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Chicago Trip Part 5 (Lincoln Park Zoo/Art Institute of Chicago/ EATING!!! ^0^)

18 Aug

Evening Meebsies,

The final Chicago post. ^_^

Went to the Lincoln Park Zoo. The great thing about this place is it doesn’t cost a dime to go. The whole zoo is free to the public every day of the week. ^^

One of the greatest fountains EVAH!! ^^

Second fav animal. Pandas would have to be the first. ^_^

Breathtaking…

Got to pet the ponies. ^^

Had ice cream on our way back.

Bomb Diggidy Milkshakes. >_<

Greek for lunch. Highly recommend Kosta’s for gyros.

You MUST go the Art Institute of Chicago. This is a huge composition notebook. Height wise it was two of me. Pretty neat.

Lichtenstein Converse.

Original American Gothic By Grant Wood

The Picture of Dorian Grey By Ivan Albright. One of my favorites. Even though it is a little eerie. The detail is amazing.

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte By George Seurat

Paris Street; Rainy Day By Gustave Caillebotte

If you are familiar with pizza in Chicago; you know about Uno’s. This place has been in almost ever travel and food show I have every seen. I had to go. However, prepare to wait at least an hour before you get a seat. But sooo worth it.

Deep dish pzizza all the way boy. ^^

Next day we decided to try out Brothers Ribs for, well, ribs.

AMAZING SIDES…

Horrible ribs… Ironic right?

This place was AMAZING. I know that I use that word a lot, but this place really was amazing. It’s extremely affordable and the portions are HUGE.

First time I’ve every had crepes. Certainly won’t be the last.

If you get a chance, grab a ridiculously yummy milkshake from Ghirardelli.

Loved this Marina City building. It’s actually suppose to look like corn on a cob. Lol. There are apartments in this complex and all the rooms are pie shaped. Lol. Must be hard to decorate. >_<

If you love chocolate. Go to Fannie May for BOMB chocolates.

I know that a lot of people have a fear of flying. I on the other hand love flying. I find it serene. I always wonder if this is what heaven looks like…

Overall, I have to say that Chicago has stolen my heart. From the Chicago proud natives, to the twinkling skyscrapers at night.  There is  always something to love here. ^_^

Next post will be about my travels to Wisconsin. ^_^

Have a great rest of the day.

Love Always,

Meebs

“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

~ Yogi Berra

Chicago Trip Part 4 (Skydeck/Taste of Chicago/Museum of Science and Industry)

17 Aug

Ello Meebsies,

It really has been awhile hasn’t it? I’ve been taking a little time to relax and reflect. ^_^ I think it’s important to take a break every once and awhile. ^^ It was nice to finally sit down and read. I use to read all the time, but this past year I haven’t read a single book for fun. I forgot how amazing reading is…

On another note; yes this is another Chicago post. I’m telling you guys, I had a lot of adventures there. ^^ Without further ado…

I can’t say that Taste of Chicago was my favorite experience in Chicago. IDK about you guys, but I can’t eat at all when it’s hot. If it weren’t for my friends who actually got food. I would have eaten only Italian Ice and drank water for the whole experience. It was just way too hot. However, the food I did eat was pretty good. ^_^

First time I have ever had gumbo. Yummy. ^^

Despite the appearance, these were pretty darn good. Lol.

This was sweet cool relief in 103 degree weather. Thank God for Italian Ice. Lol.

Buckingham Fountain. Beautiful.

Cloud Gate. You can see the whole Chicago Skyline.

It’s kind gross to see all the hand smudges. O.O

I’m a sucker for museums. Especially when they are interactive. This rippling water machine was my favorite.

Indoor tornado. Pretty cool.

Made my own personal Meebsie Raindow. ^-^

Had to visit the Skydeck of course. So beautiful. I LOVE the city. It’s breathtaking. ^^

It’s a long way down. Lol.  They have really cool sky boxes that protrude from the building so you can see the whole city from all directions.

