And just like that, it’s the Holiday season! I absolutely love this time of year. From spending time with family & close friends, hosting our annual Holiday party and layering on the sweaters: November & December put me in the best mood.
This Thanksgiving will be a little different than years past, okay a lot different. My husband and I are headed to the other side of the world to spend the holiday with my little sister. If you want a insightful (and hilarious) look into the study abroad experience, check out her blog here.
Lastly, if you are headed to the Windy City this winter, be sure to check out my Chicago Winter Bucket List!
Celebrated our Anniversary at Tango Sur.
If you live in Chicago and haven’t been to Tango Sur, you NEED to go. This BYOB Argentinian steakhouse has no rival in the city. In fact, every October, my husband and I plan our anniversary celebration here. We always pack one of our prized bottle of wine from Italy, and spend a long evening enjoying our favorite steaks in town.
Happy Hour’d at Revival Food Hall.
Revival Food Hall has quickly become my “go-to” place for Happy Hour when I am meeting my friends who work in the Loop. A modern food hall, it’s perfect when meeting a larger group because there is something for everyone. The $20 bottles of wine from 4-6pm might also have an influence on the decision.
Sipped on Cocktails for Date Night at the Peninsula.
The bar at the Peninsula is my husband and I’s favorite place to hang out when we want to go out, but not go out-go out. (Does that make sense?) They make the classic cocktails perfectly, and their bar snacks are hands down my favorite. It definitely is on the pricier side, so plan on a cocktail or two. You’ll find me ordering a Dirty Martini and my husband loves to get a Negroni with scotch.
Spent a Weekend at the Lake with Friends.
After a crazy summer, a group of us decided to head to South Carolina for a weekend at a lake. It was the most relaxing, entertaining weekend I’ve had in awhile. We binged watched Stranger Things 2, cooked delicious smash burgers, and stayed up entirely too late.
After a late night, we made a breakfast stop at the local diner, Sister’s. Paper napkins, nothing over $8, and fried pancakes. With a father from Alabama, I grew up on biscuits and gravy & cheesy grits for breakfast. It’s been years since I’ve had either, and they were just as good as I remember.
Made a Delicious “Jalapeno Popper” Chili.
A few weekends back, we wanted to stay in and watch the Husker football game. We decided it was the perfect opportunity to make chili. I stumbled upon this recipe, and wow, was it amazing. Eating it all in one sitting, there are zero pictures to share.
Created my annual Winter Bucket List.
Last year, I created a short Winter Bucket List (read more here) on the blog and to my surprise, it’s now become my most read, saved, and shared post OF ALL TIME.
With the craziness of the holidays approaching (and one too many trips planned), it’s nice to have a few nights laid out with my husband and our friends. To be honest, winter is my favorite time of year in Chicago. Reservations are easy to snag, lines are short, and one of my favorite festivals comes to town (see #1).
What was your favorite activity this October?