#tbt I’m on a Boat (on Lake Michigan)!

Now that it’s officially fall, this #tbt post (a new concept I’m trying because I’m behind on posting) seems completely necessary.

Seeing as boating on Lake Michigan has been on my to-do list for awhile, you could imagine my excitement when, late in the summer, we chartered a yacht for my bestie Tara’s bachelorette party.

I can’t recommend this enough! Here are my five tips for enjoying your time on the water:

1. Take lots of photos, including selfies. For some Chicagoans, getting on the water is a common thing (lucky devils), but for the rest of us, this opportunity is once in a lifetime–so document it. Must-take photos include (but are not limited to): group photos, skyline photos, photos with the captain, posh/diva photos, and sunset photos.

2. Skip short skirts/dresses and heels. I learned this the hard way. It’s windy, and there’s a ladder to the upper deck. Need I say more?

3. Don’t go below deck unless you have to. This is especially for my seasick friends. As long as I had fresh air, I was in good condition.

4. Be a tourist. You get such a great tour of the city on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Take advantage and pay attention to your surroundings. Repeat tip #1.

5. Have a good time! Being on a boat is an awesome experience. Be silly, be funny, live it up!

I’m so grateful to Tara and her sister for organizing this! Tara is getting married this weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited. I realized over the weekend that we’ve been friends for 20 years, which is just crazy and brings me a lot of joy. I am so happy for her and her husband-to-be. Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness! Xo

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Berghoff Oktoberfest

One of the perks of being a Chicago Food Blogger is that I get really cool emails inviting me to really cool events. (Insert invite to The Berghoff‘s media preview of their Taste of Oktoberfest menu.)

Going to The Berghoff was on my to-do list from the beginning of this blog. I have to admit, I’ve been twice, with my friend Mike. I am a pretty big fan of their corned beef, so when this email came through, I wanted to be there.

Fast forward to the event. Not only eat we eat fantastic German food and drink delicious beers, we also received a history lesson about The Berghoff.

The menu, a collaboration between Berghoff Executive Chef Mathew Reichel and the Berghoff brewmaster, created excellent authentic German options paired with a tasty variety of brews. The menu included:

1. Pretzel with Beer Cheese Sauce and Berghoff Hopeenstomper Hop-Fest Lager
2. Bratwurst and Berghoff Oktoberfest
3. Quinoa & Grilled Vegetable Salad and Berghoff Lager
4. Pork Stew (gluten-free) and Omission (a gluten-free beer)
5. Apple Strudel and Berghoff Shambler

So…which pairing do you think was my favorite? Drum roll, please…#4: the Pork Stew and Omission beer! This is the first year The Berghoff is offering gluten-free options, and my gosh, this pairing was the perfect fall combination. Then I would have a bratwurst and strudel, of course!

The Berghoff’s Oktoberfest is taking place September 10-12, from 11 am-9 pm at Federal Plaza (corner of Adams & Dearborn). Enjoy live music daily, a raffle, and this wonderful German fare.

Whether you go on your lunch hour or meet up with friends after work, don’t miss a great way to start off the fall season.

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In other news, this is my 100th post! Special thanks to everyone who has read a blog post (or all 100!), given advice, bravely came with me on a new adventure, or supported me over the last 21 months. I thank you and appreciate you more than you’ll ever know.

Xo. Stephanie

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