We just returned from a well needed 'mini-vacation'! Instead of gifts under the tree, we decided to take the kids to Chicago for four days. We left right after Christmas. Of course the kids were tired out because of all of their Christmas 'hopping' with the different families. However, that did not stop us from having a fantastic time in the Windy City. We ate ourselves silly, found new restaurants and spent two days inside the Museum of Science and Industry. I just wanted to give my readers a peak at some of the wonderful things we did and even a few glimpses of fantastic food....specifically Xoco..... Rick Bayless' terriffic and affordable restaurant. I did die and go to heaven! We also made a quick stop to Devon Street and ate delicious South Indian fare. We shopped a bit at one of the local stores that was head to toe chocked full of amazing wares from India. We also received a fat $60.00 parking ticket. That was the down side to the Indian meal. Bummer. We hid it in the glove compartment as we didn't want to be reminded of it the rest of the trip. I better grab it out now so the city of Chicago doesn't take any more of our hard earned cash! An expensive lesson, read the parking signs twice!
I think this will be the last year that we share a single hotel room with our every growing family of four. It was tight quarters at the hotel... I vote for adjoining rooms next time! The kids loved the elevator and our hotel... a great deal from Hotwire.com. The hotel was situated right on Lakeshore Drive, across from Navy Pier. The gentleman at the front desk gave us a room on the top floor. This made for dizzying rides up the elevator but fantastic views once we were at the top.
My good friend Jenny has always told me that she wants to retire in Chicago. Most people think warm. places for returement... Florida, Mexico or Arizona, but not Jenny. She and her family adore the city and after our latest trip, I can see why. You could just spend hours on one city block. The city has so many wonderful things to offer. We barely brushed the surface with our four day trip. One could spend months in the city just visiting all of the amazing museums. I unfortunately did not get to venture into the Art Institute this time. I was voted down. boo hoo. Science won over art.... There is always next time.
Enjoy the pictures of our mini holiday!
|Vim was happy and finally awake...|
|Mysore Woodlands.. Devon Street|
|Mysore Coffee... this was soooo strong! I could not sleep that evening. It could have been the partying hotel neighbors that kept me awake. I could hear their champagne bottles pop and the loud cheers let out by the girls!|
|Masala Dosai.... larger than my son!|
|The daily Thali offering!|
|Navy Pier out our window - beautiful at night!|
|The kids going crazy in the hotel room!|
|Cool Ice out our window|
|A tight squeeze for our museum parking! We thought we would never get out!|
|My daughters Hitchhiker's thumb!|
|New born chicks!|
|How tall am I?|
|Fun with colored lights|
|Watching the train exhibit|
|Amazing interactive shadow play... the more you hold still, the more butterflies that will land on you!|
|Fun house mirrors|
|my son... posing with a lion|
|Salute Wine Bar... our dinner one evening... very cozy and good!|
|Entering Xoxo.... a delicious entrance|
|Fresh cocoa.... being chopped, waiting to be made into the best warm drinks you will ever taste!|
|Pork.... slow cooking in a huge copper vat.... I am sure the witch from Hansel and Gretel would have appreciated this!|
|The wood burning oven cooking my chilaquiles.|
|Enjoying un "champurrado"|
|Delicious wood-fired french toast with bacon and pecans|
|Can you guess?|
|My chilaquiles... the best I have had since Mexico!|
|A Segway tour.... this cracked us all up for one reason or another! I think it was the attractive yellow vests,,,, as if we did not see 15 people on wheels!|
There you have it folks! A quick inside view into our mini - vaycay to Chitown!
loads of foodie love! Megan