A few weeks back, I was invited to check out the latest Mariano’s store in Lakeview East. I’ve always been a huge Mariano’s fan and usually frequent the store on Chicago Ave in UK Village. However, the newest (38th location!) in Lakeview at 3030 N. Broadway has been a long time coming for the neighborhood and it’s definitely … More Mariano’s in Lakeview
How in the heck is it April 2nd? Anyone else feel like we just celebrated New Years Eve? Now the days, weeks and months are flying by and I’m suddenly typing 4/2/2016 and yet no surprise, it’s snowing in Chicago. Ahhhh, spring!
I’ve always been one of those people who is freaked out by their own voice.“Yikes! Is that what I sound like?” Whether it’s reading my work out loud, watching home videos or being on speakerphone, I instantly cringe upon the realization that the voice in my head doesn’t match my voice IRL [in real life]. So, when … More Homemade Pasta Dough
I adore exploring the diverse and booming restaurant scene in Chicago. There’s nothing quite like that moment when you realize you’ve found something special. It can arrive in a variety of ways, from the bustling atmosphere, a servers warm smile and accommodating nature, the first sip of a craft cocktail or even a pleasant surprise when the bill arrives. We all … More Milk & Honey’s Avocado & Smoked Gouda Sandwich
Tomorrow I turn 27… As another birthday passes, I can’t help but reflect on the last year and all my favorite moments 26 has granted me. We all know how much I love birthdays (not just my own!), so I figured if there’s any day to get all mushy and nostalgic…today is the day. Celebrate with me, won’t … More My Favorite Moments of 26
Gosh, it feels good to be back. Between a new job, a family member’s surgery, apartment hunting, a vacation in Florida & that thing they call the “winter blues,” my blogging most certainly died down for a bit – and I apologize. Will you ever forgive me? Maybe this will make up for my absence.
Some of the best feedback I’ve ever received on my blog was from my brother Matt. It came three days before my 23rd birthday (I’m now 26) in the form of a Facebook message: “Hey what happened to your blog? It really changed. You’re getting way too hipster.” Oh wait. It gets better. “Well if … More Brotherly Birthday Love.
“Allana loved her birthday so much she would start planning the next years party the day after her birthday.” Oh, it’s the truth. This is what we tell people when they ask what our birthday parties were like as kids. My brother Matt loved the presents, I loved the parties. Matt would rather get one … More Birthday Bytes.
My affinity for brunching began when I was living in New York. If I had the rare treat of a Sunday morning off from work, there was no question what the plans of the day included because they always, without question, included brunch. I’m not talking about some fancy meal between breakfast and lunch – … More Public House Brunch
Last night, a friend and I were fortunate enough to attend the inaugural kickoff for Between Bites, a Chicago-based event centered around food & storytelling. The first of many took place at Two, a delicious beyond delicious restaurant in the West Loop and the speakers themselves were nothing short of extraordinary. We heard 6 “foodie … More My foodie first