Rome’ing Around Eataly

Man oh man, this writing blog posts business is not easy and certainly doesn’t come as naturally to me as I had hoped.  I have plenty of decent ideas for blog posts, but blog posts need pictures and my husband’s patience does have its limits.  (And, if I’m being honest, sometimes the thought of putting on extra make-up or a cute outfit seems to great a task to undertake.)

Life in Chicago is terrific.  Truly, my only complaint is that I miss my friends in DC.  It is so nice being closer to family and Chicago is the best place to be in the summer months (no swamp-like humidity!).  I started a new job recently with a boutique travel company specializing in travel to Africa, which I’ve been enjoying, and doing plenty of yoga.  So, yeah, livin’ large.  For the time being at least, I’ve successfully eliminated most sources of stress and it feels really nice.

A few weeks ago David and I indulged in a really wonderful evening at Eataly.  (Fun Fact: We had our post-wedding brunch at Eataly and it was a big hit.  Nutella crepes for all!)

I had a white fish (obviously), but I can’t for the life of me remember what kind.  Sole maybe?  Trout perhaps?  At any rate, it was delicious.

Then I perused the olive oil and cheese sections.  I bought a bottle of this stuff, which I also had with dinner and it was exquisite AND only $11!

That’s all I’ve got for now.  I’ll try to get a somewhat more regular posting schedule–I certainly can’t blame it on my rigorous schedule!

Goodbye for meow.

The Leap Begins

Allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Elaine and my cat’s name is Burrito.  We (and my husband, David) are moving to Chicago from Washington, DC in exactly three weeks.  David and I are both from Chicago (Burrito, as a rescue cat, is from the Washington DC-area, I presume), but I’ve lived in DC for nearly 8 years.  I moved here to work on Capitol Hill in 2009 and, for the last two years, have worked at a foreign policy think tank.  Come March, we’re loading up a moving truck (with some help from my dad) and making the 11 hour drive to the Windy City!  Our families are both in Chicago, but it will still be a huge adjustment.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m beyond excited–David and I have been wanting to move back basically since we got married (in 2015) and the time finally feels right!

I plan to use this blog to chronicle that move and beyond, but also share some things I love, which include:

  • Cats, obviously (see: blog title). Specifically, my cat, Burrito.  A stunning Russian Blue-mix.  (I’m, like, 95% sure she’s a mix and not a full Russian Blue.  Any cat experts out there, please leave a comment as to what you think her breed origins are.)
  • Yoga. For about two and half years I’ve been an avid yogi.  My preferred style is a hatha-based yoga called yogahour.  Sadly, there are no studios in Chicago that offer yogahour, so I look forward to trying out many studios and settling on a new yoga home. I’ve taken a few classes at The Lab in the West Loop and have been really impressed.  I highly recommend!  (If you’re in DC, you can take yogahour classes at Capitol Hill Yoga.  It’s an amazing studio and I’ll miss it dearly when we move.)
  • Food. I mean, I’m not a foodie per se, but I do like a good restaurant and make a pretty decent eggplant Parmesan.  I don’t know, I’ll write about good restaurants and stuff.  David will provide some content on food as he is a much more voracious eater and views every meal as a competition with a clear winner and loser: him or the food.

Shopping/Buying things.  I haven’t had much time recently to go shopping, but it’s truly a passion.  I like a good deal, especially at retail stores that are constantly having sales (looking at you Ann Taylor, J. Crew, Gap, and Banana Republic).

Ok, I think that’s a decent intro.  Goodbye for meow.