Home, Home On The Range

As you know, we live in a world where using shit ingredients like canola oil (in almost EVERY good on the shelves) , aspartame (in gum), food dyes, sodium nitrates (in normal bacon, sausages, etc.), and man-made ingredients is socially accepted. Why? A part of society doesn’t 1. read the ingredients, 2. doesn’t care about the ingredients, or (and the worst) 3. can’t afford to eat better. Sure, all of these foods in grocery stores AND in the majority of restaurants have super tasty food, but are they beneficial for our current and future health? EFF NO. Okay, I’m done ranting about the foods in our country (for now) and am veering back to the true purpose….

Although Chicago has started to jump on the clean-sustainable-ingredient-restaurant wagon, the gears are still slowly turning. The main struggle I (and everyone else with food issues) have is finding places to eat out where you can trust the quality. Unfortunately, I can count the places where I can “safely” eat in Chicago on one hand — which is extremely sad. However, after much research, I learned that I can now add Range Chicago in Lincoln Park to my inventory.

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How to Get Through the Midweek Slump? Let’s Talk Brunch.

Is it just me or does it already seem like the longest week ever? It’s only Wednesday, but I’ve been thinking about the weekend…since about the minute I set my Monday morning alarm. Fear not, here’s something to ease your mind and help you get through the week. There’s a new weekend brunch in town!

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Still on a Denver (Mile) High

Just to set the record straight, I am NOT a Denver bandwagoner. For the past few years, PRE Denver migration craze, I’ve been intrigued by living in Denver. I actually applied to my current company in Denver, but at the last minute changed my application back to the Chicago office. And I have been kicking myself ever since for not following my (leaky) gut.

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Behind the Scenes of Presidio

The Behind the Scenes series entails insight from behind the chef’s counter and a restaurant’s outlook of its past, present, and future. 

After months and months of nailing down a date to try out this new hot-spot, the hubs-to-be and I found some time to hop on the blue line to Bucktown. Although easy to miss from the outside, Presidio‘s  menu is anything but forgettable.

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Behind the Scenes of Cotton Duck

The Behind the Scenes series entails insight from behind the chef’s counter and a restaurant’s outlook of its past, present, and future. 

Nestled right off of Damen Ave, it’s no surprise this new concept is flourishing via word of mouth. Ukrainian Village’s newest gem, Cotton Duck has been delivering nothing short of spectacular dishes since day one. CD is a BYOB hybrid offering contemporary American styled comfort food with modernist execution. Basing the menu around its rotating debuted artwork, CD is constantly evolving. Whether your wanting something sweet, savory, heavy, or light, there is an array of items to choose from to capture any type of craving you have (brunch or dinner).

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How to Cleanse without Juicing

With all of the holiday foods, shredding for a wedding, or just trying to reset your body, we have all come to a time in our lives where we’ve wanted to go on a “cleanse” – usually being a juice cleanse. However, once you look at the price tag for a three day juice package, the plans for that cleanse quickly diminish. I mean with rent, student loans, classpass, and spending money, who can really afford to blow $99-$200+ on bottles of juice, only to feel absolutely MISERABLE and hungry. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good juice here and there; I’ve also done a few juice cleanses in the past, but with all of my expenses + planning a wedding, I’ve been looking for alternative ways to “cleanse” without breaking the bank…

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Veggie/Vegan Date Night Options around Chicago

With my shredding for the wedding strategy in full fledge, I’ve been obviously trying to eat lighter and healthier meals, although it has been EXTREMELY hard.  While I love my meats and super fattening foods like any other human being, there have been a lot of times while on date night where I just CRAVE some veggie dishes (See my last few IG posts regarding my current brussels sprout obsession). Although a lot of restaurants typically have vegetarian items, most of those involve some sort of a salad or just a collection of oily vegetables, nothing along the lines of being healthy and filling. However, after a bunch of research and a lot of eating, I found five locations that I deem as my top veggie spots around the city:

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