Celebrate / Travel

Chicago Valentine

Thursday morning, E & I threw on our coats and boarded a plane headed to the great city of Chicago. We chose Chicago to celebrate the two greatest holidays: Valentine’s Day and my birthday, of course.

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The flight was quick and easy, and we were greeted by our driver at baggage claim. I always get a bit nauseous when I travel, so I’ve found it best to not hop into a stinky taxi immediately after a flight. The hotel set up the transportation arrangements, and I can’t recommend that enough.

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We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago partly because Travel + Leisure ranked it the #1 Large City Hotel in the Continental U.S., and partly because they offered an excellent Black Friday deal. It was gorg.

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The room was amazefest as well. Fireplace and huge bath tub. What more could you want?

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There were so many closets and drawers, I often forgot where I placed something. Not used to that!

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It was a short walk to Ralph Lauren’s restaurant, RL, where we indulged in a special Valentine’s Day lunch.

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The servers were dressed in…you guessed it! Polo button-down shirts and Polo ties, and all of them were flamboyantly fabulous. RL is cozy and intimate and feels as though you’re in Ralph Lauren’s living room.

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E had the RL Burger.

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I had the Lobster Club {without bread}. The food was delicious, and the experience was wonderful. It’s pegged as a tourist trap, but I disagree.

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After our late lunch, we walked back to our hotel to relax before dinner. We actually made our way down to the spa and put in a little work out. Then it was time to try out the tub!

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The Waldorf offers Salvatore Ferragamo bath products and they smell divine.

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Now if I’m being completely honest, Chicago was at the top of the list for one reason and one reason only. I love Giuliana & Bill. Love them. And I am not ashamed of it! RPM was the perfect spot for our first night in the city and to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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Our server, in his snappy white jacket, was absolutely fantastic, as was the food. My dishes are pictured at the top {Lobster Caprese & Strozzapreti, which is Porcini & Pine Nut Pesto (gluten-free) homemade pasta}. E had the bottom dishes {Provolone-Stuffed Peppers & Special Prosciutto Ravioli}. The gluten-free pasta was seriously amazing and I’ve never had chunks of lobster like that.

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For dessert, we had the Tartufo {hazelnut gelato with a chocolate shell}. Yumsies. RPM made me love G & B even more…if that’s possible.

How did you celebrate the big day? I can’t wait to share the rest of the weekend! Check back soon.

xoxo,

Christie

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