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Festival Season Heats Up in Chicago

The Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival

Very near the Belmont El Stop Sunday May 2018

Heading to Chicago from Memorial Day to Labor Day? I’d suggest checking out one or more of the vast Street Fests in and around town.  Some of the Bigger events include the Taste of Chicago, Lallapalooza, Mole De Mayo, The Great American Lobster Fest, Chicago House Music Festival, Many Greek Fests, The Chicago Blues Fest, Ribfest Chicago, The Grant Park Music Fest and the various neighborhood Street parties.

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Streetzblog checked out the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival on Sunday May 26, 2018  From 7:30-9:45pm.  It’s located just below the Belmont Street El Station.  You get off the train walk across the street and there’s the fest. Super easy, very safe, extremely accessible and costs just $5 to get in.

The Street Party had a vast array of ethnically diverse things to eat and drink.  Lobster, Lumpia, Lamb Burgers, Potato pancakes, Cheese curds, Fried Twinkies, Vegan delights, Sausages, Loaded Fries, Beer and even Pina Colada’s.

When I was there, one stage had a DJ and a  colorful skit, while the other stage played  spot on-in tune cover music.

 

In between the 2 stages were food booths along with many mini pop ups of T-Shirts, Jewelry, Sunglasses, various art projects along with some sponsors passing out pretty cool free gear and gadgets.  I scored a free pair of Sunnys along with a couple flashlights. And Bought a few pairs. Who can pass up, Buy ONE for $20, get TWO FREE?  Haha, yep got me good. But I gotta say I do look pretty fly in the Prado’s.

Some notable shirts included Psychologist with the ologist letters crossed out, the Brightly colored Lincoln shirts, Some nice Chicago shirts for $10, and a shirt with: I’m as Happy as a Duck with Bread boldly written across the front.

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Did I mention Lemonade! OMG it was so tasty!! Lemonade has to be one of my favorite Summertime drinks and this was pretty amazing.

It was a very friendly group of fest attendees, not rowdy, very chill, with a nice mid western happy party vibe.  Music  was great, Journey & J Giles covers were heard from the bands. And the DJ played some Daft Punk, Chicago House along with some classic Dance tracks. The DJ music was sponsored by club Berlin, so it was pretty high calibre spinning.

The Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival happens Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. It rates 5 out of 5 stars. And Pro tip:  There’s a Liquor store next door and across the street is a CVS with lots of ice cold water and more cheap drinks. Lots of easy ways to pre party prior to going in our picking up something cold for the trip home on the El Train.

Here’s one of my favorite pictures that sums the party up in one image. I call it Happiness.

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See you on the Streetz…of Chicago!

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Sushi Fake-Out

The Vegan Sushi

Ahimi Nigiri Sushi

This picture of Sushi may look like an Ahi Nigiri, but it’s not!  It’s actually a tomato, along with sushi rice, a bit of seaweed and shoyu. Could of…and did FOOL ME.   Wow! Looks just like Ahi!

I have yet to try it.  But they say that the texture and flavor of the tomato are transformed through a special technique, providing a savory and meaty taste.  Five natural ingredients are added to the tomato to give it the special look, feel and taste.

It’s a vegan Nigiri.  It’s name is Ahimi, by Ocean Hugger Foods. Available now at Whole Foods.  Next time I go to Whole Foods, I’ll give it a try and let you know how it tastes.

Have you tried it?

See you on the Streetz!

 

Dessert Fantasy Land

The United Cerebral Palsy’s Dessert Fantasy-Sunday November 5, 2017 at the New Alohilani Hotel in Waikiki, HI

The Dessert Fantasy held yearly the Sunday after Halloween is one of Hawaii’s best kept secrets to the 300–500 of us on the island.  For 2 hours, delicious, taste tantalizing desserts are served in and all you care to eat setting.

Colored Cupcakes, Raspberry Tapioca, Glazed Donuts, Fresh fruit pastries,  Holiday themed Cookies, many different Cakes and Pies and many more delicious delights available for the tasting.

My favorites:

  1. Sea Salted Chocolate Gold Leaf Flaked Tart.

  2. Green Tea Haupia Roll Cake with edible Slipper/Flip-Flop

  3. Raspberry Tapioca

Here are the pictures of almost all of the various Desserts available to eat for the 2 hours:

Click Here for the Dessert Fantasy 2011.

Silent Auction

Did I say they had a Silent Auction? They did and I bid on a black Giorgio Armani T-Shirt valued at $675.  Got it for $69.  Still might sound like a lot for a plain black T, but it was fun to buy and the money goes to UCP.

Kicks of the Day

Added Bonus! Spotted these Pretty Rad Maison Martin Margiela Kicks at the event:

See you on the Streetz…Blog!

Streetzblog.com Bomber Jacket 2017

 

 

 

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