Welcome back

Welcome! I am pleased to reintroduce to you the Weekend Chronicles, a weekly series that details all the crazy and exciting things that happened over the weekend. This past weekend was very eventful which I think is a big reason why I decided to bring back this segment. In true Weekend Chronicle fashion, my challenge to you this week is to “grow up”. Whether it be automating that bill that you’ve paid late for the past few months, finally checking your credit score, watching the evening news or starting to eat healthy. Do something that will make those around you, at the very least, think that you have your life together. Who knows, you just might end up liking who you become.


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The day may have officially started far earlier than I would like to admit but let’s start with lunch. Luckily for me, as a way of appreciating us, my work decided to cater food from Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen in Hyde Park. Lunch consisted of lemon-garlic chicken, seafood kebobs, grilled baba ghanoush, Mediterranean salad, ripe tomato cous cous and basmati rice. There was definitely more but I’m drawing a blank at the moment. Now I don’t know about you but this is the first time I’ve ever had Mediterranean food and it did not disappoint. At its core the food was fresh, flavorful and filling. After work, I decided to make my mom out for dinner which in my opinion was long overdue. We decided upon LongHorn Steakhouse and kicked things off by ordering some Wild West Shrimp which consisted of crispy, hand-battered shrimp, spicy cherry peppers and garlic butter with a side of housemade ranch dressing. For our main course we both ordered a flat iron steak cooked medium-rare with a side of broccoli and a loaded baked potato. The meal was absolutely delicious from start to finish which I think is something that casual dining chains like LongHorn do really well for the most part. Just a heads up if you find yourself heading to LongHorn anytime soon, don’t forget to join their online club for a free appetizer. The brief time that it takes to sign up is well worth it. I then topped off the night with some Breaking Bad, as many of you know, is a tv show about a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer who turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family’s future. If you haven’t already I highly suggest checking it out but be careful as it is quite addicting.


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Saturday began with a trip to the movies, which is something I haven’t done in a while, to see Kong: Skull Island, an American monster film that follows a team of scientists as they explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden. Personally, I enjoyed this one more than the previous two as it focused less on the love story and more on Kong himself. In addition, visually speaking this movie was a masterpiece. After wrapping things up at the movies, I headed home and much to my surprise was greeted with Portillo’s. Fortunately for me, a family friend had recently shipped us a package that contained 5 lbs. of beef, spicy giardiniera, roasted sweet peppers and bake-and-serve rolls. As I’m sure you could imagine, I was in heaven. Later that night I headed over to a good friends house to catch up and hangout with everybody’s favorite Uncle (Tito).


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Sunday started with another trip to the movies to see Beauty and the Beast with my niece and family. Now I’m not usually one for Disney movies but I have recently gotten onboard when it comes to live action adaptions. Beauty and the Beast, for those of you who don’t know, is an adaption of a fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love. I’ll be the first to admit that before seeing it I had my doubts but I left a fan. Once the movie was over we headed to Schoop’s Hamburgers in Tinley Park. I decided to order the Double Cheeseburger which consisted of two juicy all-beef patties, two slices of melted American cheese all served on a freshly toasted bun. We also shared some Schoop’s Loops which are deep-fried potato curls. Now for those of you who have never been to Schoop’s, the burger alone is well near the size of your head. What makes it so good is that it is just as tasty as it is big. The rest of the evening was spent mentally preparing for the week ahead which usually includes some sort of Netflix binge and going to bed early.

As always I hope you enjoyed and I would like to thank you for stopping by. It sure feels good to finally be writing again. If you haven’t already be sure to follow me on social media to keep up with all of my shenanigans. I hope you have a great week!

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln


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