Friday Favs #1

 Happy Friday! Today I’m trying out something new and linking up with Katie, Heather and Claire for Friday Favs. 

Here is a roundup of my favorite things from this week.

1) My new favorite boutique Primrose Park, that just so happens to be down the street from my place.  I’ve popped in a few times now and treated myself to a dainty bar necklace by Sbg Designs. I literally have not taken off my new necklace. Seriously, I wear it with everything, alone, layered, with my pajamas.. without pajamas….. and it only comes off to shower. TMI? If you haven’t been yet, head on over to Primrose Park. Let me know and I’ll meet you there, its way too close for my Mastercard’s comfort 🙂

2) Bryant Lake Bowl. Um somehow I’ve never been here before?! Hands down my new favorite date spot. Or brunch, or activity spot. Can I go again next week!?

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(Yes my jeans are too long and I had to roll them into my socks….AND I was wearing Christmas socks.)

3) This pasta dish: Trufled Cream with Langostine Lobster and butternut squash, Hello Broder’s Pasta Bar.


4) Christmas table decor, because you know, its 9 degrees outside in November! I have to beat/try to enjoy winter somehow!

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Have I mentioned that Christmas does not help my ball obsession? Confused? Heres an explanation on my ball obsession…

5) This starter at Heartland. My Rainbow Trout love continues….If I could just eat about 5 more of these…

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Happy Weekend! What are your Friday Favs?


Clams, Friends and a Hint of Heat

When you move to a new place and truly have to build a life without a lot of building blocks around you..

You have to accept that there will be a few lonely Friday nights or Saturday mornings, those times you normally spent out with your girlfriends, your favorite coffee shop, whatever that familiar place may be.

Those are the times you thank god for cable T.V.

Not joking.

Because all of a sudden a feature on a familiar place can instantly transport you back.

For me, one of those places was/is Broders Pasta Bar.

So of course, upon moving back, when Friend calls and demands we meet for dinner, and o the place just happens to be Broders, there is no turning her down. (excuse my terrible sentence structure)

You know a place is good when you can smell the garlic from three blocks away… (hmmm maybe I should find a place to live nearby… )

I’ve only ever been seated at the pasta bar, and I’m not sure I’d want it any other way.

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A random conversation at the pasta bar, between a previous Minnesotan turned Chicago resident and myself, previous Milwaukean-returned Minnesotan, led to my order for the night.

Yes I’m continuing poor sentence structure…

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And in case you were wondering……

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I told you pasta is my weakness.

Happy weekend!