A Toast, to Toast!

I’ve written frequently about my love of breakfast but I think this picture epitomizes all my loves:

Chicago, IL

A snowy vista of crème brulee French toast with a mimosa standing guard on a corner table in one of the best neighborhoods of my favorite city.

With one of my favorite people.

What’s not to love? And if you aren’t entranced by that, allow me to seduce you with the rest of our breakfast:

Chicago IL

Pesto scrambled eggs and an omelette lorraine with more toast – cuz you gotta – and coffee for days.

It’s the perfect breakfast after a magical night on the town that started in the old neighborhood and may have included a startling proposition and the promise of Cartier from a Chairman in Dubai.

But that’s a story for much much later. Over drinks. And music. Maybe here?

Chicago IL

Because one of my favorite things is a story-worthy evening followed by a picture perfect breakfast.

A toast, to Toast!

Chicago IL

Saying goodbye to Noelle

One of my best girls is moving away this week. Her husband got a job in Chicago so they’re leaving the land of endless sun and heading north for the winter. The pros include close proximity to their parents and siblings and the cons include a lack of proximity to me. I’m happy for her, I’m bummed out for me, you know…

To celebrate our last weekend in close digs, Jen, Noelle and I took 3 of their 4 collective children to a resort for a mini weekend.

I got there late because I moved into my new place this weekend (more about that tomorrow) so I arrived just in time for dinner, which is always my favorite time to show up anywhere.

We started with chips and salsa and martinis

That salsas on the left has roasted tomato, cucumber and corn. Delicioso.

You’d think we’d know better than to order a second round… but you’d be wrong. Apparently we think we’re still 21.

We’re not.

At all.

To counter the vodka, we upped our dairy quotient with some queso fundido con chorizo

And a curious roasted duck quesadilla.

which seemed like a good idea but in fact is not a combination that should be repeated anywhere.

After dinner the kids watched a movie

Noelle’s kids love Jen’s baby Ruby

while we three sat on the patio and talked about how long we’ve known each other and how nice it’s been to live close to each other for the past couple of months. We’ve known each other 20+ years and all moved around a lot during that time but still managed to keep in touch and stay close. I know that this move is just another in the series of life adventures even though I’m still sad.

Miss Noelle, I wish you a safe voyage north. I fully expect that you’ll have your house unpacked, kids in school and know all your neighbors within days of setting foot on Illinois soil. Arizona is poorer for losing your focused cheerful energy.

I already miss you but I know you’ll be back to visit in October when I’ll insist on a picture of the three of us together! But until then, this is one of my favorites of you and 2 of your boys.

Travel safe. See you soon. XOX

I’ve gone to look for America

America is:

Uncle Sam

(Be careful his bow tie is really a camera!)

America is beer on a hot summer day

Trader jose beer

America is: yellow beer + blue water = green beer.

green beer

(Very America, but for a different holiday…)

America is: face stuffing

hot dog eating contest

The hot dog eating winner (Gus) took the crown by consuming 8 foot long hot dogs with a minimum of “excessive bun debris.”

America is: people who put their hands in the air to catch any free thing flung at them

Gimme a T-shirt!!

Even when it’s a T-shirt with a picture of this guy…

Mr. hot dog

American is: free “airbrush tattoos” composed of glue and glittter

"Airbrush tattoos"

America is: singularly compelling signs

Fried Treats and Things

I believe this deep fried twinkie (definitely a “thing”) is part of a long running quest that began in Scotland over a decade ago.

Deep fried twinkie

What’s more America than deep frying a twinkie and topping it with whipped cream AND powdered sugar?? Nothing. That’s what.

Anticipation in lawn chairs. Very America.

And the moon rose over an open field…

FireworksAll this America? I’ll take it. Any day.

Happy 4th, ya’ll!

Me and Noelle