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Four years later. . . High School Reunion

It’s amazing how much and how little can change in four years.

Four years ago, I was graduating high school. I was packing for college. And I played Cranium with my friends multiple times a week.

Fast foward to 2011, I am about to graduate college. About to start a new job and haven’t touched Cranium since I got to Northwestern. But this past week, two of my best friends from high school and although it’s been almost four years since I’ve seen them, it was like nothing had ever changed.

We laughed just as much as we did four years ago, if not harder, sung our hearts out at a Backstreet Boys concert, reflected on how much we’ve changed in four years and, of course, ate our way through Chicago!

In two days, we discovered new favorites (Big Star!) and lounged around old favorites (Molly’s Cupcakes. duh). We ate. We drank. We talked. A great weekend for the books. 

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Four dinners. One night.

My friend Steph and I both love eating. So on Thursday, we ventured out to my favorite part of Chicago, Lincoln Park for some delicious Korean-style wings from Crisp.

There is nothing like the taste of crisp fatty chicken skin and moist, tender meat that makes me happier–that is unless you smother it with a delicious sauce.

At Crisp, they double fry their massive wings, once in a presssure-fryer and once in a normal fryer. Then they drench the wings in their trademark sauce– “Seoul Sassy.” It’s a sweet, savory and tangy mixture of garlic, soy and sesame, basically perfection.

Right before we got to Crisp, we randomly stumbled upon a frozen yogurt opening off the Belmont stop. Like Yogurtland in Cali, this place had about 8 flavors ranging from Butter Pecan to Root Beer and Blackberry fro-yo and topping bar where you served yourself and paid by the pound. Overwhelmed by my choices, we both ended up eating almost 1/2 pound of froyo each. Great start to a delicious night.

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We ended our night with Spam Musubi at Aloha Eats and cupcakes from Molly’s Cupcakes. Words cannot describe how much I love both of these places.

Molly’s has a special place in my heart not only for its delicious cupcakes but also because it is named after the owner’s 3rd grade teacher, Molly, who baked him cupcakes on his birthday. Even more adorable is the entire store is made from furniture and old supplies from old schools.

Right next to Molly’s is Aloha Eats which I love because it reminds me so much of my childhood in Hawaii. They have amazing macaroni salad, great saimen (aka ramen) and of course, a Hawaiian tradition, Spam Musubi. Essentially a piece of pan-fried spam on rice and wrapped in seaweed, there is something so deliciously simple about Spam Musubi–even Obama loves it.

Walking around Lincoln Park reminded me of why I love Chicago so much. The people, the fresh air and of course the endless options for good food. One of these days, I plan on eating my way through Lincoln Park and Lakeview–from Armitage to Belmont, and it is going to be the best day of my life.

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Tamales. Cupcakes. Burgers.

Does it get any better?

Last Friday, was one of the best days I’ve ever had in Chicago. While walking around, my friend and I found the Tamales Spaceship!! Very exciting. I’ve been wanting to track this truck down since I saw it on UrbanDaddy. Tamales Spaceship was started by a couple of ex-Fronterra bartenders.  On whim, we bought steak tamales with mole from a man with a hilarious Mexican mask. While it was no Fronterra, the tamales were pretty decent, given they came from a truck.

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Next, I went to my favorite cupcake shop, More Cupcakes, where Unique Sweets, a new show on the Cooking Channel. I had a pear, walnut goat cheese cupcake that was absolutely mind-blowing. Sound weird? I was a savory cupcake skeptic until I had this one at More. The Salted Caramel and Maple Bacon cupcakes are also excellent, but really, they are all great. Getting hungry just thinking about it. yummm.

Afterwards, my friend and I went to Kuma’s Corner, a grunge-rock inspired burger joint. Kuma’s is no ordinary burger joint. They’ve got a cool combo of death-metal, waffle fries, great craft beers, whiskey on tap and amazing food. All of their burgers are named after rock bands and are cooked to perfection.

We shared two burgers

  1. Lair of the MinotaurCaramelized Onions, Pancetta, Brie, Bourbon Soaked Pear. The perfect trifecta of sweet, smokey and savory.
  2. Plague BringerRoasted Garlic Mayo, Tortilla Strips, House Made Hot Sauce, Fresh Garlic, Pepper Jack, Sliced Jalapenos. EPIC.

We were so full after dinner, we ended up walking 3 miles back to the Belmont El Stop– the perfect end to an amazing delicious day.

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