chicago

August 25, 2014



Today I am home alone. I woke up late, brewed a pot of coffee, threw open the windows to the late summer breeze and got into the last section of On The Road. Am I the only person in the world who isn't in love with this novel? Albeit the occasional blow me away quote, I just can not relate to the characters. Either way, reading is a form of escape for us all. September is almost here and every year this month has marked the start of the new year. Always September, never January. I can't help but to feel nostalgic in late August. There is an undeveloped disposable camera on my desk, probably a few years old now, and I am trying to build up the courage to take it into Blacks. My mind is travelling back to many things these days... This past year has been just c r a z y. I am looking back on it in order to stop seeing it all as a dream. I have lived through so much this year. I lived in the city of my dreams, I met lots of new people, I lost my best friend and my oldest friend moved away to the other end of the country, I stayed up until sunrise often, I finally started a medication that I have been fearing for years, I stopped being afraid of dairy. I came back home and I felt different. I still feel different. I see things differently. Things that used to matter to me don't anymore. Things I never knew about a year ago are the centre of my universe. Perspective, friends, that is what travel is for. I have grown, I know I have, and I am so grateful to have had this year. I am starting grad school in just a week and when I start to feel anxious, I repeat to myself: onwards & upwards.





The trip to Chicago was last minute and not at all planned. Merely two weeks after I got home from Europe, Dani called me to ask if I wanted to come to Chicago with her. She had won a MUCH Music contest for Lollapalooza (with festival tickets, hotel & airfare included!) for her and a friend.

Lollapalooza was fantastic - we just let loose and danced and partied for three days straight. We didn't see a single bad set! The Head and the Heart has so much heart. We finally saw Manchester Orchestra. Lorde is actually a goddess who is way too cool. Flume blew me away and has been everything to me since. Calvin Harris, Foster the People, and RAC were dance parties. Skrillex won me over, although I think his music is a bit intense unless live, when he gave a speech about how important music festivals are - they bring people together, music brings people together effortlessly, letting loose and having fun is necessary. Then he closed with "scream if you want to stay forever young" before dropping his last track. It was such a great vibe, and everyone was loitering around the park after. Someone even asked us if we were depressed that it was over, haha.




Although the festival occupied most of our time, we did carve out some time for a little bit of exploring. I loved Chicago, and can't wait to go back and eat my way through it! See here for a list of what we saw/ate.







cows in the fog

August 19, 2014

Sometimes you have to tell your friends to pull over immediately because you have to take photos of something seemingly silly - like cows - but then it ends up being so. worth. it. Fortunately my friends call me "lens" and they understand.

We went camping last weekend on the Bruce Peninsula and picked up some serious autumn vibes. It is hard to believe that the above photos were taken in mid-August! Although I was not mentally prepared to spend three consecutive days in my wool hat, blunnies and raincoat, we had such a good time.



iphone | lollapalooza & chicago

August 10, 2014



Here are some iphone snaps from Chicago and Lollapalooza (edited with snapseed + VSCOcam, as always) last week. I am starting to get seriously lazy about carrying around my 3.3 lbs camera...

Pictured above:
brunchlula cafe (It literally took 30 mins to decide on my order, everything looked/smelled/sounded delicious. Goat cheese and apricot french toast? Yes please. Seasonal, fresh, unique menu).
coffee: heritage bicycles + new wave coffee (Both places create killer lattes, but I preferred the vibe at the first).
drinks/view: 96th floor of the John Hancock building (Kind of touristy despite it being a seemingly popular drink/brunch spot for locals, but super worth the $$$ experience).
museum: art institute of chicago (Ugh, we stayed here for so long/too long/not long enough. So much Monet, and I thought that the Josef Koudelka photo exhibit was so! good!).

golden beet summer salad

July 31, 2014


I made this for a dinner party for my parents and all the grown ups loved it. I recommend it with a side of freshly grilled salmon and white wine. Yum! I love summer feasting. I imagine that adding couscous or quinoa would turn this side dish into a delicious veg meal.

Golden Beet Summer SaladBarely adapted from Women's Health Magazine, July/August 2014 issue
Serves 4-6 as a side

Salad:
4 golden beets
4 radishes
4 carrots
4 oz soft goat cheese
3 tbls toasted pecan pieces
handful of parsley

Maple-Dijon Dressing:
3 tbls fresh lemon juice
3 tbls olive oil
3 tbls pure maple syrup
1 tbls dijon mustard

Using a mandolin, slice the beets, radishes, and carrots thinly. Toss all together in a bowl with the parsley and pecans, reserving some of each. Whisk together all dressing ingredients and pour into bowl, covering the veggies with it.

Place everything on a serving dish and sprinkle the salad with goat cheese and left over pecans and parsley.

video | københavn

July 27, 2014

københavn from lana pribic on Vimeo.

I made a video of all the things we got up to in Copenhagen - six months of eating, dancing, picnicking, biking, rooftop shenanigans, and sunsets with amazing friends in the best city on earth. This is most of what we did when we weren't out partying until sunrise on the weekends. Thank you to my friend Maya for helping with the footage. Click through to Vimeo to view in HD!

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