this weekend i went kayaking. if you haven’t done this on the chicago river, do it. it was so fun. my friend i went through a groupon from urban kayaks. we left from their chinatown location so we got to see the city from a new angle which was fun. btw i’m good at kayaking. idk how that happened but i am. 

later that night, i met up with some friends for drinks at celeste. i wasn’t that impressed. i thought it was supposed to be this really cool cocktail mixologist bar but the drinks were pretty basic. after that we went to social 25 and were bummed that most of the males were either 24 or 64. night ended with burritos. 

that night we slept over at my friend matt’s and got up in the morning for some brunch at nellcote. mimosas and ricotta blueberry pancakes yum. we also walked by the REAL WORLD house. yes, i will be stalking them the rest of their time here.

that afternoon i met friends to see the movie what if. so cute. and then we got burgers at duke of perth before i got home and passed out. because exhausted.

last night my manager and i went to taste of the nation at navy pier. the event is put on by share our strength for their no kid hungry campaign so majority of the revenue is going to hungry children in need in the chicago area. sidenote: they do events like these all across the country so you should look them up because they are worth the price tag. 

i was so impressed by the caliber of chefs and food and drink that was at this event. they had 65 restaurants there and 25 mixologists. all the best of the city - like siena tavern, girl & the goat, hot chocolate, RM champagne salon, endgrain. i mean the list goes on and on. and not only that but the actual executive chefs are in attendance. i mean i met fabio viviani guys! 

the view also didn’t hurt. while i HATE navy pier, the sunsets there against the skyline can’t be beat. and to hear the waves lapping against the pier. i mean, it was a pretty amazing night. 

here’s hoping our company can be a part of this amazing event next year!