USA! USA! USA! – We may or may not have chanted this as we arrived at ORD. (Ok, we did, but definitely not within ear shot of others…we could’nt be THOSE people)!
Words cannot describe how HAPPY we are to be home and visiting all our family/friends! After 8 long months, we are back for a good week! First stop…Chicago!
We arrived and were greeted by my father-in-law. He had a care package waiting for us at the airport – animal crackers! Um, hello, obviously he knows me! 🙂 The drive into Chicago to our hotel was GREAT. When we came around the curve on the expressway and saw the skyline, I literally had goosebumps. I.LOVE.CHICAGO. We proceeded to check-in to our hotel, grab a little snack, SHOP, and get ready for the night.
Dinner was @ North Pond in Lincoln Park. OMG was it good! I had the soup of the day with the tomato/mozzarella salad. The view was the best:
We then proceeded to meet up with friends at a bar close-by (can’t remember the name – “Other Side” maybe)?! I’m sad to say that I forgot my camera so I really don’t have pics…BUT, it was so great seeing everyone again. There’s nothing like a chat with your girlfriends! 🙂 PLUS, it was awesome to have a good ole’ Miller Lite (so refreshing to have a beer that is not more than 5% alcohol). I will be honest, it tasted great, but the Belgians do REALLY know how to make a beer…
We were definitely feeling jet-lagged, so we called it an early night!
My main mission today: Shop & Starbucks
And…boy did I do succeed! There is a Starbucks in our hotel, so I had a nice grande coffee this morning with a side of oatmeal. I LOVE their oatmeal – mainly because of the little sides they give you (um, yes I’ll have brown sugar, dried fruit, AND nuts).
I proceeded to shop the ENTIRE day with my soon-to-be sister-in-law (AWESOME) and my soon-to-be mother-in-law. We walked up and down Michigan Ave. I found 3 new pairs of pants at Express (thank you BOGO 1/2 off)! Plus, my new obsession, TOMS shoes. Has anyone ever had these? Kristina recommended them to me (thank you) and they are SO comfy…perfect for the Belgian cobblestone!
We stopped for lunch at Coco Pazzo. This place is SO cute (and warm – it was a bit chilly and windy)! I opted for the seven veggie salad and the soup of the day (chickpea!) Delicious! And…of course, we needed dessert…so…we went to Starbucks (again). Starbucks stock might rise while I’m home this week if I keep doing double-headers. This time I had what I’ve been waiting for for the last month….
PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE – And yes, it was as good as expected (if not better)!
Anyway…onto the evening agenda:
A nice cocktail at my soon-to-be mother-in-laws condo (appy’s included) and dinner at the Erie Cafe.
The appy’s and drinks at the condo were great – they had decorated the place with Welcome Home signs and streamers! 🙂 We passed around the jenever that we brought from Ghent for everyone to taste test (mmm…vanilla)!
After about an hour, we headed to dinner. I opted for the ‘Shrimp A la George’ and Joe got…wait for it…the prime rib special. I’m so mad that I don’t have any pictures of his food. You would NEVER believe how big it was…we joked it was “the 96-er.” (Reference to the movie “The Great Outdoors” for those of you who have seen it)! We followed-up our entrees with an amazing chocolate cake with chocolate frosting! I seriously think the food put Joe in a food-induced coma because we had to leave shortly after dinner to go to bed! 🙂
All in all, a GREAT night with great company. We miss nights like these so much when we’re gone, but, it just makes it all the more special when we’re home. 😉
Next stop…TOSA! 🙂 omgomgomg…(I’m so excited – which is probably why I’m up at 4:30am bloggin).