Chi-Town

Are you cold yet? We are here in Chicago once again. We are in almost the same exact room we were in 2 years ago in our hotel. It is surreal, feels a bit like an acid flashback, not that I really know about that.

Anyhoo, the plans are set for all of our favorite destinations once again. Come along won’t you?

Frozen, Part 2

Our last day in Chicago was a blustery 14 degrees. We woke up at 9:00am and checked the weather…feels like 0 degrees. So we went back to sleep for an hour.

When we finally did step outside, the wind caught my breath. Merc uttered his now famous line, “It’s not that bad.” But before we had gone 1 block, we were searching for a warm place to duck into for a break from the arctic climate. While waiting for a light to change, we heard a little girl crying behind us. “Mommy, I’m cooooold!” Now that was truly sad. Poor kid. Not surprisingly, they ducked into the restaurant behind us and we chatted for a bit.

Merc and I hit the streets, ducking into buildings for warmth about every 2 blocks and finally made it to Michigan Ave. We headed to Ethel’s for my favorite hot chocolate in the whole world. After that we hopped a cab to the Threadless store (our yearly homage) and then headed next door to Pastoral, a cute little wine and cheese shop. We grabbed provisions for the night and headed back to the hotel.

Cold, yes cold for sure, but it was still fun. Love that place.

Frozen, Part 1

The last few days of our Chicago trip were the coldest I have ever experienced. I know that a lot of people live in freezing places and think nothing of it, but I am from California…and now that I am from Southern California, I am an even bigger weenie when it comes to the cold.

On Thursday night hubby and I ventured out to dinner, it was 1.2 miles to the restaurant and we walked. It was 20 degrees, but I was a good sport and hoofed it with my hubby who likes to walk. By the time we reached the restaurant, I was practically a popsicle. I pulled my gloves off and my hands swelled up and turned bright red. After we ordered our food and some hot tea, I looked at Merc and said, “We’re taking a cab back, right?” He answered, “Oh, hell yes.”

Chicago and SNOW!!

Well, I am loving this cold weather, although I have not been so brave as to venture out into it for very long. I am glad that Snow did not lame out on me like Rain did back in Cali. We’re not having crazy storms or anything, but I caught a few flurries/flakes and it is quite lovely. I don’t know that I could live in it, but to visit once a year is quite nice…and sets me up just right for Christmas.

Baby, it’s cold outside…

Brazzaz

Well, we’ve made our 3rd trip to Brazzaz in Chicago and it did not disappoint. Brazzaz is a Brazilian Barbeque restaurant. Basically, you sit down and they bring several (16, I think) different types of meat on huge skewers and carve it right onto your plate. They also have a salad bar of side dishes that are equally yummy. It’s not cheap, but it’s an all-you-can-eat extravaganza. I am, of course, stuffed.

While I love the food, this place is also great because of the good company. We always seem to meet up with some people that work for our client (often people we’ve never met before) and we just eat and talk and laugh.

I love meeting cool people. It gives me hope that all of the idiots I see on TV are not really what the world is made up of. Oh, Gerbner, what we’ve cultivated.

Hello Chicago…we’re back!

We’ve made our yearly pilgrimage to Chicago once again.

It was a very long day of travel and set-up. We got up at 5am and headed to the airport. Once on the flight, with a little manuevering Merc and I got to sit next to each other, which was a nice surprise as our flight was packed! I fell asleep almost immediately and really couldn’t stay awake.

It’s pretty darn cold here, which is one really nice thing about coming here this time of year. We are supposed to get snow tomorrow (crossing my fingers). Chicago is a great place, and perfect for kicking off the holiday season.

Food, Glorious Food!

We have been eating wonderfully well on this trip…yum! We hit Brazazz again and it was amazing as I had remembered. Then we tried out a Spanish Tapas restaurant called Emelio’s, it was also quite good, and our friendly waiter dropped off two sherries for us at the end of meal. We also ate a a Mediterranean restaurant called Amira. They great mezza platter with very good, garlicky hummus. Last night we ordered take out from the Fox and Obel cafe and picked up a few more desserts. It was wonderful!

Navy Pier

Well, the one thing I wanted to do last year that I didn’t get to do was go to Navy Pier. Once I realized how close it was, I bundled up to visit in person a place I have seen on TV for years. So in 30 degree weather, I walked about 2.5 miles to check out Navy Pier. The view from the pier back to the city was the best part. I walked down to the end, then walked back through the mall that runs the length of the pier. There was a stained glass window display that was very cool to see, 150 different windows. I hope to be going back.

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