lollapalooza part I

August 10, 2009

I’m back! Hellooooo everyone! Lollapalooza and this whole weekend away has been so much fun and a much needed break but I’m really happy to be home!

I can’t believe that I’m back already – how does time fly so quickly?! The music was so awesome; I heard some amazing bands this weekend and saw some seriously spectacular shows. I also ate some crazy good food which is what you’re all here for, right?! We’ll get to that but I’ll let you know now that this post is definitely going to be a mash up of food and music love – let’s call it “foosic” shall we? Okay, great. Let’s get going!


Let me set the scene for you guys. Dan and I drove up to Chicago together but we were meeting up with our friends Autumn and Tiffany and staying with their friends Christina and Sara who awesomely let us stay at their apartment for the whole weekend even though they’d never met us. They were the coolest girls and we had so much fun hanging out with them. They were also brilliant hosts and fed us beer and food as well as providing us beds – can’t get better than that, right?

After our breakfast of homemade cinnamon bread and Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffees, we headed out to pick up ponchos and other wet weather essentials and then hit Lollapalooza! I munched a Luna Lemon Zest bar en route with the boy and loved it! I think me and Luna really got off on the wrong foot because I’ve loved both of the bars so far (really did not like the choc&pb; cookie though). The creamy layer was delicious and the lemon flavor really had a zing!

The boy and I also shared a Jimmy John’s 8″ Turkey Tom (fresh sliced turkey breast, topped with lettuce, tomato, alfalfa sprouts, and mayo). It was really good but gobbled at a hundred miles an hour in the biggest torrential downpour of all time…hence no pic).

One thing that did not cooperate one bit for us this weekend was the weather. I mean, wow. I really didn’t think through the possibilities of going to a music festival in Chicago in August. It’s hard when you’re buying the ticket in Minnesota May to comprehend heat being a negative thing. Well, heat wasn’t actually a problem Friday because it just poured rain all day and I mean poured. I wish I had a decent picture of just the volume of water coming down, but here’s the next best thing which is me, drenched!

Still happy though, see?! Hell yeahs. We didn’t let the rain dampen our spirits. Dan and I just decided beer was essential to keep us happy campers. That Budweiser Lime stuff was weird though – I should’ve just got the real thing. This was during Ben Folds who was a brilliant antidote to the rain. I was super happy that he played “Kate”. Actually, the first act we saw was Bon Iver. He has the most beautiful voice ever and was such a lovely opening act to see to ease the pain of rain. I highly recommend checking Bon Iver out peeps! He is wonderful.

Next up, we squelched our way over to see some of Crystal Castles, who were nuts. Their vocalist was a crazy lady – she was chugging vodka from the bottle and jumping into the crowd and disappearing a lot!

All of a sudden it was 6.00pm and I was hungers! I was quite impressed with the food on offer at Lollapalooza in terms of vegetarian options. I went veggie for the weekend while I was there since the meat options just looked kind of sketch and unappealing to me. For the record, Dan said all the meat stuff he ate was awesome so there y’are. My first Lolla dinner was a black bean burger pita sandwich:

This was pretty dang yum. The cabbage it came with was really crunchy and fresh and I doused a fair bit of sriracha sauce on top that gave it a proper kick!

Next up was a coffee stop to warm us up since we were soaked from 5+ hours in the torrential rain…

Full of lovely food and coffee, I was ready for the Friday night headliner: Depeche Mode. I was still deciding til the last minute whether to pick Kings of Leon instead as they clashed but I’ve seen those guys before and I decided Depeche Mode was probably someone that would turn out to be more memorable. Plus the others were defo seeing DM.

Best decision! They rocked it hardcore and I loved every minute of their set. They put on such a good show – I mean, the music was amazing but the light show and videos they projected were just so entertaining to watch too. Plus, their lead singer is hardcore! I think he must do pilates or something because the man has killer abs and is about 50 years old! Ha ha,

Friday was super fun. We didn’t let the rain get us down which was key, even though it was seriously pretty miserable! Still, I would say it was my least favorite of the three days since we saw the fewest bands and got drenched in the process. So, we said goodnight to Chicago:

…and headed back to our friends’ apartment in Logan Square to have showers and a beer. I promptly passed out straight afterward!


Ready for a breakfast collage?!

