A Chicago Foodie Weekend

Monday, March 24, 2014

Somehow this past weekend ended up being far more busy than I expected. Let me break it down for you.

Saturday morning I filmed a fun little video with some improv pals for Scriptless Films. I played "Lydia Johansson," the small town Kansas girl who just moved to the city to chase her dreams after her cult leader died a few weeks ago... If you think I look nice in this photo, you should see the actual video.... I be looking real rough.

To celebrate a successful day of looking like an idiot I met Chris at our fav spot, Barn & Company for some bball and bloodys.

And some pulled pork nachos...

And when we were walking home I spotted some girl scouts selling cookies on the corner and you better believe I ran right over to them and purchased a few boxes. Is it just me, or did Samoas change their name to "Carmel Delights" for a few years? Am I losing my mind here? Or did some girl scouts just rip me off and sell me a box of cookies from five years ago?

The little red head with the mic does kind of look like she belongs in the 90s. Regardless, they were good. Chris and I finished the box in less than twenty-four hours.

For dinner we met Chris's mom and sister at Ditka's downtown and munched on some bruschetta and a tuna plate.

I know I should take better food photos, but I always feel like such an asshole snapping pics of my food as it is that I try to do it as fast as possible without anyone seeing... Thus the reason they're always a bit grainy or too bright. My apologies. 

After Ditka's we met some friends at The Drawing Room and sipped on drinks that were way too expensive and took way too long to make. I just can't wrap my head around fancy bars. I'm way more of a hole-in-the-wall kinda gal. 

It was kind of funny, as the four of us sat in this uppity bar in downtown Chicago we all couldn't help but talk longingly about our bars back in Nebraska we hold so near and dear to our hearts. I'm talking about you, The Rail, and you, The Bar. We'll meet again soon... 

 Anyway, Sunday night I had a show at The Second City. Here I am looking pissed off.

I don't know what my deal is, for some reason I just can't let go on stage with improv as of late. I get all in my head and start second guessing everything, which is like the worst mistake you can make with improv. You just have to forget everything else and play. It should be simple, right? I need to bring the fun back and stop criticizing every single thing I do in my head. It's a real buzz kill. 

Following my mediocre performance we went with Chris's family to Eataly (I told you it's my favorite thing to do now) and ate even more good food. It was kind of an intense foodie weekend, as you can tell.

And we immediately came home and went into food coma mode. Harlow included.

And that's all I've got. I'm not ready to tackle Monday at all at the moment. Woof.

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  1. Looks like such a fun weekend!! And um, hi. Pulled pork nachos?! Heaven on a plate. That picture of them legitimately made me salivate lol. So, I take pictures of all of my food too, I tell completely strangers that "its for the blog" to justify it, but they probably think I'm weird anyways. Whatev, you've just got to own it.

  2. those nachos are going to haunt my dreams - they look amazing!

  3. I can tell you the made the inside packages smaller and increased the price. Little magician hustlers that is for sure! All that food looks so good. I'll have to make note of them for my next Chicago trip!
    ~Amanda|Meet @ the Barre

  4. I need that bloody mary in my life. Like now.

  5. I have friends that live in Chicago, but I am planning to visit based solely on your posts about food. I think it's important that you know that.

    Regarding improv, I feel like I've been stuck in that phase for a while. It's really annoying. It started back in 301 when we were focusing on setting up the reality of the scene in the initiation, starting in the middle of it, which doesn't sound unreasonable as I'm typing this but it really tripped me up. I went straight into my head to overthink the simplest things, you know, just incase my scene partner wasn't listening, it needed to be super straightforward. It's not like we're adults playing make believe, making it up as we go along... :-/

  6. Chicago is the greatest. Absolute GREATEST. And that outfit... girrrrl you lookin goooood.

  7. Ditkas and Eataly... two spots on my must see/eat at list when I get my butt up there this summer :)

  8. Your cookies are legit! There are two bakers of girl scout cookies and they have their own regions. I moved to Montana and can't get any of my favorites! My bestie in Lincoln has to ship me a box because NE has the better cookie baker.

  9. I have only been to Chicago once but it was amazing! The food pictures have got me drooling over here in South Dakota!


  10. I want to eat all of the food now. Seriously, I need to get my ass on a train one of these weekends because there's just none of this wonderfulness around me.

  11. how are you not 300lbs?! I am so jealous of all that tasty food. yum!

  12. I feel the same way when I take food pics! Recently took a pic and didn't realize my flash was on in a super dim restaurant.. pretty sure the whole place turned at glared at me. But for real, the tuna plate makes me drool.. and it's only 8 a.m.

  13. I think the Girl Scout cookies have different names depending on which of the two factories/distribution centers they are sent out of in the country. I feel like my friend (whose daughter is a GS) explained that to me when I looked at the "Caramel Delights" and said, "Dafuq????"