Ms. Travel Chic: August 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Chicago Adventures: Exploring Walgreens Health Care Clinic

This week I'm excited to highlight my recent experience checking out Walgreens Health Care Clinic.

Who likes being sick when traveling?! Exactly. No one :)

About a week before Memorial Day I caught a nasty stomach bug and after 4 days it seemed I still couldn't shake it. Worried I called my doctors office and the earliest appointment they had available was in two weeks! I had a trip to Los Angeles and Las Vegas scheduled in less than 5 days and I had NO TIME to be sick! So I made a trip to a Chicago area urgent care clinic for a quick diagnosis and prescription to get me back towards 100% before my trip. Success!

It's always important to make sure you have options to handle medical emergencies in the event you can't get in to see your doctor, especially while traveling. So when I discovered that select Walgreens have a Health Care Clinic located within their stores I was intrigued to learn more. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"Summer in the City": Street FoodArtistry and Glamorama Recap

Happy Wednesday!!!

Hope you are enjoying my "Summer in the City" series! Tons of fun happening so my posts have been more frequent. Thanks for hanging around for all the fun:)

So here is a recap of this weekends fabulous activities:

Street FoodArtistry Fest (@streetfoodart)

First: The Food
All the food trucks were offering a variety of full and half size selections for $5 or less. Super cheap:) My friends and I kept full on tamales, jerk and curry chicken, popcorn, grilled cheese sandwiches, pancakes and gelato. I enjoyed chatting with the food truck owners and hearing about their passion for their food specialties. Complimentary drinks from Izze, St. Claire Vodka, Dos Equis and Courvoisier kept us refreshed as we walked back and forth between the indie market and VIP lounge. Walgreens UP Market passed around lattes, teas and yummy banana smoothies all day long. This was definitely a festival with a unique variety of food and every bit of it was delicious!

Here were some of my faves: 

@diadelostamales had so many different options. My friend enjoyed Cuban pork and I loved the vegan black bean.

Monday, August 12, 2013

"Summer in the City" Series: Maximizing your weekly shopping with Mariano's

This week I am highlighting one of my favorite one stop shopping destinations in Chicago, Marianos Market! Mariano's Market is one of my favorite stores to get all my grocery shopping done.
Normally grocery shopping ends up low on my list of priorities because it can be so consuming and frankly boring! However discovering #MyMarianos earlier this year changed all of that! Mariano's offers a shopping experience that makes the mundane task of grocery shopping an exciting adventure. The first time I went I spent almost 3hrs in there lol :) Since I am often "on the go" and traveling I like to make the most efficient use of my time when home. 

Here are 3 ways shopping at Mariano's helps me to maximize my weekly shopping trips:

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"Summer in the City" Series: Chicago's Street FoodArtistry Festival

Hey there and HAPPY SUMMER

August will officially launch my "Chicago: Summer in the City" series for the blog! I often blog about destinations and travel tips but I wanted to dedicate this month to my home base, the world renowned city of Chicago :-) 
Every summer hundreds of thousands of tourists travel to the "Windy City" when it warms up to experience "Summertime Chi". From concerts and movies in the park, festivals, farmers markets, shopping and unique outdoor events Chicago has it all! Look forward to sharing with you all the fun:-) 

This week I am super excited about attending the Third Annual Street FoodArtistry Festival on Sunday August 11th. Street FoodArtisty Chicago. The SFA fest is a celebration of Chicago's hottest street food , culture, art and music. Chicago is home to one of the more developing food truck industries around the globe. StreetFood Artistry will host some of the most trending local trucks featuring fresh and interesting culinary selections. SFA is also a non profit supporting creative enterpreurship. It's a party with a purpose!