Movies and Free Food

How is everyone’s weekend going so far?

We made it a Redbox night yesterday, and rented Big Hero 6 for the evening. I didn’t know anything about the plot except there was a kid and a big, squishy robot, but I thought it was so fun! I couldn’t stop laughing at this:

Anyway, would watch again. Recommended if you’re looking for easy viewing.

As for today, I had a lunch date with myself at Corner Bakery. A few days ago, I received an invite to try out one of their new grilled flat sandwiches for free (Pro life tip: sign up for fast casual restaurants’ mailing lists for all the free food! – This particular offer may still be available if you click the link). I chose the Southwest Chicken option.

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Yummy! Check out all those jalapenos – Nice and spicy, just how I like it. I was worried that these sandwiches would be dinky, but this was actually a pretty decent size and stuffed with grilled chicken, cabbage, corn, pico de gallo, and spicy peppers. The flatbread was warm and doughy, too. I still would have preferred it to be bigger, but it was flavorful and satisfying nonetheless.

I also would have preferred being able to select bread or chips as my side like you usually can at Corner Bakery, but this offer only allowed the baby carrots option. Oh well, I made do.

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On par for the rest of the day: taxes, cleaning, making more lettuce wraps for dinner, and possibly watching Birdman!

Any other tips for getting complimentary meals? I’m a grown adult, but I still hunt down free food like a college student. No shame!

~Tina

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Weekend Adventures

Hi Friends!

How was your weekend? I’m excited because I only have two more days of work this week! 5 day weekend for Labor Day!

This past weekend, Tina was in Michigan, and I played tourist in my own city since some friends were in town.

First on the list – brunch.

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Also, a Cubs game (the Cubs WON!)

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Obligatory selfie with The Bean.

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This is actually a Strawberry Daiquiri.

The Second City Etc's performance of "Apes of Wrath"

Second City!

Ever play tourist in your own city?

~Tia

Beyonce + Jay-Z Concert

I forgot I haven’t posted about this yet! This time last week, I was at Soldier Field in Chicago at the Beyonce and Jay-Z concert.

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Craaaaazy….or should I say…cray?

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We were in the balcony around the 50 yard line. They would have been great seats for a Bears game, but as you can see, the stage was pretty still far.

It was a great performance for both Bey and Jay. I get why people are speculating that they’re breaking up after the tour though.  For example, Beyonce would sing about infidelity, and then sing about forgiveness. Jay-Z would reach out to her on stage, and then she’d shrug him off. But this is a heavily produced show – I’m sure it’s just part of the act.

We also went to BYOB sushi at Kai in the South Loop.

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The only not fun part was getting out of Soldier Field – it took 2 hours! Worth it.

Anyone been to any concerts lately?

~Tia

Dinner Party + Game Night

Hi Everyone! How was your weekend? I had a nice little staycation today, since I had a summer day to use up. I basically just ran errands and did laundry, but it was nice to sleep in!

My weekend started on Friday, when my company loaded us up on school buses to go to a nature museum for a camp-themed party…with an open bar. We were specifically asked not to post any pictures from the event on social media.

On Saturday, Tina and I had the following convo on Gchat.

Tina: what are you guys up to today?
Tia: no plans
Tina: if you want to hang out, chris has a new board game and we can play CJ’s game
Tia: do you guys want to come here?
Tina: sure
Tia: do you want to get dinner first? or dinner down here? or i could make dinner
Tina: ooh, making dinner sounds fun
So dinner and game night it was! I threatened to make my amazing quinoa dish, since Chris claims to hate quinoa, but I settled for a version of my 10 Minute Tilapia & Spinach with Yukon Gold Potato Fries with black pepper, garlic, and truffle oil.
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Awkwardly posing with a box of chicken stock….
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Pretending to smash Tina in the face with said box of chicken stock?
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 Tina brought 2 bottles of wine (and brownies!)…and posed for pictures while I labored away at our meal. Just kidding.
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 After our tummies were full, we broke out the board games.
CJ and Chris always get super competitive, so Tina and I jokingly claim that we don’t like playing with them.
First up, Munchkin, a humorous game that involves fighting monsters.
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And then, Pandemic, a cooperative board game where all players band together to prevent four diseases from wiping out the world.
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Tina made faces while the boys were bogged down with figuring out game rules/details.
A successful night! Sometimes the best nights are the impromptu ones!
Do you make spur of the moment plans with friends? Do you have double dates at home, and what meals do you  serve? What’s your favorite board game? 
~Tia

