The past two days have been so busy trying to unpack from Chicago and prepare for my upcoming weekend in San Francisco to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. In addition, I’ve had meetings before school, after school, softball games, chiropractic appointments, laundry – it just doesn’t end! But I do love staying busy. For now, let’s slow things down a bit and talk food and drink for WIAW with Jenn at Peas & Crayons!
My eats featured in today’s post will be from Chicago – a busy, windy city with tons of good places to dine. Let’s start with breakfast. My hubby’s favorite breakfast spot, without a doubt, is Tempo Cafe. We always make sure to get breakfast there at least once, if not twice, during our visit.
Itz no wonder Jonny loves it; look how massive the portions are! I rolled with the veggie egg-white omelette which was served over hash browns and had tons of spinach, zucchini, and broccoli in it. Love my greens!
The lunch highlight of the weekend was when we visited Bandera’s and I ordered the Macho Salad. Since I already raved about it and showed you pictures, let’s skip to dinner. (Click here if you missed that post!)
On Friday, we went to Gibson’s Steakhouse. Our reservation was not until 9:00 pm which felt really late to be eating. However, once the food came, my belly didn’t know what time it was anyway.
(Sorry for the crummy pictures. Dim lights leave me with only two options – flash or no flash – both which produce poor food photography.) We started with the Spicy Lobster Cocktail which was served in a steamed artichoke. I love lobster anything, but personally I felt like the mayonnaise could have been toned down a bit. I did enjoy the artichoke though!
I ordered a bowl of lobster bisque and it was the best decision ever. I don’t typically order lobster bisque because of how rich it is, but from Gibson’s it was definitely worth it. It was the richest, most decadent lobster bisque I have ever had. I savored every bite! My dinner entre was the Alaskan King Crab Chopped Salad which the waiter gave me a hard time for ordering a salad at a steakhouse. No worries though; my mom, my dad, and Jonny all gave me several bites of their steaks. No deprivation here!
I don’t usually talk drinks, but since I did some drinking of beverages other than just water, I thought I’d share with you. Not one but two Starbucks trips were made.
The pumpkin spice latte (skim milk, one pump, no whip) was the perfect order both trips! Sunday morning I had a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice; fresh squeezed orange juice is the only way to go. As for the other drinks, at Gibson’s I had a glass of red wine, and for my girls night with my mom and mother-in-law I had a dirty martini with bleu cheese stuffed olives. After the adult beverages and amount of coffee I consumed, I was more than ready to hydrate on Sunday. I found a Vita Coco Coconut Water at the airport, and it definitely quenched my thirst and supplied the electrolytes I needed.
Since visiting a city would not be complete without a sweet treat, we stopped in Ghirardelli. They were handing out samples of their new flavor: Pumpkin Spice Caramel.
It really is as good as it looks! Mmm, just looking at that caramel dripping out of the chocolate makes my mouth water all over again. Good thing I have a few left, as well as some other flavors I scored!
Can’t wait to get into the rest of these. Especially the Vanilla Dream. And the Dark Chocolate with Raspberry. And the… ok all of them!
What’s your favorite flavor of Ghirardelli (or any chocolate)? Have you gotten a Pumpkin Spice Latte yet this fall?