Wait a second. Why is there a new post on Saturday?, I am sure you are asking yourself right now.

Trust me, I was asking myself that same questions as I sat down this morning to write. I woke up this morning and I was making my normal pot of coffee. I chose Stumptown today. If you haven't tried it, you are really missing you. I know that Heritage General Store sells it, so if you live in Chicago, please do yourself a favor and make the trip to Lakeview. I find so often that it is easy to take advantage of what we've been blessed with. I talk about New York City all the time. About how amazing the food is, about the people, the atmosphere, the energy. But I don't live there anymore. So why do I dwell on that? It's useless.

Chicago

I don't know why this morning, of all days, but I am enjoying my coffee and all I can think about is how lucky and I am to be living in a city that offers so much. Culture, art, sports (Go Blackhawks!), history, food. Why am I not taking full advantage of everything that I have within my own backyard?

So, today I am not giving you a new recipe to try out, or necessarily reviewing a restaurant, bar, or coffee shop. Instead, I offer up some advice - live life to the fullest. It is easy to fall into a groove and get comfortable with your surroundings and schedules. Don't do that. Try new things. Meet new people. Eat strange food. Talk to people you'd never normally come into contact with. What's the harm?

So with this in mind, I have come up with a list of restaurants that I need to go to and experience. I am sure that my bank account will not like me for this, but nonetheless, here is a running list of places I need to try...I am sure I will add more each week:

Au Cheval

Perennial Virant

The Girl and the Goal

The Boarding House

Sushi Para

GT Fish & Oyster

The Summer House

Geja's Café

Hash House a Go Go

The Purple Pig

City Winery

The Dawson

The Pump Room

The Aviary

The Publican

Big Star

Antique Taco

The Southern

Filter Café

Violet Hour

Gilt Bar

Dear Lord how am I not 400 pounds? I will definitely have to keep up with my workouts while trying all of these restaurants/bars. If you're in the Chicago area and have any other suggestions, please let me know. What are your favorite go to restaurants or bars in Chicago?