lollapalooza part II

August 11, 2009

You people are voracious! I turned on my Reader last night and promptly slammed my laptop shut and walked away – almost 300 posts to catch up on! Do you not rest? I go away for a measly weekend and this is what I get? I will be slowly catching up with all of your lovely blogs but please forgive my lack of commenting over the last few days but rest assured I will be reading as much as possible – I’ve missed you guys!

Now – back to Lollapalooza. Ahhhh Sunday – the best day by far! It had the potential to be a complete fail since the weather forecast was for a high of 98F and crazy town humidity. We were flat-out scared, especially considering the day before. You know what though? It was ok! I think because we were so prepared for the worst, we actually beat the weather! HA! Take that, atmosphere!

Breakfast was had at a cool little spot in Chiacgo called the Flying Saucer.

One of the things I hate about being away or being part of a group is that I can’t always eat when I want to. I woke up starving on Sunday but of course had to wait for everyone else to get ready and it was midday before we ate breakfast! This made Angharad not a happy girl! Ha ha.

As soon as we got there I ordered this delight (becoming obsessed with the iced coffees much?)

I liked this sign and the ethos behind it:

Sadly, since it was 97 degrees and humid out and we were about to spend the day in it, I did indeed order myself up some agua. There were lots of yummy options on the menu and I ordered the Flying Breakfast Bowl which was basically brown rice topped with black beans, two eggs (I had ’em poached), chihuahua cheese, sour cream and pico de gallo, served with three small warm corn tortillas. I meant to add organic steak to the mix but I got flustered when I was ordering cos our waitress was rude and I forgot :(

The food was good but mine was definitely a bit plain without any add-ins. Dan basically had mine plus tofu, and veggies galore – I was jealous but this was still pretty delish:

Dan and I posed it up for some cheesy photos:


After our lovely brekkie trip we jumped on the subway to the festival site and so began the awesomeness! Autumn and Tiffany were feeling the heat and headed to spend the day in the shade (smart ladies) but Dan I were ready to go!

We headed to see Bat for Lashes. This lady is a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I was stunned that her voice is as good live as on the record. Check out the song “Daniel” if you’re interested in her. Seriously though, how she was not dripping sweat in this outfit I will never know!

This was by far the hottest point in the day. I was soaked. I know, that’s gross, but it’s true! The sun was beating down, it was so humid and it was like 96 degrees. We were cookin’.

I think the way we beat the heat though was simple: we chugged gallons of water all day and we ate on the serious regular – gotta keep that salt up!

We watched Kaiser Chiefs, a British band and had a nice sing-a-long while getting a lovely drenching from the Fire Dept’s giant water hose/fan.

Then we made our way straight to the dance stage to see The Hood Internet and they were also absolutely smashing. They are a DJ duo who play amazing mash ups, like “American Boy” by Estelle mixed with “Shut Up” by the Ting Tings. Check em out if you like that kind of thing. This was the crowd at the DJ stage:

It went back way further than that and remember it was 95+ degrees, super humid and everyone was dancing their behinds off – we definitely were. It was sweaty and roc

After about half an hour of dance-dance-dance craziness we decided to cut out while we were ahead and get some “lunch” (at about 4.00pm) for which we headed back to the burrito place and got this:
Please excuse my gormless face, I think I was talking…

Spinach Quesadilla – filled with spin and cheese with sour cream, guac and salsa on the side

Dan and I shared the quesadilla and it was just okay – nothing amazing and it cost $7!! That’s festivals for you though. We more than made up for it by getting this for dessert:

That would be one pot of amazing. Look how happy I was!

Thank goodness for finding the Starfruit stand! I’ve never had this or heard of it before but it was incredible! Honestly, if you live in Chicago, find this place and get a frozen kefir! I’ve never had froyo (I know) but this tasted like creamy, frozen, ice cream-like delight. We got an original frozen kefir and added fresh raspberries. Here’s what their Web site says:

“Starfruit comes from a galaxy of low-fat smoothies, frozen treats and yummy parfaits. It is made with creamy Kefir which has ten live “probiotic” cultures instead of the two or three typically found in yogurt.”

AND I just looked at the nutrition info and the cup you see in the photo had about 150 calories! It honestly tasted amazing – I had no idea I was eating anything but a massive indulgence until just now! YUM.

This is Dan and I after finishing the Starfruit (haha):

After this we walked back to find our friends under the tree and sat down to watch Vampire Weekend. It was way too crowded to try and get up close for them so we took the chance to sit down and have a rest from all our running around!

Suddenly it was time for us to make our way over to our headliner for the evening, Band of Horses. None of us was too interested in the actual headliners Sunday night, so we decided to make these our final shows and then head out to beat the crowds.

Dan and I were hungry again already, since we shared lunch, so we bought a chicken kebab (oops, guess I was wrong about being entirely veggie at the festival!):

It was pretty banging – that cucumber sauce rocked it.

Band of Horses
is a band I was so pumped about seeing – they are awesome! So, I was super happy this got to be my finale band! They absolutely rocked out!

The crowd were so pumped for them and really into the show which made it ten times better and their front man was just such a good entertainer; so upbeat and into it. Loved it.

Here’s the crowd waiting for them:

And here’s the crowd loving them:

Ahhhh!!! I loved every minute of Sunday – it was definitely a massive 2009 highlight for me!

This is way too long again to even get into Sunday night, let alone the road trip home, which featured some more crazy great food! I’ll have to have a catch up post soon!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my Lollapalooza “foo-sic” coverage! It was seriously a brilliant weekend and I am so glad we went. Good friends, good music, good food and tons of fun had – can’t get any better!

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