Yay I’m officially 25 and older than I’ve ever been. Highfive parents! I survived my early twenties. Now we just need to get me married off  to some crazy-person brave/stupid enough and sprogged up and you guys can breathe a sigh of relief. Hey, one of your kids has to continue the genetic line, and with two gay sons, I’m your best bet! Sucks to be you!

So anyway, people always ask you what you did for your birthday, and this year, what with the landmark-ness of it and all, I wanted to be able to give a better answer than “I got drunk with my friends” (that did happen too… but it was not the defining achievement!)

So I went to Chicago with my friend Rosie. And got drunk there. But we also did other stuff too.

And oh my.

Chicago is quite a city.

Not only is it stunning to look at, it is full of the hottest men I have ever seen in my life, and the nicest people on the planet. The food is genetically engineered to be the best thing that has ever been in and around your mouth, and every street you stumble down lost (always) you will find something cool, unique and wonderful that you just want to cuddle a bit too tight, like a really squishy-faced kitten.

To say I love that city would be an understatement.

I’d like to take Chicago home to meet my parents. I’d like to write Chicago cheesy love songs that I’d totally sing and upload to Youtube and I wouldn’t even be embarrassed about it.

The 5 best things about Chicago:
5. The Stunning Waterfront (are you listening Toronto, with your under-utilized harbour front)
4. The Jazz/Bar Scene – so many options! So many cool/different/quirky spots.
3. The Architecture Boat ride and the pride in the buildings there
2. The People who are so freaking cool (and attractive)
1. The Deep Dish Pizza

I think I probably consumed over 100,000 calories while in Chi town. I stopped saying no to things that were delicious and started saying yes.

This is a "small" size Chicago deep dish
This is a “small” size Chicago deep dish

Deep Dish Chicago Pizza is the best thing that was ever invented and I don’t understand why it can’t exist outside of Chicago. Because I would eat it every day, and that is no lie. While in Chicago we also ate Blue Cheese and Tandoori chicken pizza, Macoroni and Cheese Pizza, and Smores Pizza (chocolate sauce, teddy grahams, marshmellows.) We ate every weird thing we could find and we loved it. We even went to American McDonalds and tried Sweet Potato Pies (no boring apple pie thankyouverymuch).

Blue Cheese/Tandoori Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, Smores Pizza slices
Blue Cheese/Tandoori Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, Smores Pizza slices

Now I can fully understand why there are so many obese people in America. Absolutley no doubt about it, if I lived in America, I would be obese. 100% There are too many delicious things there.

In fact I might have come back more obese if we didn’t get so lost all the time and just walk around (we could have easily not been lost, so many people offered us directions/help/to be our tour guides – we were just happy to explore).

It definitely helped that I was with my stunning fellow Blonde Aussie gal (an accent will get you EVERYWHERE in the United States) but seriously the people are so nice there. And everybody wants to chat because they love their city and they LOVE that you love their city.

We got a hug off our Cheesecake Factory Server. The guy I sat next to on the plane ended up taking us for a few drinks and told us to call him if we ran into any trouble over the weekend.

Nicest. People. Ever.

So if you want to stuff your face, be inspired, walk around a place that looks like a post card and hurt your neck from staring at all the attractive babes (seriously… what are they feeding you guys?!) then get to the Mid-west, because Chi-town has it all.

We love you Toronto, but we’re OBSESSED with you Chicago!!