Beatnik on the River

Prior to my departure, I was able to sneak in a few great, Chicago meals, and they started with Beatnik on the River. My colleague/friend offered for fun, boho, Mediterranean or stuffy seafood. So, you can imagine how we landed here with those simple descriptions. Don’t get me wrong, I can get down for some…

Loewe’s O’Hare

The calm before the storm- that’s what the Loewe’s O’Hare hotel was to be for me. Feels like a grand state for an airport hotel, but I’m into the intense pressure of it. You see, European flights from Raleigh are currently all cancelled, so I had to fly through an American hub. Miami was out…

Thompson Chicago

Ah the Windy City, my home a decade or so ago. The food scene is so much better now, but other than that, it feels like not much has changed. My lovely bff lives in town so it quite literally is home. Well, her home is my home, right? After a few days crashing at…

RPM Italian

During four days in Chicago, I managed two trips to RPM Italian. How’s that for a review. On night one, the Gent and I had a delicious date night. The meal was so tasty that it prompted me to return before the Psychedelic Furs show to try the few things I’d failed to on night…

Nico Osteria

Playing tag along to the Gent’s meetings last week in Chicago was far too enjoyable. I saw lots of friends, but also kept a “treat yo’self” day for myself. The day started with a stroll down Michigan Avenue, reflecting on how much it’s changed and how much isn’t   there anymore. Less than enamored, I…

It’s Friday, I’m in Love…

Soooo it’s been a little while since I’ve been loving on Fridays, but I’ve saved up a few bits and bobs of the last few weeks. So, without further ado, here are some of life’s little pleasures. 1. Adidas Pure Boost- these are literal foot clouds with high arch support. My have found my jogging…

The Other Stuff I Ate in Chicago

First stop, by accident walking through the west Loop was the always famous, Grant Achatz’s, Blackbird. We walked right up on a Friday night and scored an outside table for an oddly fateful first course. Underdressed and overly hungry, but pacing ourselves to make it to as many restaurants as possible, I think we pissed…

The Library at Topolobombo

Finally landed after a few weeks of hopping around for work and play. First came Minneapolis, then Chicago for play which turned Windy City for work, then finally a few days at the beach with the chap in order to unwind and start the summer off right. All I’ve done is eat and drink truly…

Chicago, Chicago….

What a weekend we had in Chicago! It’s already Thursday and I’m just feeling back to normal. Have I become a bad traveller?? I hope not. I am a tired one. The beau may be moving to the Windy City in a few weeks, so we went for a long weekend under the guise of…

Permanent Real Estate

The commitment of wearing a wedding ring is beautiful on many levels, most of all as a reminder of to whom you are betrothed. The ring is a constant reminder of love, commitment, and that person to the point that the jewelry becomes a part of you. You don’t think about it. You don’t take it…