Monthly Archive: February 2014

Thursday

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February 2014

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Travel Throwback: Rhodes

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Travel Throwback is a series of blog posts based on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise that I took with Mike, my mom, and my brother aboard the Celebrity Equinox back in August of 2011. Back then I wasn’t blogging about my travel but luckily I kept a journal and took a LOT of pictures and I can’t wait to share!

August 24, 2011

Today we’ve sailed our way back to Greece to begin a quick hop of the Greek Isles, starting with Rhodes. Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and our ship docked in the main city of the same name, Rhodes (Rhodes is a town on the island of Rhodes-confusing, I know). After doing a bit of research before the cruise, we decided it would be best to forgo an excursion and explore the town on our own. The entrance to the Old Town is just a quick walk from the port, so we followed the walls along the outside of the city until we found our entrance through the Gate of the Virgin.

Lion + Maven | Rhodes, Greece

Besides some very basic research beforehand, none of us knew a whole lot about Rhodes going into the trip. Rhodes Old Town is still completely surrounded by an outer wall and moat and is the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage City. Unfortunately this area can be pretty packed with tourists in the summer months which can get annoying-just be prepared for slow-moving crowds! Exploring Old Town on foot is the best way to go and you’ll find plenty of shopping along with many beautiful (old) buildings within these walls. My tips: wear comfortable shoes, have some euros on hand if you’re looking for souveniers, and get your camera ready for some great photographs!

Lion + Maven | Rhodes, Greece

Lion + Maven | Rhodes, Greece

Lion + Maven | Rhodes, Greece

Lion + Maven | Rhodes, Greece

Lion + Maven | Rhodes, Greece

After spending a couple hours exploring Old Town we were all getting a little hangry so we knew it was time for lunch. I found a restaurant on TripAdvisor called Restaurant Agalma that was a short walk from the walls of Old Town and that is where we headed. We arrived very shortly after they opened and were the only people there, besides the servers, which was fine by us! We enjoyed the shade of the outdoor patio along with a few chilly bottles of Mythos beer and waited patiently for our food to arrive. We ordered several different dishes to share and each one was better than the next. Everything just seemed to taste so much better here! Refreshing tomato and cucumber salad with delicious feta cheese, cool tzatziki dip served with hot, buttery pita bread, shrimp saganaki, keftedakia (Greek meatballs), calamari as big as onion rings, moussaka…we were so stuffed by the end but we wanted to try as much as possible!

Lion + Maven | Rhodes, Greece

Lion + Maven | Rhodes, Greece

Lion + Maven | Rhodes, Greece

After stuffing ourselves silly we decided to walk down to the water that was visible from the restaurant and return to our ship the long way. Doesn’t it always seem that the unexpected plans yield the best results?! When the beach was in full view we were all in complete awe of the beautiful water. It was like a collection of the most beautiful blue colors you’ve ever seen. We hadn’t worn swimsuits because we weren’t planning on visiting the beach, but you just can’t see water like this and not jump in (plus it was really, really hot out)! So my brother and I decided to go for it and take the plunge! The current was so ridiculous that I spent most of the time attempting to not drown, and I did have to walk about a mile back to the ship with wet shorts, but it was such a fun, random experience and totally worth it!

Lion + Maven | Rhodes, Greece

Lion + Maven | Rhodes, Greece

Lion + Maven | Rhodes, Greece

We walked the rest of the way back to the ship along the beach and it was the perfect way to end our time here on Rhodes. Rhodes was never one of the Greek islands that I was dying to see like Santorini or Mykonos, but I really enjoyed our time here and would love to return!

Lion + Maven | Rhodes, Greece

Lion + Maven | Rhodes, Greece

Lion + Maven | Rhodes, Greece

Tuesday

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February 2014

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Three Aces

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I got a great surprise this past weekend when I found out one of my best friends would be in town on Sunday. Her husband is Canadian and they were planning on catching the final men’s hockey game of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics along with his brothers at The Globe Pub…at 6am. When my alarm went off at 5:30am I was seriously regretting staying up to watch one more episode of House of Cards the night before, but I slapped on some bright red lipstick, pulled Mike out of bed, and we joined the rest of the hockey fans that packed The Globe Pub and watched Canada take home the gold. The perfect follow-up to this early morning wake-up call? Brunch at Three Aces in Chicago‘s Little Italy.

Lion + Maven | Three Aces

As we salivated over the menu and read descriptions that included cheddar grits, maple-pork jus, and bacon sriracha, I knew my friends had made the perfect choice. We started with bloody marys (with beer backs, of course) and tasty bar snacks like duck fat chips and popcorn with roasted garlic hot sauce. I also tried The Cure-a seriously fantastic brunch cocktail made with cold-pressed Unicorn’s Blood espresso blend, El Dorado 5 year aged rum, Carpano Antica, Fernet Branca-this one definitely packs a punch!

Lion + Maven | Three Aces

Lion + Maven | Three Aces

In no time at all our plates filed out of the kitchen. I went with the Ace burger-aged cheddar, trimmings, bacon jam, aioli, garlic and hops pickle, and a side of bolognese fries. The burger…good. The bolognese fries…amazing. My friend Katie also enjoyed the bolognese fries but she opted for the “Double-Double” burger-a towering stack topped with American cheese, romaine, and special sauce on a brioche bun. If you’re in the mood for a burger neither of these will disappoint!

Lion + Maven | Three Aces

Lion + Maven | Three Aces

Mike had the Breakfast Poutine-fries, sausage gravy, fried egg, bacon, bacon siracha, scallions. Definitely the best overall dish and the perfect stick-to-your-ribs hangover cure. Although a bit messy, the Drop biscuit sandwich with a cheddar-scallion biscuit, ham, aged cheddar, fried farm egg, sausage gravy fries was also a hit at our table.

Lion + Maven | Three Aces

Lion + Maven | Three Aces

Lion + Maven | Three Aces

Bottom line: great drinks and great food…two great reasons to check out the spot where “Italian countryside meets the American farm house…in Keith Richard’s basement bar”!

Three Aces is located at 1321 W. Taylor St. in Chicago, IL.

 

Sunday

23

February 2014

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Lazy Sundays

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  Lion + Maven | Lazy Sundays

  • Looking for a quality caffeine fix? Eater Chicago’s latest Chicago Coffee Heatmap can point you in the right direction! I really need to stop in to one of these spots sometimes soon-everyone loves a good coffee Instagram picture!
  • Finding a great hair dryer can be quite the eye-opening experience-you never knew what you were missing until this magical new appliance cuts your hair drying time in half! Rank & Style has a great round-up of their top hair dryers, and you don’t need to shell out the big bucks for quality-my current dryer is #2 on the list and I love it!
  • I am loving Jess Lively’s latest installment of The Lively Show featuring Liz Schneider of Sequins & Stripes! I especially love her thoughts on competition in the blog world; I think most bloggers have put pressure on themselves at some point in time and taking a step back to remember that your blog is about you and nobody else is definitely great advice!
  • I’ve been slacking in the kitchen as of late but Strawberry Plum’s recipe for Pancetta-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Date Jam might just get me back to cooking very soon!
  • Plans this coming Thursday? If not you should check out LUNAFEST-a festival of nine inspiring short films by women filmmakers, for women. The ticket price includes a cocktail reception before the show and all net proceeds benefit Step Up Women’s Network and the Breast Cancer Fund. You can use the code LUNA5 for $5 off your ticket!

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