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Yesterday it finally hit 80 degrees and it was a beautiful day! We decided to explore new areas and found ourselves in Twin Lakes, WI.
Twin Lakes is 1.5 hours NW of Chicago but worth every minute of the drive. Made up of 2 lakes, rolling hills, plush tree lines and gorgeous lake homes; we found ourselves completely relaxed from the the hustle and bustle of our city lives.
Our new found favorite spot is the Sandbar & Island Grill, located on Lake Elizabeth. This hidden, local gem boasts caribbean color schemes, all things seafood and fun vibes only. Perched next to a boat launch where you can rent kayaks and paddle boards, complete with a tiki bar and outdoor seating area that will be amazing during the summer. A must add to your weekend bucket list!
I recently had the pleasure of experiencing the Domes at City Winery on the Riverwalk in Chicago and let me tell you, it is a blast! Though they would be ideal for a romantic date, my husband was out of town so I took my friend and we had an awesome time!
Each Dome is equipped with a rug, plush furniture, ambient lighting, a heater, socks for you to wear (and take home), a bluetooth speaker, board games and an outstanding view. Your fee includes 3 glasses of wine per person and a huge charcuterie board that will satisfy all cheese & meat lover’s desires.
These Domes will be with us until April 30th and possibly back again in the fall; one piece of advice, DO IT! We made such great memories and cannot wait to go back!
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Open 7 days a week until April 30th 2017
One of the only things that gets me through clean eating is a flavorful recipe I can count on. One of my favorites is this Balsamic Glazed Asparagus.
One bundle of asparagus, washed and cut then laid in a non-stick pain. Spray with about 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, a 1/4 of a lemon squeezed on top, garlic powder, black pepper and dried minced onion to taste. Cook on Med-high until the vinegar begins to thicken and the asparagus is cooked to your liking.
We had an amazing date night at STK recently. After living in Las Vegas for 2 years I came to know and love this restaurant, part of the international brand The One Group, and had no idea there was one here in Chicago.
I have to say, the food at the Chicago location is outstanding! We could not get enough! During Office Hours, STK’s happy hour, you can get some of their best appetizers and cocktails for $5-$7; what a steal! Paired with their trendy and romantic decor it became the perfect date night for us.
Our favorite menu items so far have been the crispy rock shrimp (by far the best thing I have eaten all year) and 'Lil BGRS (wagyu sliders with truffle fries). Both pair perfectly with their house cocktail, Cucumber Stiletto, a cucumber mint martini.
STK also just launched several new menu items so we will have to go back and compare!
Hi, I'm Ashley!
I am a Southside Chicago native, mompreneur, and lover of all things social! I love to travel, meet new people, and practice my role as a self proclaimed food critic & Rosé connoisseur here in the City!
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