Travel Tip Thursday | Chicago Restaurant Week

for those of you in the windy city this weekend, chicago restaurant week starts saturday! restaurant week is (besides the greatest idea ever) an ideal time to try out the city’s hottest restaurants through pre-set brunches, lunches and dinners at reasonable prices. here’s the list of participating restaurants. also this weekend is randolph street market, discussed last more »

Next Door Cafe | Free & Fun Classes

(photo via nextdoorchi.com) a must share – fascinating concept! next door cafe, opened by state farm as a way to get closer to the community, offers financial coaching and fun instructional classes from brainstorming to yoga (and they’re all free!). the café has coffee, delicious treats, rooms for meetings and a simple, modern design (what more »

Travel Tip Thursday | Rome

okay, let’s be honest… most food in italy is outstanding. however, i can recommend the obvious: avoid touristy places/menus with pictures. and, if you can muster up the courage to ask a local where their favorite trattoria is (in italian), you can’t lose. between italian sentence fragments and hand gestures, we got directions to Hostaria more »

Reminiscent Melodies

I adore this song by City and Colour (suggested by our music correspondent, Jamie). (listen here) The changes in tone throughout the song tell a story. It reminds me of my time in Europe. Okay, that’s a bit vague; I provided pictures: ||| enjoy your weekend! – R |||

Travel Tip Thursday | London

you know you like a restaurant when you eat at it more than once on a weekend trip. that was my experience with Dishoom, a bombay café in london (two locations: one in shoreditch, one in covent garden) dishoom provides an eccentric, yet cozy, environment perfect for meeting up with friends or grabbing lunch with more »

Gelato: Behind the Scenes

alright, I know I’m technically on break, but i just had to share this with you! i was recently lucky enough to go to a gelateria and see how gelato is made (fyi, fresh gelato is the best kind!). before we get into the process, follow these tips on choosing a gelateria: the gelato should be more »