, I’m not chef Grant Achatz.  For the fourth consecutive year, chef Grant Achatz has managed to win over the readers and diners of Elite Traveler magazine, helping the Chicago restaurant take the lead in its top 100 restaurants in the world list.  Regardless of what your palette’s preference is, Achatz’s presentation, plating, and ingredient choices seem to be second to none.



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Patagonia And New Belgium Brewing California Route Lager


To help celebrate its 40th anniversary, Patagonia has teamed up with New Belgium Brewing Company to produce a limited edition lager it can call its own. The California Route Lager is an organic lager brewed with a heady blend of Hallertau and Cascade hops blended with organic Munich malt. The California Route Lager will only be available once, and will be released in select markets in the U.S. including Boston, New York City, Chicago, Boulder, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Cardiff and Ventura.

Donell Jones – Beautiful


’90s R&B singer, Donell Jones released visuals for his second single, ‘Beautiful,’ off his sixth studio album, ‘Forever.’ The ‘Where I Wanna Be’ singer uses his latest melodic ballad to tell what looks to be the love of his life that what they have goes far beyond the physical. When it comes to his sexy co-star, it’s not just about her beauty, it’s her mind, and “it’s everything about her that keeps this brother in line.” To see what Jones has to offer fans the sixth time around, listen to Chicago-bred artist’s legato vocals and take a look at the sensual music video below.


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This sense of combining a proud concept history with twenty first century design continued in Holden’s latest concept. Released in Australia in 2005, the Efijy looks like what Batman would drive if he was trying to blend into a fifties Chicago Gangster movie. No surprise, it is indeed a tribute to a fifties Holden model, the FJ, and was born in the minds of the company’s design team as long ago as 1988. Boasting a V8 engine with Rootes supercharger, the Efijy packs a whopping 644 horsepower. An even cooler touch: it rides on an air suspension system that lowers the car automatically when it’s stopped. In fact the touches like that explain the success of all Holden’s concept cars: they make you smile, and draw breath in wonder at the same time.

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Krewella “Alive”


Krewella is an Electronic dance music group from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 2007. The group consists of Jahan Yousaf, Yasmine Yousaf and Rain Man. Their EP, Play Hard was released on June 18, 2012 exclusively on Beatport.

The World Wide Watch.

Sure, it’s a middle class problem but ever get annoyed by having to change the time on your watch when you enter a new country?  It might not be an issue that afflicts those of us who don’t go travelling that often but this ingenious watch is still perfect for those who wish that they did.  The “All Around the World” watch boasts eight hour hands, which resemble landmarks in major cities. For example, if you’re in New York then you’d use the Statue of Liberty as your hour marker. Minutes are always marked by a pigeon. You know, because they’re a given in every city.

Here’s the full list of cities and landmarks:

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Salt Lake Temple, Utah

Sears Tower, Chicago

Statue of Liberty, New York

Big Ben, London

The Eiffel Tower, Paris

Istambul’s minarets

Red Square, Moscow

There are only 100 watches and each costs £150. You can find out more info, including where to buy here.

A House Keeper’s 50’s Photography.

After spending decades collecting dust the work of an unlikely artist has finally been uncovered.  To the outside world Vivian Maier was just a nanny and housekeeper working in Chicago. But she also had a hidden talent was not recognised until after her death in 2009.  Maier spent her life wandering the streets of Chicago with a Rolleflex camera strapped to her neck taking remarkable black and white pictures of a different side of the city, and a different side of life in America.  Now some 100,000 pictures have been unearthed by John Maloof a real estate agent who bought the negatives as part of a storage locker at a Chicago auction house.