Good afternoon, everyone! Oh man I’m late at posting this…
Sorry. Sometimes I have to wait a little longer on some days for the brain activity to kick in.
This is one of those days. You’ll see why.
Yesterday started out pretty early. I wasn’t sure how far my long run would be, but I went 7 miles before calling it a day- all at about 8:45 pace. The legs ache today, but some of that may have to do with the fact that I was running around in one pair of heels to another all day after that. We shall wait and see.
After the run, I hustled to be ready in time to meet Mon for Fork, Cork & Style- a food and wine festival being held at the Arlington Park Race Track. The Groupon had gone through a couple weeks ago and Mon was on top of it. Emeril was there at some point. But I sadly did not hear him “BAM” his way through a meal- Mon and I hit up the wine tents as soon as we got there.There were 6 tents- each tent has about 6 or 7 different vendors. Each vendor had 6 or 7 different wines to try.
Do the math. One of my favorites to taste was a red wine called Quintessa. Part of it could have been the taste, but I was quite fascinated that it was $110 a bottle. A case of that stuff could pay for a couple months rent… I don’t know if that excited or depressed me.
After we had our fill (and got tired of the crowd that was building), we decided it may be a good idea to eat a little somethin’ to keep ourselves in check. With our Groupon ticket, we got not only admission to the wine tasting tents, but also 5 tickets for food.
One of the favorites was the ribs from Fresh 1800 out of Schaumburg.I also really loved the beer cheese and pretzel bread. And the Memphis-style BBQ. But I don’t remember what vendor they came from… sorry.Ted Drewes frozen custard (from St. Louis) was also there. I had to go get some as a shout out to my peeps in Missouri- holla’! However, I was a bit disappointed.The ice cream was quite delicious. But um… I got pretty much two spoonfuls of it. Yes, I get the everything in moderation rule. But there’s a difference in moderation and stingy, people. Compare it to the pulled pork slider. Both of those cost 1 ticket. That’s not right.
Do you go to wine/food tastings? I’ve never been to the huge one here- Taste of Chicago. I’m not one for drinking and eating with the masses. Seems like more of a hassle than anything. But this one was a relatively decent size. Will I go again next year? Eh. Maybe if Paula Deen is there.
Anyways, it was a breezy afternoon, but not bad. The wine also helped with keeping me from being cold. Lovely. After a few hours of lounging around at Arlington Park, I went home to get ready for outting #2. I was going downtown to meet up with my friend Nicole- who I haven’t seen since July. Which is crazy since she’s a good friend from Mizzou and lives so close. So a little crowd of us went out and hit a bar in Wrigleyville for a bit. That happened until my friend let me know of an interesting occurence that was about to go down.
Nicole and I made our way downtown because my friend had put us on the guest list at Enclave to see these kids perform:
You may not recognize them (I sure wouldn’t have), but that’s Far East Movement. They stopped by Enclave and performed “Like a G6″ for the crowd. We happened to be in a really good spot when they were about to come on. Nothing beats front and center.
I’m normally a “rock” kind of girl, but “Like a G6″ has happened to be my daily theme song as of late being as how I can’t seem to get the damn song out of my head…
Jason Derulo was also supposed to show up at some point, but it was getting to be that time and we were a wee bit tired. So we bailed. Sorry JD- maybe next time. We were both chatty the whole way home and Nicole may or may not have had the best idea of the night when she decided we should do this:I couldn’t even remember the last time I had late night pizza. All she had to do was mention it and I was already on the phone ordering.
You would not believe the damage two slender girls did to this thing.
But I am quite sure you would believe that because of this pizza, I woke up feeling pretty decent. Considering the late night and beverages consumed.
Like I said- sometimes pizza is the best idea ever. In more ways than one.
Not to say I wasn’t tired. I drove home pretty early (even Sunday morning traffic on the interstate in the city is disgusting) and crashed for a few more hours in the comfort of my own bed. Because, let’s face it- your own bed trumps a friend’s couch every single time.
And that, my friends, was my long Saturday. Excuse me while I go lounge some more…
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