Wednesday, March 2, 2011
So, I go to a pottery studio and make mugs sometimes for something fun to do. Recently a new Chinese restaurant has opened up a stones throw from my studio. Since my office is over in this neck of the woods, I've tried this place out a few times...and it's quite good. The name is Huan Xi. I'm not sure how to pronounce that but it's worth your time. Address is 2428 N. Murray Ave just north of North Avenue on the East Side. Their lunch specials have all been good (the ones I've tried, anyway) and they're pretty cheap. I've had the Shrimp with Garlic Sauce, the Szechuan Beef and the Triple Delight. All good. I've scanned the menu here and linked over to a review that I caught in the Shepherd.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
As many of you know, I'm an Internet consultant. I help people and companies in a variety of ways: Web hosting, search engine optimization, content generation, you get the idea.
Usually I trade out my services for greenbacks. I send out a QuickBooks invoice and I receive a check back in the mail. The check is then deposited into my ecommandos checking account. It's weird because I usually never see the currency.
That all changed a couple of weeks ago when a friend of mine decided she needed a website and asked me if I could assist her. My friend Lizz is a personal chef and has performed this way for quite some time. She's made the decision to "up the ante" and will be spending more and more time on the personal chef front and less time in her regular job that she's had for a while. So when I offered to assist her to get her website up and running and to potentially barter the services out for food, she jumped at the offer. So far, my wife and I have received three loaves of bread and two full meals all of which have been delicious and exciting. I never thought the arrival of a different type of currency would be so much fun