Welcome back to another edition of The Weekend Chronicles, a weekly series that details all the crazy and exciting things that happened over the weekend. This past weekend was jam packed with great food and a handful of fun events that left me wanting more. The thing that makes weekends like this past one so great though are the people you surround yourself with and I was fortunate to surround myself with some pretty great ones. On a different note, I’ve been thinking a lot about life after City Year and what it is that keeps me up at night in an effort to figure out what I want to do once June rolls around. I think I have an idea and will be using my upcoming break to really narrow down my options but if anyone has any suggestions or advice I could really use it. And we’re off!
What can I say? I love food! My day may have actually started at 7:15 AM but it didn’t really start until about 2:00 PM when I finally had the opportunity to grab lunch. Some coworkers and I decided to grab lunch at Cafecito, a Cuban sandwich and coffee café described as a taste of Cuba in the heart of the Loop. With Chicago being a city so full of culture and style, this restaurant is a must try for just about everyone. Lucky for us, it is super conveniently located. I decided to order the Proveletta Pressed Sandwich which consisted of grilled provolone cheese, roasted red peppers and chimichurri sauce on Cuban bread. For not even being the sandwich they are most well-known for, it was both incredibly tasty and filling while still remaining quite affordable. When it comes to Cafecito, I give it a 4 out of 5 sporks and highly encourage you to stop in next time you are in the Loop and thinking about grabbing Subway or Jimmy Johns. You will not be disappointed!
After work I headed to Lisle for the Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum but not before stopping off for some dinner with a friend. After some brief discussion we decided on sushi and it truly hit the spot. I hadn’t had sushi since before I graduated college over a year ago so it had been long overdue. The restaurant we went to was called Tanaka Sushi and came highly recommended by my friend. We decided to order four rolls: a Spicy Tuna Roll, Spicy Shrimp Tempura Roll, Dragon Roll and Santa Fe Roll, and split them. I realize sushi isn’t for everyone but each roll was both fresh and flavorful. It made me remember just how much I like it. When it comes to Tanaka Sushi, I give it a 3.5 out of 5 sporks. The lights, on the otherhand, far surpassed my expectations and undeniably sparked my imagination. It is absolutely amazing what people can create when they come together for a cause much larger than themselves.
The two big highlights from Saturday were lunch and my friends second annual holiday party. Lunch consisted of a baked mushroom stuffed with spinach and mozzarella cheese with a side of sautéed squash, red onions and mushrooms. Now before recently those who know me are well aware of my eating habits when it comes to vegetables. They were nonexistent! But with the help from some friends and an open mind I’ve managed to change that almost entirely. My only regret is not eating more which probably would have helped in the holiday party not being so short lived. One might say I had a little bit too much fun and was unfortunately in bed before 9:00 PM.
As a result of the festivities the night before, I woke up on Sunday a little later than I normally do. I packed up my stuff, helped clean up a little and before dropping my friend at the train we grabbed some lunch at Chipotle. Every visit to Chipotle is a great one in my book and the only difference between this time and every other one is that I decided to go the no meat route which was a first but will certainly not be the last time for me. Once we wrapped up I headed home to relax and was greeted by the smell of a delicious home cooked meal. After dinner my mom and I did some Christmas shopping before I capped the night off with the movie House of Wax, an American-Australian horror thriller film that follows a group of unwitting teens that are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive or find themselves to become the next exhibit. It’s not the best movie out there but it’s one I enjoy watching every now and then.
Thank you very much to those of you who tune in week after week! I hope I serve as both an outlet for your entertainment as well as inspiration, at the very least, to check out a new restaurant or try a different food. I’ve always enjoyed writing and as long as that feeling remains I will continue to do so while also trying to provide some sort of value to each and every one of you. I’m not sure what next weekend has in store for me just yet besides some volunteering but I can promise you it’ll be interesting. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to follow me on Twitter and Instagram as well as add me on Snapchat at jacobiferguson. As always if you have any recommendations for good eats or events both in the city and the suburbs please do not hesitate to reach out. See you later!
But wait, there’s more! Check out the newest edition to The Weekend Chronicles where I will be posting all the awesome pictures that were sent to me throughout the week. These two came from two of my good friends from college, Hector and Jack. They sure do look delicious and I can’t wait to see what people send me this week.
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer