Monday, August 16, 2010

Healthy Living Summit - Food Tour of Chicago!

Before the Healthy Living Summit, emails were flying around left and right with activities to partake in throughout the weekend.  One that popped up was a Food Tour of Chicago, and I couldn't pass that up.  Luckily I got in, because they only accepted 30 people!
(Arnold photographer)

Arnold and Oroweat sponsored our tour, so thank you to them!  Here was our Oroweat rep introducing us to our tour guides.

First up was The Berghoff.  German food.  We had a bread basket at the table.  I just had a tiny bit of a flaky cracker.

                       Also featured was a homemade root beer.  AWESOME!  I love root beer :)
Then on to the main taste, which was a brat with sauerkraut and potatoes. 

I am not usually a fan of stuff like that (I'm notorious for hating sausage), but admit it was pretty delicious.
I loved the inside of the restaurant too.

Next stop on the tour was The Palmer House.

(Arnold photographer)
Check out the view we had coming up the escalator into the main lobby:

Really gorgeous ceiling!
We actually saw two wedding parties come through while inside.
We were there because we had brownies with a story behind them that involved the hotel.
(you'll have to take the tour yourself to hear that story!)

Next we tried Chicago style popcorn, which is cheese corn and caramel corn mixed. 
Not bad, but I prefer classic popcorn with a little butter and salt.
We passed by some famous Chicago sites.

Then went to The Halsted Street Deli to try an authentic Chicago Dog.
The funny thing is that I work right near Matt's Chicago Dog in Charlotte, and have never tried the actual Chicago Dog!  What can I say, I love his grilled chicken sandwich...
I digress.  So the Chicago Dog was actually pretty awesome!
Guess I should order one at Matt's sometime...

We passed over the river.  So pretty!

Then went to our last stop.

This place is tied in with the Chicago Cubs curse.  Something about them not letting a goat on the field, and ever since the Cubs have been cursed?!  See here...
Anyway, they are famous for cheeseburgers.  Cuz I needed a cheeseburger after consuming a brat, hotdog, and

I rolled with it and ate mostly the bottom bun and burger. 
We liked the hats we got.

Katie and Jen
How cute is Kendall??

Jen and I called it a night after the food crawl.  
I got some upsetting news that my puppy was chewing cordings (and shorting power in doing so!) and peeing at his puppy sitter's and had kind of a melt down worrying about him!
The food tour was cool, but it was not a healthy food tour of Chicago by any means.  I was glad I'd gone heavy on veggies at lunch, because there were none to be found on this tour unless you count the toppings on the hot dog at Halsted!


Meghann said...

It was so great meeting you this weekend and exchanging puppy stories. Maddie says hi and sends lots of licks and kisses!

Becky said...

The food tour looked fun. I love all the trivia on tours like that. I didn't make it into the tour, but it was great meeting you. Hope Clyde is doing OK.

Pam said...

So glad you had a wonderful time and I love the Billy Goat Tavern...just because we have goats..he he! Enjoy your day!

Anonymous said...

Looks like such a fun time, I love the idea of a food tour!!

I so need to go next yr!

Kristina @ spabettie said...

yes, I hope we both go next year so we can meet! :)

I bet that tour was fun, but wow, I know I couldn't have eaten all that food - :)

I bet Little Clyde was SO happy to see you get home!

Jen said...

Yay, all soooo much fun! You have some great recaps :)

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