Even though it might not look like it. I was shaking in my boots when  took this pic. I have a serious fear of heights. T_T

This is my new favorite tea spot. Too bad they don’t have one where I live. T_T

Had to detox my body from eating out everyday with a Green Tea Ginger Twist. SOOOO GOOODDD!!! Highly recommend if you like ginger. I was actually at the grocery store the other day and found bottle teas from this cafe in the health drink section.

This was one of the must do on in my Chicago list. I had seen this place on the Food Channel and Travel Channel, so I HAD to come. I think I waited in line for about an hour in 100 degree weather till I was able to see the door. My will was waning once I hit the 30 min mark, but it’s sooo worth it…soooo worth it. ^_^

This is just their rare hot dog menu. They are most famous for this. But they do have a pretty mean Chicago dog if you don’t feel adventurous. Oh, FYI they only take cash. You have been warned. Lol.

These duck fat fries are heavenly horrible for my thighs. Lol. If you get a change to go on the days they serve duck fat fries, try them out!! ><

We finally ended out day with Thai food at the Silverspoon. It reminded me a little of home. Even though I’m not Thai. It was nice to have Asian food for a change. Silverspoon is an AMAMZING Thai place. Very affordable and very understated. Go if you have a chance. ><

Had to get Pad Thai.

I hope you guys have a great weekend. Enjoy the sun! ^_^

Meebs

“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.”

~ Kurt Vonnegut

Ulta and Sephora Mini Haul

29 Jul

Good Day Meebsie’s

How has summer been treating you? Mine has been pretty amazing. I’m going to be going on a road trip to Seattle tomorrow and I can’t wait. Sorry, sucker for Grey’s Anatomy. Lol. ^^ I just wanted to show you guys a few things I got from Ulta and Sephora when I was in Chicago. It was actually my first time going to an actual Ulta. I’ve seen their online website, but I never knew that they had an actual store! It was pretty exciting. >< I love Ulta because it has EVERYTHING!!! Even though I am a Sephora lover, they mostly have high end makeup there. I love how Ulta is the perfect blend of high end and drug store products. One stop makeup shop. Lol. ^^

I was ECSTATIC when I saw this section. We don’t have anyway to buy NYX back at home. I’ve always wanted to try out their products.

Love Smashbox!!!

I thought it was really neat how they organize their products by face, eyes, lip, etc.

They have a pretty big hair sections. Soooo many hair dryers. ^^

Had to get NYX products. HAD to get bling bling. Lol. ^_^ I’m a glitter addict.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about these brushes. I’ve been using a foundation brush for my liquid foundation, so I thought I would try out a stippling brush. Let me tell you something. I am in love with this brush. My foundation looks FLAWLESS. *O* GET A STIPPLING BRUSH. It’s a MUST HAVE!!!

I absolutely love this pink. Very simple, elegant, yet fun. ^^

Once again, my glitter addiction got the better of me. But this nail polish was so pretty I couldn’t resist. Actually, this glitter matches the China Glaze I got from Ulta. I might do a nail tutorial with them. ^_^

I’ve actually been using this primer for a long time now. I found out the other day that they are discontinuing it. =( I think they are using the same formula but in a new bottle? IDK. If you guys want to try it out, you should go to Sephora asap.

I thought this was really interesting. Since I only order online when I shop at Sephora I usually get prepackage samples. I was kind of shocked when the lady asked what sample I wanted. When I asked for Urban Decay Primer Potion, I thought she was going to give me a little pouch or something. But she just went over to the sample on display and squeezed a little into this pot. It’s actually kind of really cool. Plus I’m happy that I got to try out this primer. I’ve been using Two Faced Shadow Insurance Primer but now I think I might switch over to Urban Decay. Maybe I’ll do a primer comparison/review sometime.

