I know it’s a little late, but I don’t want to wait much longer to share some highlights from my trip to Chicago this past weekend. So let’s dive right in!
Mike and I took off from Minneapolis early Friday morning. I was fired up!
After we landed we spent a good amount of time just wandering around, taking in one of our favorite cities. The rest of the day was filled with delicious food, drinks, and quality time with very good friends!
It was a great first day in the city and probably the most fun day of the entire trip. We got to see so many people and visited several of our favorite restaurants, including a hot dog stand near the DePaul campus at 3:00 in the morning. Yikes!
Our second day was a little more low key. Mike went off and did his thing with some friends while my former roommate, Gabby and I hung out.
By our final day in Chicago, Mike and I were pooped. The weather was pretty gloomy which was perfect for a lazy day. I’d say the highlight of the day was our dinner at one of my all-time favorite restaurants, Athenian Room. Mike and I have been going to Athenian Room for a few years and always order the same things; kalamata chicken for Mike and a gyro salad for me!
It was the best and only vacation I’ve had in quite some time. I’m so happy I got to see some of my favorite people in the world, and I can’t wait to go back again. Now it’s time to attempt to eat as healthy as possible after a long weekend of greasy food. Totally worth it!
Happy hump day! I for one am extremely excited for the weekend to come. DePaul only has 4 basketball games left this season, two of which are this weekend. This means I am going to be soaking up all the Blue Demon pride before it’s gone! It’s bittersweet knowing that I will never get the chance to dance on that court again. Ah, the memories.
Anyway! I want to give a little recap of my Valentine’s dinner. Mike and I celebrated Valentine’s Day on the 15th, since I had late night practice on the actual Valentine’s Day. We decided to hit up our go-to special occasion spot…DITKA’S! As usual, we started things off with the famous pot roast nachos.
I actually convinced Mike that the half order would be enough for us, even though we normally go all out with the whole order, and end up wanting to throw in the towel before we even get our main courses. It was a wise move on my part! I tried something different than my usual pork chop and went with the blackened mahi-mahi, served with a pesto sauce, wild rice medley and sweet potato hay. YUM!
It was a nice change from the heaviness of the pork chop. But, I have to say the chop is still my favorite! In stead of ordering dessert, we went with leftover Valentine’s treats. Good call. Overall, it was a perfect Valentine’s dinner!
Half Marathon Plans
It’s official! I will be running in the 2013 North Shore Half Marathon this June! It will be my first half marathon and I am PUMPED! My favorite running and fitness buddy Tessa will also be running it with me. I’m a little nervous since this will be her second half marathon. We ran the Hot Chocolate 15k together back in November and were pretty evenly matched, so I’m hoping it’s the same this time! Although I have over 4 months before the race date, I’m already starting to map out my training plan. I can tell the toughest part is going to be finding a training plan that fits easily into my school and work schedule. Once I find a plan that fits, I’m sure I’ll be sharing it on here. Stay tuned!
If you’re looking for healthy recipes and workout tips, this is not the post for you. If you’re looking for a good healthy dose of food porn, you’ve come to the right place.
There will be no cooking this weekend. Not even a little. Mike’s parents are in town, and therefore the weekend will be jam-packed with dining out! Last night was the ultimate kick-off at my favorite “special-occasion” restaurant in Chicago, Ditka’s.
We started our meal off with the one, the only, pot roast nachos.
Me and pot roast nachos go way back. All the way to my twentieth birthday!
Since Mike’s parents aren’t as big of nacho fans, Mike and I pretty much had the whole platter to ourselves.
I usually order fish for my main course at Ditka’s, but none of the selections were popping out at me, so I opted for “Da Pork Chop”.
There are no words for how delicious this was. The chop was served with apple chutney, cherry jus, and mashed sweet potatoes. All of which was to die for! Both Mike and his dad went for the classic Ditka’s meatloaf.
If you’re a meatloaf lover, I highly recommend the Ditka’s meatloaf. The combination of the cornbread, fried onions, and mashed potatoes with the loaf is outstanding. Shortly after we polished off our meals the food coma set in. Why we chose this time to take pictures, I do not know. Things took an ugly turn:
We were struggling. It took about fifteen attempts before we landed a decent one:
Cute, right? I’ll leave you with this lovely image. Tonight we have plans to feast, yet again. Sounds like I’ll be doing cardio all day Sunday! Greeeat.