I'm Bing. My friends often accuse me of taking more photos of food than I do of them.

(That is a fair assessment.)

For outfits, see what I wore today.
For food adventures, see: fine dining + gourmet.
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Caprese eggs benedict (tomato, mozzarella, basil pesto hollandaise) + pancake flight (granola & strawberry raisin, coconut & marmalade jelly, sweet potato & fried banana, chocolate chip & blueberry) @ Orange in Lincoln Park. Next level. (▰˘◡˘▰)

Smoked salmon bruschetti spread, spiced pork jerky (garlic, soy, cola) served in an adorable pig bowl, and wild mushroom gnocchi with goat cheese and brussel kraut @ Bottlefork in River North. Food was great with an extensive drink list, though I’m a little peeved that our server recommended an amber rye beer to me that she assured was “not at all hoppy” except it tasted exactly like an IPA. (¬︿¬)


moon, mars, mercury, venus, jupiter!  

(via baseln)


 saviorjosh || Venice

(via sputnikhearts)

Weekend recap time:

  • Friday happy hour @ Bottlefork (when will I stop falling prey to hype…)
  • Saturday brunch + Shedd Aquarium date; the jellyfish were stunning
  • Rainy Sunday at the Art Institute to check out the contemporary Production Line of Happiness exhibit
  • I’m going to print & frame this stealthily taken iPhone picture and name it “The Impressionism of an Azn Babe”

This was my last free weekend for a while, so I wanted to hit up some places that’ve been on my Chicago radar since last year. I like art well enough, though I’m more preoccupied with architecture and room layout in art museums — lighting, displays, how collections are curated. I could spend all day soaking up the natural light in the Art Institute’s modern wing.


this has popped up on a lot of mixes i’ve listened to in these past couple years, but for some reason it got to me at the right point today when i was listening to this moneyworth mix. SO CUTE FOR SPRING.

(Source: microphoneheartbeats, via cmao)

(55 plays)


Seasonal fruit (grapes, blood orange, grapefruit, pear) with yogurt, cinnamon pecan sticky bun, ricotta pancakes with caramelized orange syrup, and the specialty burger with smoked pork belly and poblano aioli @ Gage in the Loop (I know, I know, I need to stop eating in the Loop).


Alex MacLean

"Alex MacLean is used to seeing the world from up high. The photographer is also a licensed pilot, and he’s spent years "sticking his camera out the cockpit" of a small Cessna 182, snapping what he sees below."

(via mojojojoing)


Beyoncé x Missy Elliott | Yoncé Gets Her Freak On (AudioSavage Mashup)

(4,983 plays)


Beijing to shoot an architect and his studio, January 2014.

Getting our butts kicked by Sichuan food @ Chengdu Impression in Lincoln Park. We made the incredible rookie mistake of ordering too many 麻辣/numbing plates and paid the price with scorched tastebuds.

  • Sliced beef offal/夫妻肺片 (direct translation: husband & wife lungs)
  • Grass jelly noodles/伤心凉粉 (direct translation: broken heart noodles)
  • THE DISH THAT BROKE US/毛血旺 (this bowl had everything: congealed pork blood… beef tripe… napa cabbage… fish slices… dried chilis… we never got to the bottom so who knows what else laid in its depths)
  • Dover sole and soft tofu stew (my favorite Sichuan dish!)
  • The single respite of the night: pea shoots

Look, I PRIDE MYSELF IN MY ABILITY TO HANDLE SPICE, and I wanted to die during dinner (and I wasn’t even taking any 二锅头/sorghum liquor shots! ahem, @baseln who downed her glasses like water). Truly the bloodiest battlefield we’ve attempted yet. Now that I think about it, Chengdu Impression would make a pretty good hazing ritual for future girl gang additions…

Anonymous asked: I love your apartment! I just went through your tag with pictures from the last few months and I have to ask... where did you get your beautiful red futon? Was it expensive? I'm currently trying to find a couch for my own apartment, and it seems like everything is either used-but-ugly or nice-but-expensive :'(

Hello! The red futon was from a local furniture store in Boston, and the price/quality was about on par with Ikea. I loved the color and shape, but it wasn’t super comfortable and was on the verge of falling apart after 2 years of regular use. I believe @baseln had a similar red futon from Ikea**…?

**@baseln replied to your post: “The red futon I had was from Room&Board! It did not survive the bedbugocalypse 2013. :(” — I think this was her model!


reasons to live in no particular order: snowscapes, friends, ramen, izakaya, and beer in Niseko. 

A couple new additions to my apartment to welcome the (excruciatingly slow) coming of Spring. Not too worried about the succulent, but who wants to take bets on how long I’ll manage to keep the orchid alive…

Took my girl coworkers out for Chinese food @ Hing Kee last week. I was a little nervous, because neither had been to Chinatown or eaten “real” Chinese food before, but they were great sports about everything. Of course I ordered palette-friendly dishes likes soup dumplings and noodle soup, but they also loved the lotus root, tree fungi/木耳, and stuffed chive pockets! We rounded off dinner with some fried doughnuts with condensed milk glaze.

I feel eternally lucky that I’m close with the girls at my workplace; there’s only three of us, and we were all hired last year within months of each other (and we’re all the same age — fortuitous coincidence, no?). Before then, the office had been all-male for over a year… and while the Chicago team is close in general, having girls my own age makes a huge difference in personal comfort and work satisfaction. Here’s a picture of us (+ senior analyst) from our holiday party a few months back. ♡