Friday, April 15, 2011

President Obama and I....

...were in Chicago on Thursday.  He was in a motorcade.  I was in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Dan Ryan.  He didn't have any problem parking.  I did.  He was there to raise money.  I was there to spend money.


I don't know his itinerary.  My first stop was for breakfast--an omelet at Fox and Obel.  Then I picked up lots of bread to restock the bread freezer.  Yes, we have a bread freezer.  Don't ask!


Next stop (with a parking space right in front--woohoo!) Vanille Patisserie



Choose two?  Is it possible?


Another look.  I ended up choosing two pastries, a half dozen macaroons and a few croissants.  After all, I had battled traffic.


Next stop--Whole Foods.  At least a dozen of these tangerines hopped into a bag and then into my cart.


Who could resist these "conventional Lyon" artichokes?  I thought, as artichokes go, they looked rather unconventional.

I then purchased a large cup of Intelligentsia coffee for the drive home.  I zipped out of town on the Dan Ryan waving to those heading into the city with their brake lights showing!!

I never laid eyes on the president.

37 comments:

  1. Your whole blog was a sensation of goodies; made me feel good. Vanille pattiserie; great name and your header is a perfection! Did I tell you I enjoyed you post this morning?
    Happy weekend.
    Rita

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  2. Obviously, a trip into the city that you have done often!!! Definitely worth it now that the larder is full again.

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  3. Very cool post - we waved to Obama from the sidelines when he came to endorse our local candidate a few months ago - I'll your day went a lot cooler than his :))Btw, the pics of the artichokes and oranges!!!!

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  4. LOVED the trip in to the city with you, Bonnie! Just wish I were going to be there for enjoying your finds!! A bread freezer.... hmmm... ;)
    blessings ~ tanna

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  5. Bonnie,

    Great post. Love the pictures. I like to take my camera into the store with me too.

    Carol

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  6. Love your header! Makes me hungry!

    I enjoyed your trip into the city too. Parking can be an issue in the country too. Yesterday I went to a little country store I have never been to before. Oh my, was it a busy place with cars everywhere!

    Have a wonderful week-end!

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  7. Lol - We live really close to the airport and all we had to do was stand on the grass banks on the side of the road :) Please do let me know when you are in cville next and I'll treat you to a good Indian meal :)

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  8. Wahoo, what a tour you gave us, I am drooling over the cookies but more than that, I love those cookie trays. I have never seen cookies displayed like that.

    I hope you will take us along again on your next outing...Where are we going next?

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  9. It's the macarons that caught my eye.I had tried some in San Fran cisco and didin't lnow what the fuss was all about...then I tried some yesterday from a local bakery and I am sold!

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  10. We are just about 100 miles south of Chi-town if you go down 41! I'm gonna have to get brave and visit there more often. I haven't even bee to Shedd's Aquarium. OYE! Road trip!

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  11. Loved this post! I don't have a bread freezer, but I can certainly relate. Your shopping trip looked incredible!
    Best,
    Susan

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  12. LOL! love the first part of this post! the cookie display and that fruit there at the end.

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  13. I'd say that's a full day! The Pres was actually a mile away from the office two weeks ago, luckily they flew him in-much easier on traffic! I'd just like a sniff of that bakery, I'll bet it's amazing-enjoy:@)

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  14. Yippee and yummy! I think I would have enjoyed the trip with you more than seeing the President!

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  15. Wow now I am really hungry! Goodness what choices you had to choose from I am afraid I would of been there all day trying to decide.
    Thank goodness I have no pleasures like this where I live are I would be even bigger than I am now
    Love
    Maggie

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  16. your post is delightful today, love the obama and you thing, really cute and made me smile and yum on Vanille whatever.. ha ha on the spelling.

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  17. I enjoyed your trip with you!

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  18. Great post. Since I've been following your blog I've gained weight. Went to the doctor monday and weighed 215 a three pound gain over the last time I was there. LOL and Yummmmiieeeeee

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  19. What a fun trip... it looks like you got some tasty treats! I am totally craving artichokes now.

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  20. That was a gorgeous post -- each photo more tantalizing than the next! It's probably just as well that you didn't lay eyes on the president -- about now, I'd say pastries, tangerines and artichokes are more fulfilling!

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  21. Love the new header! Sounds like a wonderful trip into the city! Oh... you have a bread freezer?? ;)

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  22. ...but think of all the good you did for the economy - single handedly :-). A grateful nation thanks you. Have a great day, Bonnie. Blessings...Mary

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  24. I love your stories and images Rita. I have a food blog as well as the travel blog, but my inspiration and motivation waxes and wanes..

    I love meringues! One of my favorite bakeries here in the bay area is Miette. I often take the ferry over to San Francisco just to stand and look at the case full of colorful and sweet cakes, meringues and delights.

    www.miettebakery.com]

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  25. LOVE it!!! Who needs the prez with goodies like this and a day like yours?? The huge multi story whole Foods opens here beginning of June. I'm counting the days!!!! Your photos are divine!! And the header, very cool!

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  26. Love the colorful whoopee pies. And the artichokes are fabulous! I am in Whole Foods everyday and I have seen artichokes that look like that. Sounds like a wonderful trip into Chicago for the taste buds.

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  27. Oh my gosh! So many good things ypu picked up. The bread freezer really got my attention! I'm so glad I wasn't in there in all that traffic as it's bad enough on a "normal" day!

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  28. When I saw the new header I was so excited! I just knew you'd had an awesome shopping day. Looks like you did. Well done! Can't wait to see what you do with those artichokes :)

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  29. I am so impressed that you drive into Chicago to shop! And find places to park. Amazing. Like your new photo up top!

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  30. Your pictures have me salivating!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. It sounds like you had a wonderful day, and it was worth the traffic!

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  32. Doing some serious catching up tonight and I just looked and realized you posted M-F this week! What a busy gal you were!

    I would love a few of those beautiful artichokes! Great shopping!

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  33. Hi Bonnie! I'll bet the President would have rather had a day like yours! Sounds good to me. Those are some yummy looking pastries! I'm gald you got your nourishment! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  34. Love all your pictures and I couldn't pick two! Sounded like my kind of day! Those artichokes look wonderful!

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  35. I want to go to Chicago now. I'm sold! I'd rather be plain old me than Obama. Then I could spend hours shopping in whole foods without a whole group of humans having to follow my every move.

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  36. Well, here I am backtracking even though you told me not too. LOL

    Just wanted to let you know that I would have been spending right along side you and probably grabbed a dozen pastries and wonderful bread as well ;o)

    Btw...I love that you put that colorful header on your blog...very welcoming and cheerful.

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  37. You and the President.....how cute! Looks like you had a fun time in the city:)

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