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!
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!
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!
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!
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?