CFA’s Favorite NW Suburban Coffee Spots

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The thing about coffee is that there is hardly any breathing room between Starbucks and the closest Dunkin. Shoot, there’s hardly enough breathing room between Starbucks and the next Starbucks! Same goes for Dunkin. And I’ll admit – I have the app for both. Because I’m a sucker for racking up rewards.

But I’d say in the past 2 years, I’ve learned to stop pulling into the convenient drive thrus and pay attention to the quality of the coffee. Quick shout out to my cousin, who happens to be a contributor on atribecalledepicurious – he graciously donated a Moka pot to me, and it fueled my obsession. But more on the world of homemade coffee & caffeine variations another time.

I’m not about to invite you all into my home just yet. We’re not cool like that. I can’t let you see how “human” I truly am. For now, just believe me when I say my kids do not leave their toys ANYWHERE that isn’t a restricted play area, my laundry is always done & folded & put away, and we only use our finest non-plastic china to serve homemade, organic breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I mean, you don’t know me, so you have to just take my word for it. I swear.

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Thirsty Thursday: It’s National Coffee Day!!

How did you celebrate National Coffee Day?

It’s no secret that Justine, Maeven, and I LOOOVE our food. And that includes our coffee!! Of course, we here at Eat Play Chicago LA will not let this day go by without sharing with you guys how we celebrated this awesome holiday.

Justine’s cup of joe:

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Justine went to Krispy Kreme with the two kiddos for coffee and donuts. Coffee is life and everything, but just look at how yummy those Halloween donuts look!

Maeven’s cup of joe:


Look at how beautiful Maeven’s Cafe Latte is from La Colombe in Andersonville, Chicago.

Jaja’s cup of joe:


As for me, I spent the afternoon at my makeshift “blogger’s office” at Starbucks to enjoy my venti Iced coffee paired with vanilla bean scones.

How did you spend National Coffee day, our fellow coffee enthusiasts? Let us know! Have a nice day and enjoy that cup everyone! As a small reminder, make sure to carry with you a reusable cup to help the environment a little, not just to day but as often as you can remember.

-Jaja (@theforevertourist)

 

Sunday Instagram Round-up (Week 1)

Every Sunday, we want to share with our blog community the photos that made the cut on our Instagram feed. You can also follow us at @eatplaychicagola.

Good morning, everyone! It’s been a week and a half since Eat Play Chicago LA went live, and together with Justine and Maeven, we just want to say thank you thank you THANK YOU to everyone who’s been stopping by our blog, Twitter, and Instagram. We truly whole-heartedly appreciate your support.

Every Sunday, we want to share with our blog community the photos that made the cut on our Instagram feed. You can also follow us @eatplaychicagola.

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Thin crust, brick-oven pizza from Big Chef Burgers
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View of the city from the rooftop of Griffith Observatory
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Black sesame soft serve ice cream from ReLeaf
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Refreshing cold drinks while chilling at Newport Beach
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J. Paul Getty Center is a perfect way to spend your day, from exploring the exhibits to laying on the grass outside.
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Asparagus, portabello eggs benedict w/ breakfast potatoes from Brunch Cafe.
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Something different from Jamba Juice: Strawberry-peanut butter-banana smoothie bowl.

Check out our blog and IG for more of our food and travel adventures! (All places and food information can be found on the Eat and Play categories under the Directory menu)

-Jaja