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Parental Visits, Happy Places, and New Eats (Weekend Recap)

This weekend Alex’s parents visited us and we filled our time with #allthefood, lots and lots of puppy snuggles, and a pretty substantial amount of walking, napping, and did I mention eating? You know I love to take people to all the delicious places!

Friday night, I had a late consult, but it was actually a blessing in disguise because it helped me to not eat my hand due to a later dinner (Alex’s parents’ flight was a bit on the later side). And thank goodness we did wait, because dinner was fantastic and followed by froyo (now that I have discovered a place that does cookie dough and biscuit cookie flavors, I’m in trouble). Then it was back to the apartment to let the grandparents meet the grandpup! 

Ridley was a little unsure at first (she doesn’t get many visitors into the apartment), but she quickly warmed up and by the next day was laying on top of them napping.

Saturday morning was my personal real treat: a perfect morning for 5 fantastic miles with Alex. I think the last time that we were able to run together was in Georgia around Christmas! My hamstring felt fine overall, maybe a little twingey, and I could feel it a little bit the rest of the day, but the next morning it felt totally normal again. We managed to pick it up a little bit with each mile, there was little wind, just the right amount of people, and the miles felt like they should. 

My happy place.

I had to do a little work on a freelance piece, but then I met Alex and his parents for lunch at one of our local faves, Frances’ Deli (OMG go there if you are nearby). They have amazing blackened chicken, btw. Among everything else there that is delicious. 

The Lou By the Lake sandwich is turkey, muenster, and cranberry on challah. YEAH

We opted for a pretty chill afternoon, rather than going to a museum, of playing with the dog, having a predinner drink, and then going up to Evanston for dinner with one of Alex’s cousins. We went to Campagnola, an Italian restaurant that was FABULOUS. Absolutely. Delicious. If you live around the area, this is one to put on your list. Intimate, cozy, but sophisticated. A very well curated wine list and a well curated menu. I didn’t take pictures because the lighting wasn’t great for pictures (though it was perfect for dinner), but I got the beef carpaccio and Alex got a really fabulous orichiette with rapini pesto. A lemon tarte and vanilla caramel bread pudding finished off the meal! 

The next morning, Alex and I fit in a gym and grocery session before brunch. This time, the lighting was in my favor!

We went to Hutch, and it was another on.point. pick (I did pretty well with my food picks this weekend, if I do say so myself!). They have a blood orange margarita that was fanfreakingtabulous, and you know I am a margarita snob in a big way. Alex got the Chilaquilles

and I got the Lakeview Scramble (not as much a looker, but filled with grille chicken, spinach, and tomato, with an English muffin).

We will definitely be back to Hutch, and this is another spot that I highly recommend! Make reservations, though… it was PACKED, and that seemed to be standard operating procedure in there.

But brunch wasn’t fantastic just because of the food–we got to meet an old friend of Alex’s mom, and she and her husband were hilarious and delightful! 

Because we were so close, we walked up to Wrigley Field and then started the walk home. It was windy, but the air was crisp and the skies clear, and we just felt so spoiled. And tipsy. Or was that just me?

I needed a nap–I didn’t get much sleep the night before–and afterward, I woke up in a bit of a stupor (you know how those weekend naps will get you). I was a bit of a curmudgeon as we went off in search of a place to watch the UVA game. We had to switch venues, and for some reason, that little bit of problem solving (I found us the new place) seemed to jolt me out of it!

We ended up at a Barn and Co BBQ, and though the service was… interesting… their brisket, pulled chicken, and sweet potato fries are awesome. I’m always a fan of a place with various BBQ sauce options, and their mustard sauce was my favorite of the offerings. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the citrus pepper one, but it did remind me of my time in the Caribbean. 

I am basically banned from watching UVA basketball play–every time I watch, we lose. And in double overtime. Longest. Game. Ever. But we had a good time, we left stuffed to the gills, and I was ready for a brief walk home and a snuggle with the puppy and the hubs! Ridley watched Planet Earth with Alex for a bit before the latter’s bedtime. It was actually adorable because she totally responded to the animals on the screen!

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This week is my last before I start back on stimulation meds, and Alex is actually taking it off, so who knows what is going to go down! I am fixing Valentine’s Day dinner for us tomorrow, we are going to dinner with my clients/our friends downtown on Thursday. My plan is to enjoy this week, enjoy my week and a half of running and working out, and keep working on my eBooks and freelance articles, while I have the drive and desire!

Found any good new-to-you restaurants recently? 

Who brunched so hard this weekend?

Do you have superstitions regarding sports?

