It’s that time of year again . . . grab your folks, your friends, your sig others, and celebrate CNY with us!
a restaurant owners' daughter sounds off on food, chicago, & chinese/taiwanese culture.
23 Jan 2016 Leave a comment
It’s that time of year again . . . grab your folks, your friends, your sig others, and celebrate CNY with us!
17 Sep 2013 Leave a comment
Hi all! It has been a l-o-o-o-ong time since the last post on this blog. So sorry! The family has been changing up a LOT lately (selling our suburban house, for example) so things have been nuts. But I’ll make sure to start posting more often (say, once a week) from now on.
I found this article on thoughtcatalog.com today and felt it was great to share, so I hope you find some inspiration for the season! I didn’t realize till the very end that this actually is a double-repost! Whoa . . . it originally appeared on WBEZ, written by blogger Leah Pickett. Little did she know it would then go on to morph into how it appears now!
Summer may have its charms, but let’s be real. When it comes to the three Ws (weather, wardrobe and whimsy), fall is the best season by far.
The sopping humidity of summer suddenly turns crisp and purposeful, ushering in a new academic year and bursts of gorgeous, coppery color in the trees. Chicagoans also become more fashionable, as we trade in our often unflattering shorts and sandals for a more polished look of jeans, scarves, layered cardigans and boots. We indulge in pumpkin lattes, host more game nights, watch the leaves fall and celebrate three of the year’s best holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Buy Nothing Day.
Back in June, I made a list of things to do in a Chicago summer; but now, an even better season has arrived.
In no particular order, here’s 26 adventures to have this fall:
This first-ever conference, presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), will give Chicagoans the opportunity to learn more about our city’s thriving music scene and connect with industry professionals at the local and national levels. More than 20 panels on a variety of topics will feature 100+ speakers, including representatives from Sony Music Entertainment, Pitchfork and Live Nation.
New hotspots opening this season: Chop Shop and the 1st Ward (a Bucktown restaurant, bar, music venue and butcher shop combined into one) debuts in mid-September, A10 (a European venture from Matthias Merges of Yusho and Billy Sunday) arrives in October and Eataly (Mario Batali’s megaspace of eight restaurants, a microbrewery and a culinary school) opens its doors in mid-November. [As a quick aside — if you haven’t been to our eatery quite yet, please do stop by! I didn’t feel it was right to pretend as though other restaurants don’t exist, but the beauty of cuisine is that there are so many different kinds!]
Before the weather gets too cold, bundle up with some blankets, popcorn and good company at the old-timey Cascade Drive-In in West Chicago.
The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art — a celebrated arts and culture fest offering tours, artist discussions, special exhibitions and site-specific projects—will take place over a three-day weekend at Navy Pier, with a “Vernissage” opening night benefit on Thursday. The event will feature 125 galleries representing 17 countries and 36 cities, including London, Zurich, San Francisco, Berlin, New York City, Madrid, and Chicago.
Help tutor a Chicago student at 826 Chi, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting learners ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills. Back-to-school volunteers can choose to help students with their homework after-school, in schools, through events and outreach, on field trips or in conjunction with workshops at 826 and The Boring Store.
Subject to Change, an LGBTQ-friendly collective that aims to create “no shame” when it comes to the music they enjoy and the people they care about, holds monthly events at Township to raise funds and awareness for a variety of different community organizations. Past events have included benefits for the Chicago Women’s Health Center, Chicago Books to Women in Prison and Vida SIDA. Keep your calendar open every first Tuesday this fall for more!
Chicago’s annual street festival celebrating home design will feature a myriad of local vendors and antique collectors, as well as family hay rides, pumpkin painting to raise money for a local elementary school, square dancing, cold beer, delicious food and live music programming from The Hideout.
Coming soon: Dusek’s/Punch House in Pilsen’s historic Thalia Hall (mid-September), Analogue on Milwaukee Ave. (mid-October), and River North comfort food bar Tippling Hall (late October).
Now in its 49th year, CIFF continues its tradition of bringing exciting new films from more than 55 different countries to Chicago’s main stage. This fall, the lineup includes the much-buzzed documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” the Israeli horror film “Big Bad Wolves” and the 2013 Cannes’ Palme d’Or winner “Blue Is The Warmest Color.”
The incredible Hubbard Street dancers have a hot ticket for Chicago audiences this year: a diverse and exciting program from choreographers Robyn Mineko Williams, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek and Alejandro Cerrudo that will feature nods to Michael Jackson, the Paris Opera and “Flashdance.”
If you’re not running that day, bring a sign and cheer on your friends! The marathon has Two Waves that start at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively, so bring that double-shot pumpkin spice latte with you to the start line.
The must-sees: Joan Allen returns to the Steppenwolf stage for the first time since 1991 in the American premiere of The Wheel, The Goodman Theatre’s fall season opens in September with Pullman Porter Blues, and the Tony-Award winning musical Once arrives at The Oriental for a limited run in October.
Uptown’s Vintage Garage, the only monthly flea market in Chicago, presents the best vintage and antique dealers under one roof every third Sunday from April to October. Don’t miss your chance to attend the last two shows of the season: “Vintage Art” on Sept. 15 and “Record Ramp” with the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) on Oct. 20.
