New Year's Weekend - Erin's Inside Job

New Year’s Weekend

Time to get back to the real world!

I hope everyone had a great New Year’s celebration and you were able to enjoy this weekend. When uploading the pictures from the past couple days for this post, I realized they’re all food (minus one), so I’d say my weekend went pretty well.

Friday morning we woke up and headed to Wicker Park because Dimo’s was having an epic pizza brunch. They had an extensive menu of breakfast pizzas and if I drank I would have gotten one (or five) of their drink options as well.

dimos pizza

I got two slices: salmon and lox and coffee and donuts.


This coffee and donuts pizza was out of control. It doesn’t photograph very well, but it had manchego cheese, Glazed & Infused old fashioned donuts, vanilla bean donuts, ricotta spread base, and Vietnamese coffee sauce.

Yes, I know I said that I have a fitness photo shoot in three weeks, but this seemed like a once in a lifetime opportunity. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.


After pizza brunch, we headed to a coffee shop I needed to cross off my list: Caffe Streets. I got a soy turmeric honey latte and it was one of the best ones I’ve had during my coffee explorations. The taste was amazing and I loved the density of the foam which is never something I thought I’d say when describing coffee.

Note: They do not have almond milk if that’s something you must have.

caffe streets

We then walked about an hour towards Lincoln Park to try out a new pho place, Fuh. It’s more of a fast food Vietnamese option, andย you can get your basic pho there as well. I opted for loads of veggies in mine and it did not disappoint. I love the name because now maybe people will pronounce it correctly.


Flashback to Thursday night before the New Year’s celebration. As I mentioned on Friday, this was the first year that Chicago decided to step up their game and celebrate New Year’s in an epic way. This star traveled up the side of the Hyatt during the countdown and was accompanied by all sorts of fireworks.

I was not about to brave the crowds, so we just went out about five minutes before midnight since we had a view of it from outside our building.

chitown rising

It looks like all my photos are from New Year’s Day food adventures. For dinner we had salmon, steak, and Neil made this artichoke which confused and scared me. It seems like lots of work for very little return.


Neil got an assortment of chocolates from Millcreek Cacao Roasters for Christmas and they are delicious. It’s an award-winning company that makes farm to table chocolate, which was a new term to me. However it’s made, it’s pretty delicious and about half of these are gone already. I had nothing to do with that. PHOTO SHOOT BE DAMNED.

millcreek cacao

Saturday morning I worked out at Sweat which is something I haven’t been able to do in over a month because my teaching and training schedule hasn’t really made it feasible. I loved actually being back in class and am planning on getting there much more during this week.

The rest of Saturday and Sunday were filled with errands, naps, movies, and carrying 20 lb dumbbells home from Target after we decided we wanted to have some in the house. I also attempted to go to this magical Harry Potter-esque coffee shop hidden in an alley in The Loop twice during this last week and both times they were closed. Now I’m just determined to get back there this week no matter how good or bad their coffee is.

asado coffee

Have a great week!


  • What was the best thing you did this weekend?
  • How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve?

14 comments on “New Year’s Weekend

  1. Oh my gosh. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t know about that Dimo’s brunch until now, because I was in that area Friday morning and likely would’ve demanded to go there for brunch. DONUT PIZZA. Those are two fantastic words put together.

    The Chi-Town Rising star looks ENORMOUS! I haven’t seen it in real life, only on TV, but it didn’t look nearly that huge on the TV screen!
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    1. It was magical. They had a bunch of eggy pizzas too but I wanted my salmon and donuts.

      It was definitely pretty big and I’m glad I didn’t have to stay outside the whole time just to see it. The place was mobbed!

  2. I find the coffee & donuts pizza simultaneously drool-inducing and repugnant. I could see how that could be executed really well or just appallingly poorly. Selfishly, I’m glad you didn’t hold back because of your upcoming photo shoot — I love hearing about the indulgences you find!

    1. Well this version was executed quite well. I probably could have eaten 3 more slices! And yes, I’m not skipping on DONUT PIZZA for the life of me ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. And now I’m seriously hungry. That pizza looks amazing. I really do need to make it into the city more. When I have more (i.e. any) disposable income to visit restaurants. Glad you had an awesome weekend! My favorite thing I did this weekend: hang out with my good friend Carley, who is visiting for a few days. I’m always so happy to get to spend time with friends who live far away. Have a great Monday!
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    1. We have to actually set up a time to get together so we don’t keep going back and forth saying we are going to hang out haha

    1. Creed is on my list for sure but I might wait until it’s out on DVD. I like how your definition of vegging out is two movies and mine is like nine ha

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