Tacos & Tecates

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Tomorrow is the first day I will not complain about having "the Mondays." I can't tell you why or how, just that I'm determined not to let the start of a new week get me down, but instead I'm going to grab the bull by the horns and make tomorrow the first day of the rest of my life. Or something like that... I'm sure as hell going to try anyway.

It feels like I've been gone so much this summer that is was finally nice to spend a weekend in Chicago. Because Chris and I are a couple of sixty-year-olds, we spent a few hours on both Saturday and Sunday watching the air show. I'm usually way too cool to spend my afternoon looking at the sky, but for some reason this year I actually kind of enjoyed it.

Following the super exciting jet show, we jumped on our bikes and rode over to Wicker to grab some tacos and Tecates at Big Star.

I swear I'm not trying to pull off the whole "non-smiling" thing for this photo, I gave up trying to do that like ten years ago, Chris just happened to catch me mid-smile and I know better than to shamefully ask him to take more than one photo when we're out in public. I think it hurts both of our pride, really.

And just the best bean dip ever. 

Chris loves being photographed for blog photos, as do all guys I'm sure. 

But anyway, for those of you not familiar let me tell you a little bit about this place called "Big Star." It's basically just a taco restaurant with a few other things on the menu, but the line is always insanely long. We came at 4:30 p.m. and didn't get seated until 6:15 p.m. For tacos! And even though we always complain about the wait and say we're just going to go somewhere else, we always end up waiting. It's weird. But I, like everyone else in Chicago, love the outdoor seating and the overall ambience of the place. People watching in Wicker Park never disappoints. And I'd be selling the place short if I didn't mention the fact that their food really is pretty incredible. Like really really good. 

We intended to head home after our taco feast but the wonderful Chicago weather got the best of us and we ended up riding around the city for two more hours, and about twenty more miles. Let's just say those padded biker shorts I've always made fun of don't seem so bad to me now. 

We ended the night by the harbor listening to an impromptu live band, with an amazing view of the skyline shimmering off the water in the background.

This photo kinda sucks, but I swear it was a gorgeous site. 

I've got a good feeling about this week. Tomorrow is my first day of Conservatory classes at the Second City and I'm also going to hit the stand-up scene again after a few weeks off. It's time to get the ball rolling, times a ticking.

Over and out.

PS- congrats to former Chicagoan Chelsea at Little Lessons in a Big City for winning my Blog Bday giveaway last week!


  1. Tacos are my absolute favourite food in the entire world... I have an entire pinboard dedicated to them. Yummmm. I can't believe there's a thing called taco fest!! You lucky duck!

    xo Becky

  2. Big Star caters. Just FYI for your text party. Which I'd then crash.

  3. I like your motto.. think I'll adopt it too! :)

  4. That first picture of the air show is completely amazing! =]
    Oh, and I love the sarcasm accompanying your guy's photo; I feel you. I really, really do.

  5. I would 100% wait in line for amazing tacos. No question about it. And thank you for the "not hating Mondays" reminder because always living for the weekends means we will waste most of our lives away.

  6. I love Mexican food! Anything justifies getting some. ;)

    Ana Paula
    {Visit me at Mommyhood, PhD}

  7. I am not a big fan of tacos(grew up with a Mexican) but I do like Big Star! Looks like a great weekend :)

  8. Those tacos look amazing! We don't get good taco's in South Africa and I miss them!

  9. realllllly?? I won?! oh my goodness - I won't complain about having the monday's either!!

  10. Sounds like the perfect weekend!!

  11. I've wanted to go to Big Star every time we are in Chicago because I've heard how good it is. You've just solidified that even more. Did you take Harlow home some tacos?

  12. Chris's haircut looks like Jef with one F's haircut from the Bachelorette. I like it!


    And also, I love starting my work week by not freaking out that it's the start of the work week. A girls gotta eat and to eat she needs to work.

    Happy Monday to you!