CHICAGO, FOOD

Chicago Food Part 2

I’m sure you are all super surprised to see this in your feed, just kidding. I love food, so this is necessary. You never know, there may even be a part 3. Anyway, you know the drill. I’m going to share some of the foods/restaurants I have been enjoying since my last post! FYI I really don’t eat breakfast that much, so I haven’t tried that many places. I am definitely a bigger fan of lunch/dinner foods.

Breakfast

Stan’s Donuts


I’m not sure why it took me so long to go here, but I have been there a total of 3 times in about 2 weeks. Not proud, but also not ashamed. I love the pistachio donut! I got the glazed pistachio the first time and the lemon pistachio old fashioned the second time. I can’t decide which I liked more. I also sampled some others like the blueberry fritter (SO GOOD) and the peanut butter banana pocket.

Lunch/Dinner

Ramen San


I have been here twice because I liked it that much! I get the shiitake ramen with an egg and it is so delicious and satisfying. Honestly I love anything with noodles. It is definitley a more expensive meal for me, ending up at close to 17/18 dollars after tip, but it is well worth it. It is also open pretty late, until 12am, so that is always a plus.

Broken English Taco Pub


If you want a good margarita, go here. I loved mine. I ordered passion fruit and it was super tasty, and also a little strong, but I am not a fan of super sweet margaritas. I liked how they salted the side of the glass, rather than the rim. It looked cool. As for the food, which I sadly don’t have a photo of, it was really yummy. The portions are pretty small considering each meal is just two tacos. However, if you go on a Tuesday, the tacos are 2 dollars. ALSO, Monday through Friday you can get margaritas for 6 dollars from 4 to 7.

Half Day Brewing

This place is in the suburbs, but definitely a nice place to grab some classic bar food, and some not so classic bar food, considering the food I got. I started with a moscow mule, which was so good. It had mint in it which I liked. For my meal, I got a mushroom sandwich. It was so good and perfectly filling. The chips that came with were different than regular potato chips in my opinion, but were still good!

Public House


I heard of this place because of the giant moscow mules they have there. I went there with my friends one weekend. I got grilled cheese, which isn’t super exciting, but it was good. It came with fries too and they were really good. At the end of the meal, I was so full, but I feel like it was a good deal. Obviously I got a moscow mule and I went for the pear kind just to be different. It wasn’t as good as a regular mule, but still enjoyed it!


I went back a second time after work with some of my fellow interns. I finally got to have the giant moscow mule that drew me to Public House in the first place. It was really good and of course perfect to share between 2 to 4 people.

Friends Sushi


This is the best sushi I have had in Chicago. It was fair priced for Chicago and the restaurant was in a good location, right off the redline. I got a sweet potato roll and an avocado roll, which were both yummy. Not the best sushi I have ever had, but I love sushi, so I am always just happy to have some.

Quartino

 

I really wanted to go to Quartino because I heard such good things about it from everyone regarding the food and the service. I have to say my food definitely impressed me. I got fettuccini alfredo, which is my favorite kind of pasta. It was sooo good and tasted so fresh. I can’t say the service was great when I went, but I know people have raved about it.

Late Night Snacks

Cheesie’s Pub and Grub


Had to try this at Lollapalooza. 1. Because I was starving and 2. because I had heard it was pretty good. I got the caprese grilled cheese. It was definitely cheesy, but it hit the spot. I can’t say it was my favorite grilled cheese place, but it would definitely be good as a late night snack.

Dessert

Amorino


If you like taking pictures of your food, this is a good place for you to go. The gelato is also really good! When I went I tried pistachio, chocolate, and almond. I think the almond was my favorite. The gelato is formed into a flower so it was really cute and I obviously took pictures of it.

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MUSIC

July/August Playlist

It is that time again. Here is what I have been listening to in July and now August! Sorry if you don’t like country because this is mostly country.

Brett Eldredge- pretty much the entire new album, but “Love Someone” and “Cycles” are my two favorite!

Thomas Rhett- “Unforgettable” just makes me happy because he mentions Mango-ritas and Coldplay.

Zeds Dead- “Stardust,” “Me No Care,” and “Loneliness” are my favorites. I got back into Zeds Dead when I decided I really needed to go to Lollapalooza.

Eli Young Band- “The Days I Feel Alone”

Little Big Town- “Don’t Die Young, Don’t Get Old” is probably never going to get old for me.

Post Malone- “Leave” I pretty much listen to this every day on my way home from work.

Parmalee- “Drink it Off” is my favorite from the new album. I didn’t realize that I would like Parmalee, but their songs are very good!

Coldplay- “Miracles (Someone Special)” I listen to this every day on the train. It is so good, so Coldplay fans, check it out.

Christina Perri- Just needed to throw it back to middle school for this one, but “A Thousand Years” is one of my all time favorite songs. Shoutout to Twilight.

The Goo Goo Dolls- “So Alive”

London Grammar- “Metal & Dust” I heard this at Lollapalooza. It was actually the only London Grammar song I heard and I love it. Her voice is so good!

CHICAGO, LIFE, TRAVEL

My Summer in Chicago

This may be a really long post, just warning you all. So as many of you know I have spent my summer in Chicago interning and getting a taste of what the real world is like. It has been an incredible experience and summer for me. I feel as though I have grown up, but also realized that I still have so much growing to do. It has been weird being on my own, pretty much completely alone, but Chicago is a place I feel like I could be on my own and still have fun.