That’s all for now. I will have another Chicago post soon. Yeah, I have a lot of Chicago memories. Lol. ^^

Love,

Meebs

“I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful. ”

~Author Unknown

Chicago Trip Part 3 (Sightseeing and Eating ^_^)

26 Jul

Hello Meebsies,

I just finished making caramel apples and popcorn. ^^ Really random right? It’s actually the first time I’ve ever made caramel from scratch. I’m actually quite pleased. Now I just have to wait 30 mins for them to cool. It’s taking soooo long. T_T I’m soooo hungry!!! Lol.

Caramel Apple Forest. ^^

Now without further ado. Another Chicago post.

I LOVE CHOCOLATE!!!

Went to the Hershey Store and when I saw this brownie in the window I had to have it. ^^ THIS IS THE BEST BROWNIE I HAVE EVER HAD!!!!! GET IT!!!! I COMMAND YOU TO!!!

The malls are ridiculously huge. This is the escalator in one of the malls I went to. It’s HUGE but pretty. ^_^

It’s Lego Woody!!!

Went to a Disney Store. It was magical. Lol.

My favorite Disney movie evah is Finding Nemo. I LOVED DORY!!!

I highly suggest going on a boat tour. They offer a ton of different ones. The one I went on was during the evening and we even got a personal firework show. ^^ It’s a great way to see the city and learn a little about the sights.

Had to go to Lou Malnati’s when in Chicago.

Deep Dish Pizza is a must!

If anything, you HAVE to go to Portillos. My mouth is watering just looking at the picture. *drools* GET THE CHOCOLATE CAKE AND ITALIAN BEEF!!!! I went there twice in the two weeks. So good…so good…so good.

Chicago really is gorgeous.

I saw The Purple Pig featured in a few travel and food shows so I thought I would check them out.

The chicken kebabs are UNBELIEVABLE!!! *O*

Cheese and bubbly. ^^ Ironically enough I didn’t have any pork while I was there. If you guys get a chance to go there tell me how it is. ^^

Believe it or not, I’ve never had pickled olives before.

Or fried olives.

Lemon Panna Cotta for dessert.

Random. I went to a hot sauce store and saw this. Winning. Lol.

Love,

Meebs

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

~Saint Augustine

Chicago Trip Part 2 (Navy Pier and China Town)

25 Jul

Hey Meebsie’s,

Time for another Chicago post. ^_^

I think that popcorn is a bigger thing on the east coast than the west coast. But hey, I’m not complaining. The Chicago mix from Garret’s was pretty yummy. ^_^

Went to Bubba Gump for dinner. Allusion to Forest Gump. ^^

Once we sat down at our table I noticed these signs. Our waitress explained to us that when you have the run forest run sign, this means that you don’t need any service. However, when you put up the stop forest stop, someone will stop and help you. I thought it was a pretty neat concept. ^^

Really yummy and neat drinks. ^^ The cups actually light up and you get to keep them. The left is a strawberry lemonade freeze. The right is a blue lemonade freeze.

I thought this drink was really unique. I actually didn’t get it, which is kind of why you are looking at a picture in a picture. I was actually really tempted to take a picture of a lady who did have the drink at the table right next to me. That’s how much I love you guys. Lol. ^_^ But since I was hungry and waited 45 mins to get a table, I decided getting kicked out wasn’t ideal. Sorry guys.

We got the sampler and the seafood bucket. I’m going to be real with you guys. Bubba Gump is NOT the place to get seafood. Everything they have is defiantly frozen. They don’t serve fresh seafood. I would know, I’ve been to restaurants where I choose what I want to eat from a tank and then it goes straight to the kitchen to my plate. The seafood here is pretty bad. The clams and mussels are extremely overcooked and rock/rubber like. If you are going to pay $70 for a bucket of seafood, I would expect something much better than this. The portions are also extremely small. I do not suggest getting seafood here. Sorry Bubba Gump. =/

Drove/crashed my first toy boat. Lol. ^^ Meebs is 3.

A must do when you go to Chicago. RIDE THE NAVY PIER FERRIS WHEEL!!!

My ride. Lol.

Chicago skyline from the Ferris Wheel. Gorgeous. *0*

Navy Pier on Fourth of July. It’s PACKED!!!

