NoMI Chicago is one of the best rooftop spots in the city! Next time you’re shopping on Michigan Ave, stop here for some of the most delicious and fresh sushi with an amazing view.
You know what’s awesome? Eating sushi outside on a rooftop in the middle of downtown in my favorite city.
You know what’s not awesome? My iPhone camera. And forgetting my actual camera when I’m going to eat sushi downtown on a rooftop. DOH!
If you’re here for healthy recipes, avert your eyes. Turn back now. Before it’s too late. Today, we’re talking all about what I’ve been EATING.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that it’s pretty apparent how much I love food. And how much of it I eat. So for all my Chicago friends or followers who plan to visit, here are some AMAZING dining establishments I visited within the past month. There are some real winners in here.
Part two in my I-don’t-know-how-many part series of my favorite Chicago restaurants! These are some of my favorite spots around the city to go for dinner. Of course, many aren’t shown because I don’t take photos every time I eat, and I have yet to cover many Chicago restaurants on my list, but here are a few good ones I’ve been to of late.
Girl and the Goat – Plan your reservations at least a month in advance, but Girl and the Goat is worth it. Favorites include the goat empanadas and broccoli! A close second is Little Goat Diner across the streets, which makes some of the best pre-made sandwiches around for lunch.
Strange words come out of my fingers when I blog past my bedtime, so bare with me.
Today I’m talking about what I eat. I figured, since I do it every single day, it must warrant a post, right? And I’m pretty much just hoping that someone out there somewhere is a tiny bit curious. Or just nosy. Or just wants to be like me. (Ha.)
In all seriousness, I’ve tried every variation of modified diets and finally found a routine that works for me, makes me feel good, and is good for my physical health as well as my mental health. Pretty much I’m about to contradict every health study you’ve ever read.
My diet in a nutshell: I keep it low carb, only eat when I’m really truly hungry, watch my portions, and let myself cheat as much as I want!
So here goes nothin’. Let’s take this hour by hour.
Are you there Santa? It’s me, Jordan.
Did you ever play the game MASHCO? Basically, it’s a game that predicted who you’re going to marry, what car you’re going to drive, and whether you’re going to live in a mansion, apartment, shed, house, condo or outhouse. Basically, the most accurate fortuneteller of all time.
Just kidding, because if it was I’d drive a convertible to my mansion with my husband who never moved away from the small town we grew up in. Problem with this is: convertibles in Illinois are not practical enough for me, mansions are way too hard to clean nor will I ever be able to afford it, and I love the city way too much.
The best thing about being young was that the possibilities for your life seem endless. It was easy to imagine ourselves as the fabulous people we saw in movies.
In reality, there’s only one problem: life.
Yep. You guessed it. Another cringe-worthy list of things girls want boys to do. But before you make fun of me too much, remember that you clicked to here. So whether you’re a girl nodding her head, or a guy rolling his eyes, my guess is that you can totally relate to a few of these.
So here: 30 Things I Want You To Do, In No Particular Order.
I started this blog for a number of reasons. For one, I stare at food blogs all day at work and am constantly fascinated by the beautiful work done by bloggers. For two, I’m completely obsessed with cooking, searching for healthy recipes, developing new healthy recipes, and then EATING those recipes. And for three, I wanted to have a creative outlet that I could call my own – with no rules and lots of personality.
Well, it’s hard to show your personality through a bowl of chili, so I’ve been making an effort to write more. About whatever inspires me, whatever is on my mind … most likely about nothing at all. Because what’s a blog without a few ramblings?
Part 1 in the Jordan-tells-all saga comes after some very exciting news: I GOT A NEW JOB. I’m so excited to start the next chapter in my life. If we take a peek into my life about 6 years ago, nobody woulda ever thunk I’d be doing well for myself and it feels pretty darn good. So here are 23 ways my life is not how I planned it to be at 23.
My feminist friends are going to hate me for this but I can explain. If you like to cook for yourself, chances are there’s going to come a time in every relationship when you offer to cook for a guy for the first time. Now, we’ve all heard the whole “way to a man’s heart” theory, and there seems to be some sort of old-fashioned thing about men liking women to cook for them, but that’s not the point of this post. I’m not telling you to “learn how to cook well so a guy will want to marry you because what else could you possibly want in life.” I’m writing this to give you tips on how not to make a fool of yourself. Because, after all, you want to impress this dude, not burn his or your apartment down.
