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by thisjess.cooks

Here we are, let’s do this!

If you know me, you know this isn’t my first, second, or fifth blog. But there’s just something that keeps coming back to me, so here we are!

My (new) husband and I just moved to Chicago. The kitchen is nice. I let him pick the apartment without me seeing it, but that was a requirement (and good lighting!). It’s the kind of kitchen where you just can’t help but want to cook, and I find myself plotting different recipes to make each weekend and through the week. Now that we’re also back in the Land of Farms, as I like to call it, I find that the grocery stores are also AMAZING. We were coming from NYC where grocery shopping was literally one of the worst things to happen to you. Between that and some pretty stellar kitchen-related wedding gifts, I honestly find myself wondering what kind of kitchen madness I can get up to on any given day.

Apart from cooking (or really, the two are related), we love to eat. And explore. There are three components to making a really great trip, whether it’s to the other side of the world

  1. Wander – truly, truly wander. With no plan. Maybe with a map (or maybe not). Go wherever the mood takes you. Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells. Be a kid and enjoy just being there.
  2. Eat – the food, the wine, the coffee, everything. Eat and savor everything you can get your hands on. For me, part of this is cooking too. Cooking a meal and savoring it in a new place is one of my favorite things in the world.
  3. Sleep – Airbnb is my jam, but I LOVE great hospitality no matter where it is. Whether you’re staying in the ritziest resort, boutique hotel, authentic hilltop Airbnb, or a shoddy hole in the wall hotel that you mistakenly booked (or not, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do), soak it in. It’s part of the experience and each one is worthwhile.

It’s become a bit of a life motto: wander, eat, sleep. If I can live my life appreciating and doing those things, I will be forever happy. The above also breaks down the categories of this blog for you: Wanders, Cooks, Eats, (and eventually) Sleeps.

“It’s become a bit of a life motto: wander, eat, sleep.”

I have a lot of stories and will live my life forever collecting more. With this blog I hope to share some with you, and to share my kitchen explorations and thoughts, as well as some of our wanderings. Follow along with me, let me know what you’re liking (or not), and let’s wander together.