Epic Milkshake

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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.

104_4576We were especially entertained by my use of “How rude!” a la Stephanie Tanner, near the end there.

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.
Mission Accomplished.

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6 thoughts on “Epic Milkshake

  1. Danielle

    Mmm… A milkshake sounds tasty right now (even though it’s still morning).

    I love the letter you wrote to your cousin! And that she has kept it for so long.

    Also, the LHS button is a nice touch!

  2. Micki

    God help me, I look like a total spaz. Then again it’s not like I’m not actually a spaz so I’ll get over it… Thanks for the memories and for putting me in the blog! 😀 I love the last picture. <3 Soy milk + ice cream 4 eva <3


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