A Taste to Remember

wormholeA few weeks ago I decided to purchase a coffeepot because I’ve been spending an absurd amount of money at Starbucks and could no longer justify doing so. There is nothing like a venti size triple gingerbread latte upside down, but I was sure that I would learn to love coffee made from home.

Of course the only way that I would completely enjoy homemade coffee is if the coffeepot was top of the line. Since I knew absolutely nothing about coffee pots the first thing that I did was look at reviews online. If you get a second, type coffee pots in to the Google search bar and you’ll quickly realize just how difficult this process was for me. Anyhow, after a few hours I narrowed it to the one that I decided to purchase.Making coffee at home is a great way to save money, and in most instances you can get the same quality as Starbucks offer.
coffee cupA week ago I met a friend for coffee at my favorite coffee shop, The WormHole. I’ve gone to The WormHole  a few times a month for at least two years  before buying my cool new coffee pot and consider it one of the best coffee shops in the city. Everything about this place will remind you of the 80’s. There is an old school television with a Nintendo hooked up to keep you hanging around for hours, a ton of cool 80’s posters on the walls and I’m sure you’ll truly enjoy the DeLorean that’s parked right inside the shop. All of the things that I just mentioned are great, but I’ve intentionally saved the best for last, which is the amazingly tasty  coffee! I wish I could go on some long rant about the type of beans that are used, but there is no need for that… Just take my word for it. If you’re walking down Milwaukee Ave and find yourself in need of a pick me up, stop into The WormHole Coffee shop. Good Luck! And Feel Free to leave a comment telling everyone about your experience or recommendations for us.

Why Go:  Excellent coffee at a great price, Nintendo games for days, and fantastic enviroment

Recommendtion: Get the Coo Coo Puffs!

Shopping, Shopping, and More Shopping!

Chicago shoppingIn America shopping has become away of life. Break up with your boyfriend? And  your girlfriends take you shopping for that awesome dress, that you’ll be wearing out later that night to help you get over him. You’re a guy that’s sick of being average? Well Nordstrom will help you “redefine” yourself.

I’ll never forget the first time I stepped foot in Shady Brook Mall. I know what you’re thinking, “Where in the world is Shady Brook Mall?” Well Shady Brook Mall is about 500 miles south of Chicago in a small town called Columbia Tennessee. Yup, At 10 years old I set out to be the most fashionable kid in the 6th grade. That year, A ridiculous amount of my time  was spent looking through fashion magazines, and trying to convenience my mother that I would not survive without buying something from the mall. She always promised me that I wouldn’t lose a leg. Guess she was right!

Fast forward 18 years and lo and behold! I’m still crazy about fashion. Anytime I’m having a bad day, a trip down Michigan Ave. usually puts thing back into prospective. My girlfriend is just as crazy about fashion as me. The only difference between me and her, is the fact that she refuses to pay full price for clothes unless she absolutely loves a certain item.  This past summer she came across Chicago Premium Outlet and was dying to go! Reluctantly, I agreed to go with her.

Chicago Premium Outlet is located at 1650 Premium Outlets Boulevard Aurora, IL 60502. It took about 40 minutes to get there, mall pic
but to my surprise, it was well worth it. The little 6th grade boy that thought he couldn’t survive without buying something from the mall was just dying to get out. The thing that I loved most about Chicago Premium Outlet is that all you can always find what you’re looking for and more times than not you’ll have no problem finding things in the size that you prefer, which was one of the biggest reasons why I never thought to shop at a outlet mall. After hour of shopping, we no longer had enough hands to carry all our bag, so we decided to call it a day. We’ve been back countless times since that first trip in the over the summer and I’ve always seemed to find something that I just had to have. I’m hoping that you’ll have just has much luck here as I do. P.S. Save Some stuff for me!

Why Go: Excellent selection of stores to choice from, Safe, and great deals.

Recommendations: Its best to get there early because parking can be a pain.

Bar of the Week: Headquarters Beercade

Headquarters-BeercadeLooking for a cool bar to call home? Well You’re in for a treat with this weeks bar of the week. Headquarters is located at 950 W. Wolfram and just blocks from the brown line stop.

A good friend of mine came across Headquarters a few months back and decided that blessing this place with a guy’s night out was a must. Unlike Dave & Busters,  Headquarters has more of a old school arcade feel to it. After walking in, I felt as if I’d just went trough a time warp back to the 90’s. there are about 30 televisions perfectly placed around the bar. All of which were playing reruns of WWF Summer Slam! IMG_0286By the time that the excitement started to subside I realized that all of the arcade games were free! Yes, this means endless amounts of Pac-Man, Contra, and Street Fighters just to name a few. There were about five bartenders on duty, two servers walking around taking drink orders, and a very short wait at the bar. One of the first things that stood out to me after looking over the menu was the beer selection. Headquarters    beer list  features a large amount of premium beers, which I found to be amazing because trying new beers is something that I love doing. My friends and I spent about four hours trying all types of beer, playing games, and watching WWF Summer Slam before deciding that it was time to call it a night.  Headquarters is the type of bar that you’ll go into and lose track of time, meet new friends, and relive some of those childhood memory’s. Since that night, I’ve returned or three separate occasions and the place just keeps getting better and better each time.

Why Go: All Games are free, Great beer selection, Friendly bartenders

Recommendations: Try the Wake up Dead, or Founders Keeper

Restaurant of the Week: Gyu Kaku-Chicago

gyu kaku 2

Looking for a great place to relax with friends? Look no further, because I got you covered. Gyu-Kaku can be found at 210 East Ohio Street. There is a tremendous amount of space, which means that reservations won’t be necessary. Very friendly waiting staff, management will find ways of  accommodating your needs (must be reasonable of course), and more importantly  the food is great.

While walking down Michigan Ave. with a friend this past summer Gyu-Kaku caught our attention. Though it was the summer time and people tend to find  reasons for getting out of the house, we were both still very surprised at the amount of people at the restaurant because it was 2:00pm on a sunday. After walking in the front door we were greeted by a gang of happy workers and quickly seated at a very unique table. This was the first time that I’ve been to a restaurant with this type of concept and had no idea what to expect. gyu kakuI’m not a fan of chain restaurants and had low expectations, before realizing that we would be cooking our own food right at the table. This means that the only person to blame if your food isn’t cooked exactly the way that you would like is yourself. Lucky for us we made it just in time to take full advantage of the happy hour menu.  One of the most appealing things about Gyu-Kaku to me, is the fact that happy hour is from 11am-3pm, 3pm-6pm, and 9pm- close! Half priced food and reasonably priced alcohol kept me and my friend at the restaurant for about three hours. Since the first time visiting Gyu-Kaku back in June it has been my go-to restaurant here in Chicago.  Rather I’m looking to get drinks before heading out on the town, relaxing with my girlfriend, or just having a guy’s night out, Gyu-Kaku tends to be my first choose and I hope that it becomes yours!

Why Go:Gyu-KaKu   features an all day happy hour menu – cheap drinks  – friendly waiting staff – short wait on most days  – clean environment. 

My Recommendation:  – Great place for dates – The Kobe Beef  is a must try – If you are feeling adventurous try the Gyu-Tan (beef tongue) -The Filet Tail is my favorite -Ask your server for the rewards card if you plan on returning. (for every $500.00 you spend, you’ll get $25.00 off your meal).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  –Cheers