Chicago Eats – Owl and Lark

I’ve found heaven on earth ladies and gentlemen and it’s called Owl and Lark. Located in the La Grange (Chicagoland) area this cute little spot is the perfect combination of quick bites and sit down staples. After seeing tons of hype about this place on social media, I knew I had to make my way towards it.

The menu at Owl and Lark really took me by surprise. They had salads, smoothies and bowls, dairy-free options, and a variety of different breads to choose from for your avocado toast. Which by the way, is the bomb diggity.

I ordered a 16 oz matcha latte with oat milk (considerably my new obsession). Oat milk gives the drink a natural flavor. To me, it’s like an upgraded version of regular milk. It was light and flavorful + the perfect amount of sweetness. Totally frothy and blended together nicely. I loved it!

To compliment my hot beverage, I also splurged on the pumpernickel bread avocado toast. The avocado wasn’t too overwhelming – it was evenly spread across and topped with pickled onions, red pepper flakes, arugula, and watermelon radish. The watermelon radish atop everything was, to be honest, a bit much. I was intimidated at first but after a few bites, that fear was gone and filled with flavor!

Besides the wonderful food and drinks this place had, I also just have to briefly touch on the atmosphere. This gem was bright, filled with character, and modern with a tiny amount of rustic flair. If my personality and style was a coffee shop, it would be this.

Owl and Lark, thanks for creating such an adorable place for my hubby and I to have lunch. Everything about our experience was perfect and I’ll 100% be back for more! Friends, if you live in the Chicagoland area, put this spot on your list to visit! I promise you will not regret it!

Natural Ways To Deal With Stress

Stress is something I’m sure all of us deal with either on a daily, weekly, monthly or rare basis. If you’re like me and stress about nearly everything…these tips are for you! It’s not good to always feel worrisome and overwhelmed – try something down below and see if it helps!

Eucalyptus

Trader Joe’s sells Eucalyptus in bundles for very inexpensive. I’d say I spent under $5 for mine! I love to tie it up in a hot shower to clear my sinuses + makes me feel super calm.

Essential Oils

So many people have found a remedy for their stress by using essential oils. Personally, I haven’t explored them enough to be an expert but I have tried a few like lavender that have definitely helped me feel less-annoyed and concentrated on my day.

Honey & Bananas

Bananas are known to have something called tryptophan. This protein gets converted in the body to serotonin which helps you relax and feel overall more content. I eat a banana in the morning almost every day just to keep my mood going in the right direction.

Honey mixed with chamomile tea before bed has also helped aid my stress. A teaspoon is just enough to get myself in a calm state. Not entirely sure if honey is scientifically proven to have anti-anxiety/stress-free benefits but it sure works for me.

Running

Cardio is hardio, we all know this. But there’s something about running a mile or two that just makes me feel 10x better about whatever is going on in my life. When you exercise, your moving your body and focusing on that, nothing else. It’s calming when you’ve only got one thing to focus on!

Breathing Techniques & Meditation

Taking a few deep breaths or spending some time alone can help you sort out your thoughts on a personal level. I like taking a couple of minutes to unplug from my surroundings and just be.

Indulge

There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a little bit of something good when you’re overwhelmed. Find a healthy snack that you love and can go-to when you need to calm down.

Listening To Soothing Sounds

Take a walk outside or use a sound machine and listen to soothing chirps, waves, or rain. There are even a few apps out there that can bring the outdoors to you!

Declutter

I’ve found a lot of comfort in decluttering my home lately. Removing items that I have no use for anymore and reorganizing really helps clear my mind. This is perfect to do on a cold winter day too!

Taking A Bath

Find the time to treat yourself by taking a long, hot, bath. I’ll light a few candles and prep my tub with some of my favorite bubble bath – always makes me feel less stressed and relaxed.

reading a book in a bubble bath

Himalayan Salt Lamps

I’m sure most of you have heard of these beauties before. The negative salt ions that are produced under heat from the lamp can boost blood flow, calm allergies, and improve sleep. I keep one right next to my bed and turn it on when I start my night routine.

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Chicago Eats – Cafe Robey

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Cafe Robey in the Wicker Park area. Located on the corner of North Milwaukee Ave and West North Ave, this spot is a place you won’t forget about.

cafe robes in chicago

Modern American cuisine with a twist is how I’d describe this gem. My first indulgence was the avocado toast with added egg. You can also add crab meat for an additional charge. There had to have been at least two whole avocados on my toast. A thick layer was spread across + pickled red onions, chili flakes, and espelette oil. My mouth still waters about this.

menu at cafe robey in chicago with latte on the side downtown

cafe robey in downtown chicago menu

My husband ordered the Cuban sandwich. Which personally, I’m not usually a fan of but boy was this delicious – pork loin & shoulder, gruyère, avocado, red onion, mustard alongside some spiced potato chips. Again, didn’t think I’d enjoy a dish like this but surprisingly I couldn’t stop reaching over the table to sneak bites.

avocado toast and Cuban sandwich at cafe robey in downtown chicago

duck hash at cafe robey in downtown chicago

Lastly, the chef brought out duck hash (I’ve never had duck before so I was very eager to try). The meat was lean and flavorful, almost a melt-in-your-mouth type. The potatoes were seasoned perfectly – not too salty at all or overdone. I think the egg atop everything too made this menu item THAT much better.

Cuban sandwich and avocado toast in downtown chicago at cafe robey

inside cafe robey in downtown chicago

latte at cafe robey in downtown chicago

Overall, this place was a total win and I’ll definitely be visiting again. The atmosphere, the people, and the menu has me head-over-heels. Cheers to brunch lovers!