Well this was our last night in Chicago and after the Museum we decided to go hit up the Navy Pier and check out some sights around Chicago. We still had a couple hours of daylight so captured some cool photos during that time. Then we ended up eating some authentic Chicago pizza which happened to be gluten free and ended the night at Cherise.
Day two of Chicago was just as dope as day 1, we decided to venture out of our hotel and find some place to grab breakfast. I found on Yelp a super awesome spot called “Do-Rite Donuts” that had gluten free donuts. We walked 0.4 miles and was the smallest NYC looking type of place but sure enough had the most amazing assortment of donuts I’ve ever seen. Also the gluten free ones were yes the best gluten-free donuts I’ve ever had. If not the best gluten free of anything I’ve ever had.
Then we were off to the Museum of Science+Industry which happens to be an old World’s Fair site from 1893 that is still standing and a monument to behold. Didn’t even realize it until I left.
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Found an excellent deal on some tickets to Chicago for the weekend so said let’s do this. Only downside was the whole media hype on “crime”, however turned out to be the opposite of the local Chicago scene.
So I used Hotel Tonight app to find us a hotel for the two nights, usually my deal is book flights way in advance and wait till last minute for hotels. Unless I know there’s a convention going down or something that will make the prices rise. Hotel Tonight is great at finding awesome deals, I found Richard Bransons Hotel Virgin for a decent price and said let’s do it. It’s also a top rated hotel in downtown Chicago.
So our next stop is Birmingham, Alabama and we had a quick layover in Chicago so here are some snaps of our grub sesh at Harry Carey’s there which is pretty much a bullshit wanna be gluten free restaurant.
So we wanted a sit down restaurant to grub for our 2 hour layover, got right into Harry Carays after 5 minutes. Staff was excellent but the only reason we ate here was because their menu said “Gluten-Free Menu Available” which I asked for once we waited for 5 minutes and sat down, then our server informed us they have not printed new ones.
I emailed their main management and will let YELP people know this place is no longer gluten-free friendly and has a menu that is clearly dated. The 3 stars however is for their burger (no bun) with cheese, pickles, lettuce, bacon and french fries are excellent. The quality of beef and service here make this place worthy if you are not gluten-free or chose the no bun option on a burger. Anyways, hit read more to check out our hotel views, and a stop at the local Zoo… DOH!?! We also hit up a badass coffee and pop shop.
After our journey to Rochester, MN we caught a flight to Harrisburg, PA which is a 15 minute drive from Hershey, PA. Our connection was in Chicago, IL and we missed our connection due to de-icing of our plane, had to wait for over 4 hours in the airport for the next flight out to Harrisburg, once there we rented a car and drove to Hershey, PA. BAM
Layover Lunch at Tuscany Cafe (Chicago Airport)
Taking a trip around the Northeast U.S. and starting off visiting the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
First stop is Houston Hobby airport… currently waiting for our flight. Update: Ended up having 2 connections due to a storm so ended up in Dallas Airport and grubbing down at La Madelines (boo for not having gluten free bread). Maybe one day they will become a hybrid french restaurant.
Soon as we landed in Chicago had to find a place to get a real Chicago dag and had one at O’Brien’s, of course no bread but the relish and dog with lettuce and ketchup ended up just fine and served my craving. Then flew from there into Rochester MN airport which is hello 1974, it’s like a blast from the past airport but cool none the less and serves it’s purpose. I’ll start day 2 off down the post because day 1 was basically flying, eating, flying, eating, and then sleeping. The grub along the way throughout the different airports is definitely increasing in quality and more food choices are becoming the norm!
Day 2: Arrived in Rochester, MN. SNOW!
Woke up to a winter wonderland of snow on the ground, about 1-2″ and being from Texas you don’t beat that! Even though I had the window open and the AC on full blast I still wasn’t cold enough (ha). Had to pick up the YELP app to try and find a decent restaurant in this town that is basically a medical hub with the Mayo clinic.
I first tried some Caribou coffee that was located in my hotel and it was all hopped up on mountain dew, damn that shit got me going. Having never had this brand before and staying in the Kahler Inn and Suites I had to give it a shot. Hands down I’d pick this over Starbucks any day of the week, their employees are super friendly, helpful and the coffee is just as strong as Starbucks and has better flare and appearance to their stores. Every employee I’ve encountered also has their hair dyed either pink or blue, not sure, but it’s pretty cool. Caribou also sells really elite paraphernalia within their brand.
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