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  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Girl I love your haircut! Good to hear you had a fun weekend. Mine definitely could have used more sleep. I feel like a zombie today.
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    February 13, 2017 at 5:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was a little hungover from the weekend, I agree. But thank goodness for easy haircuts!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Carla

    All of this stuff. All of this news. And it boils down to two things for me. First I adore Alex is taking the week off. And I hope it is filled with fun and frolicking and for getting all of life’s stress

    And Ridley. So like our golden doodle. I could go with my parents come visit because my mom insists they both just like dogs. Charming adores my dad and promptly falls asleep around his midsection/chest – – he’s so big 🙂 – – and my dad loves it.
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    February 13, 2017 at 5:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Awwwwwwwwwwwww I love how dogs just latch on to people!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Looks like a fun weekend and Im glad the hammy cooperated for your run! I love taking naps on weekends but I definitely wake up feeling all of out sorts and don’t really feel like myself for the rest of the day.
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    February 13, 2017 at 5:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was the worst. Such a biatch

      February 15, 2017 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Love that hair cut! So glad you guys had a good time with his parents. I didn’t brunch at all this weekend. Well, I did make an omelet for myself but I could really use a good brunch. Like my brunch at yolk. I’ll never forget, ha!
    Heather @Lunging Through Life recently posted…Weekend + Night to Shine VolunteeringMy Profile

    February 13, 2017 at 5:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is waiting for you to return! There is one right next to our new place!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I love Evanston. There’s a ton of cute little places and and shops there. I used to love running along the water from the city to Wilmette. Going through Evanston was my favorite place.
    Sarah recently posted…Make Yourself An Informed ConsumerMy Profile

    February 13, 2017 at 6:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love Wilmette–during Ragnar I got to run through all the fancy houses!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    You guys do have the best foodie weekends! That egg scramble looks amazing. have a great week!
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    February 13, 2017 at 6:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Girl, it was so good. Have a great week, Deborah!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Ridley is so cute! She looks like she has a little spaniel in her–her face looks like Cocoa’s!
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    February 13, 2017 at 6:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think it is a combo of Jack Russel, lab, and cattle dog. Soooo… basically so many non spaniel things that she looks like one, haha

      February 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Angela @ happy fit mama

    I just ate breakfast but I’m ready for round 2 after seeing all your food. Looks like a delicious weekend. Enjoy the week with Alex!
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    February 13, 2017 at 7:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m always ready for round 2, so I will join you!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    I know I already said it, but your hair looks so cute in that picture! AND can we talk about cookie dough fro-yo?????!!! I feel like that was perhaps buried in this post when it could have carried the post! lol!
    Glad you had fun with your parentals!
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    February 13, 2017 at 7:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish I had gotten a picture of it. It was beyond glorious.

      February 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply jennifer

    Have a fun and stress-free time with the hubs on his week off!
    jennifer recently posted…Lemon Ginger Chicken Soup + Meal PrepMy Profile

    February 13, 2017 at 7:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We are havingt so much fun… when he isn’t driving me crazy, lol

      February 15, 2017 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Sounds like a fun weekend with his parents! It’s adorable how quickly dogs warm up to people. Charlie remembers my parents now andnloses it when he sees them. Enjoy the week with Alex!
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    February 13, 2017 at 7:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha. I can totally see that.

      February 15, 2017 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    I love the description, “bit of a curmudgeon!” ❤ Sounds like a fun weekend! Cookie dough anything is pretty amazing.
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    February 13, 2017 at 7:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am such a curmudgeon. I’m the worst.

      February 15, 2017 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Once again you win at choosing all the best foodie spots for your guests. Really. This could make you a living somehow, I’m sure. Well done all around!!
    And yes. Grab those motivation vibes by the horns. Have a great week!!
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    February 13, 2017 at 7:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am a woman a few, but rather mad, skillz.

      February 15, 2017 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    I love the weekend naps ha ha, brunch with alcohol always ends in a sleepy Sunday for me! Enjoy this week!
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    February 13, 2017 at 7:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was so awful after. I am the worst.

      February 15, 2017 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Mmmm so much delicious looking food! I went out to dinner on Saturday and my dish was pretty yum but your weekend looks much yummier.
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    February 13, 2017 at 8:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We did pretty well, I won’t lie!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply kat

    What an awesome weekend! So glad that you and the man were able to get a run in together. My man and I went on a hike together this weekend 🙂
    And girllllll your haircut is so perfect on you. I liked it curled but it looks so amazing straight! <3
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    February 13, 2017 at 8:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, the curling is going to happen once in a blue moon, so I’m glad that you like it straight!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Your hair is the best! I’m so glad Alex is going to be home this week. I’m glad your hammy is doing better!
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    February 13, 2017 at 8:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is! Now, not to overdo it, right?

