24 August 2009

Weekend recap: food and ponies

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Chicago, Food, Friends

Oh that’s right, I said ponies. More on that to come.

My birthday weekend was a perfect mix of doing fun stuff and being lazy. And both felt great!

Being lazy, well that’s easy enough, it included a lotĀ of lounging and prep time at my apartment. And I have to say, I don’t think it’s EVER been this clean and straightened up. I fear that will only last about…three days?

But the fun stuff was SUPER fun, like indulging in some of Chicago’s great restaurants. Over my four-day weekend I hit three awesome places:

Each were delicious and a lot of fun. I even took some food porn pictures at Hot Doug’s and The Bristol. My parents tried NOT to be too embarrassed by the photo taking at The Bristol. They find it hilarious that I photograph my food. Silly.

Bristol: Eggs benedict with mustard hollandiase

Hot Doug’s: Fois Gras duck sausage with fois gras mousse too

Hot Doug’s: Duck fat fries (heaven)

Another big weekend highlight was a shindig at my house with a few friends. My parents were on-hand to help (so I could actually talk to people) and I think everyone say why I’m JUST like my dad. Scary. And many of my friends were very generous, bringing wine and even some presents. And I’m proud to say, I finally got my long-yearned for pony, actually two. They’re fabulous!

Finally, another big highlight of the weekend had to be all the internet love I got too. My Twitter and Facebook pages were flooded with birthday wishes and I received several e-mails, calls and texts. Thank you everyone for making it special. All of you get a big hug, even if you don’t want it :)

I’ve also decided (as the birthday girl) to extend celebrations into next weekend when I go shopping (finally!) for gifts and have smaller celebrations with friends who couldn’t make it this weekend. I cannot wait!

More pictures are available on my Flickr page too!

How was everyone else’s weekend? What was the best birthday you ever had?


  1. Iva says:

    oops I mean YAY not YUY …I have no idea what YUY is :)

  2. Iva says:

    YAY for a great Birthday weekend! ohhh YUY I seriously love eggs benedict!!!

  3. Sounds like a fabulous birthday :) Glad you had so much fun!!!

  4. E.P. says:

    Those photographs make me want something to eat right now! Especially the fries. Those look dangerous!

    I’m so happy to hear that you had a wonderful birth weekend! Happy belated birtday!

  5. Nora says:

    I’m not even hungry but those pictures are making my mouth water.

    Glad you had a lovely birthday weekend, celebration and time with your family.

    LOVE the pony presents!

  6. hot doug’s is somewhere i’ve been DYING to go to for years.

    when i come to chicago can we go together??! jamie has too come too.

  7. katelin says:

    um that eggs benedict looks amazing!! and yay for a pony, every girl deserves a pony on her birthday :)

  8. MinD says:

    Yay for great birthday weekends. Those fries look amazing. I might have to drive that direction just for them. I’d do most anything for a great French fry.

  9. Erin says:

    Sounds like the perfect birthday!

  10. Erin says:

    Kudos to the people who got you ponies! How funny :-)

  11. Kate says:

    I can always use a big hug! Glad to hear you got the duck fat fries … YUM!

  12. Andhari says:

    What is duck fat fries? I feel my tummy purring now.


  13. Melissa says:

    Yay for ponies! :)

  14. Kara says:

    I celebrate the birthday week. And I talk about it so much that I actually had one friend bring me small presents each day last year. Ha! She rocks, BTW!

    Happy Birthday! Glad it was a good one!

  15. Sounds like a dream food weekend!

  16. Lil' Woman says:

    Sounds like a fab birthday and I’m totally jealous that you got a freakin pony (let alone 2) : )

  17. Shannon says:

    Oh how I love the perfect mix of yummy food/laziness…in a clean house no less.

    I don’t have a stand-out “best” birthday but I do have a worst one. My 9th. We were at Celebration Station (pre-Chuckie Cheese) and place went up in flames during the animatronic stage show. We had to leave. I cried. But I got probably got a pony or two, so I got over it. :)

  18. Jackie says:

    Sounds like a wonderful birthday! Duck fat fries are awesome! And even though it’s only 6:30am, I’m salivating over that fois gras yumminess

  19. Stevie says:

    Happy birthday! It sounds like it was a wonderful day for you. And I totally had a food orgasm looking at those pictures. JEALOUS!

  20. blaez says:

    i think that even though my last 4 attempts to have birthday parties for myself bombed… this one that just past had to be the best one because it was the weekend before my birthday that my man asked me to be his wife. yep! turning 29 was the best one in the past few years.

    since my splitting with the exhusband a week before my 25th birthday they’ve all been bombed and lonely. i think he’s jynx’d them all until now! thanks to my fiance for the save!

  21. Oh, the Bristol, I am jealous!

    Happy Birthday.

  22. Maxie says:

    omg that eggs benedict looks to die for!

  23. mandy says:

    I am a firm believer in taking a good week or two to celebrate birthdays!

  24. Archana says:

    Sounds like the perfect birthday weekend : ) Happy birthday Jessica!

  25. I’m sorry, did you say DUCK FAT FRIES? I must have those IMMEDIATELY.