Monday, June 30, 2014

Burger Review

I used to LOVE burgers. Then it was pizza. Now, it's avocados. But I used to LOVE burgers. Here are some of my favorite places around town:

Kuma's Corner
2900 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

One word to describe this place as a whole: RAWR! A metal head theme bar and restaurant, Kuma's Corner has amazing topping combinations. Sprecher's and Jack (I think) on tap. Best mac 'n cheese I've ever had. Personal favorite burger: The Neurosis.

Paradise Pup
1724 S River Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60018

This is just classic Des Plaines. Once featured on Food Network, this is a popular, cult spot. Following the formula of Chicago success: (relatively) limited menu, small joint, and cash only, they really don't disappoint. Merkts cheddar and grilled onions. It may be a pup, but don't get the dog, get the burger!

1550 E Oakton St
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Randomly on Oakton, this place is all right. I like the idea of it. Kinda iHipstery. It seems a little out of place next to all the auto repair shops, but it's not bad. Basically, the fanciest burger joint in Des Plaines, and it seems like it belongs in the downtown area. At least you get to choose your toppings. Fancy schmancy drinks too.

Streets of Woodfield

Basically a chain, this made this post because their Reuben burger was delicious. I love Reubens. Haven't found a place where I can regularly get an amazing Reuben, but Rand Roadhouse has my all-time best Reuben around St. Patrick's day.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Attention Harry Potter fans! Read The Magicians by Lev Grossman!

I grew up with Harry Potter. Great books! Don't know if I'll ever get around to re-reading them because there are so many things out there to read. But there's an alternative to getting your Harry Potter fix in one book, and that's Lev Grossman's The Magicians.

Think Harry Potter, but mature. It's basically Hogwarts as a college. There's a little depravity; after all it is college. The tension is very similar to Harry Potter books, and the writing is not only a bit more mature, but sophisticated compared to J.K. Rowling. It focuses more on the interpersonal relationships of the characters versus driving events and solving a mystery. You still get that at the end. In fact, the last 100 pages are like "BAM!" -Very exciting.

It was good -great even, but it wasn't as standout to me for my tastes. (I could've used more depravity.) I may or may not read the sequel. If it becomes available to me, I will. But if you liked Harry Potter as a kid, and are now a fine, young adult check it out.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Average American Male by Chad Kultgen

I love depraved books. I really do. This is one of them.

The Average American Male tells the story of a man who is just trying to get by in his relationships. All while battling the inner monologue in his head.

Scarily enough, me being a female, I've been told this is true to life. I haven't, however, been affected by the sheer honesty of the perspective. I will say, though, that the female characters aren't the best written for enjoyment (well, it's more of a guilty enjoyment), but they are very well written due to the perspective.

Finally, if you are like me and love depravity, check out Chuck Palahniuk's Choke. That was my favorite book for about five years. (1984 is currently my favorite book that I can't get enough of.)

The great thing about Average American Male and Choke are that they are lazy afternoon weekend books. You can read them in a few hours. I love binge reading, and finishing a book in one sitting. I'm on the first book of Game of Thrones and I just get intimidated when I have to put the book down (for when I'll have the time and patience to start again).

Happy reading, Lovelies!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wear No Evil by Greta Eagan

I recently read the book Wear No Evil by Greta Eagan.

This is a great starter book for someone looking to be more eco-conscious with their clothing choices.

In short, Eagan lists out an "integrity index" of sixteen factors to be wary of when purchasing clothing. She says to focus on 3-5 aspects in order to be realistic, style being the first factor to consider.

For me, I personally like reduced water usage, biodegradable, local, and secondhand. If there are causes I would like to support, the first one that would come to mind is Charity: Water, or any other organization dedicated to clean water, and reducing water usage. It turns out a single, cotton t-shirt can use massive amounts of water to create and dye. I will now look for vegan leather that is a byproduct of the meat industry or at least is secondhand. For one, it's biodegradable, and two, pleather contains myraid chemicals. I would much rather see a trashed leather jacket naturally wearing out, than a pleather one living indefinitely in a dumpster. In general, I mostly shop at thrift stores, and try to support Made in the USA items. Even more locally, I would also like to support Chicago artists and companies. And I love thrifting. It's the thrill of the hunt. I've found some great things while thrifting. It's just an added bonus that I'm giving these items a second lifecycle.

In short, it's not that hard to be SOMEWHAT eco-conscientious after reading this book:

You're eschewing fashion for the sake of fashion, but that doesn't mean you sacrifice it.

For more check out:

And buy the book!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

How's life?

How's life?

For me it's great!:


And I've been reading a lot. It's nice. Soon there's going to be a barrage of posts about books, so be prepared!

Also excited to finish watching Gossip Girl and start the new season of Orange is the New Black.

...And about that Happier app... well, I'm happier that I have it! This is just another place to put my gratitude for this life.

Found this on Facebook:

What has made you happy lately?

How are you Happier?

Disclaimer: I review stuffs on here, and I'm going to do more. I am not paid in any way to do these, I just want to share what I like, and what brings me joy.

So I've been diggin' the Happier app. As far as I know it's for iPhone. Basically, it's a gratitude journal. The nice thing is that you can include photos.

They say those who recall/write down one thing that made them happier a day ARE happier. Honestly, I believe in that. I feel as if I'm a little bit happier than normal after having started doing it.

For me, since I don't have any friends on it, it's semi-private, but it's just like any other social media site with a feed.

In short, everyone should have this app! The app makes it easy to remember the good in your day. C'mon, you should've been happy at least once in a day! So download the app, take a picture, and write about something that made you happy today. The act of doing it will make you happy in and of itself.

Monday, June 16, 2014

I shouldn't deny myself...

Welp. Haven't been blogging. Since we last left off, the Blackhawks were in the playoffs. Well, they are no longer.

I've been busy lately, but honestly my life has been revolving around food. And this blog is for my own enjoyment. I said I won't post about food or makeup anymore, but why should I deny myself the joy about writing about what makes me happier in my life?

Here goes...

I made an easy garlic-avocado spread for toast the other day:
I used a full bulb of garlic for two avocados. I suggest half a bulb per two avocados. It was still delicious though! Held me over ALL day. [RECIPE: Roast garlic covered in olive oil @ 450 degrees for half an hour. Mash into avocodos. Spread on toast.  Garnish with salt and pepper to taste.]

I love garlic. Make the whole bulb to eat the roasted garlic with crackers. (Yes, you can and should do that!) And actually, the garlic rounds out the avocados very well, and the avocados neutralize the bad-breath qualities of the garlic.

Made this more recently:
They are avocado fries. Very yummy. Paired with a burger...

Life's been good. Since I last updated, I went to Wanderlust Yoga in the City (Chicago obviously-click-through for my post on my yoga blog), and the Taste of Randolph to see Minus the Bear.

Two of my friends were wearing matching jackets. I felt like I had bodyguards. At one point, I think I heard someone yell "WHO IS THAT?," while we held hands trying to make it out of there. Should've kept my sunglasses on all night. :-P