This past weekend, I made my way north to visit old friends and play in my college's alumni basketball game! It was a sweet time of catch-ups with familiar faces. I left early from work on Thursday and flew into O'Hare around 5:30pm. I began my trip visiting my freshman college roommate, Tessa. We both went in blind to Hope our first year and graduated as lifelong friends. She now lives in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago and is loving every second!
The ONLY cat I could ever love. Ollie-- half man, half feline.
Tessa had to work on Friday which meant an early wake-up call. We both sipped on much-welcomed cups of coffee and slipped in a bit more catch-up time before she walked out the door. With the morning schedule open, I decided to walk the twenty-five blocks to Michigan Ave. Yes, it did take me 1.5 hours to arrive at my destination. Yes, the destination was Eately, Italian food mecca of the universe.
I have many life goals as we all do, but mastering Italian cuisine is definitely a top contender. Since I don't eat pasta often, I'm asking for a spiralizer for my birthday next month! You can make pasta noodles out of almost any vegetable (squash, cucumbers, zucchini, sweet potatoes, etc.)! My favorite food blogger, Half Baked Harvest, makes an amazing zucchini pasta with a heirloom cherry tomato basil sauce. It's honestly one of her most simple recipes-- the more complicated, the better in her book. She concocts the most unique combinations, and it WORKS.
My best friend of 21 years and I are in the planning stages of a trip to Italy. We're hoping to go in the spring of 2017! Naturally I had to shuffle through every page of the Fodor's travel journals on Florence, Milan, and Tuscany. Of course I also considered buying this 3D cityscape of Rome to ease the anticipation pain. Have any of you traveled through Italy? If so, please email me with recommendations! We're already beginning our list of necessary visits.
Someday I'll make a more comprehensive Chicago travel guide, but for now, you can reference the two photos of cookies and cheese galore.