Business / 12.08.2015

When I first started blogging, I googled "how to start a blog" and clicked on the first website that looked vaguely familiar to me. I had no social media networks, no coding skills and absolutely no idea what I was doing; fast forward a couple years and it's crazy to imagine how much progress I've made let alone where I started (yikes!). Though this platform is ever-evolving, there are a few essential HTML skills that haven't changed and I wish I had had when I started. It would've made those first few weeks as a blogger much smoother and, looking back, I should've asked for help instead of throwing fits in our living room while no one else was around.
Food and Drink, Travel / 11.08.2015

My parents have been splitting their time between the suburbs and downtown Chicago for about a year now and, in that time, I've come to absolutely adore Filini Chicago--which is located in the lobby of their building. In fact, the day Dan and I helped them move in, they treated us to dinner at Filini as a thank you and I have not been able to resist a chance to dine there ever since. So, when Ashley asked me to join her a couple weeks ago, I said, "of course!" while a massive grin spread across my face (no lie).
Food and Drink, Life / 10.08.2015

I don't know about you guys, but this weekend flew by along with the rest of summer; last time I checked, it was still cold outside and now, unfortunately, the sunset is noticeably earlier than it was just two weeks ago. And though it feels like the dog-days-of-summer are coming to a close, Dan and I are trying our best to cling to our warm-weather traditions...like grilling. Since we don't have our own balcony, we are bound by our building's seasonal patio rules and are milking it for all its worth.  This past weekend, we tried out a new honey-glazed ribs recipe featuring our farmer's market peaches and, if I could freeze time, I would make peach season stretch out until I was sick of fresh, juicy peaches (read: it'd be early August for at least 3 months straight). We are going to have to figure out how to adapt this recipe to suit Chicago's climate change because it's DAMN GOOD.
Personal, Series / 07.08.2015

They say you never forget the first time you drive or the first time you got scared behind the wheel. What about your first car accident? Because, I certainly haven't forgotten mine and I am certain my neighbors haven't either. I was a junior in high school and was running late to ACT prep on a Saturday morning (sidenote: WHO decided it was smart to offer ACT prep at 9am on a Saturday morning?! Getting up after Friday night football games was dreadful). And, in true high-school-Katharine fashion, I woke up about 5 minutes before I had to be there, rushed out the door, cranked the car radio and floored it out of our driveway in order to make it on time. What I didn't account for...my neighbors' car being parked in the street.