My Trip to Chicago| The Food

by West Parsons on June 27, 2011 · 10 comments

in peek into my world

So I’ve been gone for a tiny minute and that was for good reason.  I took a trip with my homie, Carrei (pictured above) to Chi Town for The Taste of Chicago in Grant Park.  It was an experience!  I actually really like the city.  The weather was great! Our hotel and its location was super comfy!  We stayed at The Wit Hotel, which has easy access to public transportation. The train was directly across the street and Grant Park was a walk 4 blocks up and 2 blocks over.

We started out the trip with a chain restaurant near to hotel, McCormick and Schmick’s where I had the swordfish. This was actually my first time trying swordfish and I will say…it taste’s like chicken. The texture/consistency was very similar. In no way did I think ‘fish’ while eating it.

We had breakfast in the hotel restaurant called State/Lake (which also happens to be the name of the train stop). I had the Brioche French Toast with a side of scrambled eggs.  The french toast was soaked in a vanilla custard prior to cooking and then topped with powdered sugar and strawberries. YUM!  It was delicious! Probably the best french toast I’d had in a long time.

At The Taste, my homie started out with a slice of cheesecake from Eli’s.  After one slice she was willing to spend all of her tickets on more. lol

I had a mango-yogurty ice cream which really tasted like peaches. It was a little weird, but I ate it all. West wastes no food!

READ MORE: My Trip to Chicago| The Nails

Sierra Mist also gave out shot-sized samples. We went back like 3 times. I swear they must have added a secret ingredient because those shot-sized cups were super POTENT!  It tasted really crisp with a kick of bubbles!  I was burping with each sip. Literally. lol I ended up using 5 tickets to buy a bottle, but for some reason the bottled version didn’t taste quite as potent. I was very dissapointed [insert sad face here] lol.

That right there is a short order of ribs. I’m known as the ‘fake-me-out vegetarian’ (lol), so I wasn’t having any of that — that was all Carrei. I guess it was  good because she had left over sauce on her dress  by the end -__-

This was a frozen chocolate banana (that I didn’t feel comfortable eating in public :=/).  We at this while watching a cooking demonstration with some guys that were on The Next Food Network Star. They made shrimp cakes. It was slightly entertaining as people asked weird questions which the demonstrators didn’t really have the answers to, but they talked their way around it quite well.

I had ‘jumbo‘ shrimp that I was told was “really good”, but I definitely could have made this one myself and would have tasted better. It was nothing to write home about.

Stay tuned tomorrow as I share the details of this dress, my hair and nails on this trip.

Have you ever been to The Taste of Chicago? What was your favorite item?

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KayJay June 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Looks like yall had a good time!!! Wish I were there. You get the side-eye for eating shrimp…lol

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westNDNbeauty June 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Pesco-vegetarians can eat seafood 😛

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EarthlyReality June 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Love the dress

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westNDNbeauty June 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Thanks. The post tomorrow will reveal where you can get yours. You might be surprised by the brand of the dress. I was.

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Alean Elston June 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm

That green nail polish is divine!!

Details Please! 😀

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westNDNbeauty June 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm

don’t worry doll. I got it covered. stay tuned! 🙂

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Taydra June 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I’ve always wanted to go to the Taste of Chicago. Imma try to go next year for sure.

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westNDNbeauty June 28, 2011 at 12:46 am

Tay’s 1st comment! lol You’d like it. Just make sure no one talks you into going to ‘Victor Hotel’ lol.

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LaLa June 28, 2011 at 7:29 am

Omgee! Everything looked yummy, however, In the past I would have LOVED to experience the taste, but would now feel that my choices would be limited since I’m vegetarian. I would have, however loved to taste the banana, shrimp and yogurt…..

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