Friday, 4 August 2017

Stan's Donuts & Coffee (Mag Mile) - Chicago

We stumbled upon Stan's Donuts & Coffee on our way to brunch at Yolk's Streeterville location. The signs were pretty colourful and the donut display was amazing!
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I couldn't resist getting the pistachio donut (and my friend got the pistachio and lemon donut). 
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Pistachio donut and Pistachio lemon donut
The pistachio donut had a vanilla donut and it was nice and fluffy with a great pistachio glaze. The lemon donut was a little firmer and fatter and something about the balance of the donut was off. I much preferred the pistachio vanilla donut. A nice treat on our way to brunch!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Pizzeria Uno - Chicago

After a full day at Lollapalooza, we decided to grab another Chicago staple: Deep Dish Pizza at Pizzeria Uno's!
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Numero Uno Deep Dish Pizza!
We got a medium for a group of 4 girls and didn't even finish it. We had to take home pizza for the next day. The pizza was delicious! It had just the right amount of sauce, toppings, crust and it didn't fall apart like the last deep dish pizza I had in Chicago at Gino's. I was much happier with this experience! The pizza at Uno's was everything I expected deep dish pizza to taste like - thick crust, sauce and toppings all baked with lots of cheese. Yum!

Portillo's Hot Dogs - Chicago

We were staying in the River North area and decided to take a look around to find Chicago's famous Italian beef sandwiches. We saw Portillo's open and decided to grab a quick meal before heading over to Grant Park for Lollapalooza. 
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So Classically American!
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Italian Beef Sandwich with Sweet Peppers
This was delicious! The sandwich bun was soggy with au jus; the beef was tender, juicy and so flavourful and the peppers were the perfect sweet accompaniment to the whole thing (even if the peppers were an additional cost - they were worth it). So good! It was a great way to start off our long day at Lollapalooza.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Cheesecake Factory - Chicago

We arrived in a foggy Chicago and one of the first things we wanted to hit up was The Cheesecake Factory!
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All those lovely cheesecakes just waiting to be eaten!
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Menu
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Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes
This appetizer was a meal and it was really good!
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Factory combination with Steak Diane and Shrimp Scampi and a pasta substitution.
I was really torn between pasta and steak here - so I went for both and I'm super happy I did. The pasta was perfect for absorbing the extra sauce from the shrimp scampi.

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Macaroni and Cheese Burger
This was all that we expected and more - so much gooey cheese!

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Chris' Outrageous Cheesecake
Chocolate cake, brownie, toasted coconut-pecan frosting and chocolate chip coconut cheesecake.
It was super rich and very coconut-y - which is amazing if you love coconut. It was really good, but way too heavy as a dessert after steak and pasta. Still awesome the next day!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Wayhome Music Festival - Oro-Medonte, ON

My friends won passes for the Wayhome Music Festival in Oro-Medonte, Ontario (near Barrie). With free passes, we could afford to be more flexible with our schedules - so we went up to Barrie on Friday night after work: 
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Day 1 - July 28, 2017
One of the first things we did was hit the food truck area to grab food and it was strangely quiet in the area (no lineups or anything):
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Churros!
Pretty good late night snack and they came with your choice of fillings: dulce de leche or chocolate and there was extra dipping sauce on the side. Yum!

 Day 2 - July 29, 2017
We chose the camping option, so early the next morning we went to the main area to see what kind of breakfast options we could get. Honey Bunches of Oats sponsored cereal for camping festival goers! So we got a bowl of cereal and some milk to start our day. 
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Yay!

After lazing around in the morning, we finally entered the festival grounds around 12:30pm and headed over to the food trucks to see what our lunch and dessert options were. 
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Eva's Original Chimneys Food Truck was on hand! Original cone with vanilla ice cream - Delicious and so refreshing on a hot day!

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Caramel and chocolate cone with a toasted marshmellow on top!

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Free Lime Ice and camping cup at the MEC tent!

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Barque Smokehouse has a stall here too!
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Yummy Pulled Pork Burger with tasty and saucy pulled pork and seasoned fries.

 Day 3 - July 30, 2017
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Refreshing Strawberry Banana smoothie to start off another hot day in Oro-Medonte.

We saw these lineups at the Canadian Cheese stall over the weekend, but we didn't really know what it was about until we spoke to the people and found out they were giving out free grilled cheese sandwiches!
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Mozzarella and Gouda cheese sandwiches. They were supposed to have some kind of stamp on the top (hearts, flags, etc) but I think they got a little lost in translation.
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Pita Pit's Chicken Caesar wrap - I haven't had one of these in a really long time, so it was a nice throw-back to a classic filling meal.

After all that, I still had some money remaining on my Wayhome wristband (since we were going cashless). So I had to find something around $3 - which ended up being a tea here:
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Watery Chai tea $3
I was pretty peeved that this tea with a tea bag was $3. They didn't even add the milk or cream to it for me. It was definitely not the best way to end the festival - I felt like I was forced to spend my money at the end and I was super unhappy with the last thing I bought. 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Schwartz's - Montreal

Schwartz's is a Montreal institution! Super famous for the smoked meat and once you try it, you'll know why: 
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Smoked Meat sandwich
There was so much meat in this sandwich that it kinda fell apart. The meat was flavourful, tender and seasoned really well - so yummy to eat. I was also really surprised by the mustard - it's actually really good and pairs nicely with the simple white bread and smoked meat.