Announcement, Big News, Party

Happy New Year – and Happy First Birthday to Chritiques!

Chritiques is ONE!

Announcement, Big News, Party

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It is true what they say – time certainly does fly when you are having fun. I started Chritiques without knowing a single thing about blogging, or even thinking that anyone would be interested in reading it. And, here it is, one year later, much bigger and better and more fun than I imagined. I not only learned an incredible amount in these past twelve months, but I have also made wonderful new friends and have experienced fun and extraordinary opportunities. From launching Chritiques’ logo and new look, to filming with Wine Channel TV, to being named one of Refinery29’s Up and Coming Blogs, 2014 was a fantastic year for Chritiques. Thanks to all of you for taking an interest in my hobby and allowing it to grow. I cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store!

To celebrate, I am hosting Chritiques’ Best Giveaway Yet! One lucky winner will receive a pack of amazing gift cards totaling $450 to some great Chicago restaurants. Enter all week – the winner will be chosen on Friday! Here is the scoop on what the lucky winner will walk away with:

$300 VIP Experience atย ยกAy Chiwowa!

$50 Gift Card to Elephant & Castle

$50 Gift Card to D4 Irish Pub & Cafe

$25 Gift Card to Nacional 27

$15 Gift Card to lunch at GT Fish & Oyster

$10 Gift Card to LM Bistro


Good luck! And Cheers to a Tasty 2015!

Millennium Park, Bon Appetit

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  • CONGRATS on one year!!! so proud of you ๐Ÿ™‚ !!! i’d love to go to Nacional 27 for their empanadas! xo jillian

    • Thanks so much, Jillian! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I agree, the empanadas are delicious!

  • Sydney85

    Congratulations on your amazing first year. Friends have raved about Nacional 27 so I hope to get there for my birthday this month.

    • Thanks so much, Sydney! Nacional 27 would be a great Birthday spot!

  • Happy first birthday! I’d love to go back to GT Fish & Oyster. I dream about their lobster mac & cheese…

    • Thanks, Amina! That sounds so good right now!

  • Meli cafรฉ sounds awesome. Any place chock ful of veggies, is right up my alley! Happy one year Anniversary ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rachel Ann Kuchar

    Congrats, Christina!! Wishing you even more success with the blog in 2015!!!

    • Thanks so much, Rachel! Happy New Year to you!

  • Anna

    Yay! Congrats on your first year ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Congrats, Christina! Can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for you!

  • Congrats on your one year anniversary! I’ve so loved finding your blog and reading all of your fab restaurant reviews! I’m most excited about trying RPM Steak and dinner at Avec (love their brunch).

    • Thanks so much, Paige! I need to try RPM Steak, too, and Avec is a perennial favorite! Cheers!

  • MK

    Looking forward to see what’s going on with the Bannos restaurants and finally going to some more Izard joints.

  • Ashley Bree Perez

    I am looking forward to more traveling. ๐Ÿ™‚ congrats !!!

    • Thanks, Ashley! I’m with you on the traveling!

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  • SuzLyfe

    Happy Boggie Birthday! I need to get myself to mfk–we even had a spot there once but had to leave (I KNOW RIGHT?). LOVE these restaurants!

    • Thank you! I’m dying to try mfk, as well!

  • Happy blogiversary! I’m hoping this will be the year of Alinea!

    • Thanks so much! And yes, it is a must!

  • Shannon Greve

    Happy Birthday! I want to go to Tete Charcuterie this year.

  • starburst

    Can’t wait to visit Motomaro!