Finally Friday- May 19th

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | May 19th, 2017 | Finally Friday

After the amazing weekend we had in Chicago, this week felt a bit like a blur. Being gone for four days and fitting quite a few adventures into that timeframe brought me (and my stomach) back to the shocking normalcy of home. Now it’s Friday again, and I’m getting ready to head out later today. I will be spending the weekend in New Jersey watching one of our horses race. Then I’ll spend the beginning of next week visiting our stables and attending the Fasig-Tipton two year old sale. Plus, I’ll get to explore the restaurant scene in a couple more cities!

Things I cooked

  • It was a quiet week on the cooking front with us traveling to Chicago for the weekend and having evening events a couple nights this week. I did get to do some cooking for Tapas Monday, trying two recipes, both of which were successes. Look for recipes for Sweet Potato Melts and Cinnamon Sugar Peaches in the near future.
  • The only other night that I was home I was alone, so I defaulted to one of my favorite dinners- an egg white omelet. No, it’s not really all that exciting, but I do love them, even though others decry them.

Places I ate

  • This list may be longer than usual, as it seems that my kids, my husband, and I ate our way through Chicago last weekend. Our first stop on Friday was Do-Rite Donuts. My husband and I have sampled their wares a couple times and knew we had to introduce our kids to them. Even though I’m neither a donut nor bacon fanatic, I absolutely love their maple bacon donut. So did everybody else.
  • After walking over eight miles in Chicago, visiting numerous landmarks, we decided we needed a late afternoon snack of a hot dog. Devil Dawgs was the choice, and we weren’t disappointed. The guys enjoyed classic Chicago dogs, while my daughter and I split a chili-cheese dog. Delicious!
  • Still eating our way through Friday, we decided to walk to dinner in Wicker Park, where we were staying. We ended up at Taxim and had yummy Greek food with a modern twist. Both my Pantzária me karydoskordaliá (beet salad) and Prassópita (leek & dill filled phyllo) were amazing.
  • We started Saturday’s journey at Eataly. The easier thing to write might be what we didn’t eat. We shared dishes among the four of us, enjoying pastries, flatbreads, and sandwiches. This is definitely is a place to visit again and again to sample more of their food.
  • We ended Saturday with a formal dinner at Ocean Cut. As we’ve experienced previously, we received top notch service and amazing food. This definitely is a special occasion dinner, and it is one all four of us appreciated.
  • Sunday morning was time to pack and head to the airport. We wrapped up our weekend of eating with fresh from the oven bagels from brobagel. Sitting around our condo’s dining table and enjoying some baked good was the perfect way to wind down our getaway.

Things I Did

  • In Chicago, we did a lot of walking and exploring. We spent Thursday afternoon walking the Magnificent Mile, hitting many of the stores. Friday we explored Millennium Park, Lake Michigan, and Navy Pier. On Saturday we went to the John Hancock building and Lincoln Park Zoo.
  • Last night I participated in the Concord Hospital Trust Rock ‘N Race as part of the Captain Pesula team. Together we walked a 5k in support of the Payson Center for Cancer Care. It was wonderful to see so many participants and so many people cheering from the sidelines.

Here’s to finding new restaurants, hoping for a successful race, and looking forward to visiting my equine friends!

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