The Ultimate Chicago Foodie Bucket List

The Ultimate Chicago Foodie Bucket List

Foodies, listen up.
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As a native Chicagoan (well, okay, Chicago suburbian), I have been to Chicago countless times, and one of the number one reasons is because of the food. Sure, there are other cities such as New York and Los Angeles with amazing, hard to beat, food, but I believe Chicago wins the trophy. Here are nine places you may want to try on your next Windy City trip.

1. Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

Three words: Oreo. S'more. Pancakes. From many different varieties of pancakes, french toast, and waffles, to classic breakfasts, none of your choices can be wrong. This popular brunch destination has a HUGE menu, so there is something for everyone. The wait can be very long due to its popularity, but it is well worth it. Tip: Try the kiwi lemonade!

2. Sprinkles Cupcakes

Chicago isn't Chicago without a Sprinkles cupcake. Although you can find this sweet cupcake shop in other cities such as Orlando and Houston, this place completes the Chicago experience. These cupcakes are topped with mounds of sweet frosting and the cake is flavorful and delicious. They even sell "pupcakes" for your furry friends! Tip: I recommend the lemon cupcake!

3. Lou Malnati's Pizza

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, beats Chicago style deep-dish, especially New York. Chicago is the best spot for pizza in the United States. It stars with a thick buttery crust, topped with slices of cheese and then covered in tomato sauce. I'm salivating right now just thinking about it. Tip: Lou Malnati's also has thin crust pizza, salads, and more!

4. Bombo Bar

Bombo Bar is small, but a cute little shop connected to Bar Siena. It's most famous for its hot chocolate, which comes in flavors such as Smore's (served with a smore's donut, Hershey's chocolate bar, and a cookie) and Funfetti (served with a funfetti donut and a cookie). Bombo Bar serves other items as well such as gelato and donuts that you can fill yourself! Tip: Bombo Bar also has a matcha drink!

5. Eataly

Although there is a shop located in New York as well, Eataly is an amazing place for your Chi-town bucket list. It boasts a meat station, focaccia station, pasta station, gelato station, and even a Nutella station which serves crepes! Tip: The focaccia is delicious!

6. 3 Arts Cafe

Located inside one of the largest Restoration Hardwares to ever exist, this cafe is the epitome of beauty and class. The atmosphere is what attracts Chicagoans and even non-Chicagoans alike. The room is decked out in fountains, chandeliers, and plants. What's even more amazing is the food. Tip: Try the truffled grilled cheese. It's buttery, crispy, melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

7. Sweet Mandy B's

Sweet Mandy B's is probably one of the most unique bakeries in Chicago. From cookie dough sandwiches to mint chocolate brownies, this sugar shop has a large variety of treats for everyone. Tip: Try the frosting-topped sugar cookie. It's huge but amazingly yummy.

8. Summer House Santa Monica

It's beautiful here, and the atmosphere is gorgeous. This restaurant basically feels like you're smack dab in the middle of L.A. As well as being artsy, the food is great. You can choose from pizzas, salads, and many more salivating items. Tip: The cookie skillet with ice cream is pretty damn great.

9. The Hampton Social

We all know that Chicagoans flock here for the atmosphere and the "Rose all Day" sign. But along with that, the food is great. You can choose from seafood entrees, salads, and pizzas. Tip: Take a picture by the sign!

If you're planning on visiting Chicago soon, I would definitely try a couple of these places. It will make your trip well worth it!

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.
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With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

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Who Said Donuts Can't Be Healthy?

A delicious, healthy, and sweet apple cake donut recipe with a maple glaze!
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Everyone loves donuts. Whether it be chocolate sprinkled or original glazed. Donuts have sparked a phenomenon during the 21st century. There are more local donut & coffee shops popping up in major cities now more than ever before.

From gourmet homemade donuts to the classic Krispy Kreme. This delectable sweet is delicious and definitely worth enjoying.

One local donut shop I have discovered is called, Fōnut. This sweet little donut shop is based in Los Angeles. Fōnut is not like any other donut shop, instead, these bakers have put a modern twist on this traditional sweet treat.

Fōnut’s are slightly healthier than traditional donuts because they are baked instead of fried. Many of their donuts are also gluten-free and vegan. Flavors like Vanilla Latte or Blueberry Earl Grey can be found at this little donut shop.

After reading about Fōnut it inspired me to find a healthier alternative recipe to these delectable sweets. I believe I have found the perfect alternative donut recipe that is delicious and pretty healthy.

Enjoy these Apple Cake Donuts for breakfast or dessert any day of the week!

Recipe:

Apple Cake Donuts.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Almond Milk

1/4 cup Maple Syrup

1/4 Coconut Sugar

1/4 Coconut Oil

Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

1 Egg

1 1/8 cup Brown Rice Flour

1 cup shredded Apple

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Baking Soda

Creamy Maple Glaze Icing:

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ cup coconut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbs unsweetened almond milk

Instructions:

1) Pre-heat oven to 350F.

2) Then in a small bowl mix together the apple cider vinegar and almond milk and then set aside for 10 minutes, this will make your "vegan buttermilk"

3) Then in a large mixing bowl add in your wet ingredients; egg, maple syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla, coconut oil, and your vegan buttermilk and then blend with a hand mixer until everything is smooth.

4) Next, sift in your dry ingredients, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, flour, and salt. Then fold in your shredded apple.

5) In a well-greased donut pan (I use coconut oil) spoon in about 2 heaping tbsp. of batter into each donut mold and smooth out surface with a spatula or finger.

6) Bake in the oven for 12 min or until a toothpick comes out dry.

7) Once ready take out of the oven let sit for 5 min and then transfer to a wire rack to cool for another 10 min before icing.

Icing:

1) Now onto the icing, in a medium bowl using your hand mixer, blend together the maple syrup, coconut butter, and vanilla until smooth

2) Then, while mixing slowly add in 1-2 tbsp of almond milk

3) Next, spread or drizzle the icing onto the donuts

4) Enjoy!

Here is the link to the original recipe!

https://www.healthnutnutrition.ca/2015/12/10/gluten-free-apple-cake-donuts-with-maple-glaze/

Here is a video of the apple cake donut recipes too!


Cover Image Credit: Health Nut / YouTube

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