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July 21, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
The thing about traveling to Ecuador is that before you leave, basically everyone you know - parents, friends, lovers, frienemies - will say something to you along the lines of, "Be careful. " But it's not the usual "be careful. " It's more like my friend Erik put it to me: "You should learn how to say, 'No ransom. Family very poor. Blue eyes are contacts meant to fool stupid American women. No ransom.'" I'm happy to report I've been in the capital, Quito, for a week now, and so far I've not gotten kidnapped, robbed, malaria or even traveler's diarrhea.
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July 21, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
The thing about traveling to Ecuador is that before you leave, basically everyone you know - parents, friends, lovers, frienemies - will say something to you along the lines of, "Be careful. " But it's not the usual "be careful. " It's more like my friend Erik put it to me: "You should learn how to say, 'No ransom. Family very poor. Blue eyes are contacts meant to fool stupid American women. No ransom.'" I'm happy to report I've been in the capital, Quito, for a week now, and so far I've not gotten kidnapped, robbed, malaria or even traveler's diarrhea.
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November 2, 2011 | By Erin Vogel, RedEye
Zoe Damacela just might be the most famous fashion designer you've never heard of. The Northwestern Student has posed with President Obama in the Oval Office. She has been featured on Oprah's Angel Network. And last month, the editors of Seventeen magazine splashed her across the cover of the October issue. She counts Tyra Banks of "America's Next Top Model" fame among her mentors and clients. But at 19 years old, Damacela has been in the game for fewer seasons than "Project Runway," which, for the record, caps its ninth cycle Thursday with a very special "Behind the Seams" episode.
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April 5, 2012 | RedEye/Metromix Staff
Mexican fare may dominate in sheer numbers when it comes to Logan Square's Latin-American restaurants, but you can also find many family-run eateries serving the native specialties of their home countries in South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. Bonus: Many are BYOB. ECUADORIAN Restaurant Ecuador 2923 W. Diversey Ave. 773-342-7870 This small restaurant on the border of Logan Square and Avondale specializes in the seafood-heavy cuisine of coastal Ecuador, from fish-and-plantain tamales to shrimp soup to whole fried fish.
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April 5, 2012 | RedEye/Metromix Staff
Mexican fare may dominate in sheer numbers when it comes to Logan Square's Latin-American restaurants, but you can also find many family-run eateries serving the native specialties of their home countries in South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. Bonus: Many are BYOB. ECUADORIAN Restaurant Ecuador 2923 W. Diversey Ave. 773-342-7870 This small restaurant on the border of Logan Square and Avondale specializes in the seafood-heavy cuisine of coastal Ecuador, from fish-and-plantain tamales to shrimp soup to whole fried fish.
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January 21, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Dominic Monaghan heads to the jungle where he finds a polar bear and a black smoke cloud. Oh wait, that was "Lost. " We're talking about "Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan" ( 9 p.m. Jan. 22, BBC America; 3.5 stars out of 4 ).   The "Wild Things" in this new nature series are the creepy crawlies of which 36-year-old Monaghan is an obvious fan. His enthusiasm for his creature quest proves pretty irresistible, too. In the series premiere, he trudges through the jungles of Vietnam in search of a giant water bug that can kill and eat animals 10...
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November 19, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Two things made infamous by Miley Cyrus were in the running for Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year, and only one could win. Oxford announced late Monday that “selfie” is the 2013 Word of the Year in a blog post, noting that the use of the word has increased more than 17,000 percent this year. The dictionary notes the odd origin of the word, traced to a 2002 Australian forum post. How exactly does a dictionary of record define it? selfie: (n) a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a...
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April 19, 2012 | By Daniela Garcia, For RedEye
Can you guess my ethnicity? Go ahead and cheat: Take a look at my picture next to this column. My name also should serve as a clue. My mom is fair-skinned and originally from central Mexico, while my dad is a dark-skinned native Texan. I grew up on the border of two countries and speak both English and Spanish. So I'll ask again: What am I? If you said Latina, you'd be mostly right. If you said Hispanic, you'd be mostly wrong. These are two terms that have been used to describe someone of my ethnicity in an interchangeable manner for as long...
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June 25, 2013 | Stephen Markley
I've got good news and bad news: the bad news, as you may have noticed, is that the daily posts on Off the Markley have now come to an end. The good news for any fans who've stuck around even after I told the world I hate dogs, Michael Jackson, and old people's naked bodies, is that you will have ample opportunities in the future to read my work. I will continue as a columnist for RedEye with a new column roughly every two weeks. They'll appear in the paper as well as on this site, so you don't have to change your browser's bookmarks.
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August 4, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
Normally, I don't see it as my place to give advice to Rush University Medical Center, but in this case it's totally warranted. Before leaving to travel around Ecuador, I visited the hospital's travel consultation center, where a helpful nurse instructed me on typhoid shots and malaria pills. What she totally left out, however, and what appeared nowhere in the thick packet I received warning me about brushing my teeth with a bottle of Jack and having unprotected sex with mosquitoes was TD - traveler's diet.
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November 2, 2011 | By Erin Vogel, RedEye
Zoe Damacela just might be the most famous fashion designer you've never heard of. The Northwestern Student has posed with President Obama in the Oval Office. She has been featured on Oprah's Angel Network. And last month, the editors of Seventeen magazine splashed her across the cover of the October issue. She counts Tyra Banks of "America's Next Top Model" fame among her mentors and clients. But at 19 years old, Damacela has been in the game for fewer seasons than "Project Runway," which, for the record, caps its ninth cycle Thursday with a very special "Behind the Seams" episode.
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