I’m home tonight after a long weekend of travel for work. I spent some time in the great north recruiting high school and a few college students to come to UT. Lots of students gave me the hook ’em sign and wanted to talk football before explaining that they were looking to go to a ‘real’ music school for undergrad. Sigh.
One of the best things about my trip was all the food I ate! 40 hours in a city doesn’t give you much time for sightseeing, so I tried to at least eat adventurously while I was on the road and make the most of my time.
In Chicago I ate lots of delicious things. On Friday night, I went to Morton’s Steakhouse on Wacker for their late-night happy hour. After 9 PM on weeknights, they serve $5 appetizers at the bar, and it’s mostly for locals; the bartender gave me the regular menu and didn’t mention the special until I asked about it. (Thanks, Yelp.com!) Besides crab cakes and wedge salad bites, I had a fantastic gin martini with blue cheese olives.
On Saturday, I ate breakfast at Argo Tea and lunched on Midwestern beers at a sports bar off Michigan Avenue. After a Guinness and pot pie at Kitty O’Shea’s for dinner, I was a happy tourist indeed.
In Interlochen I ate some organic lunchables that I got at some hippie grocery store (two meals’ worth), plus a venison burger and locally-brewed cherry mead at a bar/grill in Traverse City. I had some time this morning before heading to the airport, so I stopped for breakfast at a bread bakery in Interlochen and tried samples of their honey wheat, rye, and cherry loaf before ordering a homemade bran muffin. Delicious and fiberful!
Now that I’m home my food options are decidedly less glamorous. I’m trying to use up some pantry items before I head to Iowa on Thursday night, so this will be a week of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, TV dinners, pudding, and eggs. Yummy, and decidedly less caloric than road food.
What are you having for dinner this week?