Back in business

I know I’m the boy who cried wolf when it comes to this here blog. I pop in every now and then, but let’s be honest…since I ran the marathon, oh, four months ago, I’ve been like the absentee father that shows up every other week looking for attention and validation that they’re still relevant (you still love me, don’t you?! Here! Look at this awesome picture of a bagel sandwich and you’ll never forget me!”)

I know I’ve told you all before about my computer situation, which was holding me back from posting. At my breaking point it took close to three hours to get one post up. And since I’m not sitting around watching Giada and testing banana bread recipes all day (although that would be the life, wouldn’t it?) I just didn’t have the time or motivation to do it any longer. It’s unfortunate because I truly love the community I’ve built with all of you over the past two years, but reality set in and it just wasn’t in the cards for awhile.

THAT BEING SAID…here I am, back in action, and it’s all because of Chicago’s very own Superwoman, ERIN!


Erin and I see each other a lot these days (we train at the same studio, frequent the same Chicago neighborhood, swap restaurant obsessions, and she visits me at lululemon when I’m in the store). I thought nothing of the random Sunday morning text when Erin said she was stopping by the store to give me something. Honestly I assumed she had received a new shipment of blogger goodies since she’s such a badass writer and she was going to share her spoils with me. Little did I know what surprise she had in store for me — a Macbook Pro! That’s right…she and her husband Neil walked in the door and handed me one of their old computers. She kept saying that like it meant it wasn’t as huge of a gift but come on…it’s a Mac! She asked for nothing in return, just that I start writing again (she had been bugging me for awhile about it haha). I was near tears as I hugged her and thanked her for the generous gift! Needless to say, I’ll be taking her out to breakfast for awhile in gratitude.

So thanks to Erin, I’m BACK IN BUSINESS!

There isn’t much to catch you all up on except I’ve been eating out like my life depended on it. This is my kryptonite, especially in the cold winter months when there’s pretty much nothing else to do except warm up in cozy restaurants with copious amounts of fried food and alcohol.


If you can’t guess, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

Starting in February, I made a vow to myself to no longer go out to eat. Besides financially (which is killer), it just isn’t good for my body. As much as I wish it was. So big grocery hauls have been the name of the game this week!

IMG_9579Peanut M&Ms and wine are necessary evils.

On that note, anyone know fun ways to cook whole artichokes?

So what’s new with you guys? Tell me the best thing that’s happened to you in 2016.



  1. I’ve kinda been slacking on the blogging thing lately too. I have good reason for it just haven’t wanted to share that reason yet! I’m glad you’ll be back at it though. All that food is making me so hungry right now and I just ate.

    And I totally 100% agree that wine and peanut M&Ms are completely necessary in life 😀

  2. Mmmm those tacos look amazing. I’ve been craving Mexican every day this week. And that is so awesome of your friend to give you that mac! I haven’t had a mac in years and I definitely miss them.
    Glad you’re back! I mean, for now…….lol

  3. That is awesome! I really do love how this community is so supportive of each other! And I know I have missed reading about the Chicago life from you!

  4. That is seriously the sweetest surprise! How nice to have a friend like that!
    Thanks for the food porn! I’ve missed your amazing Chicago foods. I recently visited (and loved) Stan’s!

  5. That’s such a nice gift from Erin! Especially seen as it brings you back to us all.
    And what’s the best way to celebrate your return, with those food pics – omg I am hungry now!!!

  6. Whoa, Erin gave you her old MacBook? The pressure is ON! Just keep those apostrophes in check. Bahahaha. I’m curious about that wine. What’s it called and where is it from? I’m always looking for new stuff to try <— slutty, I know.

    1. I’m not even kidding I only grabbed it because it was the featured wine on the first floor of the grocery store and I’m THAT lazy that the thought of taking the elevator to the alcohol floor was too much for me to handle hahaha so I don’t even remember. I love “7 Deadly Zins” though! Probably just because of the name and the bottle. Oh well. Wine is wine.

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