I’ve mentioned before that I was born in Chicagoland. I lived there until I was 12, which surprises most people. Actually, I think the part that surprises people is that I lived in Illinois for 12 years, and Wisconsin for 8. Because of my intense love for Wisconsin, I think most people assume I was born and raised in the great dairy state. [THS fun fact: I’ve also lived in Louisiana and Texas, before moving to New York.]
When I decided that I for sure would be attending Healthy Living Summit, I knew that my trip to Chicago was going to be extra special. A lot of my extended family lives in the greater Chicago area, and knowing I had an afternoon free before the Summit officially started, I contacted this lovely lady, my cousin, Micki.
And by cousin, I mean my first cousin once removed – this means she is actually my mother’s first cousin. [growing up this was always a struggle to remember what the removed explained, but since the wonders of the internet, I have come to rely on this wikipedia page often to help explain it to others.]
When we still lived in Illinois, and Micki was a baby, my mom was her daycare provider while Micki’s parents (my great-uncle Bob and great-aunt Cathy) were at work. So, for a while, Micki was at our house every day, which made her a little like a baby sister. In 1995, I wrote Micki a letter. When I was in Chicago, she brought the letter with her to show me what I had written.
After the exchanging of some gifts, we headed out for a late lunch with the gorgeous Danielle of A Nourishing Glimpse. Danielle and I worked on Blogger Secret Santa Swap last year, and it was a pleasure to finally meet this sweet woman! Can you believe we failed to get a photo together on our lunch date? Blogger fail, much? However, later than evening, we had our photo taken with Beth and Shannon, two other fabulous women I adore.
Now, back to lunch. Micki was determined to help me cross something off my 101 in 1001 list while I was in town, and #88 – “drink a milkshake with two straws” seemed to be the winner. She did some research and found that Epic Burger, which happened to be just a block from the hotel, had one of the best vanilla milkshakes in the city.
Reasons why I would say that Epic Burger is awesome.
1. Basically this quote from the Epic Burger About Us page sums it up:
petroleum-based packaging, by buying from as many local merchants as possible and, of course, by using energy efficient equipment and recycling. In short, by serving “a more mindful burger.” “
[to read more on Epic Burger, check out Kelly’s review]
2. My burger was, as expected, epically delicious.
3. Any small business that uses social media to connect with patrons gains a win in my book. They have a large monitor on the wall in the restaurant, displaying tweet deck, showing off people who mention them in tweets. See anyone (or two) familiar?
4. Milkshakes = Choices. When we ordered a vanilla milkshake, we were offered a choice between ice cream or fat free fro-yo. Then we were offered a choice between soy-milk, skim-milk, or whole milk. As contradictory as it may sound, we chose ice cream and soy milk. Best. Decision. Ever. It was so good!
One milkshake? check.
Two straws? check.