Category: Chicago

Host a BaconFest Party

Host a BaconFest Party
January 3, 2016

Mmmmmm, bacon. One of my favorite food groups! It is a separate food group, right? Given this thought pattern shared between my sister and me, we thought, “Let’s host a BaconFest party.” I’ve been to parties based around food themes before such as Mexican or Italian foods but never one based solely on one ingredient.   The idea of a bacon-themed party started with BaconFest Chicago. When I moved to Chicago a few years ago, the festival was in its inaugural years. It has since grown to a […]


Getaway Hostel: A Great Place to Stay in Chicago

Getaway Hostel: A Great Place to Stay in Chicago
December 21, 2015

Traveling to Chicago? Have I got the hostel for you!   Located in the vibrant neighborhood of Lincoln Park, Getaway Hostel offers a perfect location. It is far enough away from busy main streets to avoid much of the traffic sounds but close enough for walking convenience to the “El” trains and buses. Surrounded by beautiful townhouses, Getaway is a safe and secure option for the budget traveler as we all know Chicago isn’t cheap. It is a perfect place to stay especially if you are visiting a […]


Bacon Donut Challenge

Bacon Donut Challenge
November 23, 2015

  Bacon with donuts! Say what? What a perfect combination. Usually, bacon donuts are paired with a maple glaze which makes them tasted like pancakes with maple syrup and a side of bacon, all in one mouthful. Only the donuts are even better. I first heard of bacon donuts when I lived in Chicago. I made it my mission to find and eat as many different varieties as possible. Since I was traveling from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine via Amtrak, I thought, let’s eat them across the […]


10 Places to Eat Some Damn Good Pizza

10 Places to Eat Some Damn Good Pizza
September 24, 2015

  Pizza is my thing! Ask me what I want to eat and I’ll usually respond with pizza or Italian food. Love it! I’m sure I have Italian genes somewhere. Right, Mom? When traveling, I will hunt down a pizzeria and hit it up at least once, if not more. This qualifies me as an expert, in my humble opinion.   Where to Go Pizza Hut – Everywhere Yeah I know, it’s a chain and lots of you will get turned off by this fact but damn, they […]


Bakeries are the Best: Chicago Version

Bakeries are the Best: Chicago Version
May 26, 2015

I have a weakness for baked goods. I like to make them. I like to shop for them. I LOVE to eat them. Hence, my non-size 6 figure. Chicago has some of the most incredible bakeries. During my two-year stay, I had the pleasure of eating at quite a few. My favorites: Sweet Mandy B’s This shop was my very first bakery discovery of the city. Actually, my friend guided me there and expounded upon the shop’s greatest. She was not wrong. Not only are the baked goods […]


Donut Obsession

Donut Obsession
January 19, 2015

I am a donut addict. Yeah, I said it.  I’m obsessed with donuts.  I don’t need to eat them all the time but if I’m out walking around, it’s hard to walk past a donut shop without getting one to-go at least.  My craze for the last few years has been bacon donuts.  Have you tried them?  They are amazing at most places. Portland, Oregon Yesterday I stopped by Blue Star and got the beauties below: Maple Bacon raised donut and a Lemon Poppyseed buttermilk. They were both delicious. […]


11 Restaurants I Love in Chicago

11 Restaurants I Love in Chicago
December 22, 2014

Chicago is the foodiest (is that a word? I’m using it regardless) city I’ve ever visited.  A person could write endlessly about Chicago restaurants.  Since I tried to eat at a different one every time I went out, you will see periodic posts about the restaurants with a main page to tie them all together.  My list does not include every place I visited as I lost track eventually.  All of the restaurants below warranted multiple visits. Below are my top 11 favorites (in no particular order): 1. […]


8 Things I love about Chicago

8 Things I love about Chicago
December 9, 2014

1. The Beach The close proximity of the beach made me deliriously happy.  The two beaches I frequented (Montrose Beach and Wilson Beach) have great sand with surprisingly clean water or at least it looks that way.  I spent the first 5 months of living in Chicago not realizing how amazing the beach could be.  Then I moved to an apartment only a few blocks away from the beach and AHHHHHH, heaven happened.  I was hooked.  It became very easy to spend a few early hours at the […]


Chicago Wine Bars

Chicago Wine Bars
December 7, 2013

I love wine.  Can’t deny it in the slightest way.  I love it. Wino! I would rather have a glass of cheap wine than an expensive martini or craft beer any day. So the thought of going to a place that labels itself “a wine bar” makes me swoon.  Unfortunately, I have only made my way to two of the many wine bars in Chicago: Bin 36 and Eno.   Bin 36 339 N. Dearborn Ave. I’ve been here twice. Pictures are from my first experience. My friend […]


Burgers in Chicago

Burgers in Chicago
December 4, 2013

I have a thing for hamburgers, not traditional hamburgers which are plain with lettuce, tomato, and raw onion.  I love ones with STUFF on them.  If you know me, it is typically the same type of stuff over and over but I like to compare burgers.  Burgers are something I get mad cravings for every couple of weeks.  I wish I was more consistent with my food picture taking so I had pictures of each restaurants’ burger for comparison. The standard stuff I like on my burgers – […]


My Favorite Chicago Bakery

My Favorite Chicago Bakery
January 2, 2012

  To date, many of my adventures revolve around food. I should rename this blog a foodie blog versus travel blog but can’t they be mixed?  YES! My October trip to Chicago was no exception.  On a rainy Tuesday, I walked through the beautiful neighborhood of Lincoln Park in a quest for cupcakes.  My Chicago friend Christy said Sweet Mandy B’s was the best.  The shop is a little bit of a walk from the Brown Line stop but well worth it.  Just look at the picture to […]


The Farmhouse – Chicago

The Farmhouse – Chicago
December 16, 2011

Discovering the many neighborhoods of Chicago is becoming one of my favorite pastimes.  During a recent jaunt to ChiTown, I happened upon The Farmhouse.  In a frantic search for an afternoon glass of wine, the manager welcomed me in and soothed my nerves.  He escorted me to the bar and offered me a selection of wines including two draught wines. (oh, did I mention that he’s pretty cute too)  Wines on draft?  I was confused. Yes, The Farmhouse carries two draught wines – a red and white.  I found […]