This annual hub of creativity, connection and inspiration kicks off Year 4 with a wide assortment of events, master classes, labs and special presentations. An impressive array of speakers includes Buzz Aldrin, Cat Cora, Dan Savage, Elizabeth Smart, Malcolm Gladwell and Terry McMillan.
’Tis that time of year. For the hard cider fans: Sprout, SmallBar, The Grafton Pub, and Kuma’s Corner all have excellent selections.
Since its formation in 2005, Third Coast Percussion ensemble has performed hundreds of concerts across the country. This year, TCP will be opening their Chicago concert season with a Frequency Series of “Infinitesimal Machinery” at Constellation on Oct. 20.
Make the trek to Tinley Park for an October weekend of fun, tractors and zombies in the cornfields! Yes, this is really a thing.
Chicago Bears games are fun and all, but how about tossing the old pigskin in your own backyard? Organize a game of flag or touch football in your neighborhood park, then treat the winning team to beers.
When scouring the streets for the best fall fashion, don’t forget your local boutiques and online vendors. A few of my favorites: Wolfbait & B-girls, Sofia, Penelope’s and Sara Tea Shop. [Note: Quick shameless plug! You may or may not know that I have my own home-based business of handcrafted, made-in-USA high-fashion jewelry, too. Visit my FB page or blog for more info ;)]
Every first Tuesday at The Hideout until November, join host Alicia Swiz and a rotating panel of local writers, comedians and activists discussing the latest in pop culture and buzzworthy current events.
Head to the Field Musuem on Oct. 26 for the Women’s Board Gala in celebration of a sure-to-be stunning new exhibition: “Opening the Vaults: Wonders of 1893′s World Fair.”
The gargantuan music fests of summer have come and gone (until we meet again, Walmart on the Lake), but never fear. Time Out Chicago has an excellent list of rising acts to fall in love with this fall: from Jenny Hyval at the Empty Bottle to Water Liars at Schubas to Lucius at Lincoln Hall.
Mr. Interntional Rubber (MIR) is a rubber-fetish event that includes cocktail parties, a rubber/leather market and awards at the Center on Halsted. Go get your kink on, if you feel so inclined.
If rubber is not your thing, attend Chicago’s Fourth Annual Beer Hoptacular at Lacuna Artist Loft Studios in Pilsen instead. Make sure to stick around for the best Hoptacular beer of the year (2012 winner: 5 Lizard from Bedford, Illinois)
During the autumnal months, a seasonal slice of delectable pumpkin or hot apple pie really hits the spot. Take refuge at Bang Bang Pie Shop, Hoosier Mama Company or First Slice Pie Cafe to satisfy your every craving.
Watch Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the tree donor flip the switch at Chicago’s 100th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, accompanied by live music and performances at Daley Plaza. And say, “Goodbye fall, I hardly knew ye.”
What would you add to this list?
31 Mar 2013 Leave a comment
A couple things. 1) I am lame and haven’t updated in way too long. Apologies for that. It’s been kind of a crazy time lately, but no excuses. I’ll be back shortly. 2) The Chinese/Taiwanese aren’t particularly known for their Easter festivities, so no, there is no Chinese Easter bunny. However, I did just stumble upon this little guy in our medicine cabinet the other day and I thought he should make an appearance. Er . . . she? What do you think? And 3) finally, if you celebrate this holiday today, may you have a warm one filled with delicious eats with friends and family! We are open today from noon till 9.30pm. You’re welcome to stop by!
05 Feb 2013 Leave a comment
Follow-up to previous post: My sister, Stephanie (whom I call Moose, but never mind), recently returned from an eight-day trip to Shanghai. Since she has her own (fashion) blog at The Naked Canvas, I’ve asked for her permission to repost her Shanghai posts onto our Mei Shung blog. For more images, please visit the original post.
Can you imagine going on holiday to London and not making a trip to see Big Ben? What about Paris sans Eiffel Tower? Sounds like madness, right? Well, you can’t visit Shanghai without stopping by the Bund. Sure, it screams tourist attraction, but you can’t help but gawk in awe and wonder when you stand before the majestic skyline, especially at night.
As a native Chicagoan, I naturally hold the Sears Tower (not the Willis Tower) very near and dear to my heart, but I have to admit that the Shanghai World Financial Center (see that bottle cap-looking building on the right?) puts the Sears Tower to shame. [Pamela’s note: *GASP* It so does NOT!] But enough about the Bund, I don’t want Chicago finding out I had a weeklong affair with Shanghai, hehe O:)
This was my first full day in China, so I wanted to keep my outfit comfortable and casual. I styled my look around my new two-toned trench (as seen on Devon Rachel), which was the perfect lightweight coat for sightseeing. For footwear, I couldn’t be more pleased these Cole Haan boots. These were the only “walking shoes” I brought with me on my trip, and they definitely served me well. I splurged a bit on these leather and suede babies, but they are honestly the most comfortable and durable boots I’ve ever owned. Kudos, Cole Haan!
More to come from Shanghai!🙂