Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: Where Did September Go?

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Where Did September Go?

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The Month of September Flew Right By! 

In fact, October is half over too... 

In the past, I was committed to blogging several times a week. These days, keeping up with Instagram, Pinterest and all the other social mediums, I'm lucky to squeeze out a post every month! As a result, all of my posts are recaps or edited versions of something that should be much better. 

Family Leylavator Shot

My Brother In Chicago
My brother moved to Los Angles about two years ago and then from LA, he moved to Brooklyn which is where he plans to stay for a while. In September, Ahmet (my broham), came home for a few weeks in between his trip to Spain. 

We don't have many relatives in the US, most live in Turkey, which makes the five of us (my parents, brothers and I), closer than we might be otherwise. Even though Ahmet and I did not spend a tremendous amount of time together when he lived in Chicago, it is odd that he is gone. When Ahmet is here, I spend as much time with him as our schedules will allow. We even postponed my dad's birthday celebration until September in anticipation of Ahmet's arrival. 

My Dad's Birthday

Old Albums Found at Mom's
Superbowl Shuffle and Cure Albums

Chicago Gourmet 2012
If you like food and wine, and you live in Chicago, you are probably familiar with an event that takes place each September called - Chicago Gourmet. This year my friend Gilbert the chef / owner of Chalkboard needed an extra hand at his booth so I volunteered. I showed up on Sunday afternoon and scooped pate onto a cracker for two and a half hours. It was great fun, especially for someone who doesn't eat pork. 

Our booth had three restaurants serving food at stations side by side. The restaurant at the first station I don't recall, they did not leave an impression on me. The restaurant at the station (right next to us) turned out to be my good friend Anthony who is an owner at Three Aces in Chicago. Here's the kicker... Anthony, Gilbert and I all worked together at SUSHISAMBA and had no clue we would be situated side by side! Needless to say, our booth was much more fun than the entirety of Chicago Gourmet. I ended up doing shots of Old Crow (bourbon) by 1pm (thanks to the Three Aces crew) and everyone told inappropriate jokes which I cannot repeat in a public forum.  

Anthony Potenzo from Three Aces Chicago (left)
Gilbert Langlois from Chalkboard Restaurant Chicago (right)

Shots of Old Crow at Chicago Gourmet while serving food
That is my hand and it is like 1pm on a Sunday afternoon

Anthony Potenzo at Chicago Gourmet (left)
Random Homeless Guy at Chicago Gourmet (right)
Anthony is always making friends! Hey wait! How did that guy get in there?
Don't they have security or something at this event?

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