Congratulations to everyone who ran the Chicago Marathon this morning! Unfortunately I did not run the marathon, but I am working on planning a destination half marathon with a group of friends at the beginning of next year!

Onto what I did this weekend. Yesterday morning, the weather was beautiful, so I rode my bike to the Division Street Farmer’s Market between Clark and State street. I was pleasantly surprised that the market was much larger and busier than I had anticipated!

I came home with my first spaghetti squash of the season, Sun Gold tomatoes, some amazing concord grapes (these taste like candy!), green beans, a sweet yellow onion, fresh cranberries, sage and rosemary. There were so many pumpkins and squashes for sale at the market that I wanted to buy more than just one, but I can only care so much weight on my back while riding my bike!

Sadly the farmer’s markets in Chicago close at the end of October, so the next couple of weeks I’m going to have to stock up on things like onions, squashes, and potatoes for the winter! I’ll have to be sure to leave my bike behind next week so that I carry everything home. Stay tuned for pictures and recipe of what I plan to make with all of these autumn beauties!

On another note, I went to some of the most amazing restaurants for dinner this weekend. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the food due to poor lighting at each of the restaurants. However, I will gladly tell you all about them!

Friday night I went to Tango Sur, an Argentinean BYOB restaurant on Southport and Grace. The food here is TO DIE FOR. Will and I split steak with sweet potatoes, chicken and beef empanadas, and chorizo while sharing a fruity bottle of Estimated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon from Just Grapes. The wait to eat at Tango Sur is quite lengthy, but the food and prices are well worth the wait; you won’t be disappointed!

Secondly I went to Trattoria Isabella on Jefferson and Lake in River North with a friend on Saturday night. We sat out on the patio to enjoy the gorgeous weekend weather and split a few dishes including prosciutto with melon, fresh mussels, and a sausage and bell pepper risotto. Of course it was all phenomenal!

I think I’ve had my fair share of restaurants this week. I can’t wait to cook a few meals in my own kitchen and take a break from eating out. I currently have quite the collection of squashes that are dying to be cooked!

What did everyone else do this weekend? Did you go out and enjoy the beautiful warm Chicago weather? Did you or someone you know run the Chicago Marathon?

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