Taste of Chicago

***Um, are you kidding me? I realized I spelled Chicago wrong in my title - now fixed. Sorry I am a total moron. I promise I can spell!!!***

Tommy and I just got back from a 4-day weekend in my favorite US city - Chicago (not to be confused with my favorite place in the US - Destin, FL.) There is so much to do, so much to see and so much to eat! Since I am sure you guys are just dying to live vicariously through me I will count down my top three favorite things I ate/drank this trip.

1- Garrett's popcorn. All I can say is you have not had popcorn until you have tried Garrett's. The Mix - caramel and cheese popcorn combined is the ultimate sweet and salty mix. And I know my sweet and salty - I swear I invented it. Served hot and gooey, you will have died and gone to heaven when you taste it. All that being said, I am not a popcorn person either. Can you imagine having lived your life without this if you were a popcorn lover?

2- Sweet Mandy B's Cupcakes. While in Chicago I visited my friend from high school, Mindy. One of the many expeditions I asked her to take me on was to visit a cupcake boutique and this one did not disappoint. I thought I ordered a carrot cake cupcake --somehow it was orange -- and she got a traditional yellow cake with chocolate icing. Of course, we shared and both were great. We also followed this treat up with a double chocolate chunk cookie. This why I am doing Zumba tonight.

Hot Chocolate. When you name your restaurant Hot Chocolate -- you better deliver. And, Hot Chocolate soooo did. I had the "Light" - white, dark and milk chocolate (mostly white chocolate) served with a homemade marshmallow. You guys, I have never drank anything this awesome in my life. The consistency was similar to pudding you would make on the stove before it was instant. The taste was like a perfect piece of chocolate. The marshmallow melting in the cup was so light and airy. I wish I could give you all just a sip of mine. Tommy even loved it and he is not a sweet person. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

I didn't get any deep dish Chicago pizza this time and I was so bad about taking pics of my food but did get some other cool pics that I will share later this week. Glad to be back and missed you guys!


  1. Mmmm...all looks so good! Now I'm starving.

  2. We're going to Chicago next month (first time for me!) I just looked at Google Maps & realized that is a Garrett's Popcorn store 0.1 miles from our hotel - yay!! Can't wait to try it!

  3. yummy awesome post! i want more!!!

  4. I'm so jealous! Chicago is also my favorite US City. I'm so glad we've been together...and what a memorable trip it was!


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