love – tiny little things

last night I submitted an application for a very cute little place in lincoln park and I am so excited. no more stress and worry and now I can fantasize about making it my very own little space.

sorry chicago, I still think new york is my favorite city in the states. that is a terrible thing to think after living here for 2 years. though new york apartments are even more expensive and they can be beyond TINY!

here are some awesome examples of how people capitalize on the space that they do have.

tiny ny apartment

this kitchen is awesome – check out all the storage.

one thing I will miss from my current apartment is in-unit laundry, it is so nice.

the dishwasher on the other hand I will not miss.

bloombers is creating these micro apartments and they look awesome. being just under 5 ft, I am partial to small things.

jam of the day

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eat – brussel sprouts.

love – brussel sprouts. never had them raw before trying a salad at nellcote. and now I’m totally hooked.

brussel sprout salad

I’ve looked at a few recipes and tried it a few different ways. but it’s actually pretty simple. just cut the sprouts thin and salt them, this will wilt them a little and make them less bitter. such a great salad.

brussel sprout salad

I like the fennel and red onion in this one (not a big fan of the brown butter vin). Also if you like a little kick, thinly sliced jalapenos go along way!

this saturday is the first green city market – rain or shine I can’t wait.

walk – southport corridor

chicago is filled with lots of awesome neighborhoods. this week on a mission for a used bike matt and I found ourselves walking around the southport corridor more than a once.

one of my favorite things is that you almost never see big time chain stores. are there starbucks of course, but for every 3 starbucks there is also an awesome local or small-scale shop.

one of the southport staples is the southport grocer. and while the wait was truly painful (I’ve never had an hour and a half turn into two for bunch anywhere) I have to admit the food was awesome.

southport grocer - burger

since it was after one when we sat I ordered the burger with goat cheese  and it was amazing. the cheese was whipped and light and the burger was full of flavor. matt had the club and which was also unique and worth the wait.

Shouthport grocer

they also have a cute selection of craft goods, my aunt makes soups in lake forest and this is one of the awesome places that sells them!

we also spotted duncan keith – matt is a huge hawks fan, so that was fun.

duncan keith black hawks

playoffs start tonight. go hawks!

eat – lincoln park whole foods

completely serious about this one. the lincoln park whole foods is hocked up. they have a bunch of fresh healthy food options. they have good wines and beers on tap. and the prices are great.

they have an awesome patio along the river, with a view of  the city. and it is nothing like big star packed. we went around two and it was basically empty.

whole foods patio

the tacos are awesome. I especially loved the fish one, you get a nice portion of fish and two tacos are enough for one. it’s a great place to stop when your out walking around. and you can pick up some groceries on your way out.

whole foots patio

but don’t tell everyone. I don’t want it getting packed.

smile – it’s friday

friday could not come soon enough this week. I don’t know what it was – but I was in a particularly foul mood this and no fun for those around me.

new leaf flower shop

but at least it’s the weekend. I can’t wait to hang with friends. and if it ever stops raining get out for a bike ride!

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I love all the cute flower shops around town. a new leaf is in old town and it is beautiful. they also have an awesome rental space with exposed brick, a courtyard and just filled with greenery.

new leaf green house

I hope to make it to floriole cafe this weekend. they have the most amazing bread and treats. and it’s not like a typical brunch where you leave in a food coma.

summer biking

this will be the first weekend that makes it to 60 degrees! I am so excited to take my bike out and explore the city.

heritage bike shop

heritage bike shop on lincoln is the coolest custom shop with yummy treats and drinks!

heritage bikes chicago

I am right by lincon park which makes biking very easy, but this year I want to find new paths.

I think heading west and north is the right idea. there is less traffic and I haven’t explored andersonville and north all that much so it will be exciting.

hot dougs

mission 1: hot dougs. how have I been here 2 years and not yet made it to hot dougs.

where are some of you favorite areas to explore by bike?