It’s 2016, yet I keep writing 2015. Typical.
How are you guys, by the way?
My past week: The week was pretty busy doing recipe testing in preparation for travel next week (my favorite!) and finally getting around to decorating my home office. I originally set up my computer in our dining room because we never really have sit down dinners there and because I liked the bright, open space. However, I also like having a space where I can shut the door, concentrate and get away from other distractions of Milly stepping on my keyboard. Currently I’m scoping out rugs for the office. I really love this one and this one. Decisions, decisions.
In other news, I’ve been incredibly into the political race (as I am every election year). In my former pre-blogging life, I always wanted to be a lawyer or some political figure. Then I watched House of Cards (jk). Obviously we won’t be digging deep into politics on the blog, but I will remind you how important it is to vote. Especially in this upcoming election. You know what I’m saying.
What I’m doing this weekend: I’ve really been wanting to see a movie so we’re thinking about checking out Zootopia or Allegiant. I also just checked the Chicago weekend weather and it isn’t looking promising. Usually Tony and I try to get in 20,000+ steps on Saturdays, but we’ll see if that happens. Another goal for the weekend: Donate more of my clothes!
What food I’m loving lately: Trader Joe’s plantain chips are seriously addicting. I can’t stop eating them. Restaurant wise, we ate at RPM Italian last night. I had to make a reservation a few weeks ago, but finally we got in. Recommendations: truffle garlic bread, squid ink pasta & gnocchi.
What’s big in my life right now: Tony and I are considering buying a house/condo in the city next year. Currently we are LOVING the Wicker Park/Bucktown area. That means Chicago would be pretty permanent, even though I always thought of myself in California sunshine year round. Don’t get me wrong, I do love Chicago but the weather and the corruption is CRAZY.
Now, onto my favorite links from this past week:
Craving these blueberry coconut oatmeal cookies. I even make them without the white chocolate and they’re still fabulous.
10 healthier ways to eat chocolate. Amen.
Had these tacos for dinner on Wednesday & it was easy + amazing.
Lightened up pizza dip. I’m diving in.
Affordable and really cool furniture stores to shop at.
Summer’s coming and I’m crushing on this swimsuit.
Amazing greek yogurt face mask.
These glazed carrots! Chomp, chomp.
Where to find affordable art.
How to find your passion (even if you don’t think you have one.)
Millennials would rather exercise than drink.
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YES to the TJ’s plantain chips!!! So addicting! I want to see Allegiant too. Maybe sneak a bag of the chips into the movie? Hehe. Have a great weekend!
Can’t wait to read the whole study on the millennials….now if we could convince their parents, grandparents, etc to follow suit!
Healthy ways to have chocolate = YES! I’ve also been really busy this week, but I’m thrilled to be leaving for NYC this coming Thursday!! Have a wonderful weekend!
Hey! Have you ever been to Epic Spices in Chicago? It’s a tiny spice shop on Chicago Ave in West Town. I highly recommend it – the owner, Steven, is super friendly and really informative. And the spices are very affordable! Steven’s been in the spice business for a long time (and used to work at The Spice House until he started his own business). I used to stop in all the time – I’d learn something new every time I went in. I moved from Chicago to Denver a few months ago, but I like the shop so much that I’m literally going to stop in to restock on things when I’m visiting Chicago next month.
Thanks for the tip Sam! Going to check it out.
We saw Zootopia last weekend and it was so cute! And YES to TJs plantain chips- I love the random thicker cut ones that are kind of dry and more cracker-y than the thin ones. So good. We go through 2 bags a week if we’re not careful.
Have you tried their new black bean pasta? It’s super high in fiber and protein and works really well I’m pasta salad. I’ve been having it for lunch all week with feta, Kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, and avocado.
So you should definitely relocate to wicker park/bucktown. So much energy here. If you do visit me at Plenty Grocery and Deli =) It’s a dream for foodies. Also, RPM is such a memorable restaurant. I could live on their housemade ricotta. I need to dine there again soon!
Thanks for all the great links! I’m looking forward to reading the post on millennials. Also, so cool that you guys are thinking of buying a house in Chicago! I love it there, but I could understand why the weather and the crazy politics would make you question settling down there. Sadly, politics are screwed up everywhere nowadays : )
Zootopia is amazing!!
So glad you had a great taco experience! Thanks for the love, lady!
How cute is that bathing suit! NO CLUE If I would be able to pull it off – ha ha! I haven’t worn bathing suits in forever – I never go to the beach or the pool!