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What I Ate Wednesday #12: A Visit to Chicago

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My favourite kinds of What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) posts to write (and read!) are travel-themed ones. No matter how short the trip or how ho-hum the dining choices, there’s always something new to taste and experience while on the road.

This week I’m writing to you from the Windy City.  It’s my first time visiting Chicago, but I’ve heard nothing but good things – especially from a food perspective.

I’m here for another work trade show. This one is focused exclusively on foods rather than supplements like some of the other shows my company exhibits at, so I’m really excited to learn about the latest products, nutrition trends and technologies.

Here’s what a day’s worth of eats looked like on day one of the trip:

Breakfast (home) – blueberry, raspberry and banana smoothie made with almond milk. Green tea to drink. Keeping things light before my airport shuttle pick-up!


Lunch (home) – turkey wrap with lettuce, cucumber and mustard on a whole grain tortilla.  Baby carrots on the side.  I know, it looks like a little kid’s lunch :)


Midday refreshment (airport) – a grande cold brew coffee from Starbucks and a bottle of water.  Just the right amount of caffeine to perk me up before my flight.


Dinner (Chicago) – I managed to keep things light and healthy all day…that is, until my flight was delayed and I rolled into my hotel late, tired and hungry.  Ah well.  Room service + Shark Week marathon for me!  I ordered a beef burger and fries and washed it all down with ice water.


Bonus meals

While the following two entries didn’t actually fall on my self-mandated WIAW day, I couldn’t not share them with you!

Day 2: lunch – a slice of deep dish pizza at Taste of Chicago.  I couldn’t believe my luck when I learned that the world’s largest food festival was not only going on while I was there, but was just a few steps from my hotel!  Truly a foodie’s dream.  I also had a watermelon paleta, a Mexican popsicle made from fresh fruit.

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Day 3: dinner – an array of tasting plates at Girl & the Goat, a trendy nose-to-tail restaurant located in Chicago’s West Loop.  Luckily my travel companions are also adventurous eaters, because there were so many tasty yet obscure dishes to try.

I had a couple of bites of each sharing plate, including chickpea fritters, braised pork shank with stone fruit kimchi, crispy fried duck tongues (!) tossed with black beans, raw tuna and greens with a piri piri sauce.  To drink, I had a really strong Manhattan and two glasses of water.  It was the perfect meal!

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That does it for this month’s edition!  For more WIAW fun, check out my previous posts here

And now some questions for you! Leave a comment and let me know:

  1. What do you like to eat at the airport?
  2. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever eaten?
  3. Deep dish: yay or nay?
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  • Kristen August 5, 2015, 9:39 am

    I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten a legit deep-dish pizza.. but I feel like I’m thin crispy crust kinda girl all the week… although there’s definitely a place for deep dish :)

    • Jennifer Andrews August 5, 2015, 9:02 pm

      I hadn’t either until this trip! Normally I’m a thin crust fan for sure, but oh man was this slice ever good.

  • Arman @ thebigmansworld August 6, 2015, 8:55 am

    Gah, Chicago is on my bucket list of places to go and I can’t stop thinking of a deep dish pizza! Damn about the flight delay- I’ve been stuck at airports where there weren’t even vending machines!

  • Jessica @ Balance and Thyme August 6, 2015, 6:48 pm

    Mmm! Cold Brew for the Win! I’m so spoiled on Cold Brew now. I don’t like the regular iced coffee as much!

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