Mark your calendars, everyone. Shaw’s Oyster Fest is coming to Chicago next week! Ever since my trip to San Francisco, I’ve been craving oysters non-stop. Some of the best seafood restaurants in Chicago will be at Oyster Fest serving up their best oysters and seafood dishes. I’m literally counting down the days until this event. I probably won’t eat any meals that day in preparation for all the eating I will do when I’m at Oyster Fest (#priorities). For those of you who are more “land” than “sea” people, you’ll also have plenty of non-seafood options from Bub City, Shake Shack, and more. Attendees will also be able to throw back some ice cold local craft beers with their food throughout the night. Tickets for admission are only $30 (food and beverage not included), but guess what? I have a discount promo code for you! Enter the promo code BUTTER to receive $10 off your general admission ticket!
A few weeks ago I took a much needed mini-vacay with some girlfriends to visit San Francisco and Napa. I love international travel just as much as the next gal, but don’t knock a domestic trip. Domestic trips are great because your cellphone plan will still work, you don’t have to worry about language barriers, and you can usually find pretty good deals on flights/hotels.
As soon as we arrived in San Francisco, my girlfriends and I immediately had tacos and margaritas. For me, the key to an amazing vacation is simple: eat, drink, sleep, repeat. I like looking up a few key places in different neighborhoods so I can pick one main activity and then play the rest of the day by ear if I want to wander around. Luckily, my friends are the same way. One of my girlfriends lives in San Francisco so she did all the research for us. I tried to take as many pictures as possible in between stuffing my face and taking gulps of coffee. I narrowed down my favorite spots and pics for this post, so I hope you enjoy!
A few weeks ago, I started writing this post from Gate L3 in Terminal 3 at O’hare International Airport. I was there here 7+ hours. You’re probably asking, “Why?!?! Why were you there so damn long?!” I will tell you: The one time I got to the airport early, my flight got delayed 6 hours. I KNOW. I got the flight status alert when I was two stops away on the Blue Line and that text message almost broke my soul. I am notoriously impatient when it comes to travel. My main goal is usually to arrive just in time to walk onto the plane. I’ve never missed a flight because I make it my mission to be the most efficient, no-frills traveler in the security line and I never check any luggage. But this one time, it didn’t matter because my flight was delayed due to severe thunderstorms and a few tiny little tornadoes. I knew I couldn’t sit in a corner on my laptop ALL day, so I made it my mission to really explore the terminal. I checked out everything in Terminal 3 and I’ve put together a list of things you can do to keep yourself from losing your goddamn mind when your flight is delayed.