How do you know you’ve made a city your own? When you can quickly rattle off a list of go-to spots that you’ve become a regular at. There are a few essentials that I seek out in every city I go to, ranging from places to eat and drink to places to bike and dance. I recently hit my two year anniversary as a Chicago dweller, and it was made bittersweet by the fact that I was actually moving out of the city. While excited for new adventures, I was sad to say goodbye to my favorite haunts, many of which I discovered within my first few months in Chicago.
Here are my Chicago essentials, spots that I can’t wait to visit again when I’m back. Read More
When I moved to Chicago last year I was surprised by the number of record stores in the city, and beyond that the number of stores that focus on particular types of music, especially when it comes to local talent. It's through these stores (and the dance places that host their artists) that I got to know Chicago house and disco. A visit to these stores is always an opportunity to unwind and relax, not to mention a great way to find out about cool shows in the city. Below is a roundup of my favorite shops in Chicago. This is by no means a comprehensive list of shops, just the ones that I've particularly liked, mostly for their selection, but also for their atmosphere and the people who work there and have patiently watched me spend hours listening to stacks of music. Read More
My recent trip to Paris was far from my first, and by now I’m not too dazzled to take a good, hard look at one of the city’s most-fêted (and faulted) features: the food. Read More
Last week I celebrated the marriage of two fantastic friends in one of my favorite places, Portland, Maine. The bride was my undergrad roommate, and since meeting her I've visited Portland with some regularity since my freshman year of college. Alexandra and I grew up spending summers on the New England coast and its many islands, but it wasn't until I met my roommate Kai that I was introduced to Portland, whose range of activities and identities surpass those of the other New England spots I've visited.
The city is exactly what you would expect from a historic seaside port: brick buildings, endless lobster and fish eateries, cobblestone streets, and the occasional sea shanty echoing through the harbor bars. Its reputation as a hub for boating, fishing, and craftsmanship continues to this day, but Portland has also channeled its entrepreneurial and artistic past into creating a contemporary city built on theater, literature, organic farming, and new businesses that marry the Portland of years ago with budding cultural trends that will shape its identity in the years yet to come. Read More
Last week I fled muggy Chicago and spent an incredible seven days in Iceland. Apart from puffins and crazy-patterned sweaters, I knew very little about the country when I set foot on the flight there. But by the time I was on plane home, straight from several hours of dancing across Reykjavik, I had grasped something about the country beyond it's amazing natural beauty. Read More
Sometimes you really want a strong drink on the go. And unless you're really, really desperate, most of the pre-made cocktails on the market are undrinkable (there are a few exceptions, but we'll get into those later). A couple summers ago I had the idea of making Pimm's Cups on a Metro North train ride while en route to visit my boyfriend's family in CT. Alexandra and I firmly believe that the little things in life that are worth celebrating, and so leaving working early that Friday afternoon and shoveling through throngs of sweltering people in Grand Central warranted something tasty to sip on. Read More