I don’t think it’s ridiculous at all. While helping those in Haiti we must still work hard to make life beautiful for the people in our lives. It’s worthwhile, even if it’s just a scoop of vanilla sugar. :-)
Tim: I love, love, love the guide. The look of the page, the spot-on selections, and your commentary. All perfect. The spots on the list that I haven’t tried yet (Floriole and Hot Doug: for shame, I know) are now at the very top of my to do list.
Love the guide! But I have to admit, I was sad to see that my favorite coffee in the whole world isn’t on there – Intelligentsia! I know it’s less dining and more, well, coffee, but it rocks. I make trips to Chicago from Oshkosh, WI just for that coffee.
I love what you write. I’m new to your blog but I love to read it and see the beautiful things you do in the kitchen. You are a great source of inspiration! Thanks for taking the time to share your talents.
Tim, I contacted you several months back for Chicago restaurant recs and I was completely remiss in sending you a Thank You after the fact. We ended up at the Bristol and LOVED it! I’m sure we’ll be back in Chicago soon and this guide will come in handy.
Another worthwhile org to consider for Haiti donations–Doctors Without Borders. They are already on the ground in Haiti treating people and do worthwhile work the world over.
Thanks for the nice comments, all!
Caitlin- don’t be sad! It can still be your favorite coffee!
Jess- Glad to hear you liked The Bristol! and thanks for the Doctors Without Borders suggestion.
Melissa- I also moved to Oak Park a few months ago! But not from Florida, from Chicago. If you haven’t been to the farmers market yet, you will be in for quite a treat once summer rolls around!
Commenting on the castrophe in Haiti along with a vanilla sugar post pays tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit. Hope in the face of tragedy — that’s how we continue to go on. Thanks for bringing up the issue.
I love Lotti & Doof, long time reader, first time commenter. I just wanted to add something to this post about donating to the Red Cross (or other charities). Having worked in non-profits, I can tell you that although texting your donations is probably the most convenient method of donation, it is unfortunately rather slow. Your text donations do not get paid out until after you pay your monthly cell phone bill. Typically it takes an average of nearly 90 days before NGOs will receive it.
Sending a check in the mail is more efficient, in terms of processing.
just had a splendid day feasting in Chicago…XOCO and The Purple Pig and it was all perfect. I was determined to eat at Xoco and was at a loss to know where to go for dinner in that general area (we were coming from Aurora on the train to visit the Modern Wing). Luckily I read your recent post and was delighted to find your Mag Mile recommendation! We feasted on brussels sprouts, beets, chicken and pork…all thanks to you! Can’t wait to go back!
I’ve been away from L&D too long! Yes, I realize it’s only been a few days, but even that is too long. ;) Very excited about the Chicago guide, and I haven’t even had a chance to read it yet. But I will, I will!
And writing about helping people is never ridiculous. It’s sweet, and it shows you care (just like making vanilla sugar). xo, D
For some reason, I’ve (stupidly!) only recently discovered your blog. I’ve quickly fallen head over heels in like, or homesickness, I haven’t quite decided yet. I used to live in Chicago and reading your entries and recommendations has got me jonesin’ for a trip back somethin’ fierce. Please please keep up the excellent work and I just wanted to let you know that I’m forwarding all of my Chicagoans a link to your blog.