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Salt Lake City Guide

April 12, 2016

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There are so many things that I miss about Utah. The people, the mountains, HOWIE. It’s not surprising that in addition to my lengthy list of things I miss, multiple restaurants make an appearance over and over again. Both Salt Lake and Park City are jam-packed with amazing places to eat so I thought I would put together a guide to my favorite places to eat in SLC. In an effort to not make this post a mile long, I’ll create a separate post of my favorite Park City joints. Be on the look-out for that soon.
But for now, let’s talk about good ol’ slc. If you’re not from the area, you may not believe me that this place is overflowing with yummy food, but trust me, IT’S THERE. Let me give you the scoop:


RUTH’S DINER (4160 Emigration Canyon Rd) Open for brunch and dinner, but I highly recommend the brunch. The biscuits are to-die-for. If it’s warm, sit in the back courtyard. Sometimes there’s live music.

EVA’S (317 Main St) This might be my very favorite restaurant in all of Salt Lake. It’s tiny and lovely with amazing food. Everything is meant to be shared. Get the parmesan fries.

CAFÉ RIO (all over the place, seriously) Ok, so you may think I’m lame for including a chain in this guide. But COME ON PEOPLE, Café Rio is so good. I crave the sweet pork often. This is a good place if you need a quick lunch. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s so good.

SETTEBELLO (260 200 W) Traditional Italian pizzas. The vibe is good and there’s gelato. So much yum.

MY THAI (1425 S 300 W) Most certainly nothing fancy, but some of the best Thai food I’ve ever had. The panang curry is my favorite.

THE BAYOU (645 State St) Cajun food with an extra long beer list (like hundreds, I’m not kidding). There’s also a pool table in the back, so that’s fun.

BLUE PLATE (2041 S 2100 E) My go-to brunch spot in slc. It’s old school, and diner-y and serves the best comfort brunch food. Perfect for slow (read hungover) mornings.

RED IGUANA (736 W North Temple) The best Mexican food I’ve ever had. It’s always busy, so expect to wait outside, but I promise it’s more than worth it. The Tacos A La Iguana are my fave (with a margarita and guac, naturally).

BRUGES WAFFLES & FRITES (336 W 300 S) Belgian-style waffles and fries. What’s not to love? There are loads of aioli to choose from and the space is tiny and quaint.


THE ROSE ESTABLISHMENT (235 400 W) Everything about this place is ideal, from the amazing space to the delicious coffee. I wish I could spend hours here on my laptop, people watching and drinking a rose latte. You must go here.

EVA’S BAKERY (155 Main St) The sister space to Eva’s. This French-inspired cafe is perfection. There’s no doubt that you’ll be posting an Instagram during your visit here (it’s that cute).

CARLUCCI’S (314 Broadway) I may be biased since I worked here for a summer, but this bakery is incredible. If you’re lucky enough to get there before the fruit tarts are sold out, get one! But honestly, you’ll be happy with any treat.

SUGARHOUSE COFFEE (1100 East 2011 South) This was my favorite coffee shop to study and stay for hours. It’s comfy and cozy, with delicious drinks. Get the creme brûlée latte. They also have live music some nights.

So, there you have it, my favorite spots in Salt Lake. Utah friends, am I missing any of your favorites? Let me know!

Want more city guides? Check out my other guides here:
Chicago Coffee Guide
Austin City Guide

Want more travel inspo? Check out all my posts on travel here.

Thanks for reading xx Erica


Park City, UT

March 14, 2016

One of the best things about moving away from home is being able to come back for a visit. You see everything in an entirely new light. When you spend just five days exploring your city and soaking every ounce of Park-City-goodness you think, “wow, this is the most amazing place on Earth, why did I ever leave?” But it’s the time away from the place that makes it so special really. The months away help highlight every wonderful thing there is here – and trust me there are looots. Sometimes my whole body aches for being back in this place, and I’m sure you’ll see why from these photos. The landscape and most importantly the people cannot be beat. Sam and I have been home for just a few days now and I’m already itching for another visit. Here are some photos of our quick trip home.


