NYC: First, Food

I’m in New York City !!! Wow it’s been a fun and busy first month here. I love my apartment, I have a short walk to work, there’s so much to do here, and so much amazing food around every corner…

There are an abundance of options for vegans in this city, and you know I’ve starred the map like crazy and already been to my fair share of places. Here are some notables:

Browns Bagels & Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Company

I’d never had tofu cream cheese before moving and it’s SO GOOD! Honestly tastes just like dairy cream cheese, and it’s available in so many places. I even saw that Chef Chloe went to the Brooklyn Bagel location recently!

Bare Burger

I didn’t make it to the Chicago location after it opened, but I made sure to stop here my first weekend in New York! I ordered the Guadalupe which is a black bean patty with guacamole, and their sweet potato fries are BOMB. This place is tailored for meat eaters and vegans, with plenty of options for everyone.

The Little Beet Table


Another restaurant with a Chicago location that I didn’t go to. Their menu is light and healthy and their easily able to accommodate any diet. My mom and I shared the cauliflower hummus with gluten free bread, she had a shrimp salad and I had a quinoa and vegetable bowl!

Citizens of Chelsea


My downstairs neighbor (not kidding) is the cutest Australian cafe! Everything is Tiffany blue, the hosts have accents, and the space is adorable. I often wonder how many avocados they go through each day because they serve a lottttt of avocado toast. My roommate and I are currently striving to become regulars here. I’ll let you know how long it takes.

The Grey Dog

Ok ok, last one for now. A friend and I went to the Grey Dog for a casual Sunday dinner. They have a few locations around the city, and the one is Chelsea has a very homey feel. I was excited to try it when I saw they have vegan carbonara, as well as several other great vegan options. This first time (because I will be back) I had the vegan avocado pesto linguini and it was amazing! The only thing I didn’t like was it had a ton of oil, they could probably cut down on the sauce, but my god it was creamy and hot. My friend got the vegan burger and said it was also great!

Many more food adventures to follow, but I’ll keep mixing it up until then.

Going Out With A Bang: Wknd #1

There’s nothing like a send-off party and birthday weekend as a way to celebrate my time in Chicago and look forward to this new chapter in New York.

My friends were so amazing and threw me a going-away extravanganza a few Saturdays ago. We went to a few places on my bucket list and a few surprises as well, starting with brunch and ending at a night club (is anyone surprised?). I’d say “here are some of the highlights,” but that’s basically everything we did…

So here’s the recap of #Blairwelltour:

Brunch at Little Goat Diner – they have a secret vegan menu, and I ordered the crumpets.

Stopped for a little vino at City Winery

River Boat ride (!!!)

Dinner at Sunda, one of my favorite Chicago restaurants. They have great vegan and gluten-free options if you need them! A few of us shared the crispy brussels sprout salad, sweet potato sushi roll, tofu pad Thai, and shiitake edamame dumplings. Everything was delicious as expected.

We had drinks at the Godfrey Hotel rooftop (but it’s actually on the 4th floor.. what up with that?)

Then ended the night seeing Felix Cartel at Sound Bar (probably wouldn’t go back again but it was fun nonetheless with my gang)

I’ll share Weekend #2 adventures next, it was a great 4th of July spent in the Windy City!

Happy Summer

I hope everyone had a fun Memorial Day weekend and start to summer! I was lucky to have a few additional days off and I took advantage of the beautiful weather in Chicago. I did a lot of eating and drinking around the city and crossed a lot of stuff off my bucket list! Here’s what we did:

(Finally!) had dinner and drinks at 3 Arts Club Cafe at Restoration Hardware.

Enjoyed vegan brunch at Handlebar in Wicker Park. We all shared vegan fried pickles with ranch dip that were AMAZING! I definitely want to go back.


Did some rooftop hopping including the Cabana Club and Chop Shop in Wicker Park.

Tried Goddess and the Baker coffee and sat along the river. (Highly recommend – thanks to Chickpea in the City)


Went back to Pick Me Up Cafe for a little (lot of) hangover food in Wrigleyville.


And Monday we finished off the weekend with brunch at Hub 51 and a cookout on a friend’s rooftop in Lakeview.


Talk about a great weekend! Needless to say I needed a little bit of a reset after all the food and alcohol, but it was such a great start to summer! I’m hoping to jam pack the rest of my weekends here with this many fun activities.

How did you all spend your Memorial Day Weekend?

