Relaxed

It’s been really nice out and ridiculously humid this past week, and I haven’t had the chance to enjoy the weather at all. I’ve been busy with packing and trying to see my friends before I leave. Things have been stressful and chaotic, but not as stressful as before. I’ve had a difficult time trying to relax which has definitely affected the way I sleep and eat. The stress was driving me crazy. Anyways, when I woke up yesterday I decided to just lay out in the sun and tan, have an ice cold beer and enjoy some music. It was the first time in a veryyyyyyyyyyyy long time where I felt so relaxed. My mind felt at such ease that I haven’t felt in awhile. It was almost comforting to know and to feel that everything is gonna be okay and that things are slowly coming together. I wasn’t just stressed out with my move, but there were so many factors and my relocating just added on to it. Although I wasn’t doing much and I was only outside for an hour since the heat was unbearable, it was definitely much needed. As weird as it may sound, I just felt some kind of reassurance that I’ve been hoping to feel for a long time and it feels great. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Chicago Fun! (April 2013)

I was supposed to post pictures on my Xanga of my 3 day trip to Chicago back in early April of this year. Never got around to posting pictures yet alone uploading pictures up until last week haha. I absolutely miss Chicago. I wouldn’t mind living there one day. It’s like a great combination of Boston and New York but rolled up in one and even better than the two cities combined haha. Ate tons of great food and did lots of site seeing as well. The architecture is so beautiful and amazing! Definitely can’t even compare to New York or even Boston’s buildings at all. If you never been, I definitely recommend checking it out. Thanks again to a Xangan for your suggestions of what to check out in Chicago!! It was very helpful!!

Here’s a list of the restaurants I went to that I suggest you try:

– RPM Italian Restaurant
– Purple Pig
– Girl and the Goat (make reservations in advanced! I was lucky to even get a reservation during my last night in Chicago, which was 11PM haha)
– Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
– Portillo’s
– Vanille Patisserie
– Joy Yee’s
– the Barrelhouse Flat (if you never tried absinthe, definitely check out this place; beware it was lethal lol)

Places I went to:

– Millenium Park
– Willis Tower/Sky Deck
– Lincoln Park Zoo
– Art Institute of Chicago’s Museum
– Navy Pier
– Signature Lounge at John Hancock Tower (great view of the city along with some drinks)
– Wicker Park (went bar hopping around there haha)
– SoundBar (if you feel like clubbing)
– Michigan Ave. to shop

I feel like I forgot to mention a few places. Oh well!

Enjoy the pictures! Sorry for the long post. I thought about it half way through posting the pictures that I should just break the posts up into 3 for each day I was there, but too late haha. Anyways, ENJOY! ๐Ÿ™‚

Good morning Chicago!

Chicago Riverwalk
Walking around Michigan Ave. and damn that is one fancy ass Burberry store!
First grub spot: Lou Manti’s Pizzeria
Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza. The picture doesn’t do it’s justice for how bomb it was haha. Got so full from 1 slice. Must try!
Saw this nearby the hotel haha
Dinner at RPM Italian Restaurant: Lobster Caprese
Dinner at RPM Italian Restaurant: Truffled Garlic Bread … it wasn’t anything spectacular
Dinner at RPM Italian Restaurant: Prime Beef Meatballs …pretty good with the truffled garlic bread
Dinner at RPM Italian Restaurant: Spicy King Crab Squid Ink Spaghetti. Must try! It was so good!!
First time trying absinthe at the Barrelhouse Flat
Day 2 we had lunch at the Purple Pig
Roasted Bone Marrow with Herbs. MUST TRY!
Before: Pig’s Ear with Crispy Kale, Pickled Cherry Peppers & Fried Egg
After picture of the pig’s ear when we mixed it up. MUST TRY!
Some bread with coppa (cured meat) and I forget which cheese we selected
Olive Oil-Poached Tuna with Greek Lima Beans ..this was okay. It wasn’t horrible but wouldn’t really recommend
Tuscan Kale & Romaine Caesar Salad with Soft Boiled Quail Egg & House Cured Anchovies
Pork Liver Pรขtรฉ … yum! I love pรขtรฉ!
Definitely over ordered that we got stuck with leftovers haha
Affogato (Espresso Served Over Peppermint Ice Cream with Peppermint Candies) Somehow we still had room for dessert lol

Went on an architecture boat tour of Chicago. So that’s what most of the upcoming pics are lol
Apparently the building on the left with the gold on top has REAL gold on the top of the building lol

At the Willis Tower heading up to the Sky Deck!

In the elevator heading up! Man my ears were kinda hurting and they popped.
Sky Deck Ledge. I was scared to go near it but then my friends and I sat down and took pics haha. Literally felt like I was sitting on top of the world.

Day 3. Spent our morning at the zoo bright and early!

Waiting at the bus stop to go to Portillo’s
Day 3: Lunch at Portillo’s after the Lincoln Park Zoo
Italian Beef Sandwich, Jumbo Hot Dog, and Cheese Fries. YUM!
At Millenium Park at the infamous Cloud Gate or the Bean. Took a buncha jumping in the air shots infront of it with my friends.

The Art Institute of Chicago Museum

Great Picasso exhibit!

Last piece I saw from the Picasso exhibit

If you couldn’t tell, I love Asian art haha

Joy Yee’s in Chinatown
Outside of Joy Yee’s
Day 3: Random munching at Joy Yee’s …got a pineapple drink with strawberry popping boba. Good drinks!
Joy Yee’s: Thai Beef Lettuce Wrap
Joy Yee’s: Thai Beef Salad
Joy Yee’s: Wonton and Seafood Noodle Soup
Joy Yee’s: Fried Soft Shell Crab … My fav outta the 4 dishes we got.
Navy Pier!
Too bad it was closed ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Chicago is absolutely and equally as beautiful at night as it is during the day.
Signature Lounge at John Hancock. This was pretty much like Boston’s Top of the Hub at Prudential lol

Too bad we couldn’t get a seat by the window, but it was still close enough. Enjoyed some drinks before dinner and the beautiful night view of Chicago.
Last night and dinner in Chicago at Girl & the Goat.
Goat Empanadas with romesco and radish-endive slaw. Not too bad.
Escargot Ravioli with bacon and tamarind-miso sauce
Diver Scallops with brown butter kimchee, hazelnut rapini and avocado
Before pic of the pig face: Wood oven roasted pig face with a sunny side egg, tamarind, cilantro, red wine-maple and potato stix. DEFINITELY MUST TRY! By far the best part of a pig I’ve ever had haha.
After pic of the pig face. It’s supposed to be all mixed together so you can get a better taste
Roasted Cauliflower with pickled peppers, pine nuts, and mint. Don’t bother ordering this. It was okay.
Crisp braised pork shank with grilled spring onion kimchee, buttermilk dressing, and naan. MUST TRY. The pork was so tender and BOMB!!!
Don’t remember what this dessert was but there was gelato. It was pretty good!
After dinner we hit up Soundbar. Loved this club. The DJ was actually really good. Had a great time!
VIP status at Soundbar lol
Had to try and bring home some macaroons! ๐Ÿ™‚