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Food Tasting in Chicago

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 Chicago is famous for its food. For many people, a trip to the Windy City wouldn’t be complete without a slice off deep dish pizza or a snack involving a hot dog. With this in mind, I knew that one of my missions of my trip would be to explore the city’s food offerings. Chicago Food Planet offers several daily food tours covering different areas of the city. I had actually done a tour with them years ago, so I took this opportunity to do their Near North Food and Cultural Walking Tour. This tour is designed to help get you away … Read More

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A view from the top: Chicago’s Willis Tower

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As you stand in the elevator and quickly ascend to the top of North America’s (and the Western Hemisphere’s) tallest tower, the Willis Tower elevator gives you friendly updates about which world monuments you’ve now passed: “You are now higher than the great pyramids” “You are now above the Washington Monument” One which isn’t mentioned is the Hancock Tower, which the Willis Tower handily surpasses to claim the title as the Tallest of Chicago’s two amazing vistas. (The Hancock, on the other hand, contents itself with the title of “fastest elevator.” hmmm.) But let me back up. I’m sure your asking … Read More

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Beer Tasting in Chicago

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Nothing says Chicago like Beer. Actually I made that up, but it certainly helps justify my decision to spend a day of my three day Chicago trip on a pub tour. What also helps justidy that decision is that the Chicago Beer Experience turned out to be an amazing time. You may not realize this, but the US has some wonderful craft beer. The Chicago Beer Experience covers the tasting of both famous Chicago beers as well as highlighting other craft beers from the Mid West. The tour takes visitors through three local pubs and one local beer store to … Read More

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Chicago’s Hancock Tower during a Thunderstorm

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When I woke up my first morning in Chicago, the sky was black and it was evident that a huge storm was fixin’ to roll in. (Yes, I’m using the word fixin’ now). As I looked up directions from Caroline’s apartment to downtown, Google alerts told me Illinois was under a sever thunderstorm alert. After I got over my initial confusion over why I would care about what was happening in Illinois (oh right, I am IN Illinois..Chicago is part of the Mid West… weird), I started to get excited. I love thunderstorms, especially watching them out the window and as it … Read More

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July 4th in the District

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I spent this Fourth of July at home in Washington, DC. My apartment building roof has a great view of the National Mall where the fireworks take place. Because of the prime real estate we assumed we needed to camp out early to get good seats. This turned out to be totally unnecessary, but at least we got to enjoy the view and baking in the ungodly heat. After five (FIVE) hours of waiting, the crowds arrived and we finally got to check out the fireworks.  

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Misadventure Monday: Kim from “So Many Places”

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This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Kim Dinan from So Many Places, Finally the Time shares some funny misadventures and words of wisdom.   Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip: I’m a 30 year old writer and runner.  On May 15, 2012, I will walk away from my 9 to 5 job and my cubicle and set out on a trip around the world with my husband, Brian.  In the past two years … Read More

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Underground Dining in the District

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  Recently, I’ve been reading about some other blogger’s underground dining experiences, so I was excited when I got the opportunity to attend a dinner at a pop-up restaurant in my very own DC. But first, what is underground dining? Don’t worry, you don’t have to gnaw on a ham bone in a cave or anything. Its basically a more formal dinner party. Hosted in someones home or apartment, usually by an experienced cook, the party is comprised of people you may or may not know who pay for the opportunity to try unique (maybe not FDA approved) food. So … Read More

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Photos of Arlington National Cemetery

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Arlington National Cemetery is located just outside of DC. It is the final resting place of many of America’s soldiers and is considered the nations most hallowed ground. The cemetery is so beautiful you find yourself forgetting just how many people are burried there.  

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Sea Lions in San Francisco

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As I’ve mentioned before, I absolutely LOVE the sea lions in San Francisco. I’m not sure what it is. Maybe its because they are super cute. Maybe its their “I don’t give a single frick” attitude. Maybe its because I see a little bit of myself in the life of a sea lion. Whatever the reason, I make sure to visit them every time I’m in San Francisco. So whats the deal with the sea lions? Apparently the sea lions just showed up near the pier one day and started sunning themselves on the boating docks in the harbor. As you … Read More

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San Francisco’s Cable Car Museum

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The Cable Car is one of San Francisco’s iconic symbols. And although the city is currently in the midst of some sort of public transportation identity crisis , these open air cars were once a dominant site on the hilly streets. One of the best ways to experience this part of San Francisco’s history is to visit the totally free Cable Car Museum. The Museum is full of cool old cable car artifacts and interesting history about the rise, fall and re-rise of the cable car.  They even have an old cable car which is perfect for posing for cheesy photos … Read More

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