Family = Food - Erin's Inside Job

Family = Food

Oh man you guys. Get ready for tons of food.

Whenever we have people come from out of town, we always feel the need to take them to every delicious place in the city. There’s no way we could ever get to them all, but we always try and cram everything into a day or two. I’m not sure how we were able to sustain this every weekend earlier in the year because this weekend wore. me. out.

As I mentioned on Friday, Neil’s brother is in town for a conference and staying with us here in the city. Saturday morning we headed out to explore and came across Summer House, which has some of the best cookies ever. I’m not in that area often or else you would find me here on a regular basis with chocolate all over my face.

Summer House Santa Monica

We all split a pizza which photographed better than it tasted at another location, although right now I’m drawing a blank on the name.


Happy pizza eater.


We then proceeded to walk north to the third location of Aloha Poke in Lakeview. We split this bowl since apparently we were on a tasting tour of our own creation. Amazing as always.

Aloha Poke

We then decided to walk back towards home, making a stop at Aha Crepe for my favorite rolled ice cream. Prior to that, my brother in law also housed a donut at Stan’s. He’s one person who can eat more desserts than me. It’s amazing.

Aha Crepe

We needed to be back in the Gold Coast area by 2 pm for the start of Valerie’s Original Chocolate Tour. It is a walking tour to learn about different chocolate making practices, origins, and all sorts of other awesome tidbits. There are several tour locations, but we chose the one in Gold Coast since it’s near home.

Valerie's Original Chocolate Tour

We weren’t able to stay for the whole 3 hour tour, but we learned a lot in the short time we were there (and ate lots of chocolate). For instance, if you see a country on the chocolate, it generally means that the makers are proud of where they source their beans and that there is no child labor involved (as there is in commercially produced chocolate).

Look at these precious chocolate holders!


We also sampled some vegan truffles before we had to leave and they were amazing. If you’re ever looking for something awesome (and delicious) to do in the city, I would definitely recommend this tour. Valerie is so sweet and has tons of information to share!


Our Saturday evening consisted of a well-deserved nap, a quick stop out for dinner, and watching the documentary Food, Inc. before calling it a night. We ended up walking a total of 8 miles, but I’m pretty sure our caloric intake didn’t cancel that out. πŸ™‚

Sunday we were back on a mission to show him foods, so we grabbed pizza at Dimo’s and I grabbed my go-to mac & cheese slice.


Then he needed to try Jeni’s ice cream, where he proceeded to order 4 scoops AND this candy bar sundae. I can’t even.


He needed to make sure to try them all out first though.


Our last stop was Sweet Mandy B’s to give him one more chance to grab dessert. By this point I couldn’t even eat anything there (!!), but he grabbed a brownie and our food tour came to an end.

Sweet Mandy B's

Yesterday we only managed to get in 4.2 miles of walking and another nap. We spent the rest of the night relaxing and I made sure to prep for the coming week by writing workouts for my clients and taking the last part of the night to chill out, since we all know how important that is in a weekend!

He’s here for two more days, but the week should be relatively normal and no more crazy food adventures. I also remembered halfway through the weekend that I have another fitness photoshoot coming up at the end of the month soooooo we’ll see how that goes!

I hope you all had an amazing weekend and found some time to relax. Talk to you soon!


  • What did you do this weekend?
  • What’s the best thing you ate?
  • What’s your favorite dessert?

31 comments on “Family = Food

  1. DAT COOKIE…omg I want it. I’m so glad you got to eat so much food and spend time with Neil’s brother! Those are the best kind of weekends. πŸ™‚ I ate a ton of good food this weekend too and spent time at a “Bloktoberfest” Festival downtown with lots of beer, food, and music. So much fun!
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    1. That sounds awesome! And I could eat those cookies all day. Good thing they’re a little far away from me πŸ™‚

  2. I went to visit Chicago for the first time this weekend and went into Sweet Mandy B’s after seeing you recommend it before on the blog. It did not disappoint! Will have to check out the chocolate tour next time for sure! Thanks for the recommendation πŸ™‚

  3. I always always love your food recaps Erin, because you combine my love of food with spending time with my FIRST and best human friends, my family. πŸ™‚ That Aloha poke powl; every time you post a picture of one, I get an Oriental food craving deep down. And that mac n’ cheese slice? I have never seen anything like that before.

    Oh yes, and this weekend we had a missionary family from Uganda which was super awesome! I was there 3 years ago, so it was really fun catching up. πŸ™‚ And the best thing I ate might have been the cereal I ate last night cause I was so hungry still. πŸ˜€
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  4. mac and cheese pizza?! uhm yasss!! best thing I ate all weekend was prob a smoothie with almond milk, banana, almond butter, and cocoa powder!!

  5. Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Thanks for pointing out the spots you go to. I’ve been to Chicago a few times but never been to the places you’ve mentioned. The dessert spots look so enticing. I’m definitely going to hit them up the next time we visit there.
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