Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Earlier this month I got to take a break from work and the city life for a relaxing week in the Dominican. It thankfully wasn’t damaged by the hurricane; they said they just got a lot of heavy rain. I stayed with my family at a beautiful house south of Punta Cana where we laid in the sun, ate amazing food, and got to catch up on each other’s lives.

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We had a chef who cooked a lot of our meals, which were amazing and he even made me my own vegan meals when it wasn’t always included in the family meals. By the way, those are FRESH tortilla chips.

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Also I started reading a great book when I was away that I wanted to share – A Little Life.  Despite its intimidating length, the story is captivating and you become very invested in the characters. Have you read it?

Alright now to figure out a last minute Halloween costume (per usual) …

 

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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

 

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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

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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.

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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)

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

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

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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.