Fi-re. Fi-re. Fi-re, fi-re, fi-re. Fi-re fi-re. Fi-re fi-re. Fi-re fi-re fi-fi-re.
One of the cheers literally repeats the word fire over and over — and over — again. Of course, the diehard fans had good reason to celebrate last night. The team went on to beat the Colorado Rapids, 2-0!
A couple of months ago, Bobby and his friends came across a Groupon for tickets to the game. As you can see from the picture below, they were very excited about attending.
Jill joined in on the fun, as well! Both of us had never attended a major league soccer game before. It was fun to see how many passionate fans were in attendance — a lot of families and little kids with jerseys. It reminded me of how much I used to love attending professional basketball games with my own family. We had a great time!
I was also incredibly excited to debut my new Threadless t-shirt. Unfortunately I never got a full picture but in case you’re a curious word nerd like me, here is what it says:
What can I say? I’m a sucker for synonyms.
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but XOCO was a lot different than I imagined. Basically, you walk inside and stand in line to order, which you are only able to do if you are getting take out or if there is a table available for you. Once you order, you give the table number and a host or hostess seats you. The food is then brought out to you as it would be in any other restaurant. I can definitely see why people would enjoy coming here to grab a quick lunch. It’s not your typical sit down experience.
I also wasn’t fully aware of what a torta was, but now I know! I decided to order the daily special, which on Saturday is a Goat Barbacoa — definitely out of my comfort zone. It is made with braised goat, Oaxacan pasilla-tomatillo salsa, avocado, onions and cilantro. I assumed that a torta was some sort of taco shell, but in all actuality it is a sandwich.
All surprises and expectations aside, this sandwich was delicious. I will admit that when I ordered it, I thought barbacoa was pork (thanks, Chipotle) and that it would be made with goat cheese. I was a little wary when I realized it was actual goat, but honestly, it was hearty and very flavorful.
I also enjoyed a Wisconsin beer recommended by my Badger friend, Jill: Capital Brewery Island Wheat. It was a great suggestion – very smooth and light.
After dinner, we paid a visit to Pinkberry for a sweet treat. I chose the watermelon frozen yogurt (by far my favorite flavor) topped with blueberries, kiwi, dark chocolate chips and mochi.
I am so happy that Pinkberry made its way to Chicago!
It was a terrific way to spend a Saturday night. Today is a day for catching up on emails and to-dos, along with a bit of novel writing. I recently discovered a new direction for my plot and am looking forward to exploring its potential.
What have you been up to this weekend?
If you’re reading from the East Coast, I hope that both you and your families are safe.