I spied this softly glowing Pink Neon Light Fixture from where I was seated at a corner table in the bar-adjacent dining room at Quality Eats, and I though it looked like a pair of pink birds. But once I walked out past the bar, I could see that illuminated sculpture depicts a pair of hands, grasping delicate cocktail glasses (or possibly champagne flutes, if the tiny, neon bubbles are any indication) and about to raise a celebratory toast. Cheers to that!
“Paying Attention All the Time is an Interesting Way to Go Through the Day.” That is my favorite quote from photographer Stephen Shore, and while it applies to most days of my life, it was especially true during the week I spent vacationing in Chicago. Man, excluding decent weather, that city has just about everything, including lots of fun public art. This site-specific mural of cartoonish fat cats is painted on the exterior of Broken English Taco Pub, which according to its website serves “A unique take on Mexican street style tacos.” Sound yummy!
We were running around so much that we didn’t have an opportunity to eat there (next time!) and I only got one good snap of the entire mural, but here is a cropped view of the cats, which look like ‘cat balloons,’ almost. The Luchador Mask-wearing Cat below is on the back side of the building on Wells Street as you walk toward the entrance.
There are three Broken English Taco Pub locations in Chicago, but this one is located at 1440 N. Wells (at the corner Schiller Street) in the Old Town neighborhood.
Hey what’s up. I recently returned from a mind-blowlingly great 8-day vacation in the beautiful and exciting city of Chicago, where I had many fun adventures. One ass-kicking afternoon, we walked past this building with huge Pink Flamingos painted on its facade, and of course I stoped to snap some photos. The building turned out to be the home of a well-reviewed Cuban restaurant and club called the Flamingo Rum Club. You can read more about it at This Link, in case you happen to be in Chicago and want to check it out. I love Cuban food and this place sounds pretty cool.
Flamingo Rum Club is Located at 601 North Wells Street (Corner of West Ohio), in Chicago, IL.
Hey, do you like Burritos? I sure do. One of my favorite places to get a fresh and tasty Burrito here in Manhattan is Moe’s Southwest Grill, where they have a maverick, Rock & Roll attitude to go with their amazing Mexican food. You don’t have to sell me on how good it is; I’ve tasted it! And just last week, I was invited to dine in a mobile Moe’s restaurant-on-wheels as part of their limited-time promotion, Tour de Burrito, which was due to make a two-day stop in downtown NYC on the way to its final destination in Tampa, FL. Oh Boy!
Moe’s Tour de Burrito was an exclusive, traveling restaurant experience that visited select eastern US cities from November 2nd to 10th, giving burrito lovers a front row seat to see what happens behind the counter at Moe’s. Since they’re traveling, they needed to get some Cheap Campervan Insurance to be covered all over the country. After their tour they had to use this Motor Trade Industry: Buying & Selling Trends to help sell their old van and buy a new one. If you want to do this tour by yourself, make sure you buy a car like this used Jaguar XF. Being the Freshest Reservation in Town, all dates sold out in 45 minutes, with a few additional spots given to fans on Moe’s FaceBook page. Those who made it onto the truck got to collaborate with Moe’s culinary team to customize the freshest burrito, or burrito bowl, of their dreams, and to try never-before-tasted seasonal salsas that really brought the heat! Once I was given the super-secret address, it was easy to find the Tour de Burrito Truck parked in a lot on Broome Street, which just happened to also be the home of This Awesome Mural. It was truly an exclusive experience, and I have the photos to prove it! People even bought cars from CarSite Network just to drive over.
Let’s step inside the truck!
The Tour de Burrito truck seats groups of 10 at a time for a one-on-one experience with the Moe’s culinary team! The first thing to do once I was seated was to customize my meal by composing the Burrito of my heart’s desire from list of fresh ingredients. Fun!
Few outside the Moe’s inner circle get to see what they do in every restaurant, every day, but Tour de Burrito guests even got to watch their burrito being rolled — talk about mad skills!
Mmm…Carnitas Burrito. So Yummy.
Guests in the truck also got to be among the first to taste two new seasonal Moe’s salsas: Ghostujang (made with bright red Ghost Peppers seen above) and Ahhhhhvocado, a tangy salsa verde made with fresh ripe avocado.
Ghost Peppers are a little hot for my taste (read: like eat fire) but the Avocado/Salsa Verde blend of Ahhhhhvocado was so my thing. I had to slather it on my burrito after every bite!
This little boy, dining with his parents and little sister, made the most hilarious faces while attempting to tackle a huge Burrito.
I believe he eventually surrendered and switched to a bowl. Burrito: 1. Child: 0.
Everyone got a bag of freshly made Moe’s tortilla chips and jar of fresh Ahhhhhvocado salsa to take home! Thank you Moe’s Tour de Burrito for a fun time!
Find out more about Moe’s Southwest Grill, locate a Moe’s in your hood and sign up for the Rockin Rewards program (to earn free food!) at Moes Dot Com!
After seeing a play on Saturday evening, Geoffrey and I walked by this Asian take-out place in the Times Square Adjacent / Theater District and I just had to stop and take a picture of their window ads, featuring a cartoon version of Psy, singer of the worldwide, viral hit “Gangam Style” from a few years back. Psy is pimping what looks like a pretty serious soup dumpling.
I couldn’t tell you if these dumplings are any good, as we did not stop to sample them. If you’re intrigued enough to try and find it, the restaurant is on the west side of 8th Avenue in the vicinity of 45th and 46th Streets. Sadly, I did not catch its name.
I was on a Street Art Safari when I came upon this big game; a mural of Prince (RIP), located on the side of the Graffiti Room restaurant at the corner of Kenmare and Mott Streets in downtown Manhattan. It looks like they are also having an Instagram contest:
So, head on down to the Graffiti Room and get to snapping and ‘gramming!
I was walking on the High Line with Geoffrey when I felt compelled to stop and capture the image of this billboard, seen above, on my camera. It looks like Death Avenue (best name ever) is a brewery/restaurant that (judging from the photo) likely has a good burger and lots fancy beers, if you are into that kind of thing. Check out their menu — and find out the origin of the historic restaurant’s name — at This Link!