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My self-summary
Hi! I hope you like reading...
Life story- born and raised in Cincinnati -->college in Indiana --> culinary school in NY --> West Palm Beach, FL --> back to NYC for 12 years, and I moved to Chicago at the end of 2013. I've met some amazing people, lived the rockstar lifestyle, and had an inordinate amount of fun. I'm pretty much up for anything at anytime, and I've traveled ridiculous lengths for fun. Since everyone else loves to brag about their world travels, here are my spots I've been: Moscow, Thailand, Philippines, all over Europe, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, all parts of the Caribbean and Mexico. I love vacations and am an excellent funtivities planner. I'm also the guy who will wake up on a random Saturday morning and say, "Wanna drive to Denver?", and then do it (yes, this really happened).

Just to ram home my tendency towards listmaking, here's a randomized group of things that I like. Yes, it's lame, but effective:
Laughing until you can't breathe, TED Talks, Farmers Markets, Heated car seats, Witty Banter, Donuts, Last Minute Road Trips, Good Bourbon, Irony, Slow Braised Meats, Making lists, NPR, Down comforters, New York Times Dining Out Section on Wednesday, Spontaneity, Naps under a warm blanket on a cold day, Sunday morning coffee on the couch, and Walking in the city with nowhere to go. I think that should cover just about everything.

****** If you're interested and would like to chat, please don't hesitate in sending me a message. I'm generally a very nice person and converse well with strangers. Visiting my profile 72 times in hopes I will notice and send you a message is not the way to go about things. Take a chance! You never know how things will turn out. Thank you for listening to this PSA ******
What I’m doing with my life
After getting my ass kicked in some of the highest end NYT rated restaurants in Manhattan, I landed my dream job being a Research and Development Chef. Now I get paid to play around all day creating recipes and products for different restaurants and companies around the country. I've probably fed you and you didn't even know it. You're welcome.
I’m really good at
- Swiping my Ventra card on the first try
- Keeping the brita full
- Picking out the best item on the menu
- Opening pickle jars
- Hitting every red light on State St.
- Not putting away folded laundry
- Marathoning HBO Go
- Butchering foreign languages while traveling abroad
The first things people usually notice about me
I can relate on some level to just about anyone.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The 4 hour Work Week
Born To Run
Devil in the White City
90's alternative rock
The Wire (best show in history of tv)
Game of Thrones
It's Aways Sunny in Philadelphia
Forensic Files
Science Channel
Fine Dining/ Hole in the Wall/ Cooking at Home- whatever
Six things I could never do without
Unbelievable family and friends
Wit-tastic conversations
Google Maps and Rick Steves
Hot showers
Bose Noise Canceling Headphones
TSA Pre Check/Global Entry
I spend a lot of time thinking about
- Why there aren't any good Chinese restaurants in Chicago. I'm not talking "good" Chinese... I'm talking hungover delivery of General Tso's in my face on a rainy Sunday.
- When did the Oxford comma become so popular?
- Who signed off on the last season of True Detective. They should be fired and get a slow clap from the staff as they exit the building.
- If I should be proud or ashamed of myself after I completed the Krispy Kreme Challenge Race (look it up... it's as gross as it sounds. I really just wanted the t-shirt)
- I also always think I have the next best million dollar idea, but it turns out it's already for sale at Bed Bath and Beyond
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably getting home from Ohare and then immediately:

- Exploring restaurants and bars in my hood with the crew
- Sitting on my balcony with a cocktail staring at the lake
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a roomba vacuum. It's meant to be a time saver so you can accomplish other tasks while it's vacuuming. I negate every positive trait about it by watching it incessantly just to see if it's going to hit that one little spot it keeps missing.
You should message me if
- You can have as much fun at home as you can going out
- You don't have any major food hangups
- You're not super serious about your religious beliefs
- You can handle splitting a bottle of wine at dinner w/o me carrying you home
- Your grammar and spelling skills don't suck
- To sum it up: Laid back, fun, spontaneous, and low maintenance.
** Bonus if you have any interior design experience. I have a condo that needs some help.
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