Summers in Chicago are the days that I long for. Hot sun on my skin. The sun and I have a very special relationship. I swear every time that I am out with the sun beaming down on me, I can feel myself getting full of energy and life. I know, that sounds a bit dramatic, but I swear it’s true. LOL

Lately in Chicago, our hot days are taking longer to get here. We are currently in the middle of April and still SNOWING! Needless to say, I am really missing summer days right now. Hopefully, soon, we will see them again. Until then, here is a blast from the past post:

This summer in Chicago has not been the hottest. I don’t know what is happening with the weather lately, but it has been all over the place. Chicago has days where it begins cloudy, starts storming in the afternoon and by evening its nice and sunny and hot. So, having a whole day of heat and sun is really a luxury now. Luckily, the other day we had one of these days so Kat & I decided to have a picnic out by our neighborhood park. It was such a relaxing way to have lunch together. I wish we would have done more of it during the summer, but seeing as we have very little summer left we might not get another chance at a picnic this year. At least we have something to look forward to next summer. We ended up having some Banh Mi, mine was from a store and Kat decided to make her own. We also got a mango smoothie and some salad. It all turned out to be extremely good! The Air & Water show was on this day also and living so close to the lake, we got to see and hear the planes.

Some Great Food & Great Company!

Who knew eating with your hands cold be so much fun & amazing! I have only eaten Ethiopian food once before -years back when my dad worked in DC & we visited him. Internet people, if you guys have never had Ethiopian food, go out today and get you some!

A few friends of ours decided to go on a triple date & went to Ethiopian Diamond & it was so good! At first the menu looks a bit intimidating because I had no idea what anything was. Luckily everyone order something different and everyone enjoyed their food, which tells me that everything on their menu is delicious!

Honestly I think I was most excited about eating with my hands! I love trying new foods and feel especially like a winner when said new foods taste amazing as well!

one of the desserts, so chocolaty and yummy!

Deep Dish Heaven

A little known fact about Kat & I, we do not eat any dairy! How can this be? Everything has dairy when you grow up Mexican! Cheese! Sour Cream! I know I know! I thought she was crazy too when she told me she didn’t eat it. But, after a few months, I noticed a difference in not eating it; how bloated I was because of the dairy, and how it affected my mood.

Almost four years later- and we still don’t eat it. Once in a while, when it is in desserts or if someone cooks with it, we will have some. But usually it is not in our diet. At first it was very hard, believe me. But after eating like this for years it has gotten easier and actually I’ve learned that there is still plenty of foods I can eat and still enjoy. How else do you think I’ve been able to keep my plump figure? 🙂

One place that we found to be an amazing place for vegan food is Kitchen 17! On Wednesdays they have the deep dish pizza special, and let me tell you it is so delicious that I don’t even feel like I am missing out on Chicago style deep dish! We ordered the fully loaded and I swear I was in food heaven! If you want to see how awesome vegan food can be, go here!

As you can see we basically killed this deep dish, just us two!

& of course I had to try out the awesome vegan chocolate brownie! I love trying vegan desserts at restaurants because it reaffirms that vegan doesn’t mean nasty. Yes, both were very yummy!