World Series Bar Hop

Ok so whatev with The Rockies’ poor performance last night. We went out last night to watch the game (AKA The Bloodbath). Downtown is chock full of bars and restaurants so we started at one end of the street and worked our way to the other end. Miraculously it was warm out- probably only in the 60s or so so we didn’t have to freeze our butts off. Before the game started every bar and restaurant on the street was packed! Everyone was all excited! We got a seat in a bar (Tony’s) directly under the TV and had some cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and jack n cokes, then moved on to another place for beers, then moved to another (Blondies) for chocolate martinis (ok I had a chocolate martini, DM had another jack n coke). By the time we got to the 4th place (around inning 6 or 7- Phanton Canyon) it was pretty much empty and the people who were there were all sullen, so we just went home. They’re doing a little better tonight. Colorado is excited to even have a team in the World Series, tho. I hadn’t even heard of them myself till about a month ago. Hee hee.

A Perfect Fall Day

We went out to the country and picked ourselves some apples.
It was niiiice out, sunny and about 75 degrees.
After dual headaches, getting lost, and then spending some quality time with a sandwich and a cup of coffee in a Kwik Stop we finally got to an orchard!

As you can see, Farmer Dange was thrilled. Actually I think he had an OK time.

Perplexed? Annoyed? We may never know. But that apple sure was yummy!

We passed by a pumpkin patch but it wasn’t open.

More pumpkins.

The best apple turnover I’ve had in awhile. I’ll probably have dreams about it.

Now I’m making braised pork in apple cider, homemade applesauce, brocolli and potatoes for dinner. I’m sure there will be pics later…:)

Chicago! Day Three

Chicago- Day 3-5
Lunch at Chicago Pizza And Oven Grinder Company

The rest of the day was spent wandering around- we must have walked 5 miles a day when we were there!
Later I wanted a really good latte, but not from Starbucks. So we found Third Coast Cafe And Wine Bar on Dearborn near Division, maybe? I forget exactly where it is. Anyhow, the latte was only ok but DM got this apple pie, which was pretty good and this ice cream which was the best ice cream I’ve ever had. OMG it was GREAT.

The last day we went to Clarke’s Diner in Lincoln Park for breakfast. I was pretty much fooded out by then but I did eat most of this veggie omlette.

And the pancakes that came with it….:)

Dange had a patty melt with fries.
This place was good but it wasn’t at all as awesome as most of the other places we went.

Here I am being a tourist and getting my picture taken beside the Playboy building. Only it’s not as dorky as most tourist pictures beside the Playboy building. I did used to work for them afterall. And I’d never been there before!

Later we took an endless cab ride out to Feed. I read about it in a bunch of different places including the latest issue of The Best Of Chicago that came out last week. So we had to go. And it was really super good.

After lunch we took the bus back downtown and out to the Planetarium. There’s an island out there with really pretty views of the city and lots of nature.

There’s also a theatre out there- how excellent that would be to see a show out there! So DM had to do his best rock star impersonation.

That’s all! I didn’t bring my camera, so I just used DM’s the whole time. His is a big old SLR pain in the ass camera. Next time we go anywhere I’ll bring my little point and shoot and get lots more pics like I usually do.

Chicago! Day Two

Chicago Day 2
Got up and went to The Bongo Room for breakfast. I’ve been before and couldn’t wait for these lemon raspberry pancakes.

OMG they are good. I didn’t want to eat something sooooo junky, tho, so I made Mike order them and I got a healthy veggie breakfast buritto.

Hee hee. We swapped half way thru breakfast so I could experience the goodness and he could not die of a sugar overload.

After breakfast we wandered around Wicker Park which is a fun little neighborhood full of cute shops, lots of bars, and yummy restaurants. We even went to an open house cuz we’re thinking about moving there next year, maybe. The townhouse we saw was really great but it was also $610,000. Sheeesh. Anyhow after that we went to Easy Bar and had a drink.

Then we went back downtown to Navy Pier and took a boat ride out in the lake.

Later that evening we went to Little Italy. I hadn’t been there or read much about it but I thought it would be like Little Italy in other big cities with lots of restaurants, bakeries, and bars. It wasn’t. There were only a few restaurants! We randomly chose The Rosebud cuz it was crowded and looked good. We needed reservations to sit in the diningroom but the bar was empty and had tables so we sat in there. It was fun cuz we got to see everyone coming and going. Anyhow we later found out that it’s a pretty old place. The owner owns lots of other places now but this was the original. There were lots of big parties. We saw some homecoming dance goers, some people who looked like they were there for a wedding rehearsal dinner, lots of family get togethers, a couple of dates. The food was REALLLLLY good. Tasted like being in Italy! I had a ricotta dumpling thing. I’m not sure if the dumplings were made of ricotta or the normal gnocchi deal but there was lots of ricotta in the sauce and it was baked and creamy and cheesy and sooooooooooooo good.

I didn’t finish it so I brought it back to the hotel (we had a little fridge in our room) and had it as a snack for two more days, hee hee. DM had spaghetti and meatballs. The meatballs were the size of my head.

Crazy! We also had canolli for dessert but I scarfed it before I remembered to take a picture of it. The last day we were there we discovered that another of the owner’s restaurants was in the lobby of our hotel! So we went down there for more canolli and coffee as a little mid afternoon snack.

I don’t remember what we did after dinner but it probably involved being rolled back to the hotel and into the bed.