I moved to Chicago in June. I didn’t know where pretty much anything was. I barely packed any clothes. I was living with my very best friend from high school and I am forever grateful for that opportunity. I started my internship, not knowing any one that I worked with and not knowing how to even get to the headquarters on the first day. 10 weeks ago I would have told you I was super nervous to be coming to such a big, unfamiliar city, but now I am the complete opposite.


The first day of work I could probably name 1000 things I was nervous about, whether it was the train ride, learning about my job, meeting the other interns, riding in an Uber alone, going to the wrong building, wearing something too fancy, wearing something too casual, etc. Like I said literally anything. But I did it. I made it through the first day and had fun, learned about the company, met other interns, and was actually dressed perfectly fine.

Training was the next week after the first day orientation. Training was kind of a rough patch for me work wise. It was hard to meet other interns when we were pretty much in “class” all day. I didn’t have many people to sit with at lunch because many of the interns already knew each other (most are from the Chicago area). And apparently everyone I met the day before was working in a different office than me. I came home relatively discouraged each day, excited to talk with my high school bestie. Towards the end of training, I finally met some other interns who I started eating lunch with and talking to. It was a huge relief for me because as much as I wanted to say I didn’t care, I did feel kind of lonely at work.

Once my job actually started, things really started looking up. Things were still new to me, the other interns were still relatively new to me, but it was a lot better. Lucky for me, I got to sit in a cubicle with 3 other interns who I got to know over the course of the summer. I am really thankful for them because they were friends to me when I really knew no one else in the city. I received projects to do each week, which was nice and allowed me to learn something new each week. I really loved shadowing coworkers. It was cool to see how different people managed their days, but also cool to see different departments. We had a lot of intern events, whether it was visiting partners, going to professional development days, or other fun things with the other interns. I was able to learn a lot and do things I wouldn’t have had the chance to do with other internships. For example, I got to learn all about creating a better LinkedIn from employees from LinkedIn. I got to tour Google and it was as cool as you would expect (really freaking cool). I didn’t even imagine getting these types of opportunities so I am really thankful.


Beyond working all summer, I tried to maintain a social life and explore Chicago. If you have read any of my Chicago Food posts you know I have been eating my way through Chicago. I have enjoyed trying new types of food this summer (Go read the posts if interested!). I would say I know my way around the city now. All of the exploring, getting lost, and mapping my way through the city has paid off. I understand the transportation in the city (even the buses I swore I would never take). I honestly love the trains (shout out to the red line and the brown line for taking me everywhere this summer).


My friends have come to see me more than I expected. I actually blogged about my friends and sister visiting if you want to check those out. It was amazing having those so close to me come to visit. It made me feel so much more at home, but also allowed me to take them every where.

Now for some things I learned this summer… I am proud of myself. I should continue to say yes to things. Being positive in the workplace is the best way to energize others and yourself to work hard and enjoy work. I like some alone time, but not too much (I love being with others). I have to stand up for myself. I like waking up early for work. I really like ramen. In order for me to live in Chicago after college, I need to save a whole lot of money. I can improve my blog and the Instagram that goes with it. Always be willing to help others out. Never be afraid to talk to people (I met a super nice lady on the Megabus). Put effort into things, you don’t always have to finish first. I like working out, but have lost a lot of my passion for running. Being in your 20s is tough, a lot is changing, and you have to be ready to adapt and move forward. It is ok to go out to eat alone. I love LinkedIn. Shop at Aldi, you can save sooo much money. Put yourself out there. Be spontaneous, you can’t plan everything. I don’t care to pay for things like clothes, shoes, etc., I would rather pay for experiences.


I probably have so much more to say and this was a little random, but I can always make another post. I am so grateful that I got to spend a whole summer in Chicago. I missed my family and friends, but appreciated their support more than they will ever know. This summer was not all easy for me, but it helped me grow up a bit more. Every day is a chance to learn, and that definitely held true for me this summer.

CHICAGO, FOOD, LIFE, TRAVEL

Weekend Adventures: Part 3

Here with another weekend blog. As always, I talk about food and friends 🙂

I had a really relaxing weekend. My friend Aislinn came up for the weekend so we could celebrate her birthday. We walked around the city for a bit and had quite a bit of food, which I can’t complain about.

We went to Public House for lunch because it was close by and I had heard good things about it. I got a pear moscow mule, which was good, but not great.

For my meal, I got a grilled cheese. I know that is soo exciting, but it was good, and I love grilled cheese. I obviously got tomatoes on it too.

After lunch, we just relaxed and found our way to our Airbnb in Wrigleyville. The Airbnb was really nice and I felt quite at home there. Also, the location was great and closer to the city. After we got ready, we went to Moe’s Cantina for dinner and drinks.

The tacos were surprisingly good AND only 2 dollars. I honestly have no idea what was actually in the tacos I got, I just know they were vegetarian and filled me up. After we ate, we headed out for the night.

The next day was a really relaxing day for me. I met a friend for lunch at my favorite place, BopNGrill. I got the usual bi bim bop and it was exactly what I wanted. Then I headed to the beach with my friend, Emi. I took a nap in the sun and it was so nice just to catch up on some sleep. We got ice cream afterwards (didn’t have my phone, so no picture) and I got dreamsicle custard. It was so refreshing. Ended the day with a mini workout.