Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

Thanks to an awesome deal offered by AMC Theaters, many Oscar-nominated movies were available to watch on a buy-one-get-one-free ticket this week! So after a long day of work, Chris and I decided to catch…


It clocked in at just about 3 hours…Honestly, about 1 hour too long. Otherwise, I found it surprisingly funny! Especially since this was from Martin Scorsese and starred Leonardo DiCaprio (2 people I don’t automatically think of as “funny”), I was pleasantly entertained. Jonah Hill also has a major supporting role playing Jonah Hill as a stock broker. Probably not that much of a reach for him, but he did have some of the more hilarious moments.

Fair warning: This is not a movie about how to make it in finance. Really, it’s a movie about sex and DRUGS. I’ve read some reviews that are critical of this movie’s “glorification” of this kind of excessive lifestyle. Yes, a lot of the more entertaining, watercooler-worthy scenes are of the crazy shiz that happens while many of the characters are under the influence of something (alcohol, cocaine, pills, and most often a mixture of all of these), but I think the movie overall depicts this as pretty unappealing at the end of the day. In any case, entertainment is entertainment and you probably shouldn’t be living your life by what you learn from films anyway or else I’d break into song every 8 minutes (I like musicals, you see).

My family likes to rate movies out of 4 stars for some reason, so I give this one a solid 3. It loses 2 because of the length, but I added 1 back because of Leonardo DiCaprio’s sweet dance moves:




“Chicken Parmesan” & Bruschetta

CJ is Italian and he likes to judge Italian restaurants by how their waiters pronounce “bruschetta.”

The correct Italian pronunciation is “brus-ketta,” but most people in the US just say “bru-shetta.”

Whenever we try a new Italian restaurant, (we went to Viaggio over the weekend) he orders “brus-ketta,” and the waiter always responds, “Sure, the bru-shetta.”

It drives CJ crazy. We’ve been to 1 restaurant where it was pronounced right.

Anyways, I decided to try my hand at making bruschetta.

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I also made “Chicken Parmesan” based off of Iowa Girl Eat’s recipe. I put “Chicken Parmesan” in quotes because it doesn’t actually involve breaded chicken or parmesan (she suggested using mozzarella).

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~ Tia

Lunch Break – Mercadito

My coworker’s birthday was over the weekend, so today we took her out for lunch at Mercadito.

We started off with 3 different types of salsa and a side of guacamole to share.

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I also had the house made soda with strawberry and pineapple. Yummy!

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And the camaron (shrimp) tacos with corn tortillas and avocado.

I can’t wait to go back!

~ Tia







Au Cheval

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Tia and I met up with our friend Maya tonight to continue eating our way through Chicago. We managed to get into Au Cheval without too long of a wait and chowed down on these “single” cheeseburgers. Tia and I got the add-ons which was a sunny side-up egg and a honkin’ piece of bacon on top. Maya got hers plain because she’s a chump. Actually, the add-ons cost $5 extra, so maybe the joke was on us.

Well, bacon’s bacon.


Louis Vuitton Collection

I love handbags, purses, wallet, clutches…you name it.

During Spring 2012, I purchased my first Louis Vuitton bag, the iconic Speedy 25 in Monogram. Let’s just say that since then, I’ve gone a leeeetle crazy. 

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(From left to right)

Speedy 25 Bandouliere in Damier Ebene, Insolite Wallet in Black Multicolor, Speedy Bandouliere 25 in Monogram, Neverfull MM Tote in Damier Ebene, and Eva Clutch in Damier Ebene. 

Why do I have two Speedys? Well, if I could go back, I probably would have just gotten the Damier Ebene. It’s always raining or snowing in Chicago, so the Monogram style with its vachetta leather is not super practical. I love that the Damier Ebene is waterproof and not as flashy. Then again, I can’t have too many bags in the same print! I originally bought the Eva clutch in Damier Azur. It was pretty, but after 1.5 week, the corners turned a little pink! I’m not sure if it was because I put in the Neverfull tote with its red lining, but that’s not OK. Luckily, I was able to swap it out at the store.

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(We had fun while it lasted.)

I contemplated getting the Speedy 30. I probably drove the salesperson crazy deciding. Ultimately, I decided that since I’d mostly wear the Speedy crossbody, the Speedy 25 looked better. I have the Neverfull for when I need to carry a lot of stuff. It’s a great work bag.

Anyone else out there a Louis fan?

~ Tia

10 Minute Meal: Tofu & Black Bean Bowl

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When CJ lived in the River North, we would frequently order from a place called EatFit.

My favorite meal on the menu was the Greek Salad with Chicken, but CJ would always order the Chicken and Black Bean Bowl. It consisted of brown rice, chicken, black beans, shredded carrots, and red bell pepper, topped with some kind of light dressing.

Unfortunately, EatFit doesn’t deliver to the West Loop. CJ was so disappointed, that a few months ago, I tried to recreate the recipe for him…except with tofu. And the impossible happened. He decided he liked it even more! I’ve been begged to make this dish on a weekly basis now. Luckily it is super easy and super inexpensive.

I’ve experimented with several different dressings, but this is CJ’s favorite combo. When a meat-eating guy requests you swap out chicken for tofu…I don’t even know what to say.

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Saute all the ingredients until fully cooked. Serve over rice (or quinoa). This would also be great in a wrap.

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Do you ever recreate restaurant meals?



Have you ever been in a food court and thought, “This is perfect, but I wish my meal was way more expensive,” or “If only I could buy the ingredients for what I’m eating right here, for twice the cost of what I paid for the meal…”

Well, if you’re in Chicago, no worries – Eataly has arrived! Hahaha – Of course, I’m just joking up there. Chris and I finally had a chance to check out the new location of the gourmet grocery store/Italian foodie paradise tonight. We were mostly overwhelmed with the sheer number of options of where you can eat! Also, even after being open for a few months, it was still really crowded, making navigation difficult.

We still managed to check out 2 places: The Birreria and the Pasta & Pizza restaurant. It was all around great food and very fast service.

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We were too stuffed for gelato or Nutella after dinner, but there’s always next time!