Our amazing hosts made Coconut Cream Pie pancakes for breakfast on Saturday morning! Yeah. That’s what I said: Coconut Cream Pie pancakes. OHMYGOD. They were amazing! They also had this incredible pecan maple syrup which made the whole thing just explode in my mouth. I LOVED them. Had three of the buggers and an extra special vacay-sized iced coffee with skim and sugar from Dunkin’ Donuts. It made me go loopy. I never order larger than a small since caffeine can really affect me so this was kind of hilarious.

En route to the subway, I also ate a banana since brekkie was severely lacking in the protein department. We headed out earlier Saturday since me, Autumn and Tiffany were incredibly over excited about seeing this band called Los Campesinos! We got there an hour before they were due to go on and caught the end of Delta Spirit, who rocked it, before squeezing our way right to the front of the crowd and securing spots for LC’s set. We had to stand for an entire hour in the sweltering heat (92F), surrounded by hundreds of other sweaty people, in the direct sunshine. And I was hungry. Uh oh. That breakfast had very little staying power and it was already almost four hours since I’d eaten. I chugged water to stay hydrated in the heat and humidity and then forgot all my hunger woes during their amazing set! Defo one of my faves of the festival – I LOVE this band! I danced my arse off for the second half of the set (about 30 mins) and was literally pouring sweat; just drenched. There is no greater feeling for me than seeing a band I love live, up close and jumping around and dancing to them. I was so happy!

Afterward the gals were feeling pretty bad so they headed for the shade to recover but I had to meet Dan a mile away on the opposite end of the festival so I trudged off and by the time I reached him I actually couldn’t really form sentences, I was so weak and dizzy with heat and hunger. Bad news, right? I just told him I needed food and water asap and of course he took care of me, steering me towards the trusty veggie stand from the night before to get this:

This time it was falafel with oodles of hummus and even better than the black bean burger (maybe because I was so starved?)

It is pretty crazy how quickly this made me feel better! I sat down in the shade and munched it down, chugged some water and before I knew it, I was ready for this:

I am silly. This wasn’t just a watermelon slice, it was like a quarter and it was mahooosive! I shared it with the boy and managed to actually get a tummy ache from eating so much of it.

Anyway, so the whole almost passing out from heatstroke and not eating enough thing was not a positive experience but seeing Los Campesinos! rock out was honestly worth it and I recovered super fast, to the point where twenty minutes later I was supping some vodka and sprite with my boo and laying back to watch Arctic Monkeys who happen to hail from Sheffield, where I went to university in England! Yay for local boys making good!

This field had been empty when we arrived for the first band and completely packed out later in the day. People were getting their drank on to the max and we loved having a lazy couple hours soaking up the atmosphere.

We saw this weirdness:

And this:

After some more vodka sipping and watching Santigold and TV on the Radio (awesome – wish I had been more alive) we realised we were getting a wee bit sleepy so we hit up the food stands and I found a new veggie delight:

This was called The Benevolent Burrito and it contained brown rice, sweet potato, black beans, guacamole, sweetcorn and salad in a wholewheat tortilla. Hands down, best savory festival food I had all weekend! It filled me up, was healthy and delicious! Check, check and check!

Then I was ready for Yeah Yeah Yeahs! Wooooooo! They were awesome! I have such a girl crush on Karen O…man. I wish I got some better photos but this was the best I could come up with. Yep, she came on stage wearing a gigantic bird/feather affair complete with head dress, mad leggings and crazy shoes. I love her. They played such an amazing show.

Then us and 100,000 friends headed into the Chicago streets to get the subway a taxi home.

I’ll be back with Part Two of this mammoth Lollapalooza recap tomorrow but I think that’s quite enough to keep you going for now! Sunday was by far the best day of the weekend and there were loads and loads of good eats so make sure you check back tomorrow!

What one thing did you do this weekend that made you happy?

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Caroline August 10, 2009 at 10:59 pm

One of many things that made me happy this weekend was being able to chill by Lake Michigan and watch the dogs play in the water. The lake is one of my fave things about Chicago.
Saturday was killer hot in Chicago, no? I felt like I was at home in Alabama. Anyway, those coconut creme pancakes sound heavenly!!


Alison August 11, 2009 at 5:04 am

What a great recap! I felt like we were right there with you. Coconut cream pie pancakes?? That sounds like one of the best pancake creations of all time.

Can't wait for Part II, welcome home!


Peanut Butter Swirl August 11, 2009 at 7:31 am

holy smokes it sure does look like you had a great trip. Mmm homemad bread, black bean burger and falafel (new obsession of mine haha) = one great weekend!


iowagirleats August 11, 2009 at 7:56 am

Awesome recap!! I really want to go to Lollapalooza some year…looks like soooo much fun!


