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Best of 2009: Restaurant moment

Note: I’m participating in Gwen Bell’s Best of 2009 Blog Challenge. Read more about it here. Yes, I know this is two days late for I’ve been busy! Not really, but I usually blog in the evenings and I went out two nights in a row this week. Blah blah blah.

I was going to be lazy about this post, which is already two days late, and just let my pictures from dinner at Schwa speak for themselves. Except that my pictures are kind of, well, crappy, so maybe I’d better say a few words. Pictures, such as they are, are in the slideshow below. Continue reading


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Shikago, a new restaurant from the Shikami brothers (they also own Kevin in River North) threw a little pre-opening celebration for the company I work for. Or rather, the large firm that owns the wee company I work for. As my afternoon was looking a bit, well, less full, I allowed myself to be dragged over for free drinks and truly delicious appetizers of the pan-Asian persuasion. Or would that be persu-Asian?

I forgot to take my camera, so no pictures of delicious tasty food. Should you find yourself there for lunch or dinner, I’d recommend the spicy chicken wings, this tuna sorta tartare thing which is served on a homemade potato chip, crab cakes, and this sushi-like thing which was a mixture of beef and some mystery fish that tasted smokey and beautiful.

Actually, just about anything is recommended. This is food I would certainly pay for, so I’m not just gushing because the food was free. Though the free-ness did not hurt.

Note for you Loop workers — in addition to sit-down dining, there will also be a take-out area for those days when a sandwich from Potbelly’s or the orange chicken from Kentucky Fried Panda just won’t cut it.

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419: cenomar

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I sent away for another copy of my birth certificate last week. When I was submitting my request on the Philippine Census web site, I looked over the list of documents you can request: certificates of birth, death, marriage, and no marriage. The last one threw me: a “CENOMAR” certifies that the person for whom it is issued is not married. According to WeddingsAtWork.com:

A CENOMAR is not a requirement for marriage. It is only essential if you want to be certain that the civil status of the person you are marrying is still single and that he or she is unattached. This may be important since any marriage contracted while another one is still subsisting is considered as null and void under Article 35 (4) of the Family Code of the Philippines for being bigamous.”

I hear that. Nobody wants to hear that their mail-order bride already has a family at home. Though seriously, when I was growing up there were a couple of folks on the block who didn’t let the fact that they had spouses and children back in the PI prevent them from hooking up (even marrying) somebody (usually an American) once they got to the States. Continue reading

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