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The views from the top of the mountain are so breathtaking, especially of the Timpanogos. Deer Valley_4Sam Skiing

He did so well! I am so impressed with his skiing. Deer Valley_6Deer Valley_S+EDeer Valley_1Deer Valley_2Deer Valley_3 Deer Valley_7Deer Valley_Mom

My mama is the cutest. And such a badass skier.Deer Valley_8Deer Valley_Padre

Padre in his bright orange jacket. It’s fun when he’s so bright that you can see him fly down the mountain. He goes so super fast (he’s the best skier I know). He usually waits until the rest of us are down the hill and then he flies down the mountain. It’s fun to watch.
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The plastic Beach. I’d give anything to have a beer and lounge in one of these chairs right now..


Being home always means fresh green juice every morning. Thanks Padre!Navy Wilde

My mom is the hostess with the mostest and had about 25 people over for an Apres Ski party on Sunday afternoon. It was so nice to see so many friends, and most importantly meeting Navy Wilde. She is the sweetest baby I’ve ever seen and it was so hard to say goodbye to her at the end of the night. Just loooook at her!!!!! IMG_1999Being home also means slow mornings with coffee and Howie snuggles on the couch. It’s the best way to start the day.  IMG_1926Howie Hands

He sometimes insists on holding hands… I don’t hate it.

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I can’t get enough of my smiley pup.Sam+Howie_HikingIMG_2032

Round Valley is so beautiful. Round Valley


We walked Howie on Main street and it was like walking around with a famous person. Everyone was smiling at him as they passed. They wanted to stop to talk and cuddle with him. Which makes perfect sense. IMG_1919IMG_2024

The Rose Establishment in Salt Lake. You must go!

Plane View


xo, E

food / travel

My Favorite Chicago Coffee Shops

January 21, 2016

Best Coffee in Chicago


It’s here friends. The cold tundra that is Chicago has arrived and we’re all wondering why we live in such a place (this photo explains the feeling exactly). For those of you brave enough to leave your cozy apartments within the next two months, I’ve rounded up my favorite Chicago coffee shops. Bundle up and head to these gems, they’re so worth it!

Chicago Coffee Guide

  • The Coffee Studio: My favorite spot in Andersonville. Also, BONUS, there’s a really great colorful wall across the stress for ideal photo opportunitiesFullSizeRender
  • The Perfect Cup: This spot is extra cozy. Keep in mind that the wifi isn’t great here. BUT they do have board games! So bring a friend to play a game, or a book to keep you company while you sip on a delicious coffee.
  • The Grind Cafe: This is a new favorite spot of mine. I’ve only been to The Grind for a quick cup of joe in the morning, but it’s so cozy and I can’t wait to bring my laptop here and hang out for a few hours. If you’re in Lincoln Square you’ve gotta check it out.FullSizeRender-2
  • Heritage Bicycles: Where can you go to get your bike repaired AND get a delicious cup of coffee? Heritage! Or, if you’re bike-less like me, you simply go for the sweet vibes and yummy drinks.
  • Osmium: This is a pretty cool spot on Belmont. The art on the walls is reason enough to go to Osmium. It’s so funky and cool.
  • Next Door: Perfect if you’re trying to get some work done and need a bit of inspiration. There are always young people in here working on some sort of project. ND is extra cool because they offer a bunch of FREE classes. The crepes are amazing and they often have free live music on Friday nights. I can’t say enough good things about Next Door!
  • Floriole: What isn’t there to love about Floriole? Their pastries are everything. If you can, either get a seat in front by the huge windows (there are always dogs walking by) or grab a seat in the back. They have a huge window into the kitchen so you can see the pastry chefs at work. yum yum yum.


  • Asado: Specifically the Pick Wick location in the Loop. This teeny shop is located at the end of an alley that was used as a horse stable before the Chicago Fire. So cool!_MG_3074
  • La Colombe: Such good vibes and coffee at La Colombe. There are multiple locations, but I think my favorite is in the West Loop.Sprudge-Eric-Perez-BT_Pilsen-6-740x494
  • Bow Truss: The inside of the Bow Truss shops are just plan COOL. And the coffee is amazing. Win Win.


  • Intelligentsia: Probably the most well-known Chicago coffee shop. I frequent the Broadway location most often, but the Logan Square spot looks super cool. Get a latte, Sam swears by them.
  • Dollop: Specifically the one in the Loop. They have crazy yummy drinks, like a s’more mocha  and vanilla nut lattes. A lovely pick-me-up! Especially if you’re in the hustle of the loop.

