Weekend Recap (St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago)

Happy march madness everyone! NCAA tournament opening weekend is one of the best times of the year. Even though I didn’t have too much time to watch basketball, I did catch a few highlights including both Nevada games and subsequent live coverage of the coach and players celebrating in the locker room. After the first game, Coach dropped multiple f-bombs on live television and after the second game he entered the locker room bare chested with his shirt ripped off. This guy is hilarious. Also major props to UMBC for knocking off UVA! Baltimore County represent!

I’m going to say my weekend kicked off Thursday afternoon when I went to a march madness watch party at Rye Street Tavern. I munched on some incredible seafood – shrimp cocktail, ceviche, tuna tartare, and crab legs – and watched the first games of the tourney. Adam and I are dying to return to Rye Street for dinner but last time we tried couldn’t get a reservation. It is in high demand!

Not surprisingly, Friday night we watched more basketball and I made corned beef and cabbage in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. It was my first time ever cooking corned beef and it was easy and delicious!

The rest of the weekend involved a 24 hour trip to Chicago for work. My co-worker and I landed around 1pm and since our hotel rooms weren’t yet ready we took a long walk to see the green river and check out the festive crowds celebrating St. Paddy’s. We followed up our walk with brunch at the hotel. I had eggs, toast, sausage and potatoes which were all tasty.

Soon enough it was time to head to the United Center for the Bulls game. We had a few sponsor activation going on to encourage fans to be more green and energy efficient. We also had a suite at the game to watch the Bulls take on Lebron and the Cavs. My job is pretty great sometimes.

I was home by midday Sunday in time to do the grocery shopping and hang out with Maya and Adam.

It was a whirlwind weekend but a good one!

What did you do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

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Travel Tuesday: Top Trips of 2017

Since I had Maya in January, 2017 wasn’t a huge year for travel, but between work and pleasure I did manage to go on a few quick trips that I thought I would recap here!

Chicago x 3

 

I traveled to Chicago for a friend’s wedding over Memorial Day weekend. This was my first night away from Maya and my first time in Chicago for fun (not work) since 2010 so I tried to make the most of it! I tried my first deep dish pizza (good but still prefer regular thin crust), went to dry bar for a blow out (such a luxury for a new mom) and danced my booty off at the wedding. I returned to Chicago a few other times throughout the year for work and got to experience courtside seats for a Bulls game and go on the field before a White Sox game. Chicago – I love you!

Bethany Beach

Adam, Maya and I joined Adam’s family for a few days at Bethany Beach in September. We had such a good time seeing Maya experience the sand and the ocean and spend quality time with her cousins. With three little ones it was a bit of a zoo in the best possible way. We even made it out for an early dinner at Off the Hook with the whole gang.

London

When the Ravens game in London aligned with my thirtieth birthday weekend, Adam and I couldn’t resist booking a trip for a few days across the pond. I hadn’t been to London since college and Adam had never been so we were excited to explore! We stayed in Paddington near Hyde Park which was a great location. It was super easy to access via train from the airport and we could take the tube with minimal line changes to everywhere we needed to go – including Wembley Stadium for the football game. The Ravens lost (badly) and I got a terrible stomach flu that hit during the flight home (every bit as horrible as you can imagine), but it was still a wonderful trip and was nice to enjoy a few days away just the two of us. Mostly we just walked everywhere – through Hyde Park to Harrod’s, down Portobello Road, and along the Thames around Westminster Abbey, Parliament and Tower Bridge.

South Carolina

For Thanksgiving we made the trip down to Columbia, South Carolina to spend the holiday with my mom’s extended family. We road tripped down with the baby and the dog which was A LOT and ended up spending a night on the road both times. Once we were down there though we had such a great time visiting with family and introducing Maya to all my aunts and cousins. We enjoyed the usual Thanksgiving feast and even got in a few hours of bridge.

New York

Adam and I left Maya with her grandma and squeezed in a night in New York City between Christmas and New Years. We had a great time walking through Bryant Park and exploring Morgan Library. We had an awesome dinner at Gotham Bar and Grill including a cocktail that knocked my socks off, an amazing seafood salad and the best pear soufflé. The next day we walked downtown to City Bakery for the most indulgent hot chocolate and had an awesome ramen lunch at Momosan.