Good morning everyone! You’re almost to the weekend – it’s just a day away, no frets 🙂
Soooooo – my bags are packed…because I’m heading to Chicago! Yesiree it’s girls weekend and I, for one, could not be more excited 🙂 I haven’t been back since Snuggie-gate and two of my friends have gotten new apartments in the city since then. Can’t wait to check them out and spend some quality time with the ladies!!
Since I’m heading to Chi-town – I thought maybe I’d give you a few fun facts about the city 🙂 Did you know (images from Google):
1. Chicago is home to three of the world’s tallest buildings, including the 1450-foot Sears Tower.
2. The first Ferris wheel made its debut in Chicago at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Today, Navy Pier is home to a 15-story Ferris wheel, modeled after the original one.
3. Founded in 1868, the Lincoln Park Zoo is the oldest free public zoo in the country and is open 365 days a year!
4. Chicago-style pizza is a deep-dish pizza style also referred to as "stuffed" pizza. True Chicago-style pizza features a buttery crust which stands up to 3 inches tall at the edges, slightly higher than the generous amounts of cheese and chunky tomato sauce, acting almost as a large bowl. Edited to note that this.stuff.is.incredible.!!!!! Whenever Ben and I go to Chicago, we buy one to bring back and snack on for the next couple of days. Is that gross?!
5. Cloud Gate, a public sculpture by British artist Anish Kapoor, is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park within the Loop community area of Chicago. Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed The Bean because of its legume-like shape and is made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together.
6. For over 40 years, the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers turn the Chicago River green for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebration.
These are just a FEW of the things that make Chicago such a unique and amazing city. I just love that Bean, by the way. A lot of people get their engagement photos done there…that would have been really cool, eh? Also – a couple years ago I was in Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day and MISSED the green river!!! I don’t know WHAT I was doing…but I will definitely have to make a return visit in the coming years to make sure I check that out!!
In preparation for my travels, I had a small breakfast today. I wasn’t all that hungry to begin with (I know, weird) and I don’t like to travel on a full stomach anyways. So, I had a simple Fruit Bowl.
I sliced up my apple variety of choice – a Braeburn apple.
and snagged the last of the best cantaloupe ever!
This is a perfect traveling breakfast. It’s light, refreshing and it will also keep me hydrated. A lot of foods are actually good at keep hydration levels up – which is the key to comfortable traveling, in my opinion. Vegetables including:
have very high liquid contents. Fruits including:
are among the juiciest type of fruits. Obviously these foods shouldn’t replace drinking water – but hey, every little bit helps!
Ok, I’m ready freddie – here’s to safe travels and a great weekend!
What’s your preferred pizza type? Chicago deep dish? Thin New York style? Simple hand-tossed?
I don’t discriminate when it comes to pizza…I’ll eat it all!