Raised Vegetable Garden

It's been a joy and truly a labor of love piecing our raised bed garden together. We learnt a lot from our last/first attempt at gardening and this time we were better planned.

The Best Pizza Dough

We got a bit tired of our whole wheat pizza dough I think we got too accustomed to it and decided it needed some tweaking.

US Road trips

We've made a few road trips around the US. There's a lot to see here and a lot of distance to cover. Here are some of our trips on the east coast.


Panama's carnival celebration in Panama City are supposed to be the second largest in the world. Enjoyed this big party with fantastic street food, dozens of stages and loud music blaring at every corner.


Canada has some of the most beautiful sceneries and landscapes. I hope to drive across to the West coast some day but till then here's a glimpse of Toronto and beyond.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Lollapalooza in Chicago

Distance: 1938 Km.

Length: 4 days.

Crown Fountain - Millennium Park, Chicago
Chicago has got to be one of the best big cities I've visited. When we decided to spend a weekend in Chicago I clearly didn't fathom the time it would take to really discover this city. Now I know and can't wait to return on a longer stint.

Our friends joined us on this trip and so we'd need a bigger car. Neither Evička nor Beruška would make a comfortable 900 km journey for four. We'd need a beast! The 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 roaring Ford Edge sure matched our expectation as it muscled down the highway making every passing vehicle look meager.

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Two drivers are better than one especially if you hit the road at 4 am like we did. We pulled into Chicago around 3:30 pm and it took us a good hour to two finding our way through the traffic jam! It was the Lollapalooza weekend.

Lollapalooza is one of the biggest rock music festivals spanning over 115 acres. You can hear the pounding speakers miles away. No we had not come for the festival. We just picked this weekend coincidentally and that turned out to be the best decision we made.

You'd need a week at least to cover Chicago's main attractions. Since we had just two full days we just about managed to squeeze in the Cloud Gate, also known as "The Bean" at Millennium Park, the busy Navy Pier with their fantastic fireworks, the Shedd Aquarium, Sky Deck Chicago at the Willis Tower and a couple of cruises by the shoreline and canals.

We missed the John Hancock Observatory by minutes. It's supposed to have one of the best views of the Chicago skyline. Also thanks to Lollapalooza we didn't get a chance to see the famous Buckingham Fountain which was cordoned off for the festival.

The biggest highlight for me on this trip was the storm that broke out while we were on Lake Michigan.
Cloud Gate, also known as "The Bean" at Millennium Park

Overhead Trains
We were aboard the Shoreline Sightseeing cruise when the storm broke out and brought heavy rain, and high wind gusts well over 62 mph at times. At the storm’s peak, it was detonating 800 bolts per minute. That was one amazing experience being tossed around! No cruise will ever be the same after that.

The storm even tore through Lollapalooza which sent the crowd running for cover. They even had to stop the concert. The storm lasted for about an hour and things were soon back to normal.

We got a chance to cruise on Chicago's Tall Ship Windy! This majestic 148-foot schooner, modeled after a traditional Great Lakes trading ship has the character and charm of the Golden Age.

Another aspect of Chicago that caught my fancy were the overhead trains. I think every big city should have them as they break the monotony of the endless sky scrapers.

The 3300-foot Navy Pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan

Thanks to my friend Adi who's also a foodie like me, we got a chance to taste the best Chicago had to offer. The Potbelly sandwiches being my favorite! They are truly delicious!! America could definitely super-size me in no time!

It was so good to meet and old and dear friend of mine after almost 6 years. Catching up over beers brought back nostalgic memories.

Despite losing an hour thanks to the time shift, our journey back to Canada  seemed much shorter. Chicago will have to be visited again soon and for longer. I kind of like this city.