chicago is delicious.

by Janetha on February 23, 2011

in meals

hey there! glad you guys liked my first recap of my chicago trip. for those of you just tuning in, i was in chicago over the weekend visiting some friends.

said friends live just steps away from the lake, so on saturday morning we walked over to the beach to check out the gigantic lake.


it was freezing!


for a little warmup, we snagged a cup of coffee at a nearby shop called metropolis before hopping on the train.


we made our way down the red line to the addison stop. on the agenda? IMG_8486

cubs stadium! too bad it’s february and no baseball games were going on.. but it was still fun to see. plus, there was a huge captain morgan statue. tell me that’s not exciting and i will tell you that you’re lying.


we started wandering down the road looking for food. it was past noon and all i’d eaten was an apple. all day! we were so hungry. walking aimlessly when you are incredibly hungry is NOT fun. i think we were all a little cranky!

when i spotted the chicago diner, i got really excited because i realized that caroline told me to try it out. a random stumbling on a recommended restaurant?! it was fate.


i am not vegan.. not even vegetarian.. but i happen to love vegetarian and vegan restaurants. i think i am just always so impressed with how delicious the food is without the use of certain ingredients.

the chicago diner’s brunch features are something to brag about. check it out:


plus, they had organic ketchup. i have never been to a breakfast joint that doesn’t have HFCS-filled ketchup. i was giddy.

danny & derrick


me & kristen


started with coffee & soy milk~


i ordered 2 eggs over medium, seitan sausage, roasted potatoes & toast.


the roasted potatoes were a medley of russet, sweet and purple potatoes!


i was all over this marble toast. and the rice syrup sweetened preserves that came with it.IMG_8516

even though it was already 1 o’clock when we ordered, i still went with breakfast food. breakfast foods are easily my favorite when it comes to dining out.IMG_8514

after eating every last bite, we were off!

first stop: the chicago history museum. i didn’t take any photos, but it was fun to learn about chicago’s history. i knew nothing going in and i knew everything going out. okay, not everything, but i learned a lot.

after the chicago history museum, we had big plans to go to the field museum and then to the art institute of chicago. we raced to the field museum because last admission was at 4 PM. we got to the doors (LITERALLY) at 4:01 PM. they wouldn’t let us in.

ugh. lame.

so.. we hopped back on the train and headed toward the art institute. we took our time because we thought it was open until 8 PM (it is on friday—that is when we had checked the hours). well, we strolled into the museum around 5 PM, only to find out that it was closed!

dangit.. two strikes. we were out. what do you do when you don’t get into either museum on your agenda?

eat more food!

we decided to get some deep dish pizza since it is a chicago MUST. the recommended restaurants were nowhere near us, so we settled on a place called giordano’s.


kristen & i split a deep dish that had pepperoni, mushrooms,  onions & green pepper. it had 6 HUGE slices. the menu said this size was ideal for 1 or 2 people. um.. try 3 or 4?IMG_8541

this was cheesy and delicious. chicago is onto something with this style of pizza.


the crust was my favorite part! i could eat a whole plate of crusts alone!


somehow i managed to eat two whole slizes of deep dish and then i had to be wheeled out of the restaurant.

we made our way to the puma store so i could snag some shoes for the mister and for myself. no photos, but i assure you, they are cute.

we also stopped to take photos of the chicago theater, because we were tourists, and that’s what tourists do.




we called it an early night and went home to bake banana bread. yeah, banana bread baking on a saturday night on vacation. totally normal! it was momma b’s recipe, by the way.


and that, my friends, concludes day 2 of my chicago trip!

one more full day to recap.. stay tuned.


1. how do you like your pizza: deep dish, thick crust or thin crust? how about toppings?

2. museums: do you prefer art museums or history museums?

xo. janetha g.

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BroccoliHut February 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Yay!! So glad you made it to the Chicago Diner! I loved it so much that I bought their cookbook while I was there:)
1. Thick crust, all the way. The pillowy-er the better!
2. I like history museums!

Danielle C. February 23, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Yay for restaurants with organic ketchup (or Hunt’s they don’t have HFCS in theirs either). For anyone visiting Seattle, The Portage Bay Cafe has amazing food and they grace their tables with Annie’s ketchup! :) What can I say, I’m a ketchup fiend!

Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey February 23, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Wow, I am so impressed by that vegan/vegetarian restaurant! It looks wonderful. Sounds like fun. :)

healthyteacher February 23, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Looks like you had a great trip! I love that city. Glad you had fun!

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) February 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Two random thoughts: 1. I LOVE seitan even though I’m no where near being a veggie, but it makes me feel safe that I could survive if I ever wanted to be. 2. Love the Gipsy (Gypsy?) Kings.

Pizza: love thin and the thinner the better. I’d rather save my bread carbs and have bread alone or a scone or something like that. :-)


alohaappetite February 23, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I love all museums, period!

By the way, that marble toast looked yum. And visually pleasing. Am I the only one that wants to chow down on something that looks pretty? ;)

Lisa @ Healthy Diaries February 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

haha wanna hear something crazy?! I was at the Chicago theater for that Gipsy King show!! Small world! :)

kissmybroccoli February 28, 2011 at 6:40 am

Aww, too bad on the strike outs, but at least you got some tasty eats! That deep dish looks insane!

I’m more of a thin and crispy sort of girl and the more veggies the better…and lots of cheese! ;)

I’ve never been to a museum before, but I’m not one for history so I definitely would pick art!

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