My weekend search for my cooking mojo took me all the way to Chicago. We also missed the biggest snow storm Minneapolis has seen in a long time. I’m not sure if I’m happy or sad about that – I think being snowed in sounds kind of fun!

I’m happy to report that my mojo is on its way back – our trip started with an amazing afternoon meal at Surdyk’s Flights. I always (repeat, always) go to French Meadow Cafe, but I just had to try it out. It was everything I dreamed it would be. A flight of Spanish wine, some marinated chevre and a frisee salad with crispy pancetta and a poached egg later, I was ready for the weekend and I was ready to start thinking about food again. Just as the Surdyk’s Cheese Shop has those interesting little gems that I just have to get, the airport location has the same. Charcoal crackers and aged goat cheese to go? Oh yes.

Friday we spent as tourists – on the list for the weekend was the ChristKindlMarket to celebrate heritage (complete with potato latkes and hot mulled wine), a walk through Millennium Park, and a delicious pork belly reuben and my first Scotch Egg at The Gage.

Saturday morning started with a hot fusion yoga class Рdelightful and sweaty. Just how I like it. Then we started hearing about the 15 inches of snow that Minneapolis was getting and the thought of a cancelled flight crossed our minds, but not for long. We had shopping to get to and a show to see! Bright and early Sunday morning I received an email, and our 2 day trip to Chicago turned into a 3 day one. So a leisurely brunch (amazing), bloody mary and packer game ended the weekend on a relaxing note.

It was the perfect weekend, and really what I needed: relaxation and sleep, good food, tall buildings and a touch of yoga – all surrounded by new family!

I’m ready to get back in the kitchen – and I’ve got a lot of recipes waiting for me.

16 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Tracey
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 9:03 am

    Looks like you had a great time! You went to one of my favorite places, The Gage. They have the best curry fries!!!

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    • Emily
      Dec 14, 2010 @ 9:16 am

      That place was great. I’m really bummed that I didn’t get the curry fries now, they sounded so good and I was SO close to ordering them!!!

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  2. erin
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    Looks like a fabulous weekend! And you found a CorePower… yay! :)

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  3. Molly
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

    Ah you KNOW I love this post :) Glad you got a chance to check it out!

    xo-Molly

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  4. erica
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    It looks likes a fun trip! I love all the pictures! I think getting snowed in would be fun too :)

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  5. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

    Sounds like a fun wknd! Very nice that you all got to stay for an extra day and do so much stuff. That egg looks funky but I am intrigued.

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  6. TheHealthyApron
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

    Glad you had a great time! Sounds SO fun and I would have been happy to miss the snow storm!

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  7. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 12:39 am

    The meal you ate at Surdky’s Flights looks delicious! What’s wrapped around the egg?

    Glad you had a fun weekend! It hasn’t snowed in DC, but it sure is freezing!

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    • Emily
      Dec 15, 2010 @ 8:53 am

      Oh that was the scotch egg – hard boiled egg, surrounded with sausage and then deep fried. Really healthy! :)

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  8. Mary
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 11:46 am

    Wish I’d known you were stuck in Chi-Town, so was Sammy…surprised you didn’t run into each other at the airport.
    !M

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  9. Amy (Sis)
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 10:27 am

    Was so great to have you here. I love all the pics!!!

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  10. mary beth hughes
    Dec 16, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

    love the photos. sounds like you guys had a great time!

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  11. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

    Too bad we didn’t run into each other- I was at the ChristKindleMarket, too! Twice! And I’m not even a tourist!

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    • Emily
      Dec 17, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

      I know, I come to Chicago on a pretty regular basis, so one of these next times we need to meet!

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  12. Nona Mills
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    Was so great to have you here. I love all the pics!!!

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