We had a fun and busy weekend! I have a few of our adventures to share, but since it is What I Ate Wednesday again I thought it would be best to tell you all about the fabulous food tour we went on.
The tour started at Pizano's Pizzeria, where of course we had deep dish pizza. The guy who came up with deep dish pizza actually started this restaurant. This pizza was the real deal and definitely one of the best deep dish pizzas I have had so far. I had two small slices of the pie that was topped with lots of melty cheese, fresh sausage, and tomato sauce.
We then headed outside where our tour guide Lynn gave us some history about the area. Our next stop was inside Macy's at a little sweet shop called Sarah's Pastries & Candies. She makes some of the best brownies in town. Did you know that the first brownies made and served for the First World's Fair in Chicago 1893? This brownie was unbelievably delicious, I am not sure my description will do it justice. It was super rich and was almost fudge like in consistency. It just melted in your mouth.
We even got a chance to walk into the famous Empire Room. Lots of famous performers, like Frank Sinatra and Carol Channing, have performed in there. For good luck, before going on stage, the performers would rub the nose of the goat on the urn outside the dressing rooms. Of course we had to see if any good luck could come our way from rubbing the nose!
|Hoping for some good luck!|
Outside we stopped to take pictures with one of the Cows on Parade. Caroline loves cows and had to get a pic!
The Cultural Center used to be the old library and it is a beautiful building. Someone was actually setting up a wedding reception in one of the rooms while we were there. The ceilings were done by Tiffany's and are gorgeous. Plus since it used to be the library there were some great quotes about reading and books engraved in the walls.
Then it was time for a Chicago hot dog. We walked into a small little restaurant called Gold Coast Dogs and got a whole hot dog. Caroline is a vegetarian so she had it minus the hot dog, because the place didn't have veggie dogs. I thought it was OK, the flavors were there but it needed a bigger pickle and evenly distributed tomatoes. I have better versions of a Chicago dog other places in the city.
Sugar Bliss was our next stop. Can you guess what we got there? A mini cupcake! I have passed by the small shop before and remember stopping to stare at the beautiful treats. Besides looking so pretty, these cupcakes were wonderful and the frosting might be the best I have ever had. In fact, they sell little shots of just the frosting for a dollar. We tried a Black & White cupcake with dark chocolate cake and vanilla buttercream frosting. The creator of the shop and cupcakes used to work in finance, but decided to go to the pastry school in Paris. When she came back to Chicago she spent months testing and creating cupcake recipes. They use some of the best, natural ingredients in the cupcakes and you can tell because they are so good!
We continued the tour by walking down State St and passing the Chicago Theater. And the food wasn't over yet. We sat down at the Halsted Street Deli to try a real Italian Beef sandwich. We were served a big roll full of thinly sliced beef with mozzarella and peppers. It was pretty spicy and left my lips tingling. I am not sure the sandwich was really my thing, so I only had a few bites. Caroline got a veggie sandwich, that was just OK too.
|Looking up from the 7th floor|
We sat in the bar area at a dark wooden table where we got a big piece of Frango Mint Pie, which is a mint chocolate ice cream pie. We had already had a lot to eat, but this pie was too darn good to pass up. I ate the whole thing! It was cool, creamy, and had the perfect mint chocolate flavor.
Caroline and I had a great time on the Tastebud Tour! The company was great with a well organized tour set up and awesome food to taste. They offer two other tours and are going to have an all dessert tour coming up in the next month or so. If you are in Chicago you should definitely check them out! I have a feeling that I will be trying those other tours out when more family comes to visit.
We definitely got our money's worth for the tour and probably two meals worth of food, plus dessert! With all that food we were pretty much satisfied for the rest of the day although we did munch on some broccoli and cherries (not mixed together) in the evening.
Have you ever been on food tour?