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Lauren Folkmann



About Me

Travel junkie born, raised, and currently living in Chicago with my husband and our chocolate lab, Ruby. 

Pharmacist by day, blogging about food, travel, and all my other favorite things on Lion + Maven​ by night.

Cookbook hoarder. Forever paranoid of being late.

Lover of photography, sparkling rosé, spinning, interior design, pizza & tacos & donuts, sunsets, and Highland cows.    

Boilermaker by degree, Jayhawk by marriage.

Travel is my happy place, my drug, my addiction.

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A  April 19, 2016

Kaua'i: Recommendations for catamaran tours along Napali coastline?

Hi Alissa, We were in Kauai 4 years ago, so there may be newer tours available, but we did a day trip with Captain Andy's​ and really loved it - AND they have alc-beverages on board :) We had a small breakfast and lunch on board with cruising and... See More

A  April 19, 2016

Prague: Special attractions in Prage

Hi Nurit, If you and your mom like to eat and try local cuisine, I would definitely recommend checking out tours with Taste of Prague​. It's a great walking/eating tour with locals and you get to try great food with Prague history and fun info thrown... See More

A  September 25, 2015

Chicago: Fun Chicago restaurant for a group of 14 people ?

Hi Joanne, Quartino​ is great but I also love Havana Grill​ for groups - on the less expensive side for the neighborhood, great mojitos, and delicious cuban flavors! See More

A  September 25, 2015

Chicago: Best Italian restaurants?

Hi Stephen, Some of my favorites are La Scarola​ (tiny space, giant portions, handwritten menu), Davanti Enoteca​ (the Little Italy location), Dolce Italian​ (great new addition to River North), Balena​... See More

A  September 10, 2015

Amsterdam: Cheap accommodation in Amsterdam?

Marina- We stayed at B&B MNQUE​ and absolutely loved it. Great location, clean, bright and airy apartment. We booked through Airbnb at the time, but you can book directly through her website ​. We love staying in apartments over hotels as it's... See More

A  September 10, 2015

Chicago: What should I wear in Chicago in September?

Hi Christina, Like others have said, September weather in Chicago can be erratic. I would bring layers to be safe - jackets and/or cardigans to layer up if it gets chilly. Overall I would say that Chicago is going to be pretty similar to SF, but you really just never know... See More

A  September 10, 2015

Chicago: What to do if you only have one day in Chicago?

Hi Jurriaan, For breakfast/brunch I'd try The Publican​ or Lula Café​. Doughnut Vault​ is another great option for a quick bite.  ​ For shopping head to Wicker Park​ near Milwaukee... See More

A  August 18, 2015

Chicago: What are the coolest hotels in downtown Chicago?

You can't go wrong with old standbys of Four Seasons Hotel Chicago​ and The Peninsula Chicago​, but great newcomers are Thompson Chicago​, Acme Hotel Company Chicago​, The James... See More

A  August 18, 2015

Amsterdam: Nice places to stay in Amsterdam at Christmas?

Hi Laura, We stayed at B&B MNQUE​ ( ) and really loved it. Bright, clean flat in a great location, it made our trip to Amsterdam perfect. Not sure if you're looking for more of a full amenity hotel, but we loved MNQUE. ... See More

A  August 18, 2015

Bali: Best resort in Bali?

We stayed at AYANA Resort and Spa​ and it was absolutely amazing - best resort I have ever stayed at. Beautiful, relaxing, great food, best sunsets on Bali. ​ ​ See More

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