Monday, April 20, 2009

New Places, Wide Open Spaces

Bug Graveyard; Jack Purcell's

Ahhhhh, that's better. After a botched attempt to take an adult-acation in March we successfully got some fantastic family-seeing and babysitting time in this weekend. We all enjoyed the weather, spent a lot of time relaxing and eating good food, and none of us needed to visit a doctor. It's a good thing!

Singing Feet, Ella's Deli

Our first day included a trip to the zoo and a stop at Madison landmark, Ella's Deli. The weather was gorgeous, the zoo was free and the matzo ball noodle soup was hot. If you ever get to Madison, a trip to Ella's is not to be missed! Where else can you order a great kosher meal, ride on a carousel and see feet that sing? Nowhere!

Whilst in Madison we also hit Harvest and our new favorite coffee shop, Crema. Mmm, I love me some Alterra coffee. Oh, and we played outside, hit the only three garage sales in town, and scored a freebie kid's play kitchen off the curb. Yay!

The line at Hot Doug's

Awesome meal at El Tinajon

While in Chicago, we attempted to visit Hot Doug's after seeing the episode of No Reservations where Anthony Bourdain pimps the encased meats emporium. However, Hot Doug's had other plans that included about 150 people waiting in line in front of us to get a gourmet dog. Undettered, we waited patiently for about 5 minutes and then blew that popsicle stand for one of our favorite joints called El Tinajon in Roscoe Village. Hot dogs, schmot dogs. I had some kick ass fried plantains and other fantastic Guatemalan treats.

Lest you think our vacation centered around eating, I'd like to assure you that we did a lot of other things. Sleeping in? Not so much! But we did have a ton of fun. Thank goodness for a do-over!!!

Did you have a splendid weekend, too? Did you get out to enjoy the weather?


Jen said...

Glad you got your much needed vacation!

Jen said...

p.s. We'll have to check out Crema when we're back in our old stomping grounds. Wish it was there when I was growing up!