This is the first thing you read when entering this restaurant. Then you take a look at the menu and you realize that whatever you will order will at least be 3000 calories. So they were not lying. You really go to this place to ingest calories. But good calories. The kind that you do not regret. You know this feeling, when you starve for a McDonald’s, run to the place and order a Big Mac. At the end of your meal you regret because, come on, it’s McDonald’s so very bad junk food. Well Grumpy’s is like that except from the fact that you do not regret after because the taste is just fabulous.
I ordered a homemade corned beef sandwich. Wahhh I always thought that corned beef only comes out of a can but this day I realized that it can be delicious. The meat is so tasty and tender that I was pulling it from the sandwich.
So if you feel like having corned beef, take a plane to Detroit then drive an hour south and try the Reuben at Grumpy’s, downtown Toledo, Ohio.
Grumpy's, Toledo, Ohio
Have you ever been to Chicago?
If not it is a must! In my opinion Chicago is the most beautiful city in the US. Its stunning architecture, beautiful beaches, great free zoo, nice botanic garden, amazing museums, awesome shops and yummy restaurants. Chicago is everything you dream of, in one place. Forget New York, LA or Miami, Chicago is the place I dream of living. One day, I tell you, I will live in Chicago. Living 3 hours away from this great city, we try to go there as soon as we have a chance. Really, we already went at least 10 times. But each time we visit Chicago we rediscover the city. I love the U.S. Midwest for its 4 different seasons. A very snowy and cold winter, a hot and sunny summer, a stunning colorful fall and a … spring. Chicago is constantly changing and each season brings a different charm.
Millenium park is the happiest place with children playing in the water, the bean, the huge free playground, the pier and Damen, the hipster area. It is just a happy and dynamic city.
Now let’s talk about food. Did you know that each state of the US has its signature pizza (check here)? For Chicago, it is the deep dish pizza. Before going further I would like to apologize to my dear Italian friends. The deep dish pizza is basically a 5 cm crust with tone of cheese and tomato sauce. To that, you can add more cheese, sausage, bacon, pepper, fresh tomatoes … (the list is long). So basically, you go to one of the Giordano’s restaurant, wait outside for at least 45 minutes. Finally, you are seated and have to wait an extra 30 minutes for the pizza (make sure phone battery is full). In the end the wait is worth, it is really delicious.
The deep dish pizza with extra fresh tomatoes
Giordano's, Chicago, Illinois
I love to end a nice diner with dessert. Even if the main dish is heavy, I still order a piece of cake or ice cream. This day, I ordered a brownie and my husband a Key lime pie. When I saw it coming I regretted my brownie. I even hardly looked at it (and I am a chocolate lover). I stared at it waiting for my husband green light to dig in it. It was delicious! not too sweet, not too heavy, not too sour, just perfection.
Key lime pie
Blue Heaven, Key West, Florida
Have you ever eaten a sandwich with pasta inside? if yes, how many miles do I have to run to lose the calories gained?
Eating a grilled Mac and cheese sandwich is one those experience that goes against my habits. If I tell my "very French" parents that I ate pasta in a sandwich with French fries on the side, they might not believe it. They might just ask "where are the veggies"? and why can't you just have pasta? and why pairing pasta with French fries? It was heavy but tasty. It is not the kind of meal that you will have everyday but from time to time, it is good to treat yourself with a 4 digits calorie meal.
Grilled Mac and Cheese sandwich
Bar Louie, Perrysburg, Ohio
Here, it is all about food, children and me.
Claire, mom of two adorable girls. Montessori believer.
A few pounds overweighted and a few inches too short. Sometimes too French for Americans and most of the time too American for French people. Rarely down to earth but often out of my mind.