May 23, 2015

The first time I saw Lake Michigan, back in April, I had to do a double take; the color of the water was surreally tropical looking for a somewhat chilly day just on the other side of a highway from a major US city. When I returned to Chicago the following month, I was happy that there was some free time to explore this phenomenon. I had many questions concerning Lake Michigan, some of which included, “How is the color so unbelievably blue!?”, “Why isn’t every person in the Chicago area going to this tropical paradise every day of their life!?”, and most importantly, “Why the heck aren’t more people photographing and posting about this beautiful body of water on blogs and on Instagram!?”. 

After doing some Google research, I found out that I was not the only one who was curious as to why it was so blue. Although it was hard to find an actual scientific paper as to why the water might be so blue, I did find this article, which states that the color might be a result of the sudden bloom of microscopic marine plants. While this satiated my curiosity a bit, I am still eagerly searching a more thorough explanation. 

Perhaps Chicagoans have become immune to Lake Michigan’s beauty or perhaps I’ve been living by the Gowanus Canal for too long, but I have the impression that I would be visiting Lake Michigan daily if I lived in Chicago!


May 21, 2015

This is not becoming a coffee-only blog; however, I  couldn’t help but love the coffee scene in Chicago. Granted we have similar coffee shops and even the same roasts here in NYC, but the vibe was significantly more relaxed in Chicago. Perhaps this is due to the spacious nature of Chicago real-estate, or the simple fact that it is a less populated city; it was a true treat to stroll into a coffee shop, be able to find a well-lit table immediately and enjoy sipping a cortado it a relaxing quiet space. Just the way coffee should be enjoyed.

La Colombe, 5158 Clark Street, Chicago, IL. 60640


May 20, 2015

I became familiar with Intelligentsia by living in NYC; however, I didn’t know that they actually originated in Chicago. I have always enjoyed their roast and was delighted to have had some time in between shoots, last week, to sip a cortado in their Chicago (Wicker Park) location.


May 17, 2015

Did you know that there is a “Brooklyn” cocktail!? Well, before I shot this story for Edible, I didn’t either! I wouldn’t think twice if I heard someone ordering a Manhattan (even in Brooklyn!), but I surely had never heard anyone ordering a Brooklyn. The funny thing is, that the Brooklyn, and variations on it, have been around since the early 1900’s! How had I never heard of this!? 

I always enjoy watching the making of a cocktail; there is something very rhythmic and almost hypnotic about watching a talented barman effortlessly construct the perfect cocktail. I always feel that in order to properly enjoy a cocktail, one must observe the artful process in which it is made.

This story on the Brooklyn, was shot in one of my favorite cocktail bars, Clover Club and can be found in the current Drinks Issue of Edible Manhattan/Brooklyn. You can also read more about the history of the Brooklyn here