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Dec 15 2008

Sweet Home Chicago

And…we made it. Unfortunately, exhaustion last night caused me to pass out early, fully clothed and with glasses still on, thus preventing a post. My posting streak since November 1 has been broken, and I’m okay with that. Mostly. I was too tired last night to really care.

It is freaking freezing here, somewhere around 10 F. Once it’s below freezing, the actual temperature really doesn’t matter, it’s just damned cold. My handy dandy local weather toolbar tells me that it’s -2 in Denver right now. We’re all miserable. The difference is that in Denver, 100 year old records are being smashed. Here, it’s just Monday.

We broke up the drive in from Des Moines yesterday by stopping at the new Legoland Discovery Center west of the city. And I was reminded why I won’t return to Legoland in San Diego. If you’re an adult, not for you. If you’re a teen or tween, not for you. If you’re a boy celebrating your 8th birthday, totally for you, have a ball, we’ll see you in a few hours, no you can’t have the $500 Lego Millenium Falcon.

(We interrupt this post for lunch. A Chicago hotdog, no bun, fries and a diet coke. Urp.)

This week will be a whirlwind of museums, food you can only get in Chicago (see aforementioned hotdog), and the music convention I’ll be attending at the end of the week.

There was more, but WordPress apparently no longer does automatic backups and it already ate half this post. So instead I’ll take a wee break and enjoy a cookie from the gluten-free bakery down the way from my parents’ house.

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  1. Dawn on MDI

    The important question on everyone’s mind is: can you get a gluten-free Chicago pizza?

    And what’s the deal about Chicago pizza? What makes it better than New York pizza?

    Here in Maine I have seen people put clams and lobster on pizza. Not sayin’ I ate any, but I’ve seen it done.

  2. Dawn on MDI

    The important question on everyone’s mind is: can you get a gluten-free Chicago pizza?

    And what’s the deal about Chicago pizza? What makes it better than New York pizza?

    Here in Maine I have seen people put clams and lobster (not together) on pizza. Not sayin’ I ate any, but I’ve seen it done.

  3. goitaly

    I highly recommend the Italian beef, but it might be hard to eat without a bun.

    Enjoy Chicago, I’m jealous.

  4. Christina Shaver

    Thanks for the tip on the bakery! When my sisters-in-law come to town, we’ll have to go.

    Stay warm!

  5. Cathy

    Yeah–it’s frickin cold in Denver–don’t feel like you’re worse off in Chicago! 🙂 I so miss the Chicago museums and other sights–please do more posts about the the food!! Do you like Mia Francesca? That’s my favorite Chicago restaurant.

  6. Lisa

    I’m so glad you’re here! And, come on, the windchill was only about 10 below today, so don’t complain! 😉 I’m still walking around in a hooded sweatshirt. I won’t be breaking out my coat for a while still.

    I wanted to let you know that I picked up some hot cocoa mix today at WalMart for my niece, and when I turned it over, I notice that it said, “Gluten-free” in big letters on the box. Have you tried it? If not, you may have a new treat! 🙂

  7. Robin

    I am so not even going to think about temperatures that cold. Brrrr… (How I ever survived growing up in the northeast I will never know LOL.)

    So what makes a Chicago hot dog anyway?

  8. tendrils

    I AM SO JEALOUS! A Chicago hot dog…….heavenly! Where did you stop for one? (I have so many “favorites” when it comes to hot dog joints there!)

    Keep the posts coming!!!!

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