Shadow Boxer

December 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

Hugo likes to play fetch, relax on his pillow, and work for snacks. His brindle coat is my favorite physical characteristic, while his affection, confidence, and playfulness complete the package. Look out for more of this guy as he grows big. Very big.DSC_2371 DSC_2397 DSC_2407  DSC_2441 DSC_2592 DSC_2603

Rhine Hall Distillery

November 20, 2013 § Leave a comment


The Bixby’s Double cocktail brushed curious palates at my family’s dinner table last weekend, when I introduced them to a bottle of apple brandy soon after the first batch at Rhine Hall distillery. The Double comforts with the flavors of fresh apple cider, bitters, and a garnish of cinnamon shavings served over ice. No surprise at the warm reception from my folks. Given our European roots, the brandy base is often a customary indulgence even in its pure form, but the seasonality of the cocktail really reminds one of the approaching family holidays, for those who tend to forget.

Jenny Solberg, for example, doesn’t need that reminder. Since returning to Chicago just over a year ago, the 25 year-old proprietress of Rhine Hall has been surrounded by her loving family in a collective effort to build – by hand(s) – the beautiful distillery in West Town, which now produces her father’s Austrian brandy recipe and where you’ll often see new cocktails introduced during their Thursday and Saturday hours. It goes without saying, I’ll be a pro at making this cocktail after next week and you still have time to practice. Rhine Hall – 2010 W. Fulton St.

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Sunday Diversion

November 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

The best and latest from The Watcher on Tumblr is your Sunday diversion.


One World Trade Center

November 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

Locals pass the newly built landmark with hopeful nostalgia.DSC_1993 DSC_1994

No Agenda: NYC

November 13, 2013 § 2 Comments

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Looking Forward to NYC

November 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

Scheduled for NYC this weekend to satisfy my artistic, gastronomic, and sartorial appetites. Here’s one of my favorite shots from a past visit.IMG_0308

Coffee After Shave

November 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

The new Haberdash at the Roosevelt Collection boasts a spacious floor of menswear inventory, a Blind Barber pop-up, and to the glee of informed coffee drinking gents, a full La Colombe bar.

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