Thank you all so much for the wonderful well wishes on our big move! You’re amazing!
As you might expect when given six days to sell and pack everything you own, it has been a little crazy over here. I’ve taken up a part-time job as a Craigslist Poster (not an official position, but it should be) and so far, we’ve had a lot of success with selling all of our furniture.
Yes, all of our furniture! Bobby and I were originally planning to rent a truck to drive across the country, but since we have a car, that means we would have to drive separately – not to mention the fuel costs of a truck that gets 10 mpg. After crunching the numbers, we’ve decided to send the majority of our belongings to Arizona via UPS. The important things will still be in our car, of course, but I’m really hoping that “brown” can do a lot for me in the next week.
Amidst all of the packing
and hair pulling, Bobby and I had the chance to make the most of our great city on Saturday. We decided to devote the day to friends and eventually came together at night with the entire group for dinner and games.
I decided to go with the Terranoble Cabernet Sauvignon to start, a delicious Chilean red wine.
For my entrée I couldn’t resist the 40-day dry aged prime steak burger, a specialty of the restaurant. It was topped with garlic spinach, crispy shallots and bacon mayonnaise (yes, bacon mayonnaise) on a toasted potato bun. I also added a slice of cheddar cheese to make it extra healthy…
It was absolutely incredible! I couldn’t get over how rich the flavor of the burger was. By far one of the best I’ve had – perhaps steak makes the difference? Don’t even get me started on the truffle fries. I was swooning.
Lauren was pretty excited, too:
I couldn’t clean my plate, but it was truly fantastic. Plus, I knew there was more to come. Executive pastry chef Jove T. Hubbard’s ice cream, to be exact. On the flavor menu that day was either apple pie or pineapple upside-down cake. Lauren chose the former, while I went the tropical-paradise-in-a-bowl route.
It was scrumptious, with big pieces of pineapple and cake in every bite. I skipped the cone (I’m a cake cone girl) but adored the presentation. Once we had all but licked our bowls clean, another dessert was served. Lauren had it on good authority that the red velvet cake was not to be missed. Of course, we were too full from our ginormous meal to enjoy them right away, but we decided to order the red velvet cupcakes for the party later that night.
I couldn’t resist showing my excitement before they were all boxed up.
After lunch, Lauren and I walked around the city with our half-dozen cupcakes for a while, ultimately finding ourselves back at my apartment where we decided that both we and the cupcakes needed to cool down. It was hot outside! We hung out and watched random TV shows and YouTube videos for the rest of the day, which is pretty standard. Eventually, we met up with the group at Lou Malnati’s. I was still ridiculously full from our big lunch, but hey, this is my last week as a Chicago resident. I’m going to eat Chicago deep dish pizza!
I had a slice of “the Lou” with fresh spinach, mushrooms and sliced tomatoes covered with a blend of mozzarella, Romano and cheddar cheese. The pizza was good, but the company was even better.
We all made our way back to our box-cluttered apartment for game night. My friend Kelli surprised Bobby and me with a cake from Bennison’s Bakery in Evanston. Seeing the icing on the cake – literally – made it all real.
It was the start of an emotional night for me. The cake was amazing – vanilla with chocolate buttercream frosting – and the sentiment behind it even more so, but it was certainly bittersweet to say goodbye. We are excited to move, but we’ll miss our friends.
Thank you so much, Kelli. You really made the night extra special. I may have shed a few tears when everyone left and the apartment was empty, knowing that we would never entertain our friends here again. But as I’ve said before, I know this is not goodbye. There are still plenty of memories to be made in Chicago when we are no longer residents.
And I still have my share of the red velvet cupcakes in the fridge to comfort me.
It’s a win-win.
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