chicago snapshots.

by Janetha on September 25, 2012

in eating out,fun with friends,travel

a post of few words, but many photos. some iphone. some DSLR. mainly food. lots of fun. in order of time stamp…

kuma’s corner: weekend nachos [merkts cheddar, Jalapeno, pico de gallo, pickled red onion, tortilla strips, cilantro] (kristen’s)

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kuma’s corner: YOB [smoked gouda, bacon, roasted red peppers, roasted garlic mayo] (janetha’s)

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kuma’s corner: famous kuma burger [bacon, cheddar, fried egg] (marshall’s & rory’s)

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the bongo room: breakfast burrito [cilantro- jalapeno tortilla filled with guacamole and scrambled eggs topped with melted cheese and sour cream, salsa on the side, served with house potatoes]

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browsing at reckless records in bucktown.

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damen train station.

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the art institute of chicago, various pieces.

giordano’s deep dish.

chicago diner: vegan cinnamon roll & country benedict [fried eggs on a housemade herbed english muffin with garlic sautéed spinach, mushrooms & onions, country sausæg gravy & chopped tomatoes]

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cubs game at wrigley field + a chicago dog + my date.

lebanese buffet at reza’s in andersonville.

the gang, the night before the wedding.

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cornerstone cafe: portobello omelet [sun-dried tomato, shallots, portobello mushroom, pancetta and goat cheese made with four extra large grade AA eggs, complemented with hash browns and two buttermilk pancakes]

the wedding venue.

danny & derrick, getting hitched.


mustache mania.

they remembered to eat. smarties.

money dance!

wedding cake.

my high school boyfriend… no, no, i don’t turn boys gay. he was before me! he just dabbled in being straight for awhile…

best friends. sure looks like my hand holding the wine bottle, right? i thought so.. then i realized my hand is the one below.

with our man friends.

with our old friends.

we will be forever friends. (what’s with the face, danny?)

oh, chicago. you are fun. you are delicious. i will miss you. until next time, chicago.

xo. janetha g.

p.s. a big HELLO to jasmine, a blog reader from bermuda that i randomly ran into on the street. RANDOM. LOVE. you’re a babe. thanks for saying hello to me. xo.

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I’m going to Chicago for a conference in November – definitely thinking Imma need some deep dish pizza. :-)

Coco September 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Pizza looks amazing.. Your eyes are beautiful.. Paper mustache= awesome :)

momma b. September 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Holy food holiday! My stomach is GROWLING and my mouth is watering! (I just typed “moth” haha)

You always know just where to eat and more importantly just what to order – yum!!

Danny and Derrick look like a very happy couple!

You other four look pretty happy too :)


Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Yay chicago! Go cubs!

Lauren September 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Chicago looks AMAZING! I have never been but its one city I must see before I die. Glad you had a wonderful trip!

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Oh wow, so many delicious eats. Chicago style pizza is the BEST! I’d be a fatty if I lived there for sure.

Gina September 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Kumas corner has the best burgers I’ve ever had!

kathleen @ the daily crumb September 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

being from chicago, i LOVE this post! you found some amazing food. kuma’s corner is insanely delicious – and i hope you had some pancakes at the bongo room!

Janetha September 25, 2012 at 8:34 pm

You bet I did.. blueberry and strawberry banana!

Gina September 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Wow I need to go there again just for the food! Beautiful wedding!! That’s awesome your first boyfriend and you are still friends.

Kammie @ Sensual Appeal September 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Glad you had fun in my cityy :) I LOVE that you took pics of Kuma’s burgers, man, I hear SO many things about that place – supposed to be one of the best, but then again people say it’s just overplayed. Who knows. And apparently the lines there are Super long and the wait is usually 1-2 hours. Craziness! I have to go anyway :) soon. soon.

The weddings looks super fun! Congrats to the handsome men!

Janetha September 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

We didn’t even wait!

Emily September 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Congrats to the grooms! They are adorable. I love that you dated one of them in HS. I have dated not one, not two, but THREE guys who later came out… yeah. Ha! I am still friends with all three and they’re awesome. 30 Rock quote: “He was the first gay guy I ever kissed…”

Bridget September 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I’m a Chicago native so take it from me — you hit up the RIGHT places for a great taste of Chicago!!! I especially love Kumas. Best burger in the city hands down.

Kim@hungryhealthygirl September 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Yum….Chicago looks delicious!

Erica September 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Looks like a total blast! The breakfasts look so yummy.

purelymichelle September 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm

fun times!! loved all the pictures

wedding are so much fun

lindsay September 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

a gay wedding? too fun!!! Bet your old BF was glad to have you there. hehe.

Chicago looks fun! i might steal this title post. that cool?

hope you’re home safe and sound with those pups.

Janetha September 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

cool. love you :)

Kerryne September 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Your food porn is KILLING ME! ;) Love you!

Janetha September 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

killing me, too, i am feeling a tad heavy… maybe i should eat tilapia and asparagus with you ;)

Kasia September 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I live in Bucktown, it was cool to see your pics! Funny also I went to Chicago Diner tonight for dinner. I am glad you like our city. The only downside is the crazy weather. Come back anytime!


Krista C. September 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm

That looks like a fun and food filled trip to Chi-town. The grooms look so handsome and happy! I love their suits.

