Whenever I travel, I have a tendency to plan my trips around food. I could easily spend an hour researching the best eating options in a given neighborhood, and I’d be tickled to make a day of hopping from one eatery to the next grabbing little bites along the way. It’s a foodie kind of fantasy.
Yesterday’s day trip to Chicago was no different.
It started with a rich hot chocolate to beat the early morning chills on the train ride in from the ‘burbs where we parked the car.
Mid-morning snack #1 was at Taza, a locally-owned fast food Mediterranean joint. The men behind the counter preparing for the lunch rush were overly helpful; I even talked my way into a free dolmeh (stuffed grape leaf). But as far a flavor goes, I can think of at least three places in Madison that champion Taza at hummus and lentil soup. Sorry Chitown.
Mid-morning snack #2: a Wrigley Peeled smoothie from Protein Bar. It was a home run in my books. I wished I lived next to Protein bar, or above one, or inside one. They boast a menu of unique and tasty smoothies, flavorful oatmeal bowls, and healthy, protein-packed lunches that feature less-common, but tasty, protein sources like quinoa and avocado.
As all manner of dress befell the scurrying business people with the arrival of a full-blown blizzard, we opted for an early dinner in the dimly-lit cave that was BoniVino‘s Pizzeria. It was perfect shelter from the storm. Pretty sure we stumbled in on the whole extended pizza-making family, engaged in the game on Jeopardy on the screens and likely a bottle of Vino or two. The ensuing storm was the least of their worries. I’ll admit family bonding and Alex Trebek have consumed my attention at certain moments, too. As has pizza.
One last snack stop at the train station before heading home. No trip to the windy city is complete without a bag of Chicago Mix…
What’s your favorite way to spend a day trip?