Dine, Play

It’s Fall Y’all

Ok, the title is a joke. I wouldn’t ACTUALLY say that out loud….or would I?

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Last month I had the chance to go to the Windy City for the first time. The majority of my time was spent inside the lovely JW Marriott hotel, but I did get a chance to get out and experience just a bit of Chi-Town.

On Sunday morning, I headed out to grab an acai bowl and energy shot.  Then, made my way to Chicago Riverwalk to scarf it all down.


Fuel with a view.

I went back to the hotel for a bit and then went back out to see The Bean (duh) and walk around some more.

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You are all in my way.


“I’m sailing!”

And then, of course, had to go and get a coconut gelato filled ice cream sandwich…


I am still dreaming about this. 

The weekend after, it was my friend, Anna’s, birthday.  She loves pizza. I mean who doesn’t love pizza, but she REALLY loves pizza.  I knew I had to get her a pizza float to use at her brand new pool.  Also, I was able to put my gumball machine and donut floats to use.  I recently bought them on sale at Toys ‘R Us and I know Randall thought I would NEVER use them.  Don’t worry, he has every right to think that.  I buy a lot of random crap that I never use. Ugh. I am working on it.

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My kinda Saturday. 

The first weekend in October, I was in Clearwater. A friend told me about swah-rey in St. Petersburg. As soon as I read, “enjoy life by eating dessert” on their main page, I knew that was how I would be spending my wild Saturday night alone.

They have Minis for $1 which is basically my dessert dream. Making decisions can be so so hard.  And here, the only decision I had to make was when I was going to cut myself off from ordering more Minis.  I tried… get ready. Miss Scarlet’s Red Velvet, Chocolate Salted Caramel, Carrot, Peanut Butter Chocolate and the “S’Mores Bar”.


Not pictured :: PB Chocolate and another one that I can’t remember eating. 

You can also order them like this over a beverage (wine, beer, milk, etc.)


So cute!

Seriously though, check out their menu… or if you live in the area or will ever be in the area you MUST go.

Next up.  My Nutella donut from Dough Doughnuts in NYC.

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The doughnuts here are HUGE.  This one was relatively small compared to their other doughnuts.  That’s why I got this one. Wanted to save some calories. HA – yeah right! I know it may not seem like it, but I am very picky about doughnuts. Actually, I am picky about all sweets.  It better be DANG good to be worth the calories.  This one was so worth it. I basically licked my plate and then wept as I walked down the street wanting five more.

A few Sundays ago I went to the Latin American Festival with my parents. The weather was absolutely perfect for an outdoor event. We spent some time there and then went to the Autumn Treasures Festival in Waxhaw.  Slightly different events, but had a great time at both.  I traded in my complimentary tequila cocktails for barbeque and soft serve ice cream!


Cake batter dipped vanilla ice cream cone. Translation :: The outside is a hard shell that is cake batter flavored. 

Speaking of cake batter… I did not have any birthday cake on my birthday because I was really sick Saturday-Tuesday, slightly sick Wednesday-Friday and then finally back to 100% on Saturday.  Thank YOU all for all the birthday messages – so appreciated. ❤  I’ll let you know about my birthday trip next time 😉

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