Friday, December 12, 2008

Running Mad in Chicago...Christmas

I really wanted to start this blog before Christmas.  It is one of my favorite times of year, and I love to share my excitement.  But then the busyness of the season began, so here are the highlights of December...

I kicked off December with an excursion downtown to a new favorite restaurant, Milk&Honey Café and then to the Holiday Renegade Craft Fair with two friends.  I had Orange Brioche French Toast on my mind.  Just saying it makes my mouth water.  It was so light with just a hint of orange flavor.  Delightful.
Later in the week I took the train downtown with a friend to see the Christkindlemarket in Daley Plaza.  Apparently it is quite authentic and comparable to real German markets.  I wouldn't know.  This was only my second year to go down.  Something about it reminds me of Grandpa and Grandma Burnson.  They have a lot of those wooden windmills like the one on GP&GM's coffee table--the ones you light a candle under and hope it doesn't go up in flames watch it spin and the people go 'round.  I used to love that.  They also have a lot of beer steins like the ones in GP's study.  I think they would enjoy this market.

In true Chicago fashion, it was so cold! And windy!  Thankfully we both remembered to buy HotHands * this year, which kept our hands nice and toasty.  The rest of my body was pretty numb though.  After we finished at the market, we went a few blocks away to look at the windows at Macy's.  It was fun to see them, but by that time we were freezing and they weren't good enough to stand around and look at.  We hurried back to the station, of course stopping to get a hot chocolate from Starbucks on the way.

Well, I'll stop here for now.  Hopefully pictures will come with this.  I don't think I am doing it right though.

Merry Christmas!

*Check this link, tell me what you think 'body areas' are...


  1. I checked out your links to the bazaars, or craft fairs.....I think I would very much enjoy visiting these places..and having lunch at the cafe.

  2. I really enjoyed reading this and get a sense of what your area is like. I've never been there and you write very well! Keep it up!