Family Night at Dimo’s Pizza

After my co-worker and friend Erica and I recently got our hair done at Mane Chicago (Thanks, Lauren!), we met up with her husband and adorable son, Milo, for some Dimo’s Pizza. Erica, a vegan, has been raving about it forever (they always have vegan options available), so I needed to finally see how good the pizza was for myself.

We walked in a Thursday evening to a duo setting up to perform, and a short line to order (this is a double win in my book!). The slices are prepared for you to choose from, and then they heat it up for you and it’s ready to be eaten. The problem is…there are so many choices! I had a flashback to Hot Doug’s, where I chose some non-adventurous menu items, and didn’t want to make the same mistake twice. So I went outside my comfort zone (and my diet), and ordered a slice that sounded cozy and a carb overload: Mac and Cheese Pizza! It’s Milo’s favorite, so that was a plus, too.

I wasn’t sure about my order until I took a bite…and then another and another. You really don’t know what to think before that bite, but it’s mouthwateringly delicious. Erica suggested some BBQ sauce on top (I’m already off the wagon, might as well do it up!), and it was so good. So good that I pushed my limits and got another slice (probably why I passed out from a food coma shortly after I got home).

I should mention that while we were enjoying our pizza, the duo was killing it with hits from Britney Spears, Sia, and others, and we were playing a great game of Sorry (you can check out board games while you’re there). It was such a great time–I need to go back!

So grateful to the B’s for letting me crash family night and enjoy some tasty pizza. Until we meet again!

Dimo’s Pizza
1615 North Damen
Wicker Park

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Week #49 – Winter Bazaar Benefiting Red Door Animal Shelter

My friend and co-worker Erica (who took our adorable photos with George) told me about the Winter Bazaar that she was exhibiting at, and I knew I wanted to go. I love craft shows! Better yet? Proceeds from the Bazaar went to Red Door Animal Shelter in West Rodgers Park.

I drove over to Warren Park, located in the same area, and was surprised by how big the green space was. When I looked on the Park District’s website, I noticed there is ice skating here when it gets cold, along with many other activities year-round.

I walked into the gymnasium, and it was such a sight to see. Vendors selling their work–everything from knitted items to beauty products to stationary to art and so much more. Dogs dressed up for the holidays. Photos with Santa! A cookie walk, in which you pay by the pound for fresh, homemade cookies. You definitely couldn’t be bored here, that’s for sure.

Erica and her friends Kristen (http://www.etsy.com/shop/tinyseabeast), Emily, and Emma (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ClawedMeownet) were the first booth when you walked in (prime real estate!). Erica and I walked around to see the vendor offerings, and I did a little shopping.

First, I purchased some cards from a woman who sold cards with French Bulldogs on them! Then, I met Gretta of Gretta’s Goats and fell in love with her story and her products. She has dozens of goats up in Grayslake, Illinois, (but she was moving just after the show) and makes these delicious smelling soaps that are handmade from goat’s milk that are raised in organic pastures. On her website, you can meet all of her goats, see the different soap scents, and purchase her soap. She also visits a lot of local farmer’s markets (check her Facebook page to learn more). Family: don’t be surprised if you receive this wonderful soap as a Christmas present!

I ended my visit at Erica and her friends’ booth, where I picked out some of Erica’s beautiful and fun cards, and purchased one of Kristen’s pretty cowls (magenta!).

Keep an eye out for the Winter Bazaar next year, and be sure to take a look at the vendors’ sites. It’s so nice to shop events like this because you’re not only supporting the animals (which is important!), but also local small business owners, too.

Red Door Animal Shelter
2410 West Lunt Ave.
West Rodgers Park

Warren Park
6601 North Western Ave.
West Rodgers Park

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Week #34 – Chicago Diner

As long as I’ve been working with my vegan gal Erica, she’s raved about the Chicago Diner. Our summer intern Anna also eats mostly vegan, so we figured what better time to visit the diner? Erin, who is a foodie, joined in too.

Upon entering the diner, it was a lot smaller and cozier than I imagined. We sat in a booth and figured out what we would order. A whole menu without any restrictions equals pure joy…and so many options!

We decided on buffalo wings (I’ve never had real ones!), most of us got the rueben (mine with waffle fries, of course), and two shakes to split: peanut butter cookie dough and vanilla chai.

The buffalo wings were awesome. I really enjoyed the sauce! The rueben was good, but I should have ordered it with less toppings. I could barely eat a half! And then, the most amazing part of the meal: the milkshakes. I don’t know if you can tell from the photo below, but I was in heaven. I could even eat the whip cream…which really tastes like whip cream. Light and airy…melts in your mouth!

Friends, no matter whether you choose to or not, can or cannot have dairy, treat yourself to these shakes. I promise, you’ll thank me later.

Warning: I needed to walk this meal off I was so full, so I ended up walking 2.5 miles of the way back to the West Loop! Good food and a little exercise and fresh air? Kind of a win win, don’t you think?

Chicago Diner
3411 N. Halsted
Lakeview

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