Things I Love

Things I Love | The Random Edition

March 4, 2016
chicago antique market

Welcome to Things I Love, a roundup of some of my favorite things from throughout the week, including a special travel deal just for readers!

I’m writing this while (finally) watching Fuller House. Have you guys watched it yet? The first notes of the theme song pulled at my heart a bit, and I was dying over the line “Michelle sends her love but she’s stuck in New York running her fashion empire.” Also, how gorgeous are Uncle Jesse and Becky STILL?

I’m heading to New York tonight , but first will hanging out above Chicago in a helicopter courtesy of JetSmarter. Essentially the Uber of private jets, JetSmarter recently launched flight routes between Chicago and New York, so we’re celebrating! Equally as exciting, tickets to Cuba are finally booked! Anything specific you would like to hear about? Planning out blog posts and stories for a few other outlets now. Next week my parents are visiting Chicago, and the following week my brother and I will be braving the cold in the Apostle Islands. Have you been? Any recommendations for what to do there in the winter when the ice caves are closed?

ceviche aruba

Fish, lime, salt, garlic…

This week I spent some time learning how to make ceviche with chefs from Aruba. So much fun and the perfect antidote to what was a surprisingly cold week in Chicago. I thought we were past the 20-something degree weather. 🙁

aruba marriot

After hearing the chefs talk about Aruba, and after tasting dish after amazing Aruban dish (lobster, a giant gouda wheel stuffed with meat, spices, and dried fruit – need I say more?), I was dying to visit. Adding it to the list.

randolph street market

chicago antique market

Have you guys been to the Randolph Street Market in Chicago? If not you should definitely check it out. It’s a giant vintage and antique market in the West Loop. I went last weekend and bought a ring I’m obsessed with and a beautiful map of the Middle East and South Asia. It’s so interesting seeing how country lines and names have changed.

Two last random things. First, my friend Aaron is in A Nightmare on Backstreet: A Boy Band Musical Parody, and it. is. hilarious. If you loved boy bands in the 2000s you should definitely go. Second, I finally broke down and got a free trial of Tidal so I could listen to The Life of Pablo. After weeks of watching crazy Kanye Twitter rants I was prepared to be disappointed, but it’s actually amazing. Completely redeems him from (most) of his insanity lately.

Articles I’ve enjoyed this week include this one on freelance writers refusing to work for free, this editorial on what the upcoming election means for reproductive rights, this chilling opinion piece on the killing fields of South Sudan, this one on how single women are now the most powerful voting blog in America, this listicle that made me feel good about being a millennial, and this all too real article about how our phones are ruining our posture and possibly our moods. Also this piece in the Paris Review on Umberto Eco, and this one by Eco himself on Casablanca. Did you know the movie was made up as they went along? I like Eco’s analysis, but I disagree when he starts off saying it’s a ‘mediocre’ film. It is in fact an incredible film.

Also this article about my new hero, a man crossing the Atlantic in a homemade whale; these photos of Jiro, of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, pre-fame; and this one on How to Write the Perfect Stump Speech (make sure to read the comments).

Did you ever read Dear Sugar columns? Or maybe you became a Cheryl Strayed fan later in life when Wild made it big, and have since picked up Tiny, Beautiful Things, her compilation of Dear Sugar responses. Now there’s a Dear Sugar podcast, and this is a really fantastic episode.

Book I’m reading this week: Actually, I’m not. I need to pick one up! But I did recommend The Sharper the Knife the Less You Cry to a friend last week, and I recommend it to you as well.

Travel product I’m loving: This isn’t a travel product, but it sure makes being home great. I blogged about the Toddy Cold Brew Coffee system this week and you can read all about it here. I’m also coming around to the idea of travel neck pillows after one too many long flights. I’ll be testing them this weekend, but I’ve heard good things about the below.

Quote I’m thinking about: “You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.” – Nietzsche

And finally, the travel deals of the week!

Emily Belden, author of EightySixed, made an appearance on the blog this week, and she’s offering a 30% discount to readers. Just use the code CARRYON at checkout. Target is also having a great swim sale, which I’ll be shopping for Cuba, and you should check out too because summer will be here before you know it — Save $5 when you spend $35, or save $15 when you spend $75 on women’s Swim. Valid 3/6-3/12

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

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