It's no secret that we love ice cream, especially on road trips. It's our equivalent of souvenir shopping, one scoop per stop. And since we were saving room for the fried chicken (and the alcohol and the late night gyros... 🙈) we decided that a little detour for an ice cream cone lunch was a good idea. We got strawberry. It tasted like the artificial creamy sweetness of my childhood, and I was 100% satisfied with the decision. In other news, we drove down to Indianapolis on Friday! aka our old home!!! It was a perfect weekend with a lot of fun but also a lot of rest, which I think is a lot harder to accomplish than it seems. Here are the top ten highlights:
1. Eating a whole fried chicken and seeing our West Coast bff Zach. Our first stop in the city. Zach was running late and Andrew couldn't contain his excitement over fried chicken. No surprises there. We talked about residencies and updated each other about life, as you normally would when you haven't seen one of your closest friends in over five months.
2. Surprising Dan for his birthday at the tiki bar. Then dancing the night away. We pre-gamed like we have 21 year old livers and made it out to a bar. We swung by the nearby grocery for cookie cake and Dan let us sleep on his couch. It felt like old times in the most perfect sense.
3. Ordering donuts at our favorite local donut shop. Well jeez Chicago has some stellar donuts but the nostalgia of eating a donut with Andrew almost every weekend, the dreamy, beautiful plates (no cat plate this time, but a pretty deer plate!), and the strong Stumptown coffee still makes this place number one in my heart.
4. Introducing my parents to Thai cuisine. My parents, admittedly, do not often wander beyond their comfort zone of Korean foods so I was shocked when pops suggested a "light" lunch at the new Thai restaurant near home. They liked it!!! We started with baby steps aka not too strongly flavored items like pad thai and khao man gai. And the place was adorable and the owner gave us fried bananas and ice cream at the end on the house so you know it was automatically a winner in my book.
5. Getting a Chinese massage before dinner because my pops is the best. If you know my dad, he's a huge advocate of alternative medicine and also of regular massages. It was relaxing and I woke up in a weird zen state where I felt like I was melting into the car seat on the drive back home.
6. Eating alllllll the Korean food for dinner. We haven't had Korean food at all in Chicago but I ate enough galbi and kimchi to make up for it that night. Mom treated us so well, bringing out hot fresh meat every ten or so minutes because "hot galbi is much better" than regular temperature galbi. Can't argue with the master chef. We ate lettuce wraps and anchovies and spicy rice cakes on the side. I was so full I didn't even eat dessert. And she gave us like 24 ribs, 2 packs of other Korean beef, 1 giant bag of chicken, and some anchovies for our freezer back in Chicago. Come help me eat it please.
7. Starting up a new TV show, The People vs OJ Simpson and listening to my parents reminisce on their life in 1994, watching the Bronco car chase and wow I can't believe I know so little about this murder case. I also have come to the realization that I rather enjoy learning about crimes and law and American history. It's so wonderfully complicated and fun to wikipedia about different cases late into the night.
8. Brunching with the family at my parent's absolute favorite brunch spot in cute little downtown Zionsville. Dad always gets the oatmeal. I got my standard order of eggs and toast and potatoes, and got greedy and ordered a pancake too which I could not finish but it's okay because I had a table full of family to help me. And I got to see my sister Monica! Who is killing med school and looking beautiful doing it. That's her holding our dog in the photos below looking gorg.
9. Discovering all the books mom saved over time - every high school book, middle school novel, and my trusty ol' Harry Potter set. We took a handful of them back to Chicago to decorate our shelves. Plus I said I was going to try and get into the books more, didn't I?
10. Scoring free tickets to the Colts game and pretending that we really love football. It was actually really fun and was the last thing we did before driving back up. And even though they lost at the end (I just checked) they were winning at halftime which is when we left so we were feeling like champions anyways.
Bonus highlight! 11. Learning that one of my favorite podcasts has a whole new season! How did I not know?! We listened to one episode on the way back up. It was about the Supreme Court and Citizens United and free speech - see number 7 above.
So yeah it was basically a lot of food and nostalgia and it was perfect. And while I'm happy to be back in pretty Chi-town and our cozy condo, I miss my parents and sister and my Indy friends and little Indianapolis already. I guess I will just have to console myself with some Chicago style popcorn and Haim on repeat. Maybe brainstorm a couple of fun holiday recipes while I'm at it. I've forbidden Christmas music until Thanksgiving is over but I already dream of steamy hot cocoa mugs and Vince Guaraldi Trio in the background. 11 more days until I become a Christmas monster! Muahaha.