The futon

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, a futon is “a usually cotton-filled mattress used on the floor or in a frame as a bed, couch, or chair”. We all have had one at one point or other in our lives, testament to our college days, to that life of unsettlement that called for temporary furniture... Read more »

Christmas when you aren't coming home

One of the hardships of being a foreigner is that, sometimes, you have to spend the holidays away from home. I have heard a thousand times that home is where you want it to be, that it is not a place, etc. I even used to repeat that like a mantra. And you know what?... Read more »

Of Thanksgiving, globalization and my homemade gnocchi.

*This post was written during ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour for November 2016. During Blogapalooz we are given a prompt and we have one hour to post. This is today’s prompt: “ “Write about something you believed as a child or in your youth that turned out not to be true.” Last week, like millions of American families, I hosted... Read more »

Gravida 8, Live Birth 3: A Story of Miscarriages

Every single time I am seen by a doctor and they recount my medical history, I have to hear those words: Gravida 8, Live birth 3. Most of you may be wondering what kind of score that is. Only if you have been in my pants will you know that it is possibly the saddest score... Read more »

Why my son's first birthday party invitation became a celebration in itself

If you have kids of school age, chances are that to some extent, you dread birthday parties. Chances are, too, that you attend a fair amount of them, and throw a couple or three a year. As I wrote about our particular birthdaypalooza, I am as guilty as the next mom of throwing them, a... Read more »

The non PhD

*This post was written during ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour for August 2016. During Blogapalooz we are given a prompt and we have one hour to post. This is today’s prompt: “Write about something in your life you’d like a second chance at” When I was young, like really really young, I always wanted adventurous careers: at 12 I... Read more »

Airport terror

As I write this, breaking news about another terror attack in Istanbul are quickly invading my TV screen, newspapers, social media. Soon enough, Facebook profiles, maybe including mine, will feature the Turkish flag in support of the victims. We will be horrified for a few days, politicians will pledge to protect us, and while all... Read more »

All the little things that Brexit will ruin

I had been joking lately that if Trump wins in the US, and the new extreme left party Podemos wins in Spain, I will have no other alternative than to move to the UK, that had always seemed to be a country with strong common sense. After all, England has always held an special spot... Read more »

An open letter to Nyle DiMarco

Dear Nyle, First of all, congratulations on your victory on Dancing with the Stars. I am not a regular viewer of the show, and I am far for knowing even the basics about dancing, but it seemed to me, and everyone else, that you did a fantastic job. I also want to thank you. The... Read more »

The Spanish Square rounds up the Spanish restaurant offer in Chicago nicely

Located in Belmont Ave, The Spanish Square, is a nice addition to Lakeview.
*Note: I am in no way compensated by anyone to write about restaurants. The owner and staff didn’t know that I intended to write about it when I dined there, and this is just my humble and personal opinion of this restaurant, as it would be about any other. In the last few years a... Read more »