BIG News !

After much anticipation, I’m finally moving to New York City in July !!! Chicago has been a blast and I’ve made so many amazing friends here, I just knew something was missing that I can only find in The City That Never Sleeps.

Keep following along for my adventures in Chicago as I attempt to cross everything off my bucket list! Then before you know it, I’ll be in a new city.

The Vegas Recap

…. Well some of it anyway ;)

My girlfriends and I had the most unbelievable weekend in Sin City! The weather was perfect, we saw so many great DJs, went to clubs and got to lay by the pool to catch some much-needed rays.



So here’s the low down:

We stayed at the Aria Resort on the strip. Great rooms, great pool, easy access to other places, no complaints.


After laying by the pool all day, we had dinner as a big group at Carmine’s, where they had all the allergy/diet menus ready to go, so we ordered a medley of pasta and things. Some guys tried to buy us a round and the host came and shooed them away LOL

Later that night we went to Omnia Nightclub to see Calvin Harris perform AND IT WAS AMAZING!


Partied all day at Wet Republic Ultra Pool where Steve Aoki performed.

That night we went to a Thunder From Down Under show (because of course you do when in Vegas) and then later to XS to see David Guetta, who was also INCREDIBLE!



Needless to say, my EDM self was very pleased with how the weekend turned out. It helped going with 12 girls, but I’d recommend going to any of these spots! Who knows if/when I’ll be back here, but this trip certainly was one for the books.

Vivaaaa Las Vegas.

At the end of the month I’m traveling with a group of girlfriends to the one and only… Las Vegas! This will be my first time and I’m beyond excited to experience this city in all its glory. Understandably we’ve been planning the three day trip for some time now to figure out which shows and parties we want to attend.

So far we’re planning to see Calvin Harris, live it up at a day pool party, see a Thunder Down Under show *gasp*, and obviously do a little gambling too…

So here’s some inspo for the Vegas/city/summer/glam life… I’m picturing glam outfits, high heels, fashionable bathing suits and sunglasses, delicious food, and the craziest non-stop 3 day weekend to date.

Are you going on any fun trips soon? I’m ready for some warmer weather!

London: Part 2

Oh the places you’ll go… in London!

Alright it’s time to share part two of my adventures there – we visited so many beautiful, unique places that weren’t necessarily the usual tourist attractions.

1//. Well… Harrods is one of those, but how can you not visit and *look* at the beautiful clothes and food? Didn’t buy a thing there…



2//. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park: We stopped at this annual carnival twice – once during the day and at night. We didn’t go on any rides but we walked around, looked at the shops for Christmas gift ideas, and sipped on some hot spiced apple cider. Tis the season!




3//. Leadenhall Market: We should’ve gone during the week since it’s in the business district and it was pretty deserted when we went on Saturday. (Also if you look it up they clearly state hours are Mon-Fri, so our bad) But it was still a beautiful place to see!



4//. Borough Market: Coolest market with an underground feel. We ate our way through here between samples and purchasing a few things. I tried Turkish coffee (recommend adding sugar to cut the bitterness), a vegan Indian crepe made with chickpeas and filled with potatoes, and different flavors of olive oil!

Food did seem to be much of the attraction to this market, but there were a few other types of vendors present as well.

5//. Camden Market: Such a cool market that keeps winding and winding up and around. There were many great food vendors, large and small shops or all kinds. Try to beat the rush a little and go in the morning.

6//. Oneill’s Irish Pub, XOYOTwo spots we went to at night that were worth mentioning. Oneill’s is several stories with a live band and a great crowd. XOYO is a night club in Shoreditch with kind of a grunge/basement vibe to it but the DJ played some great beats!

7//. Just getting lost in the streets of central London…. Seven Dials, Soho, having drinks at the Radio Rooftop and overlooking the skyline.



Well that’s all I have to share from my London trip! I hope I have the chance to visit again soon. I’d even be open to working there for a bit… Happy travels :)

London: Part 1

This year I celebrated Thanksgiving a little differently…. I flew to London to see my brother who’s studying abroad there!

London was one of my favorite cities I visited during my study abroad in college, so I was very excited to go back. I was there a little less than a week and we did all the walking, exploring, and eating you can imagine.

I want to share my adventures there in two parts – food/restaurant spots and the places we explored. Since I’ve previously been to London we passed on all the usual tourist stuff and made our own to do list for the week.

