[Chicago, IL] Taking Back Sunday in Pasta & Strands: Eataly & Strings Ramen

[Chicago, IL] Taking Back Sunday in Pasta & Strands: Eataly & Strings Ramen

Taking Back Sunday's a band, right? ⊙△⊙ Anyway... Sunday consisted of all the important things in life: friends, pasta, and pork belly ramen. After seeing dozens of Eataly Instagrams on my newsfeed, I finally got the chance to visit the dressed up Italian grocery store slash restaurant. I was overwhelmed by the store layout. All of their products [...]

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[St. Louis, MO] Filomena’s Classy To-Go Italian

[St. Louis, MO] Filomena’s Classy To-Go Italian

On the recommendation of my aunt, I went to Filomena's not 100% sure what to expect. My suspicions began when we approached the store, located across from a gas station and an isolated, outlandish corner. A huge banner hung from the outer wall: "Voted Best Inexpensive Italian by The Riverfront Times"! I swung open the [...]

[Westmont, IL] Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen Makes You Feel like You’re on the Coast

[Westmont, IL] Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen Makes You Feel like You’re on the Coast

EDIT: Combined with an older post for a good look at their delectable desserts. The seafood kitchen was packed when I went on a Saturday, past 10 PM. As soon as you open the doors, it's like stepping into a dinner rendition of The Great Gatsby. Currently as the only Pappadeaux in the south-east region of the U.S., [...]

[St. Louis, MO] Oberweis: It’s MOO-tacular

[St. Louis, MO] Oberweis: It’s MOO-tacular

If you've never tried Oberweis milk, now's the time. Founded in 1951, the company still raises its cows without antibiotics or artificial growth hormones. What results is milk that's full of flavor and a delectable taste that can't be found in other brand, plus it comes in a cute glass bottle. Tile flooring, a black/white/red color scheme [...]