Things I Love (v 11)

Rachel Brown Kulp for Trends on Trends

Rachel Brown Kulp for Trends on Trends

For a short time after graduating college, I lived in New York City. Though I used to tell people I enjoyed being in such close proximity to restaurants, arts and culture, it was rare that I experienced any art or culture, unless you count graffiti on the Subway.

I used to read New York Magazine and dream about going to ballets, concerts comedy shows and book readings, but by the time 6:00 p.m. rolled around, getting Tasti Delight and sitting on my couch was the most I could motivate myself to do.

Since moving to Chicago in 2009, I’ve done a pretty complete 180 from my former homebody persona. I love to try new things and whenever I have the opportunity to take on a new experience, I do it.

Well, we’re talking within reason here.

Some of my current favorite things are new. And I’ll give you a hint…some of them are “noo.” Read on to read about which Friday Favorites I’m currently loving in my hometown of Chicago.

Rachel Brown Kulp for Trends on Trends

Rachel Brown Kulp for Trends on Trends

noosa yoghurt

noosa yoghurt (with an h!) is a seriously delicious combination of sweet and tart taste plus a thick, velvety texture – unlike any other yogurt you will ever taste. Founded in 2009 by Australian expat Koel Thomae and dairy farmer Rob Graves, noosa comes from an authentic family recipe and is all- natural, gluten-free, probiotic, and made with whole milk.

I first tried noosa when a friend of mine posted on Facebook several years ago when my friend Mia posted about how much she loved finding it at her local grocery store. I couldn’t believe how much creamier it was than other yogurt brands. I like it when yogurt tastes natural, and not full of artificial sweeteners and flavorings, so it goes without saying that my attraction to noosa was an immediate.

I’ve yet to try a flavor that I don’t like, but the pumpkin flavor is my current favorite, as the brand’s spin on traditional pumpkin pie. noosa is made in small batches with the best ingredients: all-natural whole milk from happy cows, fresh fruit purees – made using the ripest, juiciest fruits – and infused with a touch of clover alfalfa honey. This seasonal noosa is full of warm, rich spices and pumpkin puree, perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack on a chilly fall day.

Dolce Italian

dolce italian
There are a lot of really, really awesome Italian restaurants in Chicago but one of the newer ones is currently topping my list of ‘where you must eat, immediately.”

Dolce Italian truly captures the essence of ‘La Dolce Vita’ bringing the dream of Fellini’s Rome of the 1960s to modern life.

The space itself is chic, mid-century modern Italian and the menu is offers a range of classics from something as simple as authentic as Neapolitan pizza to indulgent veal Milanese, and the restaurant makes all of their pastas from scratch, in house.

Chicago’s Christmas Tree


The holiday season is right around the corner — in fact, in some Targets, it’s probably already begun. Chicago’s Christmas will be a little merrier this year, with the tree making its way from Daley Plaza to Millennium Park.

The move was made to put the tree closer to the ice skating rink in Millennium Park, caroling at Cloud Gate and to Maggie Daley Park, according to department Commissioner Michelle T. Boone.

What does this mean for you? For a little Christmas magic, you can one-stop-shop it this year. Bonus? No need to deal with the downtown shopping crowds on your way to see the tree.

RH Chicago

Photo: RH Chicago

Photo: RH Chicago

I would’t say I’m much of an interior decorator, but I sure do like to covet expensive things. When I heard that Restoration Hardware — one of my favorite stores to browse in New York while pretending that I’m really, really rich — was opening an opulent restaurant and design showroom in Chicagos’s ritzy Gold Coast, I was 100% on board.

The space, which is more extravagant than any home I’ve ever seen and feels larger than any museum I’ve ever been to, features living room vignettes on the first floor, plus a stage for musical performances, a wine vault and a separate, more casual cafe where customers can drop in during the day to grab fresh-squeezed juices, doughnuts and bread, from a menu designed by Brendan Sodikoff, who is the evil genius responsible for the Au Cheval burger, which we’ll discuss later.

The second floor houses bed and bath showrooms — again, where I like to pretend I’m really, really rich –while the third floor has more furnishings. The fourth floor houses a space that mimics a modern art museum and a massive rooftop features the brand’s outdoor furniture.

I used to think that f I could live anywhere, it would be Whole Foods. now I think it would be RH Chicago.

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of noosa yoghurt. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


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    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
    October 26, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Ohh yum! Noosa is soo good, so creamy it’s addicting for sure!

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    Michelle @ The Complete Savorist
    October 25, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    I’ll be looking for the yoghurt. But you’ve really made me long for a return visit to Chicago.

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    eat good 4 life
    October 25, 2015 at 9:18 am

    What an amazing set up. So elegant! Love every single piece of furniture, light fixture, dish etc…so beautiful!

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    Sara @ Bitz & Giggles
    October 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Oooh, I wish we had a Restoration Hardware!! I need to come back to Chicago just to check this out!!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious
    October 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Great table setting and I still need to try Noosa!!

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    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
    October 23, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I am still a homebody but I do think I like to try new things 🙂 Life seems to exciting for you, and this new lifestyle suits you! Though I am not a huge yogurt lover, I have to admit that noosa yoghurt looks amazing! So thick almost, and creamy (as you said!) I would love to give it a try!

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