Food Crawl: West Loop edition

So now that I’ve told you about my DIY food crawls, I thought I’d give you a little example of my most recent one in Chicago’s West Loop. Located on the west side of Chicago (shocking), this industrial, lofty, warehouse district has grown exponentially over the last 1-2 years. The unused space is now housing a lot of new restaurants, […]

Chicago neighborhood food crawls

I love food, and in Chicago there are no shortages of places to eat. There is no way to visit every place, so when a handful of new places I like open up around each other, I like to organize a little neighborhood crawl. It’s like a bar crawl but with food (and a few drinks). The intent isn’t to […]

Evolution of birthdays

I may play it cool but I love celebrating birthdays. And when you’re a kid, birthdays are like a mid-year Christmas. Huge parties, friends everywhere, running around, gifts and CAKE. As you get older, the birthday parties change a bit. Then, once you hit college and/or 21 (whatever comes first), it begins the next phase of celebrating, which involves copious […]

Turning the corner on the plague

The last week (nearly two) have not been exactly what I had in mind. I had wood burning pizza class plans, drinks and dinners with friends, work to do and a quick work trip to do too. The last thing still happened but overall, I have lost almost two weeks to (what I now refer to it as) the plague. […]

Five Days in Napa

Of all my solo vacations, one of my favorites was Napa Valley. It was my second solo vacation and the longest (at that time). And for seven days, I rotated between wine tasting, dining out, walking around and being deliciously buzzed. It was heaven. And, two years after being in Napa for the first time, I got to go back, […]

What makes me reconsider dating

Recently, a friend texted to tell me it was over with the guy she was seeing. In that moment, I wanted to a) key something valuable to him and b) punch him in the dick. And then it just made me angry because my next thought was, “again.” Lately, I’ve noticed an angering and frustrating trend when talking to friends […]

Aloha Hawaii

In my quest to take over the world, I’m ready to add another travel notch in my belt. Hawaii, get off my list of places to see for the first time. Yes, I spent seven days in the (insanely f*cking hot) sun and got sand in places I didn’t know was possible in Hawaii. Specifically, in Maui and Oahu. And […]

Dating double standard

In dating or attempting to date, I find the following to be my pet peeves with guys: A fun text exchange that suddenly ends without the other person saying something like “later” Constantly asking if they’ve upset me or if I’m mad at them Being aloof like they’re too cool or busy to talk Going out with or stringing along […]

Cleanin’ out my closet

I can admit that I have some…hoarding tendencies. I’m not buried in stale food or cat carcases (GROSS) but when it comes to my closet, I tend to hold on to things. And not even for sentimental value. It’s because I’m a) too lazy and b) think I’ll wear it again. What if I NEED this one shirt and I’ve […]

This book is bananas

Curious about BDSM? Unsure how to ask a lady in your life if she’d like to be your submissive? Or are you looking for ways to use S&M terms in public when talking to friends? I have the solution and book (series) for you. TA-DA! My review so far: WHOA. I finally caved and read this, you know, after it […]