Closing One Chapter, Starting Another

“What do you think you’ll miss the most?”   It’s a question I’ve given a lot of thought to since my dad asked me in April as we were driving through Illinois to go apartment hunting. At this point, I’d written 76 articles for my blog. I’d posted 304 photos and attended countless openings, events and…

Dos Amigos: Food, Friendship and Family

It’s almost a guarantee that any celebration you attend will involve food. But sometimes, food is the reason for the celebration. That was the case this past weekend, when my parents and I ate a delicious dinner at Dos Amigos Mexican Restaurant in Libertyville, Illinois. Dos Amigos opened in February 2017, the brainchild of co-owners Sergio Casillas…

A Taste of Peru in Rogers Park

It’s 11:30pm as we trudge back to my mom’s car, our stomachs full. We sit in silence for a moment or two, soaking in all the food and stories we heard over the last four hours. Four hours. My mom finally speaks. “It’s like he’s lived five lives,” she says in amazement. I nod, thinking…

Coffee in the Capital

I’ll admit, I love my Starbucks card. I love seeing the stars add up in the little cup on my app, and racking up enough points for a free drink. I’m a total sucker for Starbucks’ tweets about its Pumpkin Spice Latte, and I made sure the Starbucks on Brady Street was my first stop…

The Sweet Side of Reading

“I initially thought, ‘okay, dessert, he’ll just do the standards.’ Once I realized he was an artist and so creative, it kind of opened up.”

Shaking up the Third Ward

HELLO! I’ve only been to Shake Shack once, but it sure was enough to get me excited when I read that the chain would be opening its first Wisconsin location in the Historic Third Ward by the end of the year. Actually, it’s kind of a funny story how I even ended up waiting in…