Hello, Chicago. For years, I've wanted to visit Chicago. I think my interest began after randomly reading about Chicago's food scene in magazines, eater blogs and the like. I also began to notice several Top Chef contestants AND winners starting restaurants there. My interest really picked up when this delightful video came my way (oink). Disclaimer: this video is as food porn as it gets.
Chicago on iPhone
A couple highlights: - It's cold in Chicago. Like 24-30 degrees cold. - Yes, there WAS a line of around 60 people before opening. I ate three doughnuts like a fat - buttermilk, vanilla, and apricot jelly - The Millennium Bean sculpture was way cooler than I thought it would be - Intelligentsia never tasted better (got the Ethiopian). I'm not too fond of their coffee out in LA but Sam mentioned since Intelli started in Chicago, that's probably where they care the most about their coffee, not some satellite all the way in Old Town - There's a neighborhood called River North - This place called Hot Chocolate had the best hot chocolate - Google/YouTube blew my mind with their hospitality and accommodation. For example, a storm came and canceled my flight back to Los Angeles. With a snap of a finger, they booked a new flight and a private car to get me to the airport that same night. Not to mention booking monsters five individual king size bedrooms at the Westin and limo service. blegh why?/(but awesome.)
Chicago, I can't wait to come back in warmer times.