17 April 2014

Full Belly, Worn Soles Turns One

Hello all,

This post marks the 100th post on Full Belly, Worn Soles and the one year anniversary of the start of this blog. In recognition of that milestone, I'd like to share with you my five most popular posts.

My advice on how to avoid looking like a tourist

A chocolate and cappuccino indulgence featuring local coffee shop, Thom Bargen

My personal guide to trip planning (if you'd like to follow in my Type A footsteps)

Five free or cheap things to try in Vancouver

And my very first restaurant review, featuring The Grove Pub and Restaurant here in Winnipeg

I would also like to offer a sincere thank you to all my readers. Writing this blog has truly enriched my life, and I look forward to the collaborations, adventures and travels to come.

14 April 2014

ChocolateFest

Unless you're one of those people I'll never understand who "just doesn't like chocolate," you get excited about Ciao Winnipeg's yearly ChocolateFest. Your excitement may or may not reach my levels of salivating anticipation, but still, it's worth checking out.

This weekend, Chris and I swung by the Forks to admire the fountains, finger painting and cooking demonstrations all glorifying the patron saint of chocolate (something which if it doesn't exist, should). Then we popped in at Almond Tree for some decadent chocolate goodness. If you missed out on the event at the Forks, there's still plenty of time to stuff yourself until bursting. For the month of April, select restaurants across the city will be featuring recipes infused with the all-powerful cacao bean for 7$ across the board. You can check out Ciao's website for locations, or get yourself a copy of this month's magazine with chocolate recipes and more.


11 April 2014

Travel Routines

Although I love to travel, I'm also a creature of habit. That's why I find it soothing to establish little routines when I'm away from home. In the mornings, this routine predominantly revolves around coffee. While in Chicago, I woke up every morning and set out to try a new coffee shop. It gave me a chance to explore different neighbourhoods, allowed me to enjoy one of my favourite indulgences - a baked good dipped in cappuccino - and provided me with a leisurely start to each day.

I visited IntelligentsiaThe Wormhole Coffee, Letizia's Natural Bakery,  and Ipsento Coffee House and Roaster during my time in Chicago. If I missed some good ones (which I'm sure I did) let me know, and I'll add them to my list for next time.

7 April 2014

Normandy Pop Up

Pop up shops have been cropping up all over Winnipeg lately, and this past weekend, I had the chance to check out Normandy Shop's local makers pop up.

With hand-crafted cutting boards, soaps, tools, ballpoint pens and terrariums, it was a fun opportunity to shop while sipping mimosas and enjoying the afternoon sun. I brought Slim along, and there may have been some doggy wrestles with the affable shop pup, Norman.

This was the second pop up hosted by Normandy (the first featured vintage goods) and Chris and Amanda plan to make it a regular thing. If you want to be in the loop about upcoming pop ups there, follow @normandyshop on Instagram.


4 April 2014

Chicago: Eat, Drink, See

Chris and I have just returned from a quick five-day road trip out to Chicago. We've been to the Windy City once before, and this time we really had a chance to explore different areas of the city and experience its neighbourhood-y vibe (yes, I realize that's not a word). I can't wait to go into more depth and detail on various aspects of our trip, but here are a few of my top recommendations on what to eat, drink and see in Chicago.

Eat
Indulge in a decadent all-day breakfast at Little Goat Diner (Girl and the Goat is just across the street if you're looking for something more upscale). The Fat Elvis in particular is to die for. Hands down the best waffles of my life.

If eating in is more your speed, grab some ingredients at the French Market. Cheeses, meats, bread, french pastries: this place has it all.
Drink
Have a cocktail experience at The Violet Hour. You'll be ensconced in plush fabrics and dim lighting while sipping a craft cocktail mixed with chemist-like precision. If you're a gin lover like me, Juliet and Romeo was fresh, light, and full flavoured. As a side note, the signage is non-existent. It's the white exterior with violet circles and camouflaged door jammed between the bank and the day care. A little over the top perhaps, but the drinks are worth the hassle.

Knock back local pints while demonstrating your Pac-Man prowess at Emporium Arcade Bar. With an impressive collection of vintage arcade machines at only 25 cents a game, it's nerd paradise.

See
Make your way through the belly of a genuine U-boat captured by the Americans during WWII at the Museum of Science and Industry (it's one of only four left in the world). There are also a number of super-cool interactive exhibits. The Henry Crown Space Center was a particular favourite of mine.

Discover Frank Lloyd Wright's personal side with a tour of his Chicago home and studio. I was wowed by the obsessive attention to detail and natural aesthetic of what he called his "honeymoon home."

Thank you to everyone who commented with their recommendations before my trip. I definitely appreciated the advice and took many of your suggestions!


Check out my Instagram feed for food and drink photos from Chicago.