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Neil Solanki
Works at Neil's Brain Factory
Attended Northwestern University
Lives in the van down by the river


Neil Solanki

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I left college in search of greenbacks, found them in trading bonds, felt my brain rusting, and thus became an author & poet.
Long, long ago in a galaxy far away, I was an analytic stereotype bathed in the flickering lights of a million computer monitors and surrounded by dubious data.  In other words, I was a bond trader. The profession outgrew me (or I outgrew it), and I thought it time to shove on and get to my real life's work!  I now consider myself a man of professional hard leisure—you know, the tormented, work-twice-as-much-as-I-did-in-finance kind of leisure. I've recently completed my first novel, Steel Wolves.  Also, I love pho, my wife, and my dog, Genghis (not in that order).
Bragging rights
cancer survivor, national merit scholar, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the MMSS program at Northwestern University, previously trader extraordinaire, finished my novel Steel Wolves, currently visiting all U.S. National Parks
  • Northwestern University
    Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences & Economics, 2001 - 2004
    I think the major description pretty much obviates the need for a detailed description of my coursework. =)
Basic Information
Author, Poet, Pho-taster, National Park grazer, Wife Lover, Dog Walker
Writing Sci-Fi and Poetry, Beard-growing, Trading (in a past life), Whistling, Rotating my arms in opposite directions simultaneously
  • Neil's Brain Factory
    Navel Gazer, Cloud Inspector, present
    Use the braininess inside my brain to write things down.
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the van down by the river
Chicago, IL - Dallas, Texas - Past Lives
This is my favorite pho place in the suburbs. Of course the best pho is on Lawrence in Viet-town. In any case, the pho here is quite good, particularly the broth flavor and noodles. The meat is only so-so. Iced coffee is tasty and service is excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes pho and Vietnamese food.
Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago
All around very good sushi joint. All the rolls and nigiri tasted fresh and none had any strange or mysterious flavors. It might not be worth going well out of your way to come here, but if you're looking for sushi in the area you can't go wrong. The atmosphere on Friday night was very vibrant--it was so loud we basically had to yell to communicate with our group. So if you like quiet, you may want to avoid coming here at a peak time.
Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago
Good food and atmosphere. They were out of their homemade ale, so we couldn't try it. Eggplant dish was very good and so was the hummus.
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
Came twice during my last trip to Napa. Much preferred my lunch experience here over dinner. Bloody Mary was delicious. Lamb burger was excellent. Onion rings are a must try.
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
52 reviews
Perhaps not as swanky as Morton's or Capital Grille, but the food is still delicious and consistent. We frequent this place for lunch and are never disappointed. The filet duo or trio with various crusts is delicious. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. I'd recommend Wildfire to anyone.
Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago
Tight quarters on the weekend. Slightly pretentious atmosphere. Had to wait a while for drinks to be served.
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
Well-maintained. Clean, spacious bathrooms. Friendly host. Full hookups. Flat, paved RV spots with some greenery. Phenomenal location right next to downtown Napa. Would stay again.
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago