A Very Windy Chicago Weekend

What can I say, going to Chicago is almost like a natural instinct now. My dear friend Munirah and I ventured out to the windy city for a vacation. Instead we were greeted by mounds of snow in a silent, white city. Nevertheless, we trolled bravely through the bad weather and managed a few photographs. More on their way!

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Winter So Far

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Experimenting with my Minolta lens.

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At an Italian restaurant in Detroit. I don’t like red wine, a couple of men at the bar kept buying my friend and I glasses of random alcohol.

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Christmas Cooking – No bake cheesecake (my own personal recipe)

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Christmas dinner hosted by my dear friend Mercy and I…

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People say my cheesecake is “to die for” ;)!

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Holiday lights outside a restaurant in Detroit. I visited the city a few weeks ago.

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Rosary on my friend’s car. Literally “Jesus take the wheel!” :)

 

 

A Wrap Up On Fall

The colors have vanished from the trees and it’s Thanksgiving break! My chicken’s brining in the fridge, the buttermilk is ready to do it’s job and the cheddar is all grated for the biscuits. I suppose it’s a good time to wrap up on some amazing colors of the season I so deeply adore.

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Midwest Cruising – The Buckeye State

A friend of mine recently moved to Ohio, and I packed my bags and paid a visit to what I would say is a prettier version of Indiana!

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Average coffee, but very hip setting. The sitting area blew my mind.

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Possibly the best burger I have had in some time now. Juicy, flavorful, well-cooked, balanced. What more could you ask for?!

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It’s always sunny in Ohio. Well, maybe not, but the weather felt much clearer.

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I have a certain love for relics, and this lamp qualifies. HAHA.

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From the “deck” of the coffee shop. Wooden floors, my favorite season, and a quiet evening. Nirvana.

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I just had to.

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TADA! The seating area is a wooden deck overlooking a creek. So beautiful, and unlike our local Wabash river in Indiana, the water does not smell, although it is murky.

Midwest Cruising – Chicago and The Windmills

This past weekend, I was blessed with a long weekend aka Fall break. While I did cram in to my books for the first good half of it, I decided to venture out and about on Monday and Tuesday. First stop? Chicago, of course. I grabbed a dear friend of mine, told her to charge her camera and flock away with me. We rolled in some bushes and eventually tumbled in to the windy city. Made it back alive. I’m not an experienced driver, so yes city traffic pushes me to the edge, and it is always an accomplishment to come back in one piece (with no vehicle damage either) HAHA!

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The windmills are a short drive from Purdue on the way to Chicago and are nestled amongst endless fields of soy beans.

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We made it to the city just on time for some vibrant sunset colors on the sky. Fortunately for us the weather was quite clear. Photo taken at ISO 200, f/4.5

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Chicago’s skyline is best seen from Adler Planitarium, especially at night. We fiddled around with our cameras for a while around here. Photo taken at ISO 200, f/25 and 30 sec exposure time.

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The Wrigley building is really beautiful at night. f/22 , ISO 200 , exposure time 30 sec

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Ihad developed quite an aversion to pretzel buns after eating at Kuma’s. However, Lockdown Bar and Grill was quite a treat. The burger was well-cooked, well-seasoned… and the cheese! UMMM! I think gorgonzola is my new favorite cheese. It goes so well on burgers!

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It felt great to finally be able to photograph the windmills!

Chicago – A mid August weekend

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The Navy pier at Chicago has a $6 ferris wheel ride which gives breath taking views of the city…

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Tickets for the ferris wheel. Everybody get their windy city on!

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the view of the city from the ferris wheel. I feel I take more photos of the windy city than I do of my home town haha!

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Beautiful purple blooms and the John Hancock tower standing proud in the background!

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You have GOT to try Chicago’s deep dish style pizza while you’re visiting. Pizzeria Uno makes it the best. My favorite one is Four cheese and Pesto!

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Drinks run pretty expensive in the windy city. It’s a good idea to drink at home before hitting the bars.

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The view from my friend’s apartment was SICK. That’s Willis tower in the background!

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Night-time view from the bedroom. Absolutely stunning!

Vegetation

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Meet mom and dad’s miniature fruit orchard…

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Fly like a flower, sting like a chili…

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Local variety of cacti

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Bottle brush my soul, I love it’s red flowers, now dead!

My parents are growing vineyard California red grapes in their backyard...

My parents are growing vineyard California red grapes in their backyard…