Navy Pier’s cooling center. Yeah, there is a cooling center.

I wore my dress from Forever 21. >< I’ve had a few people ask what I look like. Lol. This is who Meebs is. ^^

Of course I had to have Dim Sum in China Town.

Joy Yee is one of the first places to serve Bubble Tea in the US. Can you guess what type of  Bubble Tea I got? MANGO & PASSION FRUIT!!! Had to get mango of course. SOOO GOOD. WHOOT!!! ^O^

Really good Vietnamese sandwich.

Did some shopping. Isn’t he cute?

Aji Ichiban Candy. ^^

On my way back home I saw this beautiful Bloomingdale’s.

My hotel, the Millennium Knickerbocker’s Lobby.

Love,

Meebs

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

~ Lao Tzu

Chicago Trip Part 1 (Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum)

20 Jul

Afternoon Meebsies,

It truly had been awhile. I can’t believe that I haven’t blogged in almost two weeks. I am finally back safe and sound. ^^ I actually missed you guys. If you have been keeping up with my posts, you know about the giveaway being postponed. I’m really sorry guys. I will try to do my giveaway before the end of this month.

Anyways, I had the most amazing time in Chicago. If you looks past the 100 degree weather, it was one of the greatest places I have ever traveled to. For me, it was the perfect amount of city. I have and always will love the city. I love how you can walk outside and find a great place to eat, or a great place to shop anytime of the day. Chicago for me was packed with famous restaurants, attractions, and boutiques that I was dying to check out. Even though Chicago is a city, it was not a thigh rubbing against thigh type of city. You can actually walk down the street with your own personal bubble. Lol. ^^ The people are city people, all having a little sassy side, but very kind to lost tourists. ><

Shedd Aquarium

If you want to avoid the huge line in the picture. I suggest you do the touristy thing and get a Chicago Pass. You get to skip all the lines, and it’s only $80 for 5 attractions. You also get free movies and rides. It’s a really great deal . ^_^

No shame in being a tourist. ^^

I’m watching you Meebs. Lol. ^_^

Doesn’t it look like it’s giving us a big smooch? Lol.

I remember when I first saw this big guy my first thought was; with butter please. Hey guys, I hadn’t eaten for the whole day. Meebs was hungry. =.=

Hungry + Angry = Hangry. This guy was defiantly hangry. Lol.

Just a friendly message to you all. ^_^

Field Museum

I know. Random, but SOOO CUTE!!! ><

The Mayan actually used this pottery head for their blood sacrifices. O.O A little scary, but really cool right?

Famous Bushman Ape

That’s all for today. ^^ Look forward to another post next week. Are you guys having a great summer? I hope you are.

Meebs

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Giveaway Postponed

16 Jul

Hello Meebsies,

I am finally back. However, with a little bit of bad news. I know that I promised you guys a giveaway when I got back from Chicago, but the most unfortunate thing happened. I had an awesome gift planned for you guys but a totally rude and mean airport security officer confiscated it. Before you guys say anything, I did check ahead of time to see if I could bring it on the plane with me. I wanted to pack it in my checked baggage, but I was too scared that it might break. Everything was fine till I had my bagged searched. I guess I have to take a little bit of blame because I was a little rude as well. Lack of sleep and fatigue can make you pretty cranky =( I don’t want to tell you guys what the giveaway item is yet because I think I maybe able to get my friend to ship me another one from Chicago. If that doesn’t work out I will find a back up. Don’t worry, there will be a giveaway. ^^ I promise.

I know I haven’t blogged in awhile. Sadly, I think that I won’t be doing a real blog post for another few days. I REALLY need to catch some z’s. Lol. ^^ To tide you guys over and to give you a little preview of my future Chicago posts; here is a picture of the Chicago skyline and Navy Pier.

Are you guys having a great summer? Stay cool and safe. ^-^ Also, thank you for your patience.

Love,

Tired Meebs  =_=

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

~ Martin Buber

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