Coffee and Pocky Pairings + A Cute Chicago Coffee Shop

If you saw last month’s Valentine’s Day DIY post, you know that I’m obsessed with Pocky: a delicious, portable, sweet treat. I frequently use their chocolate flavor as a coffee stirrer, and that had me thinking… what kinds of Coffee and Pocky pairings could I put together?! So I went over to Dollop Coffee Co. in Chicago to find out.

Dollop Coffee Chicago

Dollop Coffee Co Chicago

First of all, I finally found this Dollop location after admiring it from afar on Instagram for a long time.

Cute Coffee Shop in Gold Coast, Chicago

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10 Places To Get Your Creativity On In Chicago

Many of my friends have told me that their 2017 goal was to learn something new, whether it be coding, cooking, or throwing on a pottery wheel. Being who I am as a person, I immediately gravitated towards creative classes, and started putting together a list for friends to help them navigate their way through their awesome resolutions. Since I was making a list of places for creativity in Chicago anyways, I thought I’d share with you!

Chicago is just brimming with places to unleash your creative juices. Whether you think you’re a creative or not (you are), I promise I found something for you–take a peek below at the many outlets for your right-brained self, and let me know if you sign up for something!

Guitar Classes Chicago

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Happy Anniversary, Chi.

One year ago today, I hopped on a one-way flight from Phoenix to Chicago. Embarking on the most life-changing journey of my existence to date, I knew I was on to something good.

My Favorite Things About Chicago

I have fallen in love with Chicago, and it’s not just infatuation. There isn’t a single day that I don’t wake up excited and happy to be living here (even when it’s -30 with wind chill). And how could I not love it?! This city is full of things for me to adore. Such as…

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Slow Cooker Black Bean Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Black Bean Turkey Chili | Love Always, Audrey Blog

This recipe was adapted a few times over from a Betty Crocker recipe until I got it just right. Now, it’s my staple potluck contribution and people gobble it right up! It doesn’t take too long to make, and it’s always a hit at celebrations (and at home).

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 6-8 hours
Servings: 8

2.5 lb ground turkey (I use Jennie-O)
1 cup chopped yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 can (28oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (16oz) black beans, drained
1 can (15oz) tomato sauce
2.5-3 tablespoons chili powder (depends on how spicy you like it)
1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 avocados

1. In a large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium heat, 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain.
2. In a 4-to-5-quart slow cooker, mix turkey, onion, and remaining ingredients. Make sure it’s mixed well!
3. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
4. Garnish with sliced avocado, and enjoy!