I love cities that feel ALIVE! This one sure did today.
At 3PM, Whitney in Chicago, one of my favorite bloggers for her beau-ti-ful photography, met me for a walk around the city. She was an excellent tour guide! The highlight was Millennium Park to see tons of great art!
But first, I was thirsty and hungry so we went to Intelligentsia for coffee! Whitney actually sent me some of their coffee this spring (along with some fantastic granola) and it was awesome.
I got an iced coffee enhanced with skim milk, whole milk and cinnamon
Whitney’s coffee was beautiful!
With our coffees we walked for about an hour 45 mins.
GIANT American Gothic!!
The bean!!! (Hey Kanz, I’m a bean!)
More coolness – water “spits” from his mouth!
Unfortunately it started to rain pretty hard, so we walked back to the hotel. I was starving with the time change, so i had a handful of trusty nuts from my snack bag to tide me until dinner. I did NOT want to spoil my appetite!
I got to relax in my bed for a bit before getting dressed up for dinner and meeting the group in the lobby. This bed is the most comfortable hotel bed I’ve ever been in!! I think there’s a foam mattress under the covers, which is what we have at home and absolutely love. I got under the covers because I was freezing even in a sweater!
At 6:15 I met the Edelman crew and Linda, the other Balanced Living blogger, in the lobby for dinner, and then we cabbed over to Graham Elliot’s restaurant!!!!!!! <—- Check out the totally unique menu + style! The food was phenomenal and totally about the flava. Graham Elliot uses such interesting flavor combinations, and this dinner went perfectly with my Gather post this week on using dining out as an opportunity to try all kinds of new tastes.
[Sorry for all the yellow photos – it was the lighting!]
We split a bottle of Calera Pinot, which was rustic and delish. I had 3 half glasses throughout the evening. LOVE drinking red wine in fancy restaurants!
We ordered a few appetizers to share across the table. I can’t even begin to remember all the different flavors in these dishes –
Scallop with pancetta and potatoes –
Tuna sashimi with avocado puree, radish, plantain and cacao nibs!!!
Asparagus salad (stalks molded in goat cheese!?) with egg and frisee –
Chowder with corn nuts and a garlic marshmallow!!
I had a taste of everything!!
For my entree, I couldn’t decide between the Land and the Sea!
But I chose the Heritage Pork Loin with farro, grilled peaches, baby spinach and pistachio gremolata (mostly for the farro!)
It tasted better than it looks! (The wheatberries/farro, especially)
Other entrees (they shared bites, so I had a taste of everything! Love sharing )
Sea Bass + Halibut
Duck + Walleye – all with incredible ingredients!
And for dessert we all shared the Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with ice milk, sea salt + caramel
And the Deconstructed Strawberry Shortcake with strawberry gelato and some delicious granola-like stuff
A huge thank you to the fabulous Edelman Team for treating us to dinner on behalf of Boca!! What a fun + intelligent group of women
Alexa, Linda + Danielle
Teresa and me
Once we were back at the hotel I checked out the People’s Party going on. I think it’s sort of an unofficial BlogHer thing? One thing about BlogHer – it’s soooo confusing!!! There are so many parties and events and exhibits and vendors and speakers and you are totally overwhelmed and don’t know where to go at what time. There are unlimited choices!! And it’s kinda intimidating that it seems that a lot of the other bloggers know each other already. Kind of like the first day at a new high school! I didn’t know if I was supposed to “be” at this part, but I think the point of the people’s party is that everyone is invited!?
It was packed, but I got there a little late and have an early morning tomorrow with the 5K and all, so I called it a night.
Back in my room I found a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a tote from iVillage!! How lovely!
My stomach is feeling a bit funny today. It started on the plane and then got better and now it feels super full and fluttery and in knots again. I think I am just nervous and excited to be here. Hopefully I’ll feel better for tomorrow’s run.
The bed is seriously SO comfortable I can’t wait to close my eyes!
[So I just woke up and checked my email to find ZERO comments on this post. Uh-oh. Turns out it never went up! And you know what’s weird is that I almost always verify my posts go up and last night as I was closing my computer I realized I hadn’t done that but said “Eh, it’s up” Wrong!! Sorry for the delay everyone!]