Front: Me and Hubby Back: Iyana and Will
Hey ya’ll! It seems like I haven’t written a blog post in so long. I guess it has been a while. There is so much going on these days with people all over the world. Between racial injustices towards black people in America and this Coronavirus, life has been downright exhausting for a lot of us. Needless to say, I had been wanting to get away for a few days just to get in a different environment for some much needed R&R. As many of you know I just celebrated my 37th birthday and I thought it would be the perfect time for a short road trip, so I booked a couple of rooms in Chicago for the weekend for my husband and I, and a couple of our close friends. Chicago is only four hours from Cincinnati so the drive was easy peasy. The GPS even helped us avoid all of the tolls on the way. Here are some details of the time we spent in the Chi.
Homewood Suites by the Hilton
Room at Homewood Suites (Photo via Google)
I’m an Airbnb girl. I left the hotel life a long time ago, but given the circumstances it seemed easier to go this route, this time around. We stayed at the Homewood Suites downtown Chicago, and it was very nice. Each suite had a king size bed, walk in showers, and a fully functioning kitchen with a Keurig. Who doesn’t love a Keurig? In order to make myself feel safe I bought several bottles of sanitizer and a spray bottle full of alcohol to spray down the bed, door knobs, handles, tables, chairs, and the couch. Honestly, I feel like this is something we should be doing going forward even after this virus settles down.
Let’s talk about the bed for a moment… Ya’ll, it was incredible. The sheets, the weighted blanket, the pillows, it was all amazing. I haven’t had sleep that good in a long time. It made me evaluate my own sheets, mattress, and pillows at home. Investing in good items for your bed is so important. I don’t think I can stress it enough.
Batter & Berries
Apple Pie French Toast (Photo via Me)
This restaurant was listed as a black owned restaurant to visit on an IG post I had saved. They are known for all of the many ways they jazz up french toast and pancakes. I had the apple pie french toast, bacon, and two eggs over hard. Since most restaurants are only letting so many people eat in, the wait was two hours for dine in, and 30 minutes for carry out. Of course we went with carry out. My only gripe about this was the food wasn’t piping hot (the only way I like my food). The french toast had a good flavor but was a whole lot and very sweet. I’m usually a plain french toast girl with light butter and syrup. I guess I was trying to be too fancy.
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
This place was suggested by Iyana as an alternative to Giordano’s. I had the thin crust pizza with italian beef, mushrooms, and green peppers. I also had the bbq wings. It was gross, and so expensive. I think our bill came up to $70. Never, ever, again. Don’t waste your time or money.
Smothered Chicken Dinner & Mistic Juice (Photo via Iyana)
We had MacAuthur’s soul food on my actual birthday on our way out of Chicago. This was another black owned restaurant that was suggested by my boy Will. Ya’ll…… I could have eaten here everyday during our stay. EVERYday. It was so good. It was piping hot (how I like it), and there was a variety of items to choose from. I had fried chicken, yams, mac n cheese, and cabbage. My husband had a bbq turkey leg, green beans, yams, and mac n cheese. It was sooo good. With our meals we had Mistic juices in some bomb flavors. You guys remember Mistic juices?
HI-VIBE Superfood Juicery
Holy Water Recovery Juice and Soursop Acai Bowl (Photo via Me)
This was also a spot suggested by my boy Will. He opted out of having Batter & Berries so we stopped here for him instead. If you’re trying the get your healthy lifestyle on, this is the place for you. Since I didn’t end up eating all of my food from B&B I decided to try the Maca Blue superfood smoothie. This smoothie included vanilla almond mylk (how they spell it) , blueberry, banana, almond butter, maca, cinnamon, lucuma, collagen, and maple. It was so TASTY! And very filling.
Nothing new here…. I purchased a few clearance dresses. Y’all know how much I love my dresses. LOL!
A complete waste of my time. All of the clearance was completely ran through. So sad.
The ladies didn’t buy anything, but the fellas were able to score some clearance pieces. On a side note, this particular store (located on Michigan Ave.) is worth stopping into. It’s beautiful! And is one of the only RL stores in the U.S. that isn’t an actual outlet. They house Polo, Purple Label, RRL, and more.
Who doesn’t love Target? I actually enjoy stopping in Targets in other cities. You never know what you may find that’s different from your own home store. We mainly stopped in here for wine and phase 10 cards, but I scored a cute Prologue dress too. I’ll be sharing that on my IG soon, don’t you fret!
Fat Tiger Workshop
T-Shirt From Fat Tiger Workshop (Photo via Me)
This is a black owned business owned by the amazing and talented Joe Fresh. Although Joe wasn’t in the building (I was super sad), we were still able to have a great experience and purchase some dope pieces including some tees and socks. If you’re ever in Chicago make sure to stop through and support.
In conclusion, this trip was the much needed break that we all needed. And although Covid-19 is still a thing, we still were able to have fun with our masks, sanitizer, and alcohol on hand. We laughed, had good conversation, sang and rapped to 90’s and early 2000’s music, ate some good food, and drank some good wine. I can’t wait for the next quick getaway.