There are so many food options in this city and I was pleased to find it’s very vegetarian/vegan friendly. I didn’t take pictures at all the places we ate, but below are some of the highlights.

Have you been to any of these places?

1//. The Mae Deli: Opened by Deliciously Ella and her husband on the cutest back street by the Marble Arch. It’s a cozy place serving plant-based breakfast, lunch, and dinner deli style.


My brother and I stopped in for a quick coffee and small bite before heading out to explore for the day. We both ordered the Mae Coffee which is made with coconut milk and 2 shots of espresso (much-needed to keep the jet lag away), and we split a slice of their Blueberry and Orange cake. Everything was delicious and vegan, and my brother was surprised to enjoy it so much!


2//. Daisy Green: Another adorable cafe style place by the Marble Arch. We had an amazing brunch here that met both our meat-eater and vegan needs.

My brother ordered The Bondi, which included several meats, half an avocado, and charcoal bread (so cool)! I had the Summer Porridge, which is served cold with the most incredible presentation. It included fresh and freeze-dried fruit, seeds, and edible flowers!

I mean…. just look at that oatmeal…



3//. Busaba Eathai: To be honest, we randomly came across this Thai place when we were dying of hunger walking around. It was a great find though, let me tell you. The food was warm, tasty, and just the right portions. I ordered the Pad Thai Jay, which is vegan, and my brother ordered the Jungle Chicken curry with a side of fried rice.


4//. Yori: Authentic Korean spot we stumbled upon. I forgot to take pictures but we ordered a scallion pancake to share and then our own Bibimbap bowls! Very good and I would recommend if you like Korean food.

5//. Dishoom Carnaby: I didn’t take any pictures of the food, but I was told by several people to eat at this well-known Indian restaurant. They have a few locations  and we were not disappointed!

It was a little challenging for me to eat here, but they do provide a dairy-free menu. I ordered the vegetable samosas, a bowl of seasoned vegetables, and basmati rice. My brother ordered garlic naan bread and a chicken entrée. This is another restaurant I would highly recommend to try if you’re in London and enjoy Indian food!


Stay tuned for part 2 of our London adventures!

Dry Hop Brewers

I finally had the chance to go to Dry Hop Brewers in Lakeview to try their beer, food, and hang out with some friends this weekend. What started as just brunch with a few people turned into a great afternoon with a bigger group hanging out and drinking beers.


I walk by this place a lot and always notice the crowd, fun energy, and open air atmosphere. I’m so glad I finally got to experience it for myself! The beer was delicious – I tried the Shark Meets Hipster wheat IPA and the Spottieoppiedopolicious (what a name, am I right?) and I really liked them. I’m not a fan of hoppy beer and these were just the right amount! Next time I want to try a flight to taste their other options…

For brunch I ordered their Vegetable Reuben minus the cheese and horseradish sauce. It came with a side of fries and an interesting ketchup that seemed like a mix of tomato/pasta sauce and regular ketchup. It was delicious! My friends order the chilaquiles and the breakfast sandwich, which also looked very good.

Overall it was a fun afternoon with friends on a beautiful afternoon. The only downside to Dry Hop is they don’t have any TVs! Especially on a weekend I think that is a turn off for most people who are looking to watch football…

But I will definitely be back!

How to Stay Healthy on the Road

The past two months I’ve been traveling almost every week for either work or vacation…

(Milwaukee -> Green Bay -> Kansas City -> Montana -> Cleveland)

Trying to stay healthy on the road is something a lot of people struggle with. It can be difficult to keep a balanced lifestyle when you’re eating out all the time with little time to work out. So here are some tips I try to stick to when I’m traveling…


1// Eat when you’re hungry (not when you’re bored!) and stop when you’re full.

This is a big one for me especially if there are snacks around or when you’re out to eat. It can be tempting to finish that whole plate of food even if you are full half way through, but don’t!


2// Hydrate throughout the day.

Make sure to either carry a water bottle or drink a lot of water everywhere you go. This helps keep you full and energized! Most of the time when you think you’re getting hunger pangs, it’s really your body telling you you’re dehydrated. Check out all the benefits of drinking water!

water benefits


3// Exercise when you can.

I always make sure to pack sneakers and gym clothes when traveling because there almost always is a workout room at a hotel. If you’re not so lucky then take a walk for breaks throughout the day or do a routine in your room. Just get moving!