Fresh Pineapple Seafood Salad (Grazie! Ristorante) at the Taste of Chicago.

Tasty Tastings at the Taste of Chicago

Today…in pictures

1. Went to the Taste of Chicago for lunch with my sisters:

My sisters at the Taste of Chicago

It takes 20 minutes to walk to Grant Park, and 20 minutes to walk back. Which left me with 20 minutes to chow down on:

Fried Ravioli (don’t know where that was from, Jen had it left over), Pomegranate BBQ Chicken (Pars Cove Persian Cuisine), Mango Cumin-Dusted Fries with Tamarind Chutney (Vermilion), Fresh Pineapple Seafood Salad (Grazie! Ristorante)


2. SummerDance to learn Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata

SummerDance to learn Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata


3. The Taste of Chicago again for Dinner 🙂

Top: Rum-battered Fried Tilapia Filet and Garlic-Mozzarella Cheese Bread (Polo Cafe & Catering)
Bottom: Mustard Fried Catfish (B.J.’s Market & Bakery), Strawberry and Mango Italian Ice (Mazzone’s)


Yesterday…in not so many pictures
1. Went shopping in search of the perfect martini shaker. In the process I found for myself the perfect powder blue colander, or maybe three of them. I didn’t buy them though…yet.
2. Fucked it all up.
3. Called Mat back…three times. He didn’t pick up.
4. Mat called me. I picked up…

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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