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Old 07-08-2005, 09:29 AM   #1
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What a great forum. To be honest it has been a couple of years since I have been actively involved with a forum but this one is great.

I was raised in Virginia, just outside of Roanoke and also lived a good deal of time in Lexington, Kentucky. My Mom is still in Harrodsburg but my brothers are distributed through the south in North Carolina and Virginia. I am now in Chicago.

I find the conflict of Chicago city living to the country lifestyle I was raised in to be a source of a great deal of humor and sometimes gets a look of concern from my wife, who is a native Chicagoan.

She hates it when I mention squirrel hunting in the neighborhood or duck hunting in Grant Park. When I tease her that I am going to get sushi (for bait) so I can go fishing in the Chicago River, she rolls her eyes and sighs. She loves me.

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Old 07-08-2005, 09:54 AM   #2
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Bryan, Welcome to the family!
I've already seen your great suggestions on various threads and was wondering when you'd be formally introducing yourself. We're really glad you're here.
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Old 07-08-2005, 10:11 AM   #3
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Hi, Bryan! Welcome!!
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Old 07-08-2005, 10:18 AM   #4
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Welcome!

Chicago is my kind of town! It's a really fun place, espcailly for foodies!
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Old 07-08-2005, 11:30 AM   #5
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Thanks to everyone. In the last couple of days my head has been swimming with recipes and suggestions from this forum. Tonight or possibly tomorrow depending on my day, I will be making a Papaya Avocado Crab Dip I found in the forum as well as an experiment with cedar and a pork roast. I will report back on how it turns out.

Thanks again for the warm welcome,
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Old 07-08-2005, 11:36 AM   #6
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Glad to officially meet you! I agree with Jenny, Chicago is a great town for foodies! I ate at Lowry's while there and of course Uno's and Duos (is that how they spell it?). Plus some great blues clubs.
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Old 07-08-2005, 12:23 PM   #7
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Music and Food. What a great place to be. We do go out and test restaurants. There are many many to go to from expensive, foo foo styles such as Rick Bayless's Topalobompo or what ever it is called (right next door is his Fontera Grill that is more reasonable) to neighborhood places such as El Ranchito on North Clark. We usually opt for the more local joints. If you look you will find excellent food in every category you could imagine.

For you music lovers, here is some inside scoop. Look up a bar called Rosies (sp?). They serve up some of the most authentic Chicago style blues. Although it has been a couple of years since I have visited, you will want to take a cab to the front door. Not a really safe neighborhood but the music is the best.

I have to run and clean my grill and get some work done. Thanks again for the warm welcome.

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Old 07-08-2005, 01:39 PM   #8
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Welcome to DC Bryan - where in NC is your brother? My head swims every day with all the suggestions and recipes!!!!!
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Old 07-08-2005, 02:11 PM   #9
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Kitchenelf,

My older brother, Kevin, is in Mebane, NC, about 40 minutes from Raleigh and my younger brother and business partner, Tim, is in Waynsboro VA. They both still live out in the country. I miss having wide open spaces around me but my path has taken me to Chicago where the mountains are made of concrete but the people are still very nice.

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Old 07-09-2005, 12:07 AM   #10
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Glad to have you here Bryan. The only part of Chicago that I have been to is Union Station and O'Hare, but I would love to really visit sometime. I live in a small South Carolina town now, but I was born and raised in San Diego County, California. I'm glad to see you have made yourself at home. I loved your amusement park ride post!

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