Weekend happenings: always something new to work on, always something new to discover

I feel like there has to be a Jack Johnson song to describe the kind of weekend I just had. I can’t remember the last time I felt so, well, “go with the flow.” I didn’t have anything in particular to do, but I had lots of people to do things with. How awesome is that? Besides work, the weekend was mine, and I didn’t commit to anything I didn’t want to do. Imagine that?

So if you know of the Jack Johnson song that reflects the chill, go with the flow attitude that I’m totally rocking right now, feel free to enlighten me. It’s basically every song he’s ever written anyway, right?

Saturday started with a partner workout at Sweat before I had to be at the store.

CapturePartner workouts are the best because you are in constant competition with yourself and your partner. You don’t want to let them down! I’m also always humbled by the variety in these types of workouts. One second I’m killin’ it (box jumps? no problem) but the next I’m like a fish out of water (KB swings — I’m the worst!). Just when you think you know it all, you realize there’s always something to work on.

Saturday night was spent with my friends from college. It’s rare that we can all get together in the same place, so I was so grateful they all came over before a night out.

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I woke up the next morning not feeling too hot (sugary drinks in the early hours of the am will do that to you!) so there was only one answer: BRUNCH.

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The Green Goddess Scramble: two eggs, potatoes, Swiss chard, asparagus, broccoli and green onion topped with Swiss cheese and basil pesto. Phenomenal.

After eating I dragged my brunch companions to Sugar Fixe, a macaron bakery on Armitage. I’ve been meaning to try it ever since I moved to the city but the timing has never been just right to stop in.

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When it comes to macarons, I’m a bit of a weirdo. I love looking at all the color and choices, as if I’m going to branch out and try something new, but I always walk away with chocolate. I’m the same way with fro-yo…I’ll sample every single flavor, but I usually end up with vanilla and a ton of toppings. It’s taken me years of experimentation, but I definitely am loyal to my favorites.

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I ended up with a coffee and two chocolate macarons. They tasted like they were straight from Paris, which made my heart happy. Spencer and company were annoyed having to spend so much money on macarons (I will admit — they’re a little pricey), but after losing their macaron virginity they realized that deliciousness is worth any price.

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My favorite part of the weekend? Sightseeing! On my way to brunch I took a new street that I had never been down before and was blown away by what I saw. So many gorgeous homes, so many undiscovered parks, so much life in bloom!

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Just when I think I’m a city expert, Chicago throws a curve ball my way. There’s always something new to discover.

Questions:

  • Any new discoveries this weekend?
  • Favorite brunch dish: GO!
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35 comments

  1. Omg you and my sister and their silly macaron loves- So expensive and they melt in your mouth in 2 seconds lol.

    That brunch dish sounds delicious- I had eggs benedict which was such a pitiful portion, so had potato wedges too. After. And a milkshake.

    1. Haha how you feel about macarons is how I feel about eggs benedict! So small and never filling! I don’t get what all the fuss is about 🙂 potatoes and milkshakes, however, I can totally get on board with.

  2. Brunch isn’t really done over hear (shocking I know!) but anything with eggs would be my go to. That pesto looks so good!
    I love walking around Glasgow, I always find something new that I have never seen before, we have the most ornate beautiful buildings!

  3. I’m an omelet or egg white scramble girl, all the way. But you better believe that I want a bite or two or three of pancake. Nookie’s Too is a great choice–I’ve been there with Sara and it was so good!

  4. Sounds like such a great weekend! I loooove macarons so I would totally pay the money and not even mind. I always want eggs, toast and hash browns at brunch. Your dish looks like something I would definitely order!

  5. Brunch might be my favorite thing on earth haha. I am always torn between lunch food or breakfast food on the menu though, but I always end up with some kind of eggs or scramble and oh the home fries, my favorite!

    1. My friend actually lives on Orchard so I’m there all the time. I’m just a little further north, but I’m looking to move to that area! If you have any suggestions of places to look for an apartment, let me know! I’m not looking to spend an arm and a leg 😉

  6. I’ve never even had a macaron. They look weird and dry to me for some reason so I never feel like branching out. I’m sure I will have one in life though. Oh yeah I forgot Nookies but that’s bc I went there once and wasn’t too excited about their brunch. I’m glad you had a different experience though!

    1. Luckily you can get a small one and just try it — not a huge commitment 😉 for your first one you have to try chocolate! They pretty much taste like a brownie. If you ever want to give Nookies another shot let me know! Otherwise we’ll have to try other brunch places. I’m always game 🙂

  7. Those macarons are BEAUTIFUL! (I love all the colors!) And that one is huge!!
    I did that to myself over the weekend as well (late-night sugar drinks) and I could have used a brunch that looked like that afterward. So cool that you got to hang out with your college friends too! Have a happy week, lady! 🙂

  8. Nookies!!! That is my CARA group’s go-to place for brunch. Actually, I think the one up in Edgewater is every CARA group’s go-to place for brunch. Usually when we stop in post-run there are three or four other CARA groups there, too. Love that place!

    Funny story: I was thisclose to going to Sugar Fixe on Friday. I was in the neighborhood and really thought about stopping in, but ultimately decided against it. Someday…

  9. I’m not a huge fan of macarons, but I’ve always loved how pretty and delicate they look :P. Gah, don’t even ASK me about fav brunch food…because then you’d have to ask: egg or no-egg dish? Savory or sweet? Hehe 🙂 I love eggs benedict, french toast, and basically anything else that comes with home fries. Yikes.

    1. They are gorgeous! I’ll be honest, I really only LOVE the chocolate ones. The rest are beautiful to look at, but I stick to the one that tastes like a brownie 🙂 you’re right, picking just one brunch food is too hard. I love a table full of a variety!

  10. This weekend I discovered obstacle racing and really liked it! I highly recommend it if you ever get the chance. Just do a fun one, not an intense Spartan one 😉 My favorite brunch dish is peanut butter stuffed French toast! YUM!

    1. I loved reading about your experience! I need to find a way to get to one of those races. Sometimes they do ones in the city but it’s totally different. The Spartan ones are supposed to be so intense! You’re right — maybe not for my first time 😉 haha

  11. Oooh, favorite brunch dish is hard to choose…on the savory side I can appreciate a fantastic mushroom and cheese omelet. With bacon of course. And on the sweet side I REALLY like french toast with lots of fresh fruit. I love discovering new parts of my city as well! Northwest Arkansas has been growing so much within the past 5 years that even though I grew up here and have lived here my entire life, it throws curve balls at me all the time. And I cannot wait to discover a whole new city this Summer when I move. Austin, here I come!

  12. Exploring your own area is a favorite activity of mine. I’ve never had a macaron, can you believe that? I actually don’t like (or even eat) meringue so that is part of it.

  13. As soon as you said what Jack Johnson song is this I got the line from Bubble Toes in my head! “You go with the flow you don’t stop!” Love.

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