In Search of Inspiration.

I have not written an inspiration article in quite some time. From music to interior design, from recipes to style, I am constantly on the lookout from things that inspire me to push myself that much further.

As we all know, I'm a lover of Instagram and a likely on the social media app much too often throughout the day. I am a true millennial in that I love a constant feed of stimuli coming my way. With my impending  30th birthday on the horizon, I find myself looking at interior design blogs and websites of some of my favorite stores (Crate & Barrel, CB2, West Elm, etc, etc, etc) looking for ideas for when I own my own apartment or condo. 

Below are just a few examples of the things that have been inspiring me lately.



Chi-Town Stories.

The day has finally come. After five months of waiting and anticipating, I am thrilled to finally share my Jewel Osco Chi-Town Stories segment with you!

When I was first approached to be a part of this project I was excited, thrilled even. But what I didn't realize was how much I would get out of the experience. How much it would show me about what I wanted for this website. Having the opportunity to share my passions with new people, with friends, and now with the entire world through this video is unlike anything that I have ever experience. It's reminded me why I started Smak and why I enjoy cooking and food so much. Sure, I like to eat. I like to feel full and satisfied. Let's not fool ourselves, we eat to survive.

But what about more than the physical? So we eat because our body needs substance and nutrients. But is that all we get out of it? Is that really all that food has to offer? No. Food, cooking, dining, it all brings a sense of identity and community to those that partake. So I make a marinated cucumber salad and gravlax? It absolutely tastes delicious, but it helps inform others of where I've been. Of who I am. And of the story that I bring.

With that said, I hope you enjoy my story. It's a little piece of Smak, of Tommy, that you can sit back and enjoy. I hope you like it! And please, feel free to share with your friends and family!

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