Monthly Archives: April 2016


Chicago May Events

April 30, 2016

chicago may events

May 1     Maxwell Street Market
800 S Desplaines St., 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Maxwell Street Market kickoff! This free market is a mix of live music, yard sale, fod, and… workouts? It’s a little mix of everything for everyone.
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May 4    Music Box Garden Grand Opening Party
Music Box Theatre, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
If you haven’t caught a movie at the Music Box Theatre, you need to go. We checked it out for Studio Ghibili’s “Only Yesterday” and were enthralled by the theatre’s charm. They’re celebrating the opening of their garden with free Dablon wine and Bell’s brewery tasting and releasing the spring calendar!
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May 8   Mother’s Day/Dose Market
Nico Osteria’s second floor, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Free mini Dose Market to celebrate mom’s! Why guess what to get mom? Take mom to the market and pick her present. Free drink with RSVP.

May 10  Neil deGrasse Tyson
Chicago Theatre, 8:30 om
Neil deGrasse Tyson needs no introduction.
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May 12  Museum Game Night: Butt Hunt
The Art Institute of Chicago, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Yes, you read that right. SAIC’s Student Musuem Coalition and NAEA Student Chapter host Museum game nights for adults to get loud & weird at the museum. This May, go scavenger hunt for all the famous art butts. And, it’s FREE!
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May 15 Lake FX Marketplace
3rd Floor of Chi Culture Center, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Two free Dose Markets in one month? Heck yes. In collaboration with the City of Chicago’s 2016 Lake FX Summit + Expo, Dose brings together Chicago and Midwest food, fashion, film, music & art.

May 21  Food Truck Social
Lincoln Park Zoo, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Food trucks galore and afterhours zoo. Lincoln Park Zoo hosts a lot a adult nights throughout the year, especially once the weather warms up.
more details + ticket info

May 21-22   Lincoln Park Wine Festival
Jonquil Playlot, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Second annual wine fest brings tastings together in a 2 acre, open air pavilion. Learn about nw wines and food pairings.
more details + ticket info


ICP: Ellipsis Review

April 28, 2016

ellipsis review
ellipsis review

I’m still doing a lot of work from home, so a good work cafe is essential for getting out of the house. Ellipsis Coffeehouse strikes a good balance of inviting and productive work space. They have a great alternative rock playlist and really great service.

If you’re new to the blog or Indie Coffee Passport, hop on over to this post to see what it is, how it works, and how you can start your own coffee adventure.

ellipsis review

Out of all the ICP’s so far, this was the most no-frills. I wouldn’t go out of my way, but it’s still a cafe deeply committed to coffee & their community. Settle in with a baked good from Lovely Bake Shoand enjoy the neighborhood feel. If you’re doing ICP, these are the drinks your passport can get you.

  1. Tea Hot or Iced
  2. Coffee Hot or Iced
  3. Pour Over
  4. Latte Hot or Iced
  5. Espresso
  6. Cappuccino Hot

ellipsis review

What I had:
Pour Over (Counter Culture)
Chocolate Scone

They let me pick between 3 different Counter Culture beans. They have a seasonal rotating list, so be sure to ask about the options! The pour over was pretty good, maybe a bit sour. Couldn’t tell if it was my bean choice or the brewing.

I don’t know what their usual baked good section looks like, but the day I was there the selection was slim. Went with a chocolate scone that ended up being more of a dense cake, but still good. Service was A+.

Next time:
I’ve seen most of the ICP’s serving Rishi or Spirit teas. I love the Spirit teas, and would love to bring a friend to try the Rishi tea flight at Ellipsis.


10-minute Lunch Bowl: Healthy Stirfry

April 26, 2016


Does cold weather drive you to sugar? It always makes me crave tea, & of course, a dessert to go with it. Everyone in the apartment has been slacking a bit with brownies & cupcakes constantly coming out of the oven, so we decided to do the Under Armour ‘Rule Your Nutrition Challenge‘ this month! Shifting focus to be extra aware of what we eat.

This healthy stirfry bowl is the perfect lunch for the challenge- it has protein to rebuild muscles after a workout, veggies for all the vitamins, and low in carbs. (Though always check with your doctor before making any dietary changes!) This bowl delivers flavor & goodness all in one.

And if you’re looking for a breakfast option, try the citrus bowl.


Healthy Stir-fry Bowl
2 T olive oil
1 chicken breast, diced
1/4 cup chopped carrots
1/4 cup asparagus
1/4 can of corn
1/4 cup broccoli
pepper, turmeric, & lemon juice to taste
handful of spinach (or any green, leafy base)
spoonful of Greek yogurt

Warm the olive oil in a large sautè pan over medium heat. As the oil is warming, dice the vegetables and chicken breast. (This is a great recipe for meal prep too! You can dice everything at the beginning or the week and throw into a pan later.) Transfer all the ingredients into the pan. Add your pepper, turmeric, & lemon juice on top and cook for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep from burning.

By the time your mouth starts watering, the stirfry should be good to go! Pile over your washed greens and finish with a spoonful of Greek yogurt. Your ridiculously easy lunch packs all the nutrients for a midday pick-me up.


Let me know what you guys think! Do you want to see more quick and healthy recipes? Tag your recipes with #curatedcooking for me to test or see how you liked any of the ones here!

sweet potato nutrient facts


The Sunday Spot 4.24.16

April 24, 2016

Sunday Spot

This is my last week as a freelancer! It’s an incredibly transit time right now and these little Sunday moment help me slow down. Or at least kick back with lots of drinking and shopping…

I’ve been working on a cocktail recipe, and Food52’s French press infusion  has me looking at even more kitchen gear.
Chicago peeps! Gather Home + Lifestyle is having a Spring popup shop with Foxtail + Moss TODAY 1-4.
I’ve made it over a quarter of the way through the Indie Coffee Passport Challenge! The Northside magazine from the photo was picked up at Heritage Outpost.

I’m also thinking of starting monthly mood board post- what do you guys think?


Minimalist Nail Art: The Wave

April 22, 2016

Minimalist Nail Art: The Wave

This year I’ve been obsessed with vector wave patterns- they’re the perfect in between of playful, clean, & minimal. Eventually I want to play around with crazy Memphis Movement patterns on a large canvas, but for now I can wave hello to the trend with this mani design.

minimal Nail Art

The main secret behind this design is using Washi tape for custom nail stencils.  The paper tape is especially good at adhering to base polish without peeling it off. And it’s incredibly easy to cut out designs.

You will need:
Washi tape
small scissors (or exacto blade)
base color, top color, and top coat

Apply base color and let completely dry. I used Sinful Colors in “Snow Me White”  (do NOT recommend, very thin coverage but thick application).

Once the base color is dry, cut out a wave pattern in the tape. The beauty of the wave is getting two usable pattern sides from the tape. Firmly press tape onto nails and paint over with top color (I used Sally Hansen: Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Mint Sorbet“). DO NOT wait until the top color is dry to peel off the tape- it will rip the color completely off. Seal with top coat once dry.

minimal Nail Art

To see other easy nail designs, just search “nails” on the blog!