It’s definitely Fall in Chicago.  The temperature is significantly cooler than it was a couple of weeks ago.  Part of me is scared for what’s to come, and part of me is so excited to be able to wear boots, sweaters, scarves, etc…finally!  It’s been years since I’ve experienced this kind of weather.  The only reason I bundled up in Florida was because the office was always freezing!

Anyway, enough about the weather.  Let’s talk about the weekend!

I went into Friday evening with ‘big’ plans.  Plans that included a simple meal and catching up on missed episodes of our favorite shows.  In one regard, we did just that.  We caught up on How to Get Away with Murder and Quantico.  In another regard, we missed the mark.  Vishnu ended up eating TJ’s frozen samosas, and I ate copious amounts of chips and salsa.  The night ended at 10 pm.  That was our ‘big’ Friday.

Saturday ended up being more ‘on plan.’  Vishnu and I started the day with some Hawaii planning.  You know it’s getting serious when I make a spreadsheet that details our meals and activities for every day of the trip. 🙂

After getting ready and bundling up (my fav!), we headed out for lunch at Xoco, a cafe serving delicious Mexican street food and snacks.  The last time I ate here was back in 2013, and I remember it being really tasty, so I was excited to try it again.  My memory didn’t fail me because the caldos (meals in a bowl) we ordered were so comforting and flavorful.  I ordered the vegetarian bowl (obviously), and Vishnu ordered the Pork Belly Vermicelli bowl.  They reminded us of Mexican ramen.  Delicious!

Xoco caldo

Xoco pork belly caldo - Chicago

And because huge bowls of soup aren’t enough, Vishnu and I Googled nearby donut shops.  Firecakes is located around the corner from Xoco, so we decided to stop by.  I’m so glad we did because the peanut butter cup donut I got was perfection.  It was light and fluffy and stuffed with whipped peanut butter…heaven in donut form.  Vishnu’s coconut cream donut didn’t disappoint either.  The coconut flavor was strong but not overwhelming. After we finished our donuts, I told Vishnu that we should make it our mission to try every donut shop in Chicago (together).  It’s always good to be well informed about your city, right?!

Firecakes donuts - Chicago

Fast forward to dinnertime.  We met my coworker and friend Erika and her boyfriend at Harvest Moon.  Harvest Moon serves contemporary American cuisine in an eclectic and casual environment.  The food was delicious, but more importantly, we really enjoyed the company/conversation!

We ended the night by watching the Cubs secure their spot in the World Series!  So exciting!

Sunday was busier than usual.  My day started nice and early with a mentor/mentee meeting for my volunteer program (sharing more this week!).

When I got home, Vishnu handed me his clippers so I could cut his hair.  You guys, this was my first time holding clipper, never mind using them to cut someone’s hair.  I was so nervous, but Vishnu had more than enough faith for the both of us.  I watched a couple of YouTube videos, said a prayer, and got started.  Not to toot my own horn, but I did a pretty good job!  So good in fact that I am now apparentely Vishnu’s personal hair cutter.

The rest of the day didn’t compare to our hair cutting adventure, but it was pretty productive – grocery shopping, Target, homemade zucchini bread, and homemade chicken tenders (for Vishnu).

Homemade chicken tenders

Your turn – what mischief did you get up to this weekend?!  Have you ever cut someone else’s hair?  Successfully?!

By Parita

9 thoughts on “Weekend Recap – Foodie Adventures + Cutting My Husband’s Hair”
  1. Oh wow kudos to you on cutting Vishnu’s hair!! I don’t think I’d ever have the guts to hold a pair of scissors near my or anyone else’s hair. Let’s just say that when I was younger, I experimented and it did not go down well..thank goodness for fast-growing hair ha!! I’m not usually a donut person but you’ve left me with a craving- a whipped peanut butter filling sounds like perfection!
    Khushboo recently posted…Vegan PB & Banana SmoothieMy Profile

    1. Well, they weren’t scissors. It was a clipper (aka buzzer). Scary stuff!

      Your PB loving self would have loved that donut! 🙂

  2. I love the sound of Mexican ramen! And how exciting to be in Chicago right now with the Cubs winning (even though I’m still a little bitter the Nats lost).

    I got into way too much mischief this weekend and did not get enough sleep. I have two friends moving away and one that was in town for the weekend, plus a housewarming party. Let’s just say I’m too old for so much activity in one weekend!
    Kacy recently posted…6 Ways to Make the Most of Fall in DCMy Profile

  3. Sounds like a great weekend! I too had some foodie adventures! REB and I got some takeout on Friday night and chilled at home. Saturday I went to hot yoga with a friend, then a foodie instagram meetup. Sunday I had a photo session in the morning, then REB and I went to this legit donut place about an hour from Ann Arbor, and then we walked around this beautiful prep school campus that had these incredible gardens, waterfalls, Japanese garden, etc. Ended the day with a Whole Foods run for the week, walked the dog, got like 17K steps!, caught up on my shows and edited photos! A perfect weekend before REB leaves me for LA for the week for a conference!
    Aparna B. recently posted…Denver – What We Did Day 2My Profile

    1. That sounds like an amazing weekend! A great mix of activity. The donut pic you posted made my mouth water! YUM!

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