Thursday, November 23, 2017

Frontera Grill

Frontera Grill Entrance - Chicago  2017

Frontera Grill Ceviche - Chicago  2017

A Rick Bayless restaurant.

We thought that the food was good, but once again, the noise level was much too loud to conduct a normal conversation. (As it was at the Bohemian House.)

Maybe it starts with the music turned up way too loud. Then people have to raise their voices, way too loud. Eventually there is a feedback loop of loudness. Is this some sort of scheme to increase table turnover? Makes it hard to concentrate on the food; we certainly didn't want to linger.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Chicago Bean

Cloud Gate - Chicago  2017

Cloud Gate, Self Portrait - Chicago  2017

. . . officially known as "Cloud Gate."

Luckily, Mike had an Olympus 14-150 mm lens attached to his EM-10, so he could stand way back and still get a self-portrait.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Architectural Tour

Train - Chicago  2017

Kids - Chicago  2017

We took an architectural tour on a boat that travelled up and down the Chicago River. Our guide was very informative, but a lot of her information zipped past Mike, as he was mainly interested in the pictorial possibilities along the way.

At one point the boat was reflected in a building's slanted glass wall. Mike (and Hali and Dan) can be seen in the first full square at the bottom left:

Boat Reflection - Chicago  2017

Boat Reflection Crop - Chicago  2017

November 22, 2017 update:

Shown below is a copy of the uncorrected file of the top photo. I used an Olympus digital camera with a 14-150mm zoom lens, pointed up. Perspective correction - straightening out the vertical lines - was done using Photoshop's Camera Raw.

Train - Chicago  2017 (uncorrected)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Horse Blogging

Tuffy Stopping - Marin County  2013

Coming to a screeching halt, in early morning light.

Taken with an Olympus EPL5, 7:30 in the morning in May.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bohemian House

Dish at Bohemian House - Chicago  2017

Bohemian House Menu - Chicago  2017

Our first Chicago dinner: at Bohemian House. The food was very good, but the (non-live) music was bad: not appropriate to the venue and way too loud.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Labriola - Chicago  2017

For our first Chicago lunch, deep-dish pizza at Labriola. Pretty good!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Farewell to Wisconsin

Bobby Nelson - Wisconsin  2017
House - Chicago  2017

"Really the place to go."

As we drove back from Milwaukee to Chicago we stopped and got some cheese and summer sausage.

In getting to the airport to return the rental car we somehow missed the correct exit and wound up on a nice residential street. Finally the airport, and a taxi into downtown Chicago.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Milwaukee Sightems - 2

Fear (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

Eat All The Chicken, Self Portrait (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

View of the Milwaukee Bucks sports area through an alleyway.

Enigmatic sign near Honeypie restaurant.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Honeypie (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

North 32 (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

We had dinner at Honeypie. Very good, but the best thing was their Pork Fries*:

"Back to the pork fries though.  There was this one weekend where my girlfriend and I had pork fries for dinner on a Friday and then I went back alone on a Saturday for more.  I was ashamed to tell her, so when I get back to her place, I stash the leftover fries in the back of the fridge.  When I wake up the next morning, I discover the empty carton in the trash.  The visual clue triggers a vague recollection of the night before, of me on the edge of the bed, in my boxer shorts, shoveling cold fries into my mouth, in the dark.  'Did I really do that?' I wonder, 'am I really that man?'  I take a stack of junk mail and cover the empty container in the trash, in hopes she won't notice--in hopes that she won't discover what her boyfriend is really like."


Afterwards, a short walk on the semi-deserted street.

*(Shredded BBQ pork, fries, cheese sauce, pickled jalapenos, green onions, bacon)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hi Fi

Hi Fi (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

Hi Fi (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

So we didn't eat here, but Mike was able to get afternoon and night pix.

Top photo taken with an Olympus E-PL7 and a 25mm lens. Bottom taken with an iPhone.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday Horse Blogging

Hanna, Tuffy's Nose - Marin County  2013

Continuing with the Tuffy theme: Hanna, very interested in Tuffy's wrinkly nose.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Flowers (Retzer Preserve)

Black-Eyed Susans (Retzer Preserve) - Wisconsin  2017

Flowers (Retzer Preserve) - Wisconsin  2017

Taken September 13th of this year with an Olympus EM-10 and a 14-150mm zoom lens.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Leon's (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

Frozen custard
. Wow!

Pretty good, but somewhat similar to Costco's frozen yogurt.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Milwaukee Sightems - 1

Tacos (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

Own the Future (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

Seen on one of our early morning coffee excursions.