I can’t believe I’ve been in Chicago for a week!  I also can’t believe it’s already September.  Umm…when did that happen!?   As I was looking through my planner this afternoon, penciling in a bunch of key events/dates, I thought to myself, “2014 has been the busiest/fastest year yet.”  Does anyone else feel this way?

Anyways, this was my first full weekend in Chicago (a long weekend at that), and I can honestly say I love this city.  There’s so much to do, eat, and see!  I feel like we’re only going to scratch the surface over the next few weeks!

First, I have to mention that the weather has been absolutely gorgeous.  It’s hard to imagine it ever being cold and snowy.  Personally, I think I brought the sunshine with me!

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Next up, the food.  Oh the food!  Chicago is a food lovers paradise – there is no shortage of amazing restaurants.

Over the weekend, we tried Taco Burrito Express, a true hole in the wall that did not disappoint.  My sister highly recommended it (she used to run 3 miles just to eat here!) and said she would be mad if I didn’t make the effort to go.  Ankita and I shared a veggie burrito and tostadas – yum!  Unlike most traditional Mexican restaurants, TBE uses all kinds of veggies in their dishes.  Ours included zucchini and broccoli – unusual in a very good way!

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Vishnu and I also enjoyed date night at Piece Pizza.  This is definitely one of those must try restaurants if you’re a pizza lover.  Not only is the food delicious – NY style pies – but the atmosphere is fun and laid-back.  But be ready for a wait – this place gets packed!

Piece Pizza
We started with a couple of beers – Vishnu opted for one of Piece’s home brews while I chose something called Stiegl Radler (a grapefruit soda and beer blend).   The pizza we ultimately decided to order was a traditional red (the BEST red sauce and mozzarella) with sautéed mushrooms, spinach, and ricotta.  YUM!

I also enjoyed a couple of iced soy mochas from Caffe Streets on both Saturday and Sunday.  The coffee to chocolate ratio was perfect (re: not too sweet).  I really hope our neighborhood in Miami gets it together and opens up a place like this!

This weekend weekend was also the start to college football season.  I watched the UGA vs. Clemson game and loved every minute of it!  All I have to say is Todd Gurley is a beast!  He dominated on the field and definitely helped seal the deal for a Georgia win!

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I have a good feeling about this year!  GOOO DAWGS!!!

Well, my first week here was filled with excellent meals, fun with friends, and some quality time with Vishnu!  Here’s to another great week in the Windy City, which will include all of those things plus a little shopping!

Are you a college football fan?
What was the absolute best thing you ate this weekend?

By Parita

6 thoughts on “Weekending It Chicago Style”
  1. That’s so awesome that your work lets you work in Chicago for a bit…foodie heaven! That pizza looks divine but please make sure you eat a deep dish pizza for both of us :)! The best thing I ate this weekend was probably dessert on Friday night- it was a deconstructed Oreo sandwich. Cookies ‘n’ cream ice cream sandwiched in between Oreo cookie biscuits with a side of marshmallows, whipped cream that was actually the Oreo filling whipped and a shot of hot chic to sip on in between bites….you can only imagine the presentation!!!

  2. The best things i ate this week end was at chai pani Indian street food in Decature, it was “sev potato dahi puri” and also tried “masala paneer wrap”.

  3. I love Chicago when it’s not freezing cold. Looks like you’re having a blast!

    I love me some college football. I can’t wait to see what happens this season with the new playoff system.

    I had an amazing chilled summer corn soup at a French place yesterday, it was a perfect summer send off dish.
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