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Hello! I'm Natalie, a Chicagoan on the hunt for everyday adventures. Yes to bike rides, live music, hammocking, cooking, city walks & terrariums. My sister & I run a yoga and interactive workshop series called Yoga+ Chicago - join us, won't you?
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Charlie’s first time in California! We have some exploring to do, but first, oysters. (at Blue Plate Oysterette)
A+ backyard hammocking weather today. Bright sunshine and a cool breeze. Welcome fall.
I recently met Lucy, the photographer behind Dinner Was Delicious. She’s super cool, just like these popsicles. I’m adding them to my must-attempt list before summer’s over. Potentially a Labor Day BBQ treat?
Beergarita Popsicles with Smoky Chile Salt
Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, we call this story: that time you got drunk on popsicles.
Long Neck Ritas (a la Amy Sedaris) have been a long-time staple in our irresponsible summer drinking roster. They’re sweet and boozy and dirt, dirt cheap. Turning them into a popsicle seems like a natural step of leveling up our summer-evening-porch-hangs-game.
Because it’s basically nothing but sugar and alcohol, we had to tinker with the original recipe to make them freeze. By replacing a can of beer with good old H20, and cutting out the orange liqueur, the normally slushy concoction forms a solid (albeit quick melting) ice.
It’s worth reiterating that these suckers pack a punch. With roughly one shot of tequila per pop, don’t eat them while you’re driving and stuff. Okay? O-kay.
- 12 oz Frozen Limeade
- 12 oz Cheap-o Light-Colored Beer
- 12 oz Tequila
- 12 oz H20
- Popsicle Mold
- Popsicle Sticks
Serves: depends on the size of your Popsicle mold. Ours are 4oz— so we always get 12 perfect pops.
Mix it all together and and freeze it. It’s decidedly not rocket surgery, and (depending on how cold your Beer and Limeade were) should take about 2 hours to freeze.
Sprinkle with Smoky Chile Salt (or, you know, some Tajín) right before serving.
Smoky Chile Salt
- 2 tbsp coarse Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
- ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
@andreapavela and I couldn’t be more excited to expose you to two awesome spots in Pilsen during this coming Saturday’s @yogapluschi event at @thaliahallchicago + @punchhousechicago! Andrea’s leading a vinyasa class in Thalia Hall followed by a punch making lesson with Punch House beverage director Will Duncan. Get your tickets for $25 off through this Thursday only at Gilt City. giltcity.com/chicago/yogaplusaugchi (at Punch House)
@yogapluschi loves these boys. You may not always see them, but they’re helping us out behind the scenes to bring you awesome workshops. Today they both joined in the fun at our @trunkclub event (@chazfortune’s first yoga class!). I have to say, they look pretty cute in their new yogi outfits…stylish even when working out! #yogaplustrunkclub (at Trunk Club Roof Deck)
I’ve been really quiet around these parts lately. Partly because I made a major career change in July (!), partly because I recently launched a side business with my sister Andrea (read on), and partly because in the summer I make a conscious effort to get out and enjoy the outdoors vs. being cooped up inside. It’s been a busy few months to say the least.
But I have so much to share - a recap of my two week Italy adventure with my best friend from earlier this summer, a camping trip with my beau, and more. Stick around and I’ll try to fill you in soon :)
But first, thank you to my sweet older sister (and new mama) Danielle for sharing a really sweet shout out on our new passion project, Yoga+ Chicago, this morning. We have a few fun event partnerships planned for the next two months: Trunk Club, Thalia Hall + Punch House, and Argaman&Defiance, plus two more that we’ll hopefully announce in the next few weeks. Chicagoans, come join us for some yoga + fun!
You guys, it’s no secret I love my sisters to death. But over the last few months I’ve been so impressed with them. They had an idea that began with one’s obsession with yoga (Andrea, of course) and the other’s passion for exploring every last fun thing to do in our favorite town (clearly Natalie), and they turned it into something pretty damn amazing, if I do say so myself. Something called Yoga+ Chicago.
Simple idea, really: a one hour yoga class followed by a new, local activity that changes up every month. Flower arranging, pasta making, wine tasting and the like at interesting spots all over the city… this month it’s punch making at Thalia Hall. Seriously, how fun is that?! If I were local, you better believe this is how I’d be spending my Saturdays.
So here’s to pursuing what you love, getting your sweat on and capping off your summer weekends with a big bowl of punch!
((P.S. Their last few events sold out quickly, so if you’re in town be sure to grab tickets @ yogapluschicago.com — and because we’re all friends here, you can use promo code PUNCH to get the family special ;) Follow along via facebook, twitter, or instagram too while you’re at it, and enjoy!))
The Chicago Botanic Garden is a dreamy place. I checked multiple items off my bucket list today: the 20 mile bike ride up there from the city, followed by a picnic and exploring the grounds for 3 hours. It was more beautiful and expansive than I could have ever imagined. With 26 gardens in total, the Japanese garden was one of our favorites. I also loved this gorgeous entryway. We stopped by Homer’s Ice Cream in Winnetka on the ride back downtown; a well-deserved treat after a few hours in the saddle. I’m so lucky to have experienced this perfect day with my partner in adventures. This is what I call making the most out of a day off work! (at Chicago Botanic Garden)