Nick and I love trying new places to eat, especially when it’s nice out and they have an outdoor area. A friend told me about this restaurant Homestead on the Roof so we went to check it out on Saturday night. What an awesome experience! Homestead is a literal farm to table restaurant that’s only open during the summer months since it’s almost all outdoors. The patio has a great vibe – gardens filled with fresh herbs and greens, reclaimed wood tables and hanging lights.
Now time for the food. If you know me at all you know I kind of have a bread obsession. One of their starter plates is a bread sampler with pickled vegetables, honey butter and chili oil – it was amazing. We also got the clam bake, octopus and tomato salad . All of the plates are shareable size which we love since we get to try a little bit of everything. As for drinks, they have a great selection of craft beers and spirits; I got the Mescal cocktail with a huge raspberry ice cube, it was nice and smokey and a drink and slushy in one
Nick and I look forward to making it back there this summer – it’s a great spot to take friends or go just the two of us.
This week I’ve been trying to get out and explore my new neighborhood as much as possible. It’s amazing what a little lunchtime walk can do! Getting outside even if it’s for 20 minutes helps me get focused again for the afternoon. I’m going to try to do more Weekend Snapshots posts again – this one is a midweek exception.
01 // After putting it off for way too long, I finally made it to get my hair cut and colored. You know that moment when you look in the mirror and realize your hair is seriously long? That’s been going on for like 2 months, but I just haven’t gotten a chance to make an appointment. I’m glad I finally went – a little trim goes a long way. One of these days I want to do something a little bit more drastic to my hair. I always find that I chicken out last minute though! 02 // The past week has been so sunny, it feels good to break out my sunglasses! 03 // I tried this sandwich for the first time at Dollop Coffee Shop and I’m IN LOVE. It’s an everything bagel with roasted turkey, chive cream cheese, LT&O. Basically combining all of my favorite things onto one delicious plate. 04 // Spring means new sneakers. I am definitely a more casual girl; I usually always choose sneakers over flats – they are so much more comfortable to walk around in. I love these Keds from Madewell – the pattern caught my attention right away and the leather laces are the perfect detail.
Friday night we went to TypeForce 4, a typographic showcase in Chicago. It was such an inspiring event – there were so many unique projects that really pushed the boundaries of typography. It definitely made me think about how we use typography, how people perceive it and all of the possibilities left to explore. It was a nice change of scenery, going out into the city and exploring design away from the computer. All of the participants ROCKED it – the event gave me a new appreciation for type and also reminded me why I fell in love with it in the first place.
I especially loved that tape exhibit. Everyone was asked to put masking tape over the dashed part of the lines to reveal something at the end. We left before it was fully revealed, I’m curious as to what it was!
You can see all of the participants and their portfolios here!
Hope you all had a great weekend! Instead of Weekend Snapshots today, I wanted to show you some of my favorite gift finds from the Dose Holiday Market. My friend and I went yesterday and it was so much fun! We got to try so many delicious samples and discovered so many amazing local vendors. What I love about all of these products is they make great unique gifts, since they are all made in Chicago and the surrounding areas. One of the best things I found were these flavored bitters and cocktail cherries. Those along with a nice bottle of scotch would make a killer gift. I brought some home for my husband and he loves them. Enjoy!
Hi there! How was everyone’s weekend? Here is a look at mine. Warning – there is a lot of delicious food involved.
1 & 2 // My friend introduced me to this amazing new brunch spot up on Southport called Crosby’s Kitchen. I’ve tried many bloody marys around the city, but this one definitely made the top of my list. I got the eggs benedict special also, which included salmon, thyme and lemon zest. I left there feeling very full and very happy. 3 // Young House Love was in town this weekend! We went over to West Elm for their book signing, which was really fun. The line to get a book signed was extremely long, but we caught them talking about some holiday gift ideas and I got my copy of the book, which is hard to put down! There are so many creative ideas in there; it would make the perfect holiday gift for someone or just to treat yourself! 4 // How amazing is this textured wall filled with vases? A friend and I stopped into Nellcote for a drink before dinner and I was blown away by the decor. There were so many interesting textures going on, I could have spent all night looking around. I especially loved these bright blue baroque chairs, they were the perfect pop of color. Oh, they also have ridiculous drinks too. 5 // Ok. So I’ve been wanting to try The Girl & the Goat since the day I moved here. I was always intimidated to go because I knew it was impossible to get reservations. Last night a friend and I decided that 4:30 on a Sunday would be a great time to test our luck. We only had to wait an hour, which is when we got drinks at Nellcote, and were sitting down at 5:30! I don’t even know where to start, I loved EVERYTHING. Some of my favorites were the pan roasted whitefish and the goat empanadas. Also the bittersweet chocolate cake was to die for. 6 // Caught in the act. Also, wearing my new favorite super comfy Ryan shirt from Everlane. I want one in every color.