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 #43 – Spotlight: Pumpkin Carving

My friend Gina and her husband Clint recently moved back to Chicago after spending two years in New York (yay!). I was excited when Gina invited me over to their new condo for pumpkin carving on a warm fall afternoon.

I arrived with two pumpkins, some pumpkin doughnut holes, and lots of excitement (I haven’t carved pumpkins in years!). Gina had a well-rounded spread of fall goodies, including hot cider, chili, and lots of cookies.

Gina’s sister Lauren and our friend Jill were there when I arrived, and Gina’s friend Danielle joined us soon after.

We headed to the backyard to carve pumpkins, and I had an idea in mind from Pinterest: pumpkins designed using a cordless drill! I asked Jill to bring hers, and let me tell you, I think this is the only way I’ll “carve” pumpkins from here on out.

A cordless drill is not only easy to use, but it’s precise and clean. On my small pumpkin, I chose to drill our monogram and a heart. On my large pumpkin, I simply drilled holes all over for a polka dot look.

When I got home, I put battery-operated tea lights in the pumpkins, and I’m so pleased with the outcome.

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Week #41 – One Strange Bird & Innjoy

Jill and Erin, my friends (and co-workers!), and I bought Groupons months ago for One Strange Bird, where they have tons of art classes available. After the lace plate classes Jill and I did earlier this year, I’ve been eager to find more new ways to be creative.

The store has many different class offerings, from painting to drawing to stationary making and fabric printing. But we wanted to take it one step further. Enter: jewelry making.

After some delicioso tacos and chips and guacamole at Big Star, we walked over with our chocolate and wine (did I mention the classes are BYOB?!?). One Strange Bird has a super cute storefront with a little shop when you walk in, and they had fresh white canvases set up on easels for a painting class that night. In the back of the store was another studio where our jewelry class was held.

Now, one might think that making earrings and necklaces is easy, but I beg to differ. Our teacher was awesome, and taught us two wire techniques to create wire earrings and necklaces.

If you’re Jill, you pick up on accessory making with ease. Erin’s designs were unique, and she listened and took the time to get them just right. I, on the other hand, was a hot mess.

First of all, I thought it would be fun to do chandelier earrings. Why not, right? I struggled a bit, but with Jill and the instructor’s help, I made assisted in making a pretty hot set of earrings. Because they took me almost the entire class to make, Jill kindly helped me made a long necklace so I would leave with what we were supposed to make. Ha!

The moral of this adventure is: Don’t bite off more than you can chew. I’d love to try another class at One Strange Bird, but I think I’m going to leave my accessory making to the experts.

After the class, Erin, Nate, and I headed over to Innjoy, a fun local bar, for a few drinks outside. I think it was College Night because we got free tequila shots, a Coors bottle, and a free t-shirt. I’m not sure if this made me feel young again or really old! But it was a fun way to end a great evening.

One Strange Bird
2124 West Division
Wicker Park

Innjoy
2051 West Division
Wicker Park

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