Thank you for all your comments on my new place. 🙂 I never knew that living independently was so liberating!!
If you’re ever stuck in a sucky living situation, move out. IT WILL BE SO WORTH THE “TROUBLE”. And you’ll be SO happy!!
And so free to host guests and play “tour guide” any weekend of the year!!!
You get to eat multiple Chicago-style hot dogs at Portillo’s.
Chicago style = A tiny salad on a hot dog with onions, mustard, celery salt, pickle, tomato, lettuce, and hot peepers…but no ketchup!
You get to take them to Navy Pier and sit on/take pictures on 33 ton anchors.
You also get to sample Soy Joy Bars when they are handing ’em out like free candy at the Pier! Contrary to many negative reviews, my experience with Soy Joy hasn’t been terrible at all. Click here if you want my full review!
To stuff yourself crazy with some of Giordano’s famous stuffed-crust Pizza – which my friend loved! I really can’t do deep dish anymore thanks to the many free pizza events in college. The cheese is overwhelming, but I could eat crust + sauce + mushrooms ALL night…too bad they don’t make pies like that.
We also went to Millenium Park to chill out with The Bean! You gotta look at this abstractly since we took a picture of our reflection on the actual bean itself. hehe Original, I know.
And last but not least, I got to review goodies with my friend Mo!!!! Mo arrived from California just in time to review some good old Newman’s Own Organic products with me (with MANY MANY thanks from Sally)!
Mo’s favorite were the Ginger Hermits – “an old-fashioned soft cookie”. The cookies are available in three flavors: Original, Cinnamon, and Ginger.
Ginger Hermit Ingredients: Organic Unbleached Wheat Flour, Organic Raisins, Organic Molasses, Organic Sugar, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Oats, Organic Figs, Raisin Paste, Leavening (baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), Ginger and other Spices, Salt, Rice Bran Extract.
Serving Size 1 cookie (22g): Calories: 80, Calories from fat: 15, Total Fat: 1.5g (saturated fat: 1gm), Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 65mg, Total Carbohydrates: 16g (dietary fiber less than 1g, sugars: 10g), Protein: 1g
Flavor & Texture: A sweet, soft, slightly spicy (not really spicy but I like to think it is), cinnamon-gingerbread cookie studded with raisins. It’s the home-baked winter cookie we all love but without the greasy after-taste. *Warning* It is easy to eat more than 1.
What I thought would be my favorite…SOY CRISPS!
The Crisps come in four varieties: Cinnamon Sugar, White Cheddar, Lightly Salted, and Barbecue, and have between 7 and 9 grams of protein depending on the variety. Gluten free, they are made with organic soy and organic rice.
Cinnamon Sugar Ingredients: Organic Low Fat Soy Flour, Organic Rice Flour, Salt, Seasoning (dehydrated cane juice, cinnamon and not more than 2% silicon dioxide and vegetable oil added as a processing aid), Sunflower Oil.
Calories per Serving (1 oz): 120, Calories from fat: 35, Total Fat: 4g (saturated fat: 0gm, trans fat: 0g), Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 170mg, Total Carbohydrates: 15g (dietary fiber: 3g, sugars: 4g), Protein: 7g
Flavor & Texture: Honestly, these are probably the least flavored soy or rice crisps I’ve ever had in my life. If you absolutely LOVE your seasonings, you won’t be too thrilled with the lack of cinnamon and sugar in this product. HOWEVER, that also means this is probably the most healthy cinnamon sugar soy crisp you will find on any grocery shelf. Texture-wise, they are light, crisp, crunchy, and pretty much exactly what you expect a soy chip to be like. (Think Glenny’s) Take my advice and eat it this way…
Though poorly incorporated in this picture, the cinnamon sugar soy crisp is DELICIOUS when mixed into a bowl of sweet cereal with dried mixed berries. Not only does it boost the flavor of the crisp, it also makes it less dry, yet still crisp.
Prior to adding the cinnamon crisps, the cereal was combined with yogurt and the Newman’s Own Organic Berry blend! Review? Nothing special about these berries except once you mix dried berries into one package, they all taste the same….sweet and sour, YUMMY and very much like RAISIN (at least in this particular packet)!
The berry blend Ingredients: Organic Raisins, Dried Organic Cranberries(Organic Cranberries, Organic Sugar, Organic Sunflower Oil), Dried Organic Blueberries, (Organic Blueberries, Organic Sugar, Organic Sunflower Oil), Dried Organic Red Tart Cherries (Organic Red Tart Cherries, Organic Sugar, Organic Sunflower Oil) Other dried fruit Varieties: Raisins, Prunes, Dried Cranberries, Apples, Apricots, Berry Blend
And Nick’s favorite…Hint ‘O Mint Chocolate Creme Cookies!
Flavor & Texture: The cookie itself was very Oreo-esque. Crispy, crumbly, semi-sweet (which I prefer to milk chocolate) but a little MORE on the powdery side. The filling was a fluffy creme that was lightly flavored with mint. JUST perfect enough to make mint oreo ice-cream that is. 🙂
Step 1: Make the vanilla ice-cream base. Incorporate 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 1 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 tbs vanilla
Step 2: Pour that all into the ice-cream maker and begin to churn…
Step 3: Grind/smash/crush up as many cookies as you wish. Take out your days worth of stress while you’re at it.
*warning* It is EASY to go overboard on cookies. I might have done about 8-9…maybe 10? Yeah, these are not healthy cookies per se…hehehe
Step 4: Pour cookies into the ice-cream batter 5 minutes before it’s ready to eat…
Step 5: Scoop into a large bowl and ENJOY!!!! TA DA!!!
You have an egg-free home-made Mint Cookies ‘n Cream Ice-cream!!!
