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we are back || LAKE MICHIGAN

Michigan-July4-2014.001We hope that everyone had a lovely July 4th weekend. This was my first July 4th as an American Citizen - so I wanted to do something extra special to celebrate.

Michigan-July4-2014.002We headed to Michigan with Banksy for 6 days, and spent our time in a wee-little cabin right on Lake Michigan that we found on airbnb. We loved every minute we spent there and really didn’t want to come home – but work calls – got to pay the bills. Here are some snaps from our trip, if you want to see more head to instagram for more #michiganlakehouseadventures. There was plenty of great food & booze that we shared with friends and family that popped by for a meal or two. The sunsets were fantastic, the fireworks over the water were never-ending, and the weather was divine. It truly was the perfect July 4th weekend. What did you get up to?

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eat || MORGENSTERN’S

MorgMorgenstern’s crisp blue facade immediately grabbed our attention and drew-us-into this delicious small batch fine ice-cream store. Like many new food businesses these days, it started with humble beginnings as a street cart, and it’s long lines soon turned to bricks & mortar. Having just feasted on a huge brunch we opted to share something fresh & light – we chose the champagne-mango sorbet – the perfect exclamation point to our meal. We know we will be back to sample more flavors, like the ‘salted caramel pretzel’ ice-cream. Oh – bring cash, it’s all they accept.

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eat || RUSS & DAUGHTERS

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I am so in love with Russ & Daughters Cafe, I wish we had one just like it around the corner from our house, I would be there everyday. There is nothing at fault here, heck I can even stand the long lines to get in – it’s worth it. Every dish is fresh and simple and downright tasty. They are focused on classic smoked fish dishes, pickled herring, latkes, and caviar, but there are egg dishes and of course the classic lox on a bagel, along with open-faced sandwiches, soups, salads [we sampled loads more than we photographed]. It’s easy to see why they just headed into their 100th year. On your next visit – head here – you will not be disappointed, just get in there early.

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we are back || NEW YORK CITY

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We are back from our NYC Getaway, that was a fun 48 hours. The whole time we were there we hardly ventured out of the boundaries of Houston + Avenue of the Americas + Canal + Orchard. It was perfect weather and a wonderful leisurely weekend – loved it! Details to come. In the meantime here is what we got up to on this map.

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next stop || NEW YORK CITY

Last minute work trip has me heading to the East Coast, and well the husband decided that we should make a weekend out of it in New York. Just like London, where in the world do you start and end – so many places, so little time. Here is my rushed together list so far:

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  • wd-50 – it’s been on the to eat list forever
  • Toby’s Estate – love this Aussie coffee spot & the one in the Flatiron looks adorable
  • Atera – highly recommended fancy schmancy dinner $$$$$
  • Balthazar – it’s an institution – and I love seafood towers
  • Mission Chinese – it’s under renovation – but they are operating a pop-up
  • Perla – Italian old-school meat focused read this review
  • Little Prince – european feel – charming
  • Here is the Chowzter list for Manhattan fast feasts
  • Need some good cocktail bar / lounge recommendations? Anyone?

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So what is missing? What should I not miss out on experiencing? Drats – that we only have the weekend, but we will take it.

Chicago Travel Guide || pilsen & bridgeport

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Here is our take on our favorite haunts in the Pilsen & Bridgeport neighborhoods. It is just our 2 cents on what we think you should put on the EAT | SEE | STAY list. Have fun exploring our handsome city.tumblr_m8ipzx2xnN1raz3uuo1_500We love these hilarious banners. Check them all out over here.
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  • Birreria Reyes De Ocotlan – This spot is all about the goat, and the goat soup/consommé is what you should stop in for, deliciously rich but somehow light, it was a delightful surprise, along with the service, so friendly and filled with smiles.
  • HonkyTonk BBQ - Quirky southern BBQ joint – finger lickin’ good.
  • Nightwood – A Food & Wine best new chef award and for good reason. I love the Brunch, but great for other casual meals too [R&H review]
  • Maria’s Packaged Goods – A hole on the wall bar. Great cocktails. A must visit. Grab a pie next door and have it delivered here with its ready.
  • Pleasant House Bakery – The best savory pies in the US hands-down, a small little bakery / fish & chip shop [R&H review]
  • Simone’s Bar – The decor is ‘hipster-chic’ made from recycled pinball machines, bowling alley lanes & an assortment of other factory parts. It is really creative in design, very comfortable, good friendly service, and an interesting beer selection. They have a decent food menu too.
  • Skylark – A tidy little dive bar, with surly service as you would expect, cheap drinks and a old-school-chicago-bar experience worth having, they serve food too – top of the list tater-tots – yum!

Insiders Tip: Take an Urban Culinary Adventure and hit almost all the spots in one trip. Head back again for breakfast at Nightwood.

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  • Festivals & Events: There are loads of summer based activities in this area check lists for details

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  • We don’t have any recommendations for you at this time.

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  • Knee Deep Vintage – if you like vintage attire this is a good spot.
  • Fabric Store – Even if yo are not looking to buy fabric – this place is fun to explore, head to the basement.

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ABOUT THESE GUIDES: We will be updating as things close/open, & our tastes change. You can see other Chicago Neighborhood Guides here.