Oh and there’s a back story. I spent the better half of a month bragging about how great of a cook I am and how much I love doing it. So when it came time to actually test my skills, I decided to make butternut squash risotto. I needed to use my farmer’s market squash, I had made risotto before, I was good to go. Problem #1: Butternut squash is not man food. Problem #2: I forgot half the ingredients I needed. Problem #3: I burnt the crap outta the squash. (blame it on the wine?) Needless to say, it was a man food fail. Luckily, I chose to cook for a nice one who lied and said it was good.
Okay, so before you decide to take the cooking plunge, keep in mind:
- Don’t choose anything too difficult, or too healthy.
- If he doesn’t cook for you back or help you cook (or at the least do the dishes), take some time to consider whether or not you really want to even offer. Because, equality.
- If you have a man food fail and he’s not nice about it, ditch him. Or force him to eat it anyway. Or something.
- I’m not a red meat fan, but if you are, meat + potatoes = failproof man food.
- Don’t try to do too much at once, and do as much prep work as possible.
- If you can’t cook, visit my best friend Trader Joe’s. He’ll hook you up with some delicious frozen meals.
- Garlic not suggested, for obvious reasons. But if it’s for the sake of flavor …. Trident.
- When in doubt, include bacon.
Since I’m not a red meat person, I’ve searched the web for some healthy man-approved recipes that will open his eyes to a world without steak. These are easy enough and will make your man buy you expensive things (well, a girl can hope).
Baked Chicken Parmesan from SkinnyTaste – I’m pretty sure almost every guy likes chicken parmesan, and this recipe doesn’t require frying (which is both stinky and messy). Although it’s baked, it’ll still be crispy and delicious – promise.
Shrimp Stir Fry from Tide and Thyme – Make sure he likes shrimp, and if so, definitely make shrimp stir fry. It’s super healthy, yet it tastes delicious! It also happens to be easy to make, and very hard to mess up. You may even trick him into eating it over quinoa.
Bundt Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables from Iowa Girl Eats – It’s nothing super special, but what guy doesn’t like meat and potatoes? Cook a whole bird with the vegetables in the same pan – it’s super easy and comforting. Let him do the carving.
Easy Creamy Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bake from Half Baked Harvest – Okay so this one isn’t necessarily the healthiest, but it’s cheesy so who cares. Plus, it only takes 15 minutes prep time before going into the oven!
Creamy Bacon Pasta Carbonara from Dashing Dish – Woah. They might as well call this engagement pasta. This lightened up version of the very rich pasta dish is sure to go over well – serve it over spaghetti squash to make it healthier!
Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken from SkinnyTaste – Okay, so you’re sensing a trend here: cheese! Well, cheese makes everything better. Stuffed chicken recipes are great because they’re super easy but taste amazing. Also, try stuffing chicken with broccoli and swiss – amaze.
What’s your guy’s favorite “healthy” dinner?
I started my weekend off sick on Friday so lost that entire day to laying in bed whining about stomach pains. But when I finally bounced back I had a pretty productive week.
Top left: Although my GPS took me on a serious detour, I finally found the Wilmette French Market and bought some great produce. Fun fact: Bill Murray was born in Wilmette. Goodies I brought home were organic asparagus (yeah, I spent the $1 extra for the organic version), orange tomatoes from Wisconsin, strawberries, a baby eggplant and jalepenos.
Bottom left: I finally got to break in my new Sanuks!! The important thing to remember when wearing Snauks is … they are not shoes. I guess they’re more like sandals – I don’t know, but I do know I love mine. These were ordered off Amazon for about $35. What a steal. I ordered the style June Bug (because that’s the style Amanda Seyfried has, duh) and I’m almost positive they’re vegan certified!! My boyfriend has two pair, so he turned me on to them. Who knew he was so current on shoe fashion?!
Top right: The best thing known to man: Beef A Roo. Now, if you think this sounds like something I just weirdly made up, you’re wrong. Beef A Roo is, in fact, my favorite fast food joint local to Rockford. I took a trip there Saturday to hang out with my aunt and cousin Claire and was lucky enough to nom on these cheddar fries. Best ever.
Middle right: I bought a Ninja 3-cup food processor from Target, Ninja Express Chop for $20! Now you might be skeptical (I was too) but it made my homemade salsa perfectly. Then, I really put it to the test with almonds and it ground them right up for my raw vegan almond joy bites (recipes to come soon). One word to the wise: if you put too much onion in your food processor, don’t use your hand to fish it back out. Yeah, got a huge cut on my finger the first time I used it.
Bottom right: Probably my proudest moment: I learned to start the grill myself. Granted I had help from multiple sources, I did it. And I grilled up eggplant, corn on the cob and my farmer’s market asparagus. Nommm. Then, I went to the gym smelling of grill for everyone around me to suffer. Sowwy.