Sunday, May 22, 2011

Till We Meet Again, Chicago

We started our last day in Chicago at a breakfast place called Hot Chocolate. We knew from the dark, chocolaty, trendy decor that it was a hip place. Of course we had to sample the beverage the place was named after. OMG! (and I don't use that acronym lightly) This hot cocoa was fantastic. Creamy, silky, chocolaty but not too chocolaty, sweet but not too sweet and perfect. I consider myself quite the connoisseur and this is without a doubt the best hot cocoa I have ever tasted. It was served with a homemade marshmallow which sweet and powdery and light. It was like tasting a cloud.

Hot Chocolate from Heaven

After breakfast we made our way to the Brown Elephant, a big thrift store. Kind of pricey, but JS and I both made small purchases. The most unusual thing about the store was the "porn and leather corner". I've never seen that in a thrift store before! They also offered free condoms from a big bowl on the checkout counter. Good to know they are promoting safety with their used leather items!

Through these subtle clues we discovered we were in the "Gay District". I don't know what else to call it. It was a very colorful and bright area. Since I was now accustomed to bobbing around the big city my eyes didn't pop out quite as much as yesterday but there was certainly a lot to see. We shopped a little in a store called Gay Mart. I bought two adorable plates in there. You might see a pic of them on my wall very soon.

Gay District w/ Flags

Lots of cool stuff to photograph:
Bird on the Street

On the way out of town, we stopped at Ikea. There were babies everywhere in there causing me to have a mini panic attack. In trying to flee from all of them (impossible) I got seperated from my friends. Now, I like shopping just as much as the next gal but I wouldn't call it my life's forte. However ...ummm...something strange came over me in this store. I just wanted to buy EVERYTHING and could not stop putting stuff in my cart. I told JS and MB that I was NOT to be allowed inside that store unsupervised again.

I experienced so much this weekend, more than I could ever write about here and I truly cannot remember the last time I smiled and laughed so much. I was glad to be home before a bad storm blew in but so sorry to end our trip and leave my dear friends.


  1. So glad you had a good really is the best city!!! Come back and visit again any time....

  2. Yum!! I love hot chocolate and the homemade marshmallow looks awesome. I'm so happy you guys had a great time.

  3. Yes- holy yum for the cocoa and ewwwww for the used leather.
    We had quite an experience, didn't we?
    I wondered if the Ikea babies were getting to you- you handled it all gracefully and I never would have known.
    So, when's the next trip? :)

  4. Sounds like a fabulous trip. I'm glad you had a good time. I will agree with one above commenter though on Eeeeew, used leather. Some things just shouldn't be reused.
    The cocoa looks marvelous.

  5. Thanks for the call when you got back and for sharing all your excitement about the trip. I looked at some more photos on flicker and you have some really fantastic shots. Way to go!