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Chicago Ideas Week: Lessons

Usually I’m pretty much a home-body, perfectly content putting my pj’s on at 6pm and puttering around the house for the rest of the evening. This Tuesday, Mike and I ...

Chicago VeganMania 2014

Chicago VeganMania 2014

 Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year:   Chicago VeganMania!   The festival is now in it’s 6th year and has gotten bigger and better each of ...

2014 Chicago Veggie Fest

2014 Chicago Veggie Fest

This weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year – Veggie Fest weekend!  Mike and I spent the entire day today at the festival (our third year in ...

Oak Park's Thursday Night Out

Oak Park’s Thursday Night Out

This summer marks my 9-year Chicago-versary!  Whenever I tell someone that I’m originally from Florida, the response is almost always that I’m crazy to have moved to the North.  I ...

LYFE Kitchen

LYFE Kitchen

A couple of weeks ago, I checked out Evanston’s newly opened LYFE Kitchen along with Mike and his parents.   NOTE: This is NOT a Sponsored Post. I had heard ...

A Night at the Le Pain Quotidien Bakery

A Night at the Le Pain Quotidien Bakery

Before last week, I had never stepped foot into a Le Pain Quotidien restaurant, though I certainly recognized the name.   While I can’t place where I’d heard of it (likely, passing ...

Giveaway: Freshii + Free the Children

Giveaway: Freshii + Free the Children

Freshii has long been one of my favorite fast-casual restaurants. I started going there years ago, as they were one of the few places downtown that I could find Tofu ...

Chicago VeganMania 2013

Chicago VeganMania 2013

September has been quite the busy month so far!  I’ve been to Florida (for my birthday and bridal shower), to India (!!! – for a business trip), and equally exciting… ...

2013 Chicago Veggie Fest

2013 Chicago Veggie Fest

Last Sunday was a day I had been looking forward to an entire year, ever since attending last year’s Chicago Veggie Fest I’d been counting down for the next one. When ...

PPK Vegan Food Crawl

PPK Vegan Food Crawl

Earlier this summer, Jeni, Hector, Nissa and I from the Chicago PPK group decided to do a Vegan Food Crawl!  Jeni and Hector are moving out of Chicago next month, ...

Visitors: Fun & Food with my Niece!

Visitors: Fun & Food with my Niece!

Okay, so I’m going to take a brief pause from my recaps of our recent Colorado trip (even though I also still haven’t finished my recaps from my Portland trip 3 ...

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Spring CSA: Genesis Growers

This Spring, Mike and I participated in our first ever CSA and loved every bite of it!   “CSA” stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and essentially means paying for a ...

Visitors: Mom & Dad in Oak Park

Visitors: Mom & Dad in Oak Park (plus meet my newest family member!)

In April, my parents flew in from Florida for their annual visit.  Since we moved to Oak Park  at the end of last summer, this was their first time visiting us ...

Cooking Class: Indian Cooking with Ranjana

Cooking Class: Indian Cooking with Ranjana

The weekend before last, Mike and I attended a cooking class with our friends Laura and Darrin.  We’d been wanting to take Ranjana’s vegetarian “Basic North Indian” cooking class and back ...

Cooking Class: Power Up with Plants

Cooking Class: Power Up with Plants

Amanda Skrip is a Chicago-area natural foods educator, chef, health coach, and wellness expert.  I think she also may be just a little bit magical too.  She often teaches classes at ...