A Four day trip to Chicago part 3 – The Arts

Whatever I write concerning this part of Chicago will be lacking.  I’m not knowledgeable enough about many of the arts we saw to provide any type of educated opinion.  However I feel like having traveled through France, Italy, South Korea and Japan has certainly given me enough experience to appreciate what Chicago has to offer.

CTA Chicago stopWe wandered around the parks located near the Art Institute of Chicago during a Friday afternoon.  I was happy to be there near the end of summer, during the last week of August.  There seemed to be less tourist around, which is something I always appreciate at locations like these.  We wandered around the area soaking in the sights, including the marina/pier area, before heading into the Art Institute. Continue reading

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A Four day trip to Chicago part 2 – The arcades

Another major reason for me wanting to visit Chicago were the Galloping Ghost Arcade located 9415 Ogden Ave and Logan Arcade.  I grew up when arcades could still be found in your local bowling alley or shopping malls.  They’re a large part of my youth.  Having an opportunity to visit one of the largest arcades now in existence was something I was really looking forward to.  Galloping Ghost also operates in a slightly different fashion, in the sense that they charge 15$ at the door and you can play as long as you want.  They’re also open late, until 2 am most days of the week.  I made my way there shortly after I arrived in Chicago.

Galloping Ghost arcade Logo

I was a little tired so I knew I wouldn’t be spending as much time there as I might have otherwise.  The staff was friendly and explained how most of the machines worked.  I spent a few hours wandering the aisles looking at their selection and playing some of the long forgotten games.  Some of the games were out of order and being actively worked on by their repair staff.  I played some of the classics such as Pac Man, Burger time, Donkey Kong and wasted even more time on newer releases. Continue reading

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A Four day trip to Chicago part 1 – The Food

It had been a while since I’d been able to travel.  I had this Chicago trip planned some time ago but wasn’t certain I’d be able to make it due to personal reasons.  In the end my mom decided to join me for a 4-5 day visit to the windy city.  Having had several months to plan this trip I was very excited having booked several tables at local restaurants.

We arrived into Chicago early Thursday morning, checked in and made our way over the Pequod’s at 2207 N Clybourn Ave for lunch.  This was my first time ordering some Chicago deep dish pizza.  Pizza is probably one of my favorite fast food items if we can call it that.  Montreal has it’s fair share of various “Pizza by the slices” pizza joints so it’s not hard to scratch that itch whenever you’re craving a slice.

Pequod's Deep Dish & mom

Mom ordered a personal sized deep dish with Olives and sausage and I went with a 10″ Canadian bacon, sausage and pepperoni. Continue reading

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Montreal Festival International du Film Fantasia 2015!

Oui, oui, OUI!  It’s that time of the year again, where we get treated to some of the greatest, strangest, funniest and quirkiest movies of all kinds.  It’s the 2015 International Fantasia Film Festival!  This was my second time attending, with last year being the first.


This is going to be a long post, covering every movie I had an opportunity to see, discussing what I thought of it and providing links so you can find additional information.  Sit back, relax and grab some popcorn. Continue reading

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19 Juillet BBQ Japonais à la façon Thazard. Thazard Japanese BBQ July 19th.

As you may have previously read, I’m recovering from a hernia and have just recently begun socializing and going out more.  Several weeks ago I spent an afternoon at Montréal’s Spanish club with a close friend and an acquaintance.  The acquaintance in this case was David, one of the owners of Thazard.  Thazard bills itself as a “Bistro Japonais”/Japanese Bistro”.  If you’ve followed my blog you’ll know that I’m big on Japanese culture and have had the pleasure of traveling there on several occasions.  I even took out my favorite Japanese shirt for the event:

dressed for thazard back

He mentioned in passing that they would be holding a Japanese BBQ “à la façon Thazard” in a few weeks down the road.  That was all the convincing I needed and anxiously waited for the tickets to go on sale.  I polled all my friends, suggested they should come.  In the end life got In the way and none could make it.

I had been to Thazard on a few occasions, mostly by myself to grab a bite to eat.  Although they bill themselves as a “Japanese Bistro” many items on the menu have a Korean influence.  For instance they have a great home made kimchi entrée which I order every time I’m there.  They also serve Soju, which is always nice on hot humid nights.  I had previously tried the kimchi, scallops, calmari, wagyu beef burger and the yaki udon dishes.   I had mentioned to Dave that everything I had an opportunity to try in terms of food was good, but I would gladly eat the scallop appetizer and burger over and over again until I got sick.  It’s a mix of salty freshness that leaves you craving more.  The yaki udon was nice and light and the wagyu beef burger, fries and coleslaw are just simply delicious.  Pictures of everything with the exception of the yaki udon below.  Click to enlarge!

But enough about the regular menu.  I was there for the BBQ à la Thazard!

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