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I went shopping while hungry. And not just to the grocery store -- to Trader Joe's! I wound up setting a record (I think) for money spent there. Some of it was what I'd actually come in for (tea, peppermint Joe-Joes), some of it was pantry-restocking (shelf-stable Indian food, instant noodle bowls), and some was holiday-related (gingerbread mix, yeast) but a substantial amount was just impulsive self-indulgence.

Ah, well. I haven't been grocery shopping in three weeks. This should keep me for a while.

I was inspired by the chopped salad at the Westin Lombard to try making my own. This involves Romaine lettuce, green onions, gorgonzola, avocado, pancetta, chopped tomato, and chicken breast, mixed with a slightly sweet herbed oil and vinegar dressing. I'll be trying it tomorrow. I couldn't find a suitable dressing at TJ's so I may try making my own version of that, too.

As for the rest of Chicago TARDIS, I'll talk about that later. Suffice it for now to say that I met whochick, who is charming, and -- just in passing -- spastasmagoria, who I'd been listening to in author sessions and thinking seemed like she'd be a fun person to have as a friend. I was delighted to discover I already knew her! (even though we didn't have time to do more than say hello!)

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kalleah
Dec. 5th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
That salad sounds divine. Yum.
np_complete
Dec. 6th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
The original salad was very good. I ordered it twice while I was there.
np_complete
Dec. 7th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Now that I've made the salad, I definitely recommend it. Roughly equal amounts of everything except for the pancetta (less) and chicken (more), and lots of lettuce chopped into fairly small pieces. I used a plain vinaigrette with garlic and it was delicious.
whochick
Dec. 5th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
I'm just so sorry that we didn't get to sit down and have a good chat! Things seemed so hectic on Saturday/Sunday :)
np_complete
Dec. 6th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Things seemed so hectic on Saturday/Sunday :)

Yes; there was so much going on on Saturday! And on Sunday I left pretty much as soon as I was up and dressed, due to the dire predictions about weather. It took me 2.5 hours more to get home than it took me to get there!

I was wondering how the weather would affect your flight home -- was it delayed at all?
whochick
Dec. 10th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
A lot of planes got delayed out of O'Hare ... I was just lucky that my plane left late enough on the Monday that most of the snow could be cleared.
irishaithne
Dec. 19th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Just catching up on my day off (the only one I've had since Thanksgiving :p) and had to say:

Trader Joe's is DANGEROUS!!! There are far too many yummy things there! And whatever you do, don't start looking at the Trader Joe's cookbook...you'll never stop cooking things from it!
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