How did we end up here? We've lived in Northern Illinois for 23 years. Way too long for this vegetarian! Thankfully, we're only a Metra ride away from Chicago.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Sweet Home Chicago.

Yeah, I can finally cross a Chicago Holiday tradition off my list of to do. Last weekend we met up with my Aunt who was in Chicago for business. The first stop Marshall Fields Walnut Room. There wasn't much on the menu for a Vegetarian diner but the hot spiked cider was great. This year the Walnut Room Christmas tree is decorated with more than 3,000 Swarovski Crystal ornaments and 25,000 lights. At the top of the tree is a 6-foot tall,200 pound crystal tree topper.If you're in town during the Christmas season one has to stop by to admire the tree either from the viewing area on the 8th floor or grab a table in the restaurant and have a drink. It really puts one in the Christmas spirit. The only downside was the number of people. Billy Crystal lit the tree up at Noon. Later, Emeril Lagasse was downstairs signing books. Saturday was also the grand opening of the animated windows. This year it's the classic fairy tale of Cinderella. There were so many people around the windows we couldn't get close enough to see them. The Let's hope they keep this tradition when Macy's takes over at the first of the year. The kid's even saw Santa.
Sunday was my husband's birthday. He's a huge breakfast fan and we've heard of a restaurant-Toast(in Lincoln Park neighborhood) that was supposed to have awesome French Toast(his favorite). I ordered some buckwheat blueberry pancakes covered in fresh fruit that was amazing. Here he is with his belly busting portion.
Just up the street is my favorite veggie restaurant, The Chicago Diner. They're having a vegetarian Thanksgiving next week that vegans and vegetarians dream of. Ahh, maybe on my next trip to Chicago.
It was so nice to visit with my Aunt. We only see her once a year so it's nice to catch up with one another.
Have a great weekend.
36 days until Christmas!!


Blogger KathyMarie said...

36???? I'm so screwed.

Sounds like you and your family had an awesome time. I love the animated windows! Great picture of your husband and his french toast. :)

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