      February 15, 2017 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Jessica Joy

    Suzy, you know how to weekend. WOOT! And yo, those froyo flavors are legit trouble. LOL. Biscuit cookie? YOWZ. There is this build-your-own ice cram sandwich shop in SD and I kind of ALWAYS want to go. HAHAHA. That turkey sammie looks off the hook, making me want to make some cranberry sauce. LOl. Apparently your post made me hungry, but no worries, I’ll choose the healthy stuff. Excited to catch up on your blog! You’re so awesome. Much love : )

    February 13, 2017 at 8:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey girl hey! I’ve been missing you! I would love to go to a BYO ice cream shop. But I would want them to make it healthy. I am so with you.

      February 15, 2017 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Danielle @ The T-Rex Runner

    I don’t have superstitions regarding sports, but my Dad and I used to go to tons of Marlins games when I was younger and my high school boyfriend sometimes came with us. He was a baseball player and there was one particular pitcher who he fully believed would choke if he watched him pitch live, and this pitcher was the closer. So every time he came on and we were at the game, my boyfriend would leave his seat to go watch the rest of the game on the TV on the concourse. It used to make my dad insane, haha!
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    February 13, 2017 at 9:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      HAHAHAHAHA omg that is hilarious. We always used to send my mom to the bathroom when we were down–it seemed we “always” scored when she was in there!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Blunders and Absurdities Blog

    I think the one downside of blogging is that I read these weekend recaps on Monday morning and end up ready for lunch at 10 am…ha! This weekend was all about leftovers in my apartment, but I have a few new spots on my list. Hope you have a great week 🙂
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    February 13, 2017 at 9:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am always ready for lunch, lol! I love leftovers… when we have them!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Hehe… I’m not really superstitious about sports… But that is interesting that they lose every time you watch.

    You and I both are thankful for those little aches not firing up again on the run; I had a tweaked knee last week after my long run, and I took an off week last week. I was so thankful not to have any knee pain on Saturday!
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    February 13, 2017 at 9:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m the common denominator… so it must be me! So happy to hear that you didn’t have any knee pain!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Jo @ Living MInt Green

    I’m a margarita snob too. I always ask if their margs are made from scratch or green syrup and if they say syrup, I’m like, “I need to leave. Immediately”

    Look at you two and your plaid shirts! Adorable. Are you enjoying your shorter hair so far?! It suits you so well!!!
    Jo @ Living MInt Green recently posted…Weekend: A spa day + foods I eat more and less of these daysMy Profile

    February 13, 2017 at 9:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love the shorter hair, especially during the winter–it is much easier underneath hats and such. Marg snobs unite!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    How am I supposed to eat at all the excellent places in the city in the next 3 months?! Whatever, I’ll just have to find a way to visit 😛 Enjoy your week of Alex!
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    February 13, 2017 at 10:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Visit me any time!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    I want the Lou by the Lake sandwich right now…that is my dream combo. I miss all the good challah I had back in New York. I did not brunch this weekend BUT as you know I ate caramels on a train so that was cool, yo. Also, I’m going to say it again…I love your hair.
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    February 13, 2017 at 11:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love your love of my hair and your caramels on a train 😀

      February 15, 2017 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply GiGi Eats

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    February 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know that I love Tgiving turkey any time of year!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    WOW so much good food in one post!! I didnt enjoy any brunch this weekend but I have plans to brunch next weekend! Those are the nachos that dreams are made of!
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    February 13, 2017 at 4:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      NACHOOOOOS. I’m still embarrassed that we didn’t finish them!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    It is always a good time when family comes into town to visit to show them all the great restaurants. All your food looks amazing!
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    February 13, 2017 at 9:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The trouble is just choosing a few!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Alicia @Bridges Through Life

    I have never heard of that place in Evanston but it sounds good. Sounds like a great weekend and good weather which must be taken advantage of in February for sure.
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    February 14, 2017 at 12:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You definitely know it! But you are having some incredible adventures yourself!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I’m literally begging Vegas to find a reason to have to go to Chicago on business… so I can tag along and visit you… so you can take me to eat. Kidding kidding… obviously I love your sparkling unicorn personality too!
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted…Quick & Easy Protein-Packed Red Velvet RecipesMy Profile

    February 14, 2017 at 1:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s ok, I know what I am good for!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    It sounds like you guys had such a lovely weekend!

    And Chicago seriously has to be the food capital. I am constantly drooling at your posts, haha.
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    February 14, 2017 at 3:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      When are you coming to visit me??

      February 15, 2017 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    As always, your eats out look incredible. My hubby and I will be in Chicago this summer so I must get a list of foodie reccs from you, and maybe we can plan a foodie/running date?!
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    February 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would love that!!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply San

    Ah, what a great weekend with the in-laws. I wish we had a better relationship with J’s parents… I wish we could do weekends like that.

    BTW, that sandwich looks awesome. And Riley is his cute little self.
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    February 16, 2017 at 7:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ridley is the bomb. She is crazy, but I couldn’t live without her!

      February 17, 2017 at 8:41 am

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