Life Without Rosie Dickens

We have enjoyed our holiday break.  We hope that your holidays were all that you wanted.  The new year is off to a start and we've got lots to do even this weekend.  You might catch us at a Chicago Wolves game or even at the Travel & Adventure show in Rosemont.   However, … [Read More...]

Nissan Rogue To The Rescue

rog 10 Thankfully, we had the luck to drive a brand new Nissan Rogue for another of our bigger feeds.  While we spent all day feeding with the Rogue, we also had the luck to brush up on safety with some friends at the Richmond Fire Department.  At Fight2Feed, we always want our volunteers to be safe but there are a lot of great people in our communities who are heroes everyday. 

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We met with Lieutenant Dan Hanley who gave us the full tour.  Working with what they have, they have a dedicated engine with water tanks alongside a water truck that can hold 4,000 gallons of water just for city limits.  In an area without fire hydrants, these firefighters manage to put out fires with limited water.  They have an engine designated for travel, an ATV for hard to reach areas and ambulances.  Not only are these firefighters doing great work, but they have great resource management.  rog 13

One trait we have in common is always being alert.  So when a call came during the tour, we went outside before they got the all clear.  While they are always ready to go with their gear laid out and maintained.  We had a little help from the Rogue cameras.  When our volunteers get out to do street mission, not only is the driver watching but with the camera button you can keep a 360 view of anyone approaching the car.   rog 14

One difference between a Rogue and a firetruck is that the Nissan Rogue can come fully loaded.  Whereas a fire truck needs to be fitted.  All of the equipment needs to be added onto the truck.  With hundreds of feet of hoses, with different sizes to all of the various pumps.  Not just anyone can run the pumps on a fire truck.  These firefighters are fully certified engineers.   rog 12

While the startup is similar with a few buttons you can get a fire truck running.  The Rogue of course just needs the key to be nearby to start your car.  That remote start is great for transporting food.  When it is hot outside, the Rogue knows to turn on the air conditioning and when it is cold the heat will turn on.  So in a matter of minutes your Nissan will be fully adapted to the climate around you.  

We appreciate everything these everyday heroes do for our communities.  They rescue lives while we rescue food. We have great respect for the Richmond Township Fire Department who are serious until it comes to your friends excitedly climbing into the fire truck to take pictures. You can find out more about Fight2Feed here.  As well as check out the brand new 2017 Nissan Rogue.  

Discover Dinos And Dragons At Brookfield Zoo

All pictures in this post credited to Jon Zuluaga Photography.

All pictures in this post credited to Jon Zuluaga Photography.

You may not know that we are a little bit dinosaur and dragon obsessed.  At least we used to be more on those wave lengths.  As kids we had an entire collection of dinosaurs you’d find in the science museum gift shops.  So of course, as a 7 year old, I was convinced I had to become a paleontologist.  Along with that dinosaur obsession came the excitement of going to see real action dinosaurs that really moved.  Hard to come by in the 90s, but luckily Brookfield Zoo has you covered with the new Dinos & Dragons exhibit.  You’ll find all the thrills of reptiles for the whole family. dino 2

The newest attraction features not only dinosaurs, but their real dragon counterparts.  With a great feature of Khaleesi the four year old Komodo dragon.  You’ll be pleased to hear that she loves to sit in the front of her enclosure right up against that log near the window.  She will be flicking out her tongue to smell the visitors and particularly seems interested in the children.   dino 1

Of course, on your way to see her, you will see other dragons.  From the bearded dragons to the frilled dragons which we were lucky enough to pet.  The kids can learn a lot about reptiles.  For example why the frilled dragons have such a big frill or why their body temperature is different to our own.  Questions I found a younger version of myself asking, like why the males are bigger than the females.  With the added bonus of keepers that will of course know all of the answers.  

dino 4 After your encounter with dragons, you can walk through the dinosaurs and see replicas of them to scale.  Plus a few added mythical beasts like the gryphon.  For animatronic dinosaurs, these are probably the best we have seen.  They are detailed and the eyes seem to follow you around as you walk past.  You’ll see the more popular dinosaurs like raptors, apatosaurous and triceratops.  All while learning about their possible lifestyles.   dino 5

There is even a model of an excavation that the kids can pretend to be a paleontologist.  Which is great as there is a dig site amongst the dinosaurs that they can’t play inside.  They can make guesses about the dinosaur and why he ended up that way.  Chances are if your kids like dinosaurs, then they really will like a giant puzzle of bones and body parts to assemble.  With a set of footprints for clues, you can expect your family to have fun learning while they think they’re just playing another game.  As always Brookfield Zoo does a great job with creating excitement from the budding paleontologist to the voracious reader.  This is an exhibit you won’t want to miss this summer!  Learn more about Dinos and Dragons here

Top Brunch With The Cherry Pit Cafe

Brunch is a big deal in the city, yet you will realize that you have been settling for brunch.  Why have a subpar version of breakfast and lunch when you can choose what you really want?  We were lucky enough that one of our friends brought to light the Cherry Pit Cafe.  The Cherry Pit […]

Nissan FIGHT2FEED Mother’s Day Mission

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Pathfinder Your Way Through Chicagoland

Recently we got a chance to have a Platinum 2017 Nissan Pathfinder for an entire week!  This is something that we have secretly dreamed about.  A brand new car that is loaded with all the technology that makes our job even easier.  Being able to link to the Pathfinder from your phone, means never having […]

Culinary Fight Club: Taco About It

While I do need to recap, Culinary Fight Club: Taco at Cesar’s Killer Margaritas.  I do have great news about upcoming fights.  There is a lot of fun to be had with Culinary Fight Club across the country.  However, let’s get back to Chicago.  We witnessed the crowning of Jed Swartz with Holy Taco as […]

Splurge With Fleming’s $100 Margarita

Thanks to The Network Niche today’s post is sponsored by Fleming’s Steak House & Wine Bar. $100 Margarita will conjure up the image of gold flakes and you wouldn’t be too far off base.  There is gold involved in the creation of this margarita.  Gold sugar coats a sparkling diamond cut highball glass made by […]

Culinary Fight Club: Bacon King Edition

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Spring Into El Tapeo For Tapas

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Knife & Tine Is All That

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Savory Chocolate: A Culinary Fight Recap

Savory Chocolate is something not everyone likes. The iconic chocolate is sweet. However, even as someone who likes the sweeter side of chocolate, I had trouble rating my favorite taste!  There were 4 chefs competing last month.  One of them a dual header with a 2 chef team that clinched victory.   So, I gave […]

Chicago Heats Up at Roof on theWit

Those of us in Chicago know how great our choices are when it comes to restaurants.  These days we want not only good food but a great atmosphere as well.  Roof on theWit is another rooftop spot that promises you everything you want from a night out.  Their new menu works with the atmosphere to […]