For years, I have been hopping on the dreaded 72 bus to go shopping at Stanley’s on Elston and North. Returning back to my home with bags of super cheap greens, I always have the same thought “Why the hell hasn’t anyone picked up some storefronts to liven up this area?” However, it did not occur to me that there was indeed a location that has been calling Elston Corridor its home for many years. Quite literally hidden behind the Home Depot and some sketchy looking buildings, Ada Street has been banging out eclectic and colorful food for over 3.5 years.
Recommended by my foodie friend, Amanda Topper, I stopped into Brightwok after work a few weeks ago to see what the hype was all about. Walking through the loop and down the not-so-visited locations alongside Wabash Ave, I’ll admit, I was a little hesitant. However, when I left (with a huge bag of food in hand), I definitely didn’t expect to have experienced what I did.
One of the most difficult things about living with someone, dating someone, or just “talking” to someone is how to agree on what to make to eat? Of course we all WANT to eat pizza and cheesy tacos all the time (just like our +1s), but can we? Hell NO- not at least if you want to remain slender and sexy or in my case, in #shreddingforthewedding mode. Although it sucks choosing the “healthier” side of the spectrum over what our inner fat kid wants instead, we can go to sleep that night not feeling as guilty. Instead of caving and joining my man in eating the “unclean”goodness, I’ve found ways we can make the same types of food much healthier. Of course one can never truly replicate the same flavors or taste JUST as good, but you can certainly save yourself a few hundred (or thousand) calories and swap out a few components.
I remember my first post on instagram – I thought my clever plate tilt and my quick filter change made my pic of charcuterie look stellar, however, after days and days of showcasing my proud posted photo, I only received one like – from my sister. How did all of these other handles get so many likes? Do they have an app that they use, do they use a super expensive camera, are these pictures even theirs?