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Chicago – You Are One of My Favorite Cities in the US

Chicago
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By Lakshmi:

Chicago will always make my list of  favorite cities in the US.  Besides my annual sojourn for work every year (right after Thanksgiving and before Christmas), I have had the opportunity to visit this beautiful city across seasons a multitude of times.  Here are the things I love MOST about Chicago (Not in any particular order).  And my apologies ahead of time to everyone who has a zillion more things they love about this city that I have missed.  Please share those!

– Chicago gets my vote as one of the most beautiful cities year round.  But, I am partial to the fact that even when compared to New York, the city is absolutely the most beautiful city around the Christmas holidays.  The entire stretch of the “Golden Mile” along Michigan Avenue is a sight to behold.

– I love to walk and Chicago is a paradise for walkers.  Be it window shopping along the extensive store fronts of Michigan Avenue, walking along the waterfront, lazing in one of the city’s many parks or just exploring its various downtown bylanes dotted with restaurants, it is a walker’s paradise.

– Cloud Gate, the beautiful sculpture also known as “The Bean” by the Indian born-British artist Anish Kapoor is an absolutely stunning piece of work, a crowning glory of Millenium Park.

– The multitude of water tours offered are just a superb way to take in the city.  I am partial to the architectural tours that show you all the key buildings and tell you about the history and the architects and the impact Chicago’s preeminent architects are having with their building creations around the world.  No matter what tour you take, the city’s beauty will leave you wanting more.

– As a foodie, how can you not love a city that offers the best of every kind of cuisine known to mankind?  A personal highlight is of course the local specialty of Chicago Deep Dish pizza.

– The people.  Coming from the east coast of the United States, the friendliness of the midwest is just a welcome, soothing balm to the people you encounter in the New York/New Jersey areas.

– The world-class museums.  The Art Institute has an amazing collection spanning a multitude of periods and I can’t wait to see their latest Roy Lichtenstein exhibit.  The Field Museum is a must do for adults and kids and is home to Sue, the largest, best preserved T-Rex ever discovered.

– Lollapalooza, how could I ever forget rocking with my kids (a few feet away from the stage) at the Eminem concert?

– Spending time around Navy Pier and kicking back to watch the fireworks at night.  Another stunning way to experience the city.

– Every time I return, there is always a new aspect of the city waiting to be discovered, making me fall in love with it all over again.

Armand’s Chicago Pizzeria – Providing Pizza Comfort through Education, Marriage, Kids and Life!

Armand’s Pizza, DC

By Lakshmi:

If you have lived in the DC area for any length of time, chances are you have encountered Armand’s Pizza.  For several decades now, Armand’s has been providing the best Chicago style deep dish pizza in the Washington metro area, a fact endorsed continually by Washingtonian magazine and multiple awards for the “Best Pizza”.

We discovered Armand’s as students on meager incomes, appreciating the fact that for a few dollars, a slice of cheese or spinach would provide sustenance through many hours of campus excitement and boredom.  And when we graduated to better paying jobs and a place of our own, Armand’s was still a permanent fixture in our lives.  The local branch knew us as regulars who always wanted to customize half their pizza one way and another half differently, who said no to cheddar and yes to more mozzarella, who felt that there was no such thing as too much garlic or jalapeno on a pizza.  And when my boss and I got together, we always felt supremely productive and content with Armand’s for company.  Special occasions and cravings during a pregnancy would merit a visit to the Tenley Town location to not just dive into the pizza, but accompany it with the awesome Oreo milkshake.

Sadly, we moved away from DC to NJ and there was no Armand’s.  With family and friends still firmly ensconced in the DC area, we always found an excuse to visit and of course, one of our meals had to be Armand’s.  If for some reason our meal times were taken up with obligations, there would be two boxes of pizza riding back with us to NJ, the smells permeating the car through the whole journey and making us famished enough to polish off the boxes as soon as we were home.

So, what makes Armand’s Pizza so special?  And is it a lack of exposure to better deep dish pizza that makes us love them so?  First, if you are watching your calories, let me warn you that the pizza we have come to love is loaded with cheese!  And while they do offer a thin crust version, the subliminal aspect of this food comes from the cheesy depth covered with an assortment of toppings.  The crust is just right, the cheese so fresh, and the toppings divine!  Our favorite is the spinach and garlic pizza, where the spinach is blended with the cheese and garlic and you feel better thinking you have also met your greens quota for the day.  Despite many, many trips to Chicago and many more deep dish pizzas, Armand’s will always be top of mind and choice.

If you are in the DC area, please check them out. Their locations are listed on their site at:

http://www.armandspizza.com/newsite/locations.html