What are some of your favorite coffee shop, friends? I’d love to know! Feed into my coffee addition!



One More Austin Post!

August 1, 2015

Hi y’all. I realize that it’s been a month now that Sam and I went to Austin, but I have more photos to share from our trip, so that’s what I’m going to do. One month later. Better late than never!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out my in-depth Austin travel guide, you can do so here. I had so much fun putting it together!

I have so many photos from our trip. I was the ultimate tourist while we were in the Lone Star State. I brought my camera everywhere with us, which resulted in a lot of photos. Which results in me still talking about Austin a month later.

I hope you’ll still enjoy these snaps!

austin_viewHiking from Mount Bonnell.

austin_storeI loved all the painted arrows. They were in all of the boutiques throughout the city.

austin_selfie2Selfie Couple

austin_selfieSee, total selfie pros..

austin_samkayakThe cutest kayaker I ever did see.

austin_foodFunny story. Moments after this photo was taken a crazy old man was arrested on this picnic table where we were sitting!! He was swearing at the officer and asking us for help. It was bananas. This also happen only hours after being in Austin. It was an interesting start to our week.

austin_hatsWe loved all the hats. This same shop exists in Chicago! Goorin inWicker Park!

austin_hikeAnother view from Mount Bonnell


austin_nightlifeTypical Austin nightlife. BBQ, fairy lights and live music.


austin_13We loved that this street was called 13 1/2. And the pink house and flowers just added to the cutness!

austin_congressSouth congress

austin_coffeeJo’s coffee = happiness

austin_cactusvibescactus vibes on point

austin_cactisee what I mean!

austin_burgerSo much food, so little time

austin_breakA necessary reminder.

austin_breadA cafe with an entire wall dedicated to bread. My kind of place.

austin_amyAmys! The best ice cream in Austin

Remember to check out my Austin Travel Guide if you want all the deets about where we ate, shopped, drank and played!

xo, E


Austin Guide

July 11, 2015

Austin Guide

I’m so excited to share my first city guide with you! AUSTIN was so, so cool. The vibes of the city were indie meets country meets eccentric meets AMAZING. If that makes any sense. The city was full of one-of-a-kind, local cafes, restaurants and shops. I barely saw any chain stores or Starbucks the entire time we were there, which is such a treat. I have SO much goodies to tell you guys about. So, let’s get to it!

EAT_Austin2Torchy’s TacosSam’s favorite food we had in ATX. Delicious tacos served from a food truck. I recommend the fried avocado taco and the queso. GET the queso! It has chunks of avocado in it. You won’t regret it.

Banger’s Sausage: Located on Rainey street and has over 100 beers on tap. The sausages are all made in-house and the waiters really know their stuff about beer. The patio area is huge and Texas-cool with live music. Also, you can get a free tattoo of their logo, so there’s that!

Amy’s Ice Cream: Would you judge me if I told you that we had Amy’s THREE times in the six days we were there? Because we did. And I don’t regret a single bite. Local Austin ice cream with a number of locations throughout the city. Super fun and cool. Get the Mexican vanilla.

Hopdoddy: Craft beer and burger heaven. The line will be long, but it’s so worth it. Get the parmesan truffle fries (pictured above).

Lick Ice Cream: Really unique flavors like goat cheese, thyme & honey and roasted beets & fresh mint.

Burro: Gourmet grilled cheese truck located on South Congress. Get a sandwich, sit on the picnic tables and people watch.

Freedman’s: Yummy BBQ without a wait (unlike Franklin’s). The restaurant is very Texas-y and they have a lot of whiskeys at the bar.

Jalopy: Colorful food truck serving wraps on homemade bread. Lots of gluten free and vegetarian options. This is a good place to go if you are in the mood for something a little less “Texas.”

Barton Springs Pool: Huge natural pools of water with lots of grassy areas to lay with a blanket and book. Equipped with a diving board and good people watching.

SoCo First Thursday: If you’re lucky enough to be in Austin during the first Thursday of the month, visit South Congress from 7 p.m. to midnight. The street is filled with local artists, musicians and the stores stay open late with major discounts.

