People often ask me what I like to do in my free time. Other than spending time with my girls, travel has to be my number one choice.
I have always loved the adventure of travel and stepping into the unknown, seeing something different and going someplace new. If a trip takes me out of my comfort zone, provides new insights, instills a fresh appreciation for my life or is a much needed escape that’s a no-brainer...Count me in. I will also very rarely pass up a chance to take a quick trip to a favorite place again and again.
Second is food and dining out with family and friends. The experience can be sublime and be hard to define but, for me, it’s not just about the meal, it’s about the experience, the atmosphere, the service and the vibe of the room. It’s all the elements, along with the food, that makes the event authentic.
Put the all these things together...my girls, travel and food...And I’m a happy girl. So, here’s a sampling of what this small-town Southern girl eats while spending a long weekend visiting her daughters in Chicago.
Saturday afternoon lunch at Pizzeria Bebu, one of the city’s best and newest pizza joints. It’s not what you’d expect from a small storefront on an obscure side street. The vibe was comfortable, people were friendly and warm, the ingredients were fresh and locally sourced and the music was fantastic.
Our pizza: We went with a 1/2 and 1/2 because we couldn’t decide on just one. The Risk Manager: spicy Italian salami, mozzarella, calabrian honey on one half & Hot Daisy: vodka sauce, calabrian chiles, Parmesan, fresh mozzarella, basil on the other half. And no, there weren’t any leftovers.
Side note: They offer a note-worthy wine program showcasing great and rare finds from around the world to enjoy in a casual setting. Very nice!
Dessert at Jeni’s Ice Cream....Yum! There was no room left in our bellies but we had to stop. It’s a rule. Plain and simple...Jeni’s is devoted to making better ice creams and bringing people together. Her ice creams have a silky smooth texture and a butter cream body without any synthetic flavorings or dyes. The atmosphere is clean and simple and the vibe is urban and upbeat. So much yummy in one small space.
My indulgence: A Flight of Minis - A Trio of 3 half scoops, served in a bowl with a waffle wedge including Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Milkiest Chocolate and Salty Caramel. Just $6 and out of this world delicious.