Dinner at Alinea

Dinner at Alinea

We could not stop by Chicago without checking out dinner at Alinea – Chicago’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant. With its avant-garde, innovative and gastronomic approach to fine dining, Alinea is the only restaurant in Chicago with three coveted stars. It definitely elevated Chicago’s status as a foodie scene.  Continue reading “Dinner at Alinea”

A Weekend in the Windy City…

A Weekend in the Windy City…

One great thing to look forward to when working in the States is the long holiday weekends. A friend and I decided to spend our Labor Day weekend venturing out of town and picked Chicago! I hadn’t gone to Chicago since I was a kid – I wasn’t sure if it was everything I had remembered it to be but I did know that I was definitely too young to truly appreciate a place at that age. I’ve always been bi-coastal, spending long weekends in Los Angeles or San Francisco if I wanted to leave NYC for a few days, but never really ventured anywhere in the middle, which is why Chicago sounded perfect! Continue reading “A Weekend in the Windy City…”

First Street Garden

First Street Garden

First Street Garden is an open art space serving the Lower East Side community where emerging artists, architects, community and cultural groups collaborate and create murals reflecting ongoing current activity in our society – whether they are politically motivated or supporting social activism. It is converted from a derelict building so there is a “run-down” feel but it’s a great way for the community to stay engaged and open dialogue surrounding our daily lives. Continue reading “First Street Garden”

House of Color: MONOCHROME

House of Color: MONOCHROME

I only found out about this artist – CJ Hendry – from my forever-Instagram pen pal. She creates these hyper-realistic, large-scale renderings of luxury objects (think high-end designer bags and expensive shoes) and spends an upward of 200 hours to complete a drawing. Her work can be seen on her website here: http://www.cjhendry.live/.

She had a one-time pop-up art exhibit in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Art Studios called House of Color: MONOCHROME. For four days only, viewers can see this seven-room monochromatic exhibit (you were only allowed two minutes in each room). A friend and I went early in the morning, about 15 minutes before the studio opened and we still ended up waiting three hours in line! Continue reading “House of Color: MONOCHROME”

Cha Cha Matcha

Cha Cha Matcha

Cha Cha Matcha is probably one of the most popular cafés in the city. A matcha-only café, they serve a variety of year-round and seasonal matcha drinks as well as soft-serve with rotating flavors in addition to their matcha flavor. Sometimes they make latte art and other times they use stencils. They have two locations, one in SoHo and one in Nomad. Continue reading “Cha Cha Matcha”