Oh hey summer.
We just got back from Chicago you guys and it. was. epiccccc. We were only in the windy city for a little over 24 hours (it was a pit stop on our way to Columbus, Ohio for my brother’s wedding) and somehow we managed to fit in like 17 meals because we didn’t want to miss out on all of the amazing food that city has to offer. Ok so maybe it wasn’t 17, but we ate a ton and it was worth every calorie.
I promise I’m going to give you guys the recipe to this sweet, juicy, minty little salad number (it’s seriously 3 ingredients and seriously a no-brainer), but first I want to tell you all about Chicago! You guys, I DO NOT do well on airplanes. I’m a giant, giant mess when it comes to flying so when I found out my brother was getting married in the mid-west my first reaction was “um, what?” Once I got over the annoyedness (spellcheck says that isn’t a word but I’m going with it) that I’d have to be on an airplane, I started brainstorming how I could make it as painless as possible. My solution? Booking a flight to Chicago from San Fran on Virgin America (hello LED purple relaxing lighting with mini TVs on the back of each chair with cable so that I can binge watch Real Housewives of Orange County), because Virgin doesn’t fly to Ohio and if I’m going to sit on a plane for 4 hours I’m going to make a pitstop at a city that’s been on my bucket list. Then, we’d hang in Chicago for 2 days, take a very short Southwest flight from Chicago to Columbus, and voila we’d be at the wedding.
Several of glasses of wine later, I handled the flight like a champ and before I knew it we were touching down. We arrived in Chicago and wasted no time getting food. We dropped our bags at the hotel, I threw my hair up into a greasy top-knot (see flattering photo below), and headed out for a night on the town. First stop? The purple pig! This restaurant was packed and for good reason. Luckily we snagged a seat at the bar and ordered a few tapas to hold us over until the deep dish pizza we knew we were going to dig into later. The few tapas we tried were amazing (charred cauliflower, fried eggplant parmesan balls, and some sort of fava bean salad) and I’m definitely going to try and recreate several of their recipes on ze blog!
After the Purple Pig, we headed over to the infamous Bean and then popped a squat at Millenium Park to watch their first feature film of the summer. What could they possibly be playing? Chicago of course. Movies are quite the event in the park, so everyone but us came prepared with blankets to sit on, jackets to keep warm from the piercing windchill, and bottles upon bottles of wine. We watched for 30 minutes and then headed on a mission to find some deep dish pizza. We wound up at a place called Lou Malnati’s and it was pretty awesome. Can I just say though that I’m a thin crust fan? Something about thin crispy pizza crust just does it for me.
And because this post is turning into an essay, I’ll give you the low down on day 2 in Chicago in my next post! Let’s get minty.
- ½ of a medium, seedless watermelon, cubed
- ¼ cub feta cheese, crumbled
- 10 mint leaves, chopped
- Combine the watermelon, feta, and mint in a large bowl. Toss and serve.