Why I Gave Up Coffee

Can you imagine giving up coffee? For more than a week? How about forever? Not most would be able to answer yes. Just as the slogan says, “America runs on Dunkin” aka we need caffeine to survive. And it’s true. The smell, the taste, the jolt you get from the mornings first sip all stem…

Behind the Scenes of Just Be Kitchen

Since Just Be Kitchen opened in the spring of 2017, I’ve been so envious. At that time, we didn’t know that we’d be moving and becoming residents of Denver three short months later. However, we planned to visit JBK while in Denver for my birthday in August. Needless to say, now that we are full blown…

Kippy’s Ice Cream Shop

PSA ALERT FOR ALL PALEO/AIP’ers: A dairy free-clean ingredient ice cream shop exists!!!!!! Stumbling onto this ice cream shop was seriously the BEST thing that happened our last California trip.

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…

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!

Sweetgreen(ing) in Chicago

At last – Sweetgreen has FINALLY come to the Midwest. A.K.A. two blocks away from our apartment #praisejesus. Started in D.C. In 2007, SG only sources local and organic ingredients from farmers and partners they trust. Best of all (in my opinion),  their menu lists EVERY SINGLE ingredient used in their bowls, salads, drinks, and…

Bangers and Lace: The Original Hipster

When walking down Division Street in Wicker Park, you can always find a new beer to drink, taco to eat or, thick-rimmed glasses trend to wear? Needless to say, the hipster scene is real in WP. And for the past 6 years, Bangers and Lace has been the hub of originality in the community. With…

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…

Warm Bellies in the West Loop

Quietly opened in February, Warm Belly Bakery is an quaint independent storefront offering a rotating menu of diverse cookies. Run by head baker, Joe Dela Pena and trader Francis Wisniewski, Warm Belly Baker bangs out 30 different styles of cookies each week (usually 10 flavors daily).