Monday, September 29, 2014

9.26.14 A weekend saved

Friday morning we boarded our 630 am flight to Chicago excited for our friends' wedding. Halfway to Chicago - the pilot came on and said we were turning around because there had been a fire in the radar facility that serves the Chicago airports. I started crying and scrambling to find us other flights. 

 We got on standby lists for the Indy and Milwaukee flights, but a gate agent gave one of our seats to a person lower on the list so we couldn't go. I sobbed in the airport. We headed home to regroup and try to get our hotel deposit back.
Glenn figured it out then pushed me to find a resort we could go to for the weekend since we were already packed. I found the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa but was in no mood to figure it all out. I just wanted to be sad. Glenn took over, got us reservations and loaded up the car.
We checked in. It was nicer than I expected. We headed down to the Spa hoping the 25 minute massage included in our packages would pull me out of my funk. It did. It was really relaxing.  The indoor whirlpools and pool were so nice. We had a great dinner at the restaurant and called it an early night.
Saturday we spend most of the day by the pool under an umbrella enjoying the sunshine,  the cocktail of the day and the good burgers from the poolside grill. When the weather started to turn we headed down to the spa to enjoy the steam room, plunge pool, and more time in the indoor pool and whirlpool. 
Dinner again was really good. Then we headed to the lobby bar to see our old friend Bob the bartender before another early night.
Sunday we enjoyed our breakfast buffet and then headed home for a day on the couch watching football and catching up on DVR. It turns out while we may have been able to make it to Chicago via Milwaukee - every flight returning to Tampa from Chicago on Sunday day was cabcelled so things worked out for the best.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

9.19.14 M's Bachelorette

This weekend, I headed to Chicago to pick up M for her bachelorette party. We joined up with her future sisters-in-law and boarded the train for Milwaukee. I was so impressed how easy and quick the ride was. 

The first stop was the hotel to pick up the rest of the fun seekers. Then we headed to Lakefront Brewery. We had a fun private tour and had a great time sampling their beers. 

Before dinner, we headed to the Irish Pub next door. 

Off to dinner at Milliouke. The food and the service were great! 

Then we went to the Safe House for some drinks and dancing. 

Sunday meant brunch at Cafe Benelux. Amazing Bloody Marys and amazing food! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September 6th - September 8th - A Wedding and More Chicago Adventures

I have been very lucky in my life to have made some incredible lifelong friends. Friends from my Valpo days and friends from my days in Chicago are truly the greatest group of people I know and I am blessed to have them in my life. It's even more exciting that four of them are getting married this year. Jon's wedding was in August and Erin's was this weekend. This time I was a bridesmaid!!

It also turned out that my cousins were in Chicago for the weekend. After going to Erin's for a great open house: 

We headed to Frasca for a great dinner! 

My cousin really knows how to ride a unicorn! 

I always knew I belonged in the circus! 

Sunday was a gorgeous day for a wedding. The ceremony was incredible, touching, and person. The setting was the courtyard at the City Winery. It was a lovely day and it was so great to spend time with our people! 

Glenn and I managed to sneak in a trip to the Girl and The Goat. The food was incredible!! 

On Monday, we took some time to explore my old neighborhood. We had breakfast at Nookies, explored the Chicago History Museum and then headed back down to the West Loop for a fantastic lunch at Au Cheval. Then we had a quick drink at Pearl on the River before heading back to the airport. Overall, a wonderful weekend! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

August 29th - Labor Day Weekend in Minneapolis

It's State Fair time!! For Labor Day this year we headed up to Minneapolis to visit our dear friends and check out the MN State Fair. Seeing the butter room was at the top of my list! We had an incredible time at the state fair. Armed with a spreadsheet highlight the "must eats", we ate our way from end to the other. We also were part of a record breaking attendance day!! 
We started the day with mini donuts. They were hot, crispy and just the right amount of sweet! 

Our lovely hosts eating the worst item of the day: Pizza tator tots 

I got my personality analyzed. It was spot on! 

Andrew Zimmer was correct about the Gizmo - it's any amazing sandwich featuring ground beef and Italian beef and cheese. 

We tried the S'mores Beer. Basically a sweet porter with a graham cracker crust and marshmallow garnish. 

We loved the craft beer pavilion. You could choose from one of 6 flights. 


You just can't beat Midwestern corn on the cob dumped in a bucket of butter. 

This sandwich was amazing!!! 

Just a little crowded. 

We were so impressed with the vendors. Even though the fair was very crowded, they moved people through that line so quickly! And here's the final list of everything we tried:

Mini donuts
Breakfast taco
Breakfast juicy Lucy
Salty tart coconuts macaroons
Green mill pizza tots
Smores beer
Red velvet funnel cake
(Corn dogs)
1919 root beer
15 kinds of MN beer
Cream soda
Cotton candy
Cheese curds
Sweet Marthas cookies
Fried pickles
Polish sausage on a fork
Jello salad ice cream
Fried buckeyes
Pretzel cheese curds
Corn on the cob
Blue cheese and corn fritters
Beer gelato

We rounded out the weekend with some time on the boat, time at the beach and a great game of Monopoly!