8 things I miss about Chicago

Two months ago I packed up all of my belongings into my Honda civic and drove over two thousand miles from Chicago to California. I still can’t believe everything I own was able to fit into my car and that I made the two and a half day journey across the country by myself. To […]

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Dear Chicago

Dear Chicago, Thank you for seven memorable years. I know we had our ups and downs, especially when it came to finding parking, but I will never forget how much I grew up living in the windy city. Now, I have to say good bye. The first time I visited the city I was almost […]

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Nutella Cafe

Nutella, a recent food trend in the US unless you are from Europe and have grown up eating it, know this delicious hazelnut spread. For a part of my childhood my family lived in New Hampshire where we were lucky to have a variety of European imported goods in some stores. Otherwise we would have […]

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A little history on the Derby

During the first weekend in May my friends and I headed to the race tracks to watch the Derby. While I was sipping on my second mint julep and admiring the colorful hats I began to wonder about the history of the Derby. After coming home from the horse races I looked more into how […]

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Rainy day in the city

A few weeks ago I wanted to spend the afternoon in the Streeterville and Gold Coast neighborhoods of Chicago. I had been hoping for a sunny day but was greeted with rain clouds and bursts of cold wind instead. We didn’t want to cancel our plans so R and I strolled around the puddle filled […]

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Starved Rock State Park

When you think of the state of Illinois in the Midwestern part of the US you imagine corn fields, flat landscapes that go on for miles and of course the city of Chicago. What you didn’t think you would find just two hours outside of Chicago is a state park with steep inclines, sandstone canyons […]

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Cité

Last Sunday evening, I surprised R with a reservation at Citè Restaurant to celebrate his birthday. All I told him was that it was at an upscale restaurant and hinted that we had biked by the restaurant earlier that day (read about our day here). Our Lyft driver dropped us off at Lake Point Tower, just […]

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Local tourist in Chicago

 It’s always nice to take a break from my hectic schedule and enjoy a day in the city being a tourist. This past weekend R and I celebrated his birthday by spending Sunday as tourists in our beautiful city of Chicago. An old friend (the friend I had visited in South Korea read posts here, […]

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Derby Day

On Saturday morning ladies around the US put on the biggest and most colorful hats they owned and headed to the 142nd Derby day. Derby day is celebrated at race tracks across the country on the day of the famous Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The day always falls on the first […]

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What I’ve Learned Living Alone

(Slice of my banana bread I made this weekend and my coffee mug I got for Christmas from my sister; get it here) Last summer I packed up what few things I had and moved into a studio apartment. I moved from living with two boys on the south side of Chicago to living in […]

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