Holly August 11, 2009 at 9:23 am

ahhhhhhhh….i feel like i haven't seen you in forever! is that creepy? haha, sort of.

looks like a BLAST! i heart all those bands (esp. Yeah Yeah Yeah's & ben folds) and i heart those pink sunglasses. uber-fun! i am sooo glad you had such a good time, and i can't wait for the rest of the recap!

eats = amazing. all those veggies eats are bangin – esp that burrito with the beans and sweet potato. yummmmmmmmm! the beer and drinks don't look so bad either…

hope you are having a lovely day back at work dear – phone date soon? we need to catch-up!!!

what made me happy this weekend…joining the local co-op and getting a bunch of coupons for free stuff at the coop…score!


Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) August 11, 2009 at 9:53 am

Those falafels are making me drool…I've yet to try them, but need to *soon*!!

One thing I did that made me happy this weekend was playing frisbee golf with my brother and a friend. So much fun, and it was nice getting away from a full day of homework. :)

Looks like you're having so much fun! :D


Janetha August 11, 2009 at 10:52 am

i was going to email you a POST A BLOG POST email this morning because i wanted to hear from you! but alas, you did, so all is well :)

foosic, lovely.. because "mood" is already a word. although foosic may put you in a good mood!

i have never tried lemon luna or jimmy johns but both are now on the list. oh of course it was going to rain on your parade, that is how mother nature works!

hate bud lime. hate it. it tastes like dish soap to me. love ben folds! saw him in london actually. crystal castles chick does sound super gnarly.

that black bean pita does look pretty amazing for music fest food, i am impressed. cock sauce also is the perfect addition to anything. nice ghostly coffee hand!

bummer that KOL clashed with DM, i havent seen either so i would have had a hard, hard time picking! DM is an all time classic though.

your hosts sound fabulous! coconut cream pie pancakes? are the foodies? do they have blogs? haha! crazy how it went from rainy to 92 degrees and sweltering! and i totally agree about dancing to live music when it is a band you love. i am a total show junkie.

wow the music festival grounds musta been HUGE to walk a mile to see dan! i hope he met you part way ;) THEY HAD HUMMUS?! well hot damn, that is the ticket. haha that melon wedge is heeeeuge! and i love the shades!! super dope.

that burrito looks delllish. good call. i love the yeahs. and the headdress.

ohhh i cant wait for part 2!

longest comment award goes to me, but that is only due to your pop-out comment screen and i comment as i read and it is basically my favorite way to read blogs so i love you for it, among many other reasons!

this past weekend was good because i went wakeboarding and camping! :D

xo glad you are back!!!!


Christina- MINDFUL LIVING August 11, 2009 at 11:15 am

WOWZERS- long post! In order to properly comment on this post I must make a list haha:
(1) is that bud light lime in the can? I never saw it in a can. But then again I am not much of a drinker at all but this summer I had bud light lime for the first time and let me tell you this is the first beer that I truly and sincerely enjoyed. So refreshing! Too bad you didn’t like it as much as I do haha
(2) good idea about going veggie for the weekend there- I would have done the same!
(3) coconut crème pie pancakes!!?? I thought I hated coconut until I had the larabar flavor and realized that I do not hate coconut at all- its actually really good!
(4) Cute watermelon smile! Haha- I get tummy aches all of the time from eating too much at that stuff- they must put some type of addictive substance in it
(5) One thing I did this weekend that made me happy? I ran in a 10 mile island run on the beach (well 7 was and 3 was on the boardwalk) and did the best I ever have done in that run! 1:17 with 7:46 splits. And then scarfed down some good eats with my whole family- always a plus to running a race


heyitstay August 11, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Awww looks like you had a FABULOUS time!! I love your watermelon smile :-D

This weekend my sis & I went to San Fran for the Giants game. Tons of fun!!


Erin August 11, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Fabulous recap girlfriend. I love Depeche Mode, and yeh, they're ancient by now, lol!


Michelle August 11, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Sounds like an awesome weekend, minus the almost heat stroke and lack of food. That burrito looks great! Can't wait to hear part 2!


Mia {runs and rests} August 11, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Great recap! :D
Gahhh, wish I were there to soak up all that awesome muzzzak and food! You have the best hosts – creamy coconut pancakes? I think I'm gonna make myself some today.
Can't wait to read Part 2!


april August 11, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Love the pictures! That watermelon slice is huge! You must have gotten really hydrated! :)


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