Iris Lee September 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm

All of that food looks delicious!! Glad you got in lots of good eats on your trip. :)

I’ve been a reader for a while but somehow never commented – this is a long overdue thank-you for blogging! You’re such an inspiration to me, and it’s healthy living bloggers like yourself who have prompted me to start my own blog (3 days ago!). I would be so tickled if you stopped by and said hello when you have a minute. :)

Janetha September 26, 2012 at 8:08 am

Thanks for commenting! I will go give your new blog a peek. Welcome to blogging!

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli September 26, 2012 at 2:33 am

Oh wow! Love the look of all those eats…especially that deep dish pizza! Definitely one of my bucket list foods!

Looks like you had an amazing time! Love the money dance! And uh, the clarification on the whole “Janetha doesn’t make boys gay” thing! ;) Gah, I love you!

Ellen M. Gregg September 26, 2012 at 5:00 am

I haven’t had breakfast yet, and now I’m considering all manner of things after all that food porn. :-)

Congratulations to Danny and Derrick! Looks like it was a fun wedding.

julie September 26, 2012 at 5:04 am

i neeeeeeeeeeeeeeed to get back to chi-town! that’s IT i’m going this year or else. the bongo rooom <333 next time get hub punch bro!

julie September 26, 2012 at 5:05 am

i neeeeeeeeeeeeeeed to get back to chi-town! that’s IT i’m going this year or else. the bongo rooom. next time get hub punch bro!

Janetha September 26, 2012 at 8:07 am

I know, I was thinking about it.. but it was so far out of the way! Next time!

julie September 26, 2012 at 5:05 am

whoopsies left 2 comments! now three hahaha

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance September 26, 2012 at 5:05 am

Great pictures!!! Boy, you managed to get all over this city! That rocks. :)

Teri {a foodie stays fit} September 26, 2012 at 6:23 am

I love random blogger run ins like that!

They are such a handsome couple!

betty September 26, 2012 at 6:58 am

i love this whole post! looks like so much fun!!! and you’re gorg!

Kristi @ Sweetly Fit September 26, 2012 at 7:51 am

wow, I really need to go to chicago. Looks like so much fun, and oh my…the food looks amazing!

Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 26, 2012 at 8:00 am

What an awesome trip! Side note: I tried to do a dollar dance at my wedding this summer and it was a BIG OLD FAIL. No one knew what it was so Neal and I just stood their awkwardly. it was the worst.

Mollie @Sprinkles of Life September 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

So jealous! I love Chicage. And Girodano’s is so good! Glad you guys had a great time!

Annette@FitnessPerks September 26, 2012 at 9:58 am

Oooh that pizza looks good! And that cinnamon roll-was that being vegan weird or taste funny? haha.

What a fun weekend!!

Janetha September 26, 2012 at 11:41 am

NO it tasted legit like a regular roll!

Carly @ Snack Therapy September 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

How beautiful! I love weddings. So much love. It looks like you had a fun, social, and DELICIOUS weekend! (That pizza. OMG.)

Calee September 26, 2012 at 11:26 am

sooo you’re saying I was definitely in chicago on the wrong weekend. you’re like the 3rd friend/blend of mine that was there last weekend!

also, I have an ex that we were pretty sure was gay (also high school bf), but he got married to a lady, so the jury is out.

the delicate place September 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

chi town has some fierce food for sure! i have always wanted to eat at alinea :) i dated someone who i think is gay to this day but he still won’t admit it! maybe someday! and then i will say i told you so ha

Paige September 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Hope you saw the Cubs beat the Cardinals this weekend!!! But I’m guessing that was the Saturday game?

Janetha September 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm

no! we saw that one!

Errign September 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Your posts when you travel always make me want to go where you went! :)

Anne September 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Bongo Room is THE BEST! I’m glad you got to try it. I literally decided to move to my current apartment because it is 1 block away from the South Loop Bongo Room.

Janetha September 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I first tried it in Feb 2″11 and have referred to it as the best thing I’ve ever eaten ever since! Was so happy to go back.

Neil September 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Chicago – best food on earth. Totally my style.

Katie September 27, 2012 at 7:10 am

I think this is one of the only scenarios in which taking your husband to an ex-boyfriend’s wedding is acceptable. So glad you guys had fun, you are adorable and I miss you.

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning September 27, 2012 at 8:26 am

What a great trip- and yes SO much great food! I’m so happy that you went to a Cubs game (what a great ballpark!) but so mad that you were in Bucktown and didn’t go to Piece! It was my favorite restaurant in all of Chicago. :) Let’s go meet there sometime!

Emily @ September 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Yum yum yum! Looks like a great weekend!!!

Nicole C September 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I can’t believe I went to Chicago and didn’t get to experience it. I mean a free trip with my best friend is #1 but man I wish we had gone and explored now.

My best friends brother is proposing tonight on stage at the five for fighting concert in Chicago. I can’t wait to hear how it went!

Crystal September 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Omg all those food pictures make me miss Chicago, my favorite city in the world. Especially the pizza and the chicago dog! The wedding photos look so sweet.

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva September 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Looks like so much fun!!!

surf September 28, 2012 at 11:04 pm

signin up till i gain access to my fb;) nice work on the blog. lots of great info! i havent even gotten thru the first page. take care girlie. surf

Jasmine Desilva October 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Just getting back from vacay! thanks for the shoutout!!! :)

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