Who doesn’t love a hoagie! Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, a staple in the community was Home of the Hoagy, best hoagies ever.
Of course, mine could never taste as good, but here is my remix of the hoagie on a tortilla.
We finally made it to the beach, and we had a great time, guys. I had been planning to take the kids all summer but with my schedule, it just kept getting pushed back. Some of the best advice I was ever given as a single parent is to stop and make time for your kids. If you do not, you are teaching them that everything else is more important than they are. Work will always be here. Responsibilities will always be here. But your children will grow up fast. I am glad we were able to make it before the summer ended.
Here’s how I prepared for our day at the beach: prep, prep and more prep. Read More “Beach Bumming. The Top Foods to Pack for the Beach”
Late post! Everyone knows I love food. I am a foodie for life! It’s funny because I was a late foodie. I weighed 110 pounds soaking wet until I was about 21. 😂 But as I got older, I learned to appreciate good food.
Last month, I attended this year’s annual Taste of Chicago, the largest food festival in Chicago. I used to go every year but I hadn’t been in the last several years. I loved it! So many new restaurants and pop-ups. I enjoy sampling different cuisine and then I go home and try and remake it. I tried the taste of nachos from Esperanza, Star of Siam‘s Pad Thai Noodles, Churro Factory-Xurro’s churritos with ice cream and more, but the winner for me was the Italian beef and giardiniera grilled cheese from Doom Street Eats, best grilled cheese ever. Yummy!
Here’s my take on it.
I always encourage my mommies to treat themselves regularly. Practice self-care, whatever your self-care consists of. It may be that you enjoy a mani pedi or getting massages, but it should be whatever rejuvenates you and gets your energy back to where it needs to be so that you can serve your children from an overflow. Myself, I love wine! Trying different wines from different regions of the world for some reason fascinates me. Makes me feel like a housewife from Bravo. (lol)
Some say the grand essentials to happiness is “someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to.” Although, I think there’s more to happiness — like being conscious of your spiritual needs — this quote just may be on to something. My sisters and I purchased tickets two months in advance of this event, so we were really excited and looking forward to it.
We had the pleasure of attending Chicago Wine Fest this past weekend at Moe’s Cantina and Old Crow Smokehouse Club located in the vibrant and trendsetting neighborhood of River North. This event offered wine sampling of 35 different wines from all over the world, along with a cheese plate pairing. Upon entry, you received a glass of mimosa, vouchers for freebies from Via, $10 in FREE food at your favorite restaurants like Freshii, Protein Bar and Rockit, and for my dog lovers, 5 free dog-walks from Rover.
The venue space was inviting and spacious.
Old Crow Smokehouse
My sissies and I!
A new wine I tried from the Coastal Region, South Africa, MAN Pinotage. Interesting.
Although I would add some suggestions to improve the fest, like having more information on the wine samples and being able to purchase from vendors, all in all it was a nice experience and not a bad opportunity to escape with my best girls on a rainy Saturday. I will probably attend again.
Health and happiness. . .
I love supporting local small businesses, and I’m always searching for that perfect Black-owned business where I can show my support. As a minority mompreneur myself, I know it’s important to pay it forward.
One of my favorite things to do is eat, and I am proud to say I am a foodie for life. That is why I am always in the gym! But I really enjoy trying different cuisines. I was told about this hidden gem on the South Side of Chicago, Love on the Blu. I guess technically, it is the suburb of Blue Island, and it just so happens I was born in this small suburb, so it is near and dear to my heart and my stomping grounds from when I was a kid. I recommend visiting this new establishment, if not for the food, DEFINITELY for the mimosas.
They specialize in serving specialty brunch. It’s a small quaint location perfect for small meetings and private parties. Their mouth-watering menu includes everything from jerk chicken alfredo omelet (like wow) to a traditional breakfast platter, but I chose to be adventurous. I had the lamb chops with eggs, spinach and cheesy hash brown. It was everything! I also tried the shrimp and grits. And don’t forget to order the Island Punch Mimosa. Enjoy!
If you are ever in the area or want to venture out, you won’t be disappointed.
Health and happiness. . .