Review: This is seriously a DELICIOUS ice-cream that isn’t too sweet, nor overly minty. However, Nick and I agree that we’ll opt out of the heavy whipping cream and use half-and-half the next time we make this because of the oily invisible film this seems to leave on our lips. (we are ice-cream veterans, trust us!)
I just realized I haven’t given 2 readers those free ZenSoy coupons! Please leave a comment on this post to say you’d like one IF you commented on that particular post as well so I know you’re still interested. Sorry ladies!! I’ll let you guys know which 2 people get coupons in the next post. 🙂
What a delicious frozen concoction!
Omg, I LOVE Giordano’s! I went to Chicago like 5 years ago, ate there and thought I was in heaven. I remember The Bean at Millenium Park too! Chicago is so fun. The oreo ice cream looks amazing 🙂
I love America’s Dog at Navy Pier! 😛 I took my dad there! However, we missed out on the big anchors! I didn’t know about those! And I’ve also never braved the crowd at Millenium Park for the bean experience. Johnny has already tired of all that stuff before I moved here, so he never took me! Have you done that big balloon thing that’s just south of the pier, or was that temporary?? It opened up TWO days after I was there! Booo.
And HOLY HOLY HOLY YUM!!!!!!! I loooove Newman-Os (haven’t tried the mint yet) and ice cream!!!!?? Right now our freezer has too many containers of our home-made ice cream – but once we have some room I’m definitely making this!! Thanks for sharing!
Oreo ice cream is my absolute fav. 😀 I gotta try this one. And I love cheeseless pizza! My family thinks I’m strange, but the sauce and the crust are the best parts, in my opinion. I’m not really a big cheese fan…
I’d love to have those coupons to try their products! 😀
Oh…. there you’re … taking picture from the BEANS, my favorite place in Chicago!!!
jealous of your sampling products, especially that Mint chocolate cookie…looks delicious!!!
You know, I really enjoy the SoyJoy too, despite what other people say. I know I’ve had some bad ones (really dry) but the ones that are fresh and soft are actually quite satisfying. I really like the chocolate peanut butter (did I already mention that in a previous comment?? I feel like I did..if I did, sorry!).
I have never tried a Chicago style hot dog, but I’ve GOT to one day. It looks like just my style. I also love mushrooms on my pizza, but I’d rather do without the crust! I dig it NY style, or Columbus, Ohio style!
That pizza looks crazy… crazy good! Hehe. I’ve never tried soy joy, but I’m not really a bar person.
I’ve never tried deep dish pizza before, and I think I would love it too if a bit of the cheese was taken off!
Hehe, that is a cute picture of you and your friend! Is it odd that I’ve never heard of the Bean before? I guess I will have to go if I ever go to Chicago!
Mmm, I would love to try any of those Newman’s Own products! Your ice cream sounds amazingly good (and relatively healthy). I’ll have to check it out 😀
What a fabulous sounding package you got! Looking forward to more reviews! 🙂 I love the ginger-o’s!
That ice cream sounds perfect…
I'm interested!! 😀
good god batman, that is some good looking ice cream! i just recently acquired an ice cream maker and i think i need to put it to use. i have ONLY heard bad reviews on soy joy bars so it is refreshing to hear a good one. that pizza looks epic. insanely delish. xo!
that ice cream loooks incredible!! it seems the 10 cookies worked perfectly haha
Hey, I’ve been to Giordano’s! I didn’t realize it was so famous, but I liked it!
My favorite thing in that berry blend is the dried blueberries–I pick them all out first!
I’ve never tried deep-dish pizza before. Arugh. Take me to a good place if I ever visit! But girl! Let me know if you’ll be able to meet up, ok?
Zensoy? I WANT!
omg chicago style pizzzzzzzzzzzzzaaaaaaa! let me visit you 🙂
awww I miss Chi! the bean ❤ hahaha
Ummm come to NY and get NY pizza! NOT deep dish but a may zingg 🙂
A hot-dog without ketchup? 😦 Pizza without cheese? (though am with you on the mushrooms- the more the better!) I misread and thought your friend flew in just to review the Newman’s Own 😀
Love all the Newman’s stuff – especially the oreos and ginger cookies!
I love Chicago style pizza. I definitely go for deep dish over thin crust. My waistline is grateful though that I rarely eat it.
AHHHHHHHHH THE BEAN! Portillos and Giordanos! Such classic TRADITIONAL treats! i love it!!!
those soy crisps sound extra yummy too!
and dear lordy. that ice cream looks insannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnne. i adore mint choc chip, and those thin mint cookies…so that looks like ABSOLUTE HEAVEN.
loved this post mama!!!
thanks for the incredible reviews and ice cream how to — you spoil us with your brilliance 🙂
Wow. That ice cream looks and sounds amazing!! I’m definitely still interested in those ZenSoy coupons!!
Please email me coupons for Zensoy. Thanks.
omg – like the Mint Oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen (not that I know what that’s like) 😉 – but yours looks MUCH better!!!
Chicago is so much fun…I need to get up there more!!
Oh wow. This post is yummy from beginning to end, but especially… the end. That ice cream looks AWESOME!! I still need to try the hermits. Once I finish the package of plain Newman O’s in the freezer, I think the hermits will take their place.
so glad that you are enjoying your new digs!!! that pizza looks awesome, i wish i were eating a slice right now 🙂 and the ice cream…MMM. adding those cookies was a totally genius idea. man, now i am craving both those things, and i just finished lunch! boo!!
Glad you’re loving the new place, Michelle! Next time I’m in Chicago, we have to meet up!
Oreo mint ice cream sounds so good. Love the mint + chocolate combo.
Thanks so much for all of your nice comments on the blog and on Dan’s post! 🙂
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