Books ‘n’ Breakfast: Kafka and Avo-toast

Mortar & Pestle – Lake View: I’m back tracking a little bit going back to Chicago, but this was one of my favorites when I left, so I felt it was worth back tracking (actual phrase? tbd). My friend and I discovered it while in search of avocado toast that we were too lazy to make…

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Chicago Bucket List

After a very long application process and excruciating waiting period, I was accepted this past February into the MBA program of my dreams, which means I’ll be moving to Seattle in two months (holly guacamole!). During my four short years in Chicago I’ve seen so many bands and landmarks, consumed pounds of hotdogs and pizza,…

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Music Taste is Forever: Wavves + Best Coast Review

Music taste is a funny thing. There’s supposedly good taste, bad taste, and then there are people who don’t listen to music (which I don’t understand). “Taste” (good vs. bad) is so subjective it’s barely worth discussing. What interests me is that there are sounds we organically like and don’t like, but it seems to…

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Books ‘n’ Breakfast: The Favorites

“Favorite” is a strong, yet overused word in my vocabulary. I’m just really enthusiastic about things I like I guess (?). Looked up the definition of “favorite” and it’s simply “a person or thing regarded with special favor or preference”. Thus, not mutually exclusive, so I can have as many favorites as I want. So to get you’re Monday going here are a couple…

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Pizza Files: Episode 7 – Boiler Room, Whiskey and Pizza Paradise

In honor of my most favorite day, National Pizza Day, I’ll cover one of my most favorite pizza joints in Chicago, Boiler Room. While I couldn’t partake in today’s celebration, I had a pizza potluck over the weekend which will be discussed in my next pizza file, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Boiler…

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Run to Play: Mission Completed

Well, in the past two months I’ve taken the GMAT twice, turned in 1 business school application, moved to a new apartment, raised $1,400, and run 26.2 miles. I have to write these things down in one spot to serve as a lesson in time management for myself, and for anyone else with a bad…

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Let Me Talk About Riot Fest: Favorite Sets

Riot Fest happened two weeks ago, and I’m still not over it, so I’m going to talk about it some more. Riot Fest is by far my favorite Chicago music festival, it may even be my favorite thing about Chicago. For starters, all my teenage wishes came true at my first Riot Fest a few…

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Run to Play: Training for Travel

While “summer” in Chicago is probably the only time you’ll have consistent enough weather to train for a marathon outside, the more consistent weather also makes these months the best time to travel to and from Chicago (I say “summer” because we really only have 2 months of nice weather). With weekend trips, weddings, family…

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Run to Play: Do It For the Kids

The phrase “do it for the kids” evokes a few different things for me. This saying often ends up being the rationale for people’s misguided causes, like when a gaggle of grownups tried to get Harry Potter banned from libraries and schools when it was first released. They thought magic was bad for children or something, but…

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Run to Play: Motivation is a Finite Resource

Being the over-analyzer I am, it’s no surprise I gravitated toward psychology in college. Not to sound like a total nerd, but I really really loved my psych classes (well.. the learning parts, not the essay, test, and presentation parts). My favorite (yup, favorite) branch of psychology is cognitive, which focuses on mental processes, including…

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