Paddle board & kayak:  Enjoy Lady Bird Lake on a board or kayak. Renting is affordable and it’s the perfect way to see the city.

Alamo Draft House: The coolest movie theater there ever was. Order beer and delicious food (not just your standard popcorn and candy). Waiters come into the theater to take your order. A great option if you want to escape the heat.

Mount Bonnell: Beautiful, easy hike with amazing views of both downtown and the lake. Also, you can see all the beautiful homes along the lake where a lot of famous people apparently live. Ideal fresh air/easy workout activity!

Bats on Congress Bridge: The world’s largest urban bat colony resides underneath Congress Bridge, and every evening at dusk (between April and October), hundreds of people gather to see the bats fly from under the bridge. We heard the ideal time to see the bats is in August.

Austin Greeting Sign: So this isn’t really a “thing to do”, rather a cool thing to take a photo of! If you’re interested in being the ultimate tourists (like we were) it’s located on 1st and Annie Street.

Shop_AustinTake Heart: This store is a breath of fresh air. Shop for modern, minimalist ceramics, housewares and cards. It’s where we found our beloved ceramic horseshoe.

Charm School Vintage: The Mecca for vintage. So many amazing pieces from dresses, to cowboy boots to jewelry. Definitely go.

The Gypsy Wagon: Located on South Congress. This shop is filled with cute accessories for your home, clothing and cards. So bright and cheery.

Uncommon Objects: So many trinkets and treasures to be found in Uncommon Objects. This store is huge and jam-packed with vintage. But it’s color coordinated and set up in a way that’s not overwhelming considering the amount of goodies to search through.

Stag: Super hip men’s clothing store.

Parts + Labor: This store is filled with items from local Austin artists. From cards to clothing and jewelry.

Drink_AustinpsdMidnight Cowboy: Super hidden speakeasy on 6th Street. You must make a reservation beforehand. The atmosphere is really cool, and the cocktails are funky and strong. Some of the drinks are made table-side.

Toms Cafe: Yes, Toms as in the shoes. Super strange, I know, but SO GOOD. the back yard/patio is ideal. Filled with trees and painted benches and ping pong tables. Pair all that with an espresso drinks, and you have the perfect afternoon.

Easy Tiger: Bake shop AND beer garden. I recommend it for morning and night. The beer garden is lit with overhead fairy lights and there’s a stream that runs along the side the restaurant. So perfect.

Cenote: Definitely where the locals go for good coffee and food. This would be a perfect place to camp out with a book or your computer for a few hours.

Jo’s Hot Coffee: Grab a delicious coffee (I recommend the Belgian Bomber) and take a photo of the iconic “I love you so much” wall. Cool story – this wasn’t originally painted on the wall, but the owner and his girlfriend got into a fight, and the girlfriend spray painted the wall with the warm words to say sorry. So cute!

Craft Pride: Coolest bar on Rainey Street (we went twice within two days!)  The tap list seems never-ending and the beers are listed in a helpful, organized chart on the wall. They also have a pizza truck on the back patio (Detroit style pizza, which is apparently a thing?)

Spider House: Super cool, hipstery bar/coffee shop. The outside patio is funky, eccentric and hosts a tattoo parlor in the back. Live music at night.

So there you have it! I hope this list is helpful for anyone who is visiting Austin soon! Happy travels, ya’ll!

xo, Erica



austin, texas

July 6, 2015



Our trip to Austin was so, so great. I think it was different than Sam and I expected, but in some ways it was even better. I took my camera everywhere with me and it felt really fun to be a tourist. Taking photos and not caring what people thought! Sometimes I get so shy about taking photos in Chi. I don’t really know why. I’m working on it.

I’m planning to do a complete guide to Austin. We saw and did (and ate!) so much! We were there for 6 full days and jam-packed everything we possibly could into those days. I have so much to share and advice to give to folks wanting to travel down south to this amazing city. I’m telling you, it’s really cool! I have a lot of photos and information to sift through before I can show you my complete guide, but for now, I’d thought I share some of my favorite images from the trip.













Come back in a few days for my complete Austin guide. Complete with things to see, best places to eat, drink and shop.

xo, e