take me home

August 12, 2009

#Country rooooooads, take me hooooome,
To the plaaaaace I belooooong….#

Yep. I just sang John Denver to you. You’ll recover, I promise. I couldn’t even fit the end of our Chicago extravaganza on yesterday’s post since I was already writing a complete essay. So, here I am ready to fill you in on the last of my adventures!

We tried to start off early so as not to get home super late, which ended up meaning we left at 10:00am and then decided to stop for breakfast. We reasoned that it was better to fill up on good food at the start than to get hungry later when only Maccy D’s was available.

We headed to this place called caffe De Luca, where Sara (our host) used to work. It was super cute:

The inside was gorge too:

I love all the little details. I didn’t get a picture, but there was also faux laundry hanging from the ceiling. Weird. But cool.

Dan and I ordered up some grub to share – I love that we can do that! You get the best of both worlds. We ordered the Breakfast Burrito:

Scrambled eggs, tomatos, onions, cheddar cheese, jalapeno peppers, avocado, refried beans, served with roasted potatoes, and house made ranchero sauce.

Um. Yum! When I reached the avocado/refried bean bites I was in heaven.

Those roasted potatoes were bomb too with the salsa. I had to restrain myself from eating more than my half!

Now get ready for the creme de la creme, peeps. I am salivating at the memory of this plate of wonderment:

French Toast De Luca: Topped with mascarpone and berries.

Yeah. This was incredible! Best. French Toast. Ever. Hands down. Back flips round the block. Hula hoops and high fives all round. I nearly peed my pants.

The mascarpone was out of this world in its creamy, gooeyness. That picture made it look like a measly amount but there was enough to smother over the whole lot of toast and it was aces. The French Toast itself was just gorgeous as well – perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Dan and I couldn’t get over this stuff and I did briefly consider moving to Chicago permanently for this alone.

And then we hit the road and made it back in 8 hours. And now we’re home. And I need sleep…

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platipus329 August 12, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Haha, cheetos are definitely my weakness too.

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Michelle August 12, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Oh my gosh, best breakfast ever!

What 10 mile race are you training for?

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janetha August 12, 2009 at 8:30 pm

oh my god i love that song! haha i love that you posted that! it is so much fun to sing as a group.

haha, you calling it maccy d's reminds me of my aussie boys, they call it mackers. that cafe is adorable! and i love getting two dishes and splitting them. only problemo is marshall hates seafood and mushrooms so if i want either of those he wont do it! gahhh i am drooling, literally my mouth started to salivate at that french toast!!!!! haha i love the way you described it also, worth moving for! that is big.

i LOVE oreo shakes! LOVE! it is what i always get. oh um yeah subway would be much better with hummus and guac! although mine does have avocado usually.

cant wait to see the new place, your 10 mile race is when again? is it soon?

i think you did a fabulous job of eating on the road and on vacation! you are a fab foodie and know what is best for that mouth of yours.

loves!!

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mamasweeds August 12, 2009 at 8:46 pm

I think you did fab eating on your trip! You got to enjoy a bunch of tasty stuff, had a lot of fun, even a few cheetos are ok. ;) Can't wait to hear more about your 10 mile race. As much as I love traveling, there's always something so nice about coming home and getting back into the swing of things.

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burpandslurp August 12, 2009 at 9:51 pm

oh my God that breakfast is killing me. It looks too delicious for words!
And hahah! That's my dad's fav song! He sings it all the time when we go walking or something.
Best of luck on your 10 mile race!

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heyitstay August 12, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Gaaah I am a HUGE French toast fan and I can't even imagine how tasty those must have been! And yes yes to the oreo cookie shake. Best flavor by far.

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Mia {runs and rests} August 12, 2009 at 11:07 pm

OMG, that burrito looks insane!!! I want that right now. Gahhh, avocadoes make me crazy. Hahaha.
Loved your foosic recap. So much fun!

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Caroline August 12, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Is there anything better than a plate full of French toast? I think not.
I am so with you on the Subway hummus train (subway? train? I think I am mixing metaphors or something). Anyway, we should so launch a nationwide campaign.

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Cait (Cait's Plate) August 13, 2009 at 10:28 am

Oh my gosh I am SALIVATING over that breakfast! I love cute little places like that…especially when they serve freaking AWESOME food! Since I'm not anywhere near chicago I think I'm going to have to try to recreate that wrap on my own. It sounds SO GOOD!

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Erica August 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm

ahhh another amazing breakfast! That breakfast burrito looks out of control awesome. Glad you made it home safe. I think its fabulous that you're running a 10 mile race- I would love to train for that distance! A half marathon is still a little intimidating to me!

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healthyfitmama August 13, 2009 at 2:52 pm

That French Toast looks heavenly! And I totally agree – hummus and guacamole at Subway would be great!

Good luck training for your race. I would love to get into running…

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Holly August 13, 2009 at 3:58 pm

french toast = my #2 fave food ever. soooooooo good.

glad you had such a fab trip my dear and yay for finally catching up with ya last night! guess what? my new comp came, so expect a monster post tonight (hint, hint all you eating for england + healthy everythingtarian readers, haha). your readers get the heads up :)

much love to you – can't wait for sunday! woooowooooo!

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Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) August 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Glad to hear you're with me on the guacamole/hummus thing. I think subways needs to seriously consider it. :D

Welcome back and YAY for 10-mile races! Can't wait to hear about your training… :D

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Susan August 13, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I'm so with you, Subway NEEDS to get with the times and jump on the hummus bandwagon!! I might actually purposely go there if they did that!

Looks like you had a stellar trip! I'm only slightly jealous :P

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Anne August 13, 2009 at 11:16 pm

That breakfast place looks fantastic! Especially that French toast. Mmmm! And a 10 mile race sounds fun :D

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Thinspired August 17, 2009 at 4:18 am

Haha, it's ok, I'm a closet John Denver fan ;) Reminds me of my daddy.
I didn't know you are training for a 10M race! That is awesome. Your 10K time was great so I'm sure you'll rock it!

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