Four Years + One Month

Hello digital friends and happy Monday! Sorry I have been MIA from the blog lately. I’ve been telling Tia that I’ve been doing this all last week:

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Okay, that’s kind of an exaggeration, but I have been pretty boring. You would have heard a lot of about eating boring pasta and rewatching House, so I really just saved you a lot of time. You’re welcome.

Onto exciting things that picked up over the weekend! Chris and I had our 4 year anniversary dinner last month and finally booked our annual comedy event celebration, which we went to last night. We started out the afternoon by trying Blaze Pizza, first, best described as the Chipotle of pizza. You build your own pizza from a huge variety of sauces, cheeses, and toppings, and they cook it for you in about 5 minutes…

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Aw yeah, that’s the stuff. We got ours with spicy tomato sauce, mozzarella and goat cheese, bacon, pepperoni, ham, garlic, basil, and mushrooms. A fantastic lunch eaten outside! 

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Then we were off to Second City! This is one of my favorite activities to do in Chicago, whether you’re just visiting or have lived here for years. I have gone to 4 shows, including last night’s, and have yet to be disappointed. Here is a review of the show we went to, Depraved New World, in case you’re in the area and want to check it out.

Here’s to a more eventful week this week 😉

~Tina

Books & Bubbly at City Winery + Karyn’s on Green

On Sunday, Tina and attended Books & Bubbly at City Winery. I was interested in going because Sarah Jio was on the panel of authors. Tina and I used to read her blog on Glamour.com, and I’ve read a few of her books.

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We sipped champagne and listened to the authors talk about topics such as coming up with with ideas for their books,  dealing with jealousy from other authors, and procrastinating. My goal is to write and publish a novel one day, so this was all so interesting and fun to hear!

After the panel, Tina and I stopped at Karyn’s on Green, a vegan establishment, for a late lunch.

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Lemonade and a “Happy Ginger” mocktail.

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“Buffalo Chicken” wrap (made with soy) and kale, quinoa and roasted corn salad with avocado dressing.

I realized when we got the bill that I didn’t have my wallet! Thank goodness Tina was there to cover for me. Has that ever happened to you guys?

~Tia

Kickstarting the Weekend

Hooray for long weekends! I don’t know about you guys, but I definitely needed one 🙂

My office was awesome enough to let us out at noon yesterday, and then Tia and I proceeded to get a jump on weekend festivities with food, drink, and movies.

We started the evening off at Bellwether Meeting House & Eatery, where they have a half-off hot appetizers before 6pm deal. We got lots of different types of tacos (Fun fact: Tia LOVES fish tacos!!!!), plus chicken skewers and calamari. Chris and I also got some beers.

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From there, we headed over to the theater to watch X-Men: Days of Future Past. It was super entertaining, with solid action, dialogue, and a few cameos – Chris made me stop slow-clapping after young Charles Xavier said his line that keeps getting played in the commercials and trailers: “I DON’T WANT YOUR FUTURE!!!” I embarrass him a lot 😉  Anyway, I liked how they made this movie to combine the original trilogy with the “First Class” reboot. Very creative. Good job, movie execs! Here’s my money!

After the movie, upon CJ’s suggestion, we made a quick stop at D4 for a nightcap. We had a lot more X-Men things to discuss…

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For the rest of the weekend, we’ve got some BBQ’s and other fun things in store – Can’t wait!

Who else loves grilling season? So many meats to eat…

~Tina