Tuesday, May 29, 2012

good people

I've been so fortunate to spend the past couple of weekends with some really good people. The kind of people you can pick up a conversation with even after a year [ok, a couple] of not seeing one another. People who will ride for 3+ hours with you in 90 degree heat and standstill Chicago traffic...in a car without air conditioning. People who like to talk about things that matter but have no problem teasing you about your love for "Michigan hipster beer" and love being ridiculous.


I was in Chicago in what was quite possibly the hottest weekend of the year so far but had the most gracious hosts (who have the cutest Chicago apartment, complete with a mini greenhouse) and had fun despite the crazy hot weather (and the fact that my car's air conditioning is currently non-functional...yay summer). 


Highlights included dancing sweat detoxing in the gorgeous but non-air conditioned reception hall [if we look delirious, we probably were], battling NATO security...



and eating Longman and Eagle, which you should definitely visit if you're ever in the area {photo courtesy of ryan}. Such creative, thoughtful {and delicious} dishes, with tons of flavor. 


And this past weekend was spent in Bloomington, IN visiting my sister who is done with grad school and smack-dab in the middle of job searching and other important grown-up things. We brunched at Feast before turning into lobsters at the community pool. Their coffee is locally roasted and seriously amazing but probably shouldn't be consumed hot on a 95 degree day. 


Definitely in need of some detoxing via kale smoothies and homemade gazpacho after 2 weekends of good food and good fun. This is definitely my new favorite thing to make because it takes 10 seconds and includes a ton of veggies.


To make, add the following into a blender:
  • 32 oz can of tomatoes (or use your own!)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 jalapeƱo pepper
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • salt and pepper to taste
Blend until mixture reaches desired consistency. Eat with a spoon or drink up. 


It was so good to see friends I don't see often during this concentrated period of time; why is keeping in touch so difficult sometimes? I really need to be more intentional because good people are worth the extra effort. I think I'm especially mindful of this as I'm currently living in a city where I know very few people, and I miss having the sense of community I've experienced at other points in life. At the same time, I know that life isn't static, and that's why friendships change and people change and growth happens [incredibly grateful for all of these things]. 

Hope everyone has a good pseudo-Monday. Here's to a 4 day week!

13 comments:

  1. I know what you mean about visiting friends, how life become elevated and you become the best version of yourself. And fun activities and lively eats make the experience all the more celebratory

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  2. Such a fun sounding trip! I looked up Longman & Eagle and it looks adorable! The slow roasted cauliflower would be my pick! I'm not a fan of gazpacho since when I've had it it was very V8 tasting. hah i'll have to give it another shot.

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  3. oh that gazpacho looks SO good! It's one of my favorite things to eat this time of year!

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  4. Looove gazpacho...I had it this weekend too! My dad makes it different every time and it is always SO good.

    Looks like it was the best kind of weekend. =)

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  5. I've always found it to be hard to keep in touch with friends because everyone lives such busy lives! But when I look back those moments have been the most special in my life, so yes, it is so worth the effort.

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  6. That's why they invented iced coffee and tea - so we can drink them in summer too! I love it! ;D
    And thanks for the recipe - I'm really into making smoothies lately.

    http://www.tamarasblend.com/

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  7. Hey. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. This Gazpacho looks amazing. I've never had it before but now I am inspired to try it!

    Thanks and have a great weekend!

    -Jenn

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  8. Staying in touch can be very challenging! But you are right, good friends are so worth the effort!

    The gazpacho sounds wonderful!

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  9. i LOVE gazpacho!!! ahhh it's making me miss spain right now! i hope you are enjoying the summer! :D i wish i were in michigan so i can get some good traverse city cherries. they come out this month!

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  10. These are great highlights! I too am a great admirer of that adorable Chicago flat and of Longman & Eagle.

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  11. Definitely going to try that gazpacho! All of my favorite ingredients.

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  12. oh gosh, it's 95 degrees here too! but that food looks absolutely incredible! i'll have to check out that feast restaurant!
    xo TJ

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    1. I know what you mean about visiting friends, how life become elevated and you become the best version of yourself. And fun activities and lively eats make the experience all the more

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