Friday, August 6, 2010

My Kind of Town....the Food!

Now this could only happen to a family like
And only happen in a town like this
So may I say to each of you most gratefully
As I throw each one of you a kiss
This is...
My Kind of Town...Chicago

Mmmmm.  When I travel, I like to make a point of trying the local food.  You know, the stuff the city is "known" for. And Chicago didn't disappoint.  Let's just put it this way... The food in Chicago was Ah-May-Zing.  Starting with this bad boy.  Yes, it's a hot dog, but not just an ordinary hot dog....a Chicago-Style Dog!

Start with an all-beef hot dog and top it with chopped white onions, diced tomatoes, pickled sport peppers, neon green dill relish, a pickle spear, celery salt, and lots of mustard.  And please, NO KETCHUP!!  Ok, ok, I won't put my ketchup on it. Frankly, it didn't need it.  This was DELICIOUS!!!  I was a little scared to try it, but there is so much flavor, that it was heaven each & every bite.  I don't know if it was the atmosphere of the wonderful, sunny, summer day Chicago provided me or if a hot dog with this much stuff on it truly is delicious.  Either way, it was a great experience that I recommend every tourist try at least once.  

While enjoying our time at the Bean, we decided an ice cream would be about perfect.  The place we stopped in advertised the "Famous Chicago Rainbow Cone."  Chicago-famous?  Don't know what I am ordering, but I'm in!!  Oh dear friends, I am weak in the knees thinking about this treat:
Yes, it is possible for all of these flavors together to be DELICIOUS.
 Even my kids were jealous that they didn't order one.  

And another famous snack we just couldn't go without?  Garrett's Popcorn. You know, the stuff that Oprah made famous on her "favorite things" list one year?!  Right off the Magnificent Mile (the amazing shopping mile...), there is a line out the store for this stuff.  
Garrett's popcorn is sinful.  Especially the Chicago Mix - warm, buttery-cheesy popcorn mixed with the sweetest caramel corn you've ever had.  I can truly understand the addiction to crack now that I have had this sinful treat.  (well, no, not really, but you get the metaphor)  It is best to eat it warm, so we stopped in the middle of the street, got our hands all cheesy and enjoyed this worth-every-minute-in-line-snack.  

Dinner?  Anyone hungry for dinner after this?  Of course we saved room for one last famous Chicago meal.....
Gino's East is my Sis-in-law's favorite, so we made a point of finding the closest one to our hotel.  And thank goodness I asked our concierge about it, he gave us a pass to go to the head of the line when we got there.  See the line in the pic?  Those people had to wait over an hour to get a table.  The Texas Darlings with a pass?  10 minutes.  Uh huh.  We're cool like that.
Absolutely worth the 45 minutes it takes to cook this delectable slice of heaven.
And what did my kid's enjoy MORE than the pizza?  They actually encourage you to write on the walls.  So here is Bubba getting to do something his mama would never let him do it at home.  
And it looked like so much fun, I had to try it to:
There we go.  We were here!

Ah, what a nice little food crawl through Chicago.  Makes me hungry for it all over again!


Kelli said...

So lovely! We love Garrett popcorn and have even ordered it online before because we really wanted some. I have two cans that sit on top of my cabinets from yummy. I've never had the ice cream before...hmmm. We've never been to Gino's either, we usually go to Giordano's and it is worth the wait. They have you order your pizza while your waiting for the table. Glad you enjoyed all of the yummy food.

He & Me + 3 said...

The pizza in chicago compares to none. It is so yummy. That hot dog actually looks good even though I am not so much a fan of pickles...but it looks delish on that doggie.

Lyndsay said...

Awesome! It is so neat to see the different foods, thanks for the tour.

Anonymous said...

My mouth is watering!!

Anonymous said...

No wonder you fit into the family so well, Becca! ;-)
Gotta run and go find a snack!
Illinois Grandma Jan

Xazmin said...

Wow. Suddenly this PB&J I'm eating while reading this isn't so appealing.

Glad the food there treated you so well!

Lizzi said...

That hotdog looks pretty awesome. To be honest I went and bought one after seeing it because that's just how good it looked lol.

Miller Racing Family said...

You guys have made me really want to visit Chicago. The sights have been so neat but the food looks amazing. I would love to try the ice cream.
Have a great weekend!

Shawn said...

Is it wrong to be craving a hotdog (no relish), ice cream and pizza before my first cup of coffee is gone?

I love Chicago!

Jessica said...

I'm pretty sure I just drooled all over my lap looking at these pictures. I've always told Dearest that when we can afford to travel someday, we're going to find the food that each place is known for. Obviously, it will totally be worth it!

Now I want a dog like that...

jennykate77 said...

OH yum!!! I love Chicago and I love the food that you can get there!!! The Chicago style dogs at Wrigley are the best things I've ever tasted. Amazing. I'm so going to the ice cream place you mentioned next time I'm there...that looks delicious!

You're making me hungry!

Vivienne said...

OK. I need to visit the Windy City. Changing planes in O'Hare just doesn't count.

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