Behind the Scenes – Artango Bar and Steakhouse

Now that the dust has settled and our moving boxes have been put away, the hubs and I ADORE our new neighborhood. There are no ambulances every 5 minutes, no busy streets with tourists, or at the mercy of annoying high-rise elevators. We love that we feel like we live in a “big kid” home…

Thanksgiving in Pilgrim Land

This is the first time I’ve not attended Thanksgiving Dinner with my family. However, we had made plans weeks before we found out that I was pregnant, to do our own thing. We wanted to head back to one of our favorite cities, Boston. While we were there, we wanted to visit Plymouth, where the whole…

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…

Mary Had a Little….. AIP Lamb Gyro

Woof, I miss a good gyro. That fluffy pita bread, the colorful toppings, the spicket of delicious meat dripping with flavor. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. While I’m still reintroducing normal people food back into the diet, I whipped up my own lazy girl version of an AIP Gyro. Although it looks…

Healthy Lunching in the Chicago Loop

In a city with so many food options, the selections are endless – except (ironically) when it comes to healthy eating. Sure most lunch spots in the Loop have “healthy” alternatives. But are they really indeed healthy or clean? Most of them, no. With my hectic travel schedule lately, there have been a few times…

Reintroducing the Taco

If there’s one thing that I’ve been craving while being on my elimination diet (besides donuts, duh) it’s TACOS. I tried reintroducing corn three weeks ago and that unfortunately did not pass the test. I broke out in eczema patches….SOB. I mean a food sensitivity doesn’t mean I can’t eat corn (chips, tortillas, on the…

Nacho Normal Snack (AIP Edition)

Now that my elimination diet has come to an end and I’m starting to reintroduce normal foods again, I thought of a legit AIP snack. Perfect timing right? For those who know me – I’m a much better food EATER than I am food-maker. I’m definitely NOT a cook, a chef, recipe developer, but I can follow a…

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…

Leaky Gut Made Easier

When my doctor told me I’d have to go on a super strict elimination diet for my skin issues (see my prior article), disappointment, hesitation, and frustration were the immediate feelings I felt. I mean, food is a giant part of my life. It’s more than just a hobby, it’s a part of who I…