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I'm i a Payphone waiting for Cheese or Sugar: 12 days, 8 Flights.

I'm i a Payphone waiting for Cheese or Sugar: 12 days, 8 Flights.

Old Oct 2, 18, 12:54 am
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Originally Posted by pjs View Post
I think you'll find that the "scone" you enjoyed is commonly known as a "biscuit" on this side of the pond.
It wasn't served with what you call "gravy" - we call that white sauce or bechamel. Gravy is made with meat juices. Ergo, it's a scone :-)
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Old Oct 2, 18, 12:55 am
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Now scone's apart, the concert was fantastic: if you get the chance, go see the show.

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Old Oct 2, 18, 1:12 am
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Day after the concert it was back to Chicago on the midday Delta flight.

I didn't take any photos of this one as it was a short flight, but a very pleasant one.

Finally we got to spend some time in the city instead of bouncing through O'Hare. And we loved it.

What a fabulous city; lots of open spaces, green, lower rise buildings than NYC, amazing use of the riverside, astounding restaurants and food, friendly people; what more does a person need ?

We stayed in the Radisson Blu Aqua on Columbus, just south of Wacker and the river, but close to Millennium Park: really cool place with a terrace off the bar / dining room if you felt in need of some road noise and vehicle fumes.

Dining room and bar

We did the usual tourist stuff, river boat ride, visit the Bean so that you can suffer / enjoy the pictures.

After our boat ride on the last day of summer, so we were told, we stopped off at a place by the name of Howells and Hood in the base of the Tribune building across Michigan from the Wrigley Building.

As usual the food portions were huge: I had a salad for 2 for 1. Mrs 737 lived dangerously and had a Stella: when I lived in Belgium we exported that stuff: it wasn't fit for local consumption.

We had to try a Chicago pizza so went to one of Lou Malnati's outlets.

The pizza must be good judging by the queue to get in and the fact that the place was full. And it was. Probably the finest pizza I have had: beats Grimaldi's in NYC and Johns of Bleeker St.

We were wary of the portion sizes so chose the "Personal size": even that was too big. The couple beside us ordered a bruschetta start: in the UK tha would be 2 slices: they got 16 !

On our last night we had a reservation for Gibsons Italian: well worth the trip. The view is terrific but it was a little too windy to sit on the terrace so we had to move inside.

So it was time to head for home.

The only "gang agley" had happened on our arrival into ORD when the car company we had booked didn't turn up: their excuse was an invalid phone number. HELLO, it's a British number, the address gives you the clue when it says UK.

Just for info, British cell phone numbers start with 07: if you need to dial that number from overseas from a non UK cell phone add 0044 and delete the first zero. Irish cell phones are 087 or 086.

Anyhow, the delightful lady who picked us up to return us to the airport, Leslie McCant, was early.

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Old Oct 2, 18, 2:06 am
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The jump to EWR for our transatlantic on UA 81 to Manchester was on a 737, UA230.

We had the pleasure of encountering the biggest. most, nauseating, obnoxious individual in the northern hemisphere: a true DYKWIA.

She was the last person to board the First cabin and lost it completely because she couldn't find space in the overhead for her carry on: she then proceeded to berate the cabin crew and the guys in the row behind her telling them that they should move their bags from the overhead, put them under the seat in front to make space for her bag. You can guess that with her attitude she endeared herself to the entire First cabin.

Arrived in EWR and set about trying to find the Polaris lounge: followed the signs but gave up and went in to the United Club: reception lady told us that we should be in the Polaris lounge and gave us directions which as it turned out were useless. So we settled at the bar opposite C81 and waited.

Skymap confused yet again.

Flight time announced as 5 hrs 50 minutes: so with dinner and breakfast on the menu it was going to be a busy trip.

Dinner was served as soon as we reached cruising altitude: I choose the Thai curry, Mrs 737 the pasta.

The highlight though of dinner was this: the starter. Seared Tuna with Wasabi.

Absolutely amazing.

All in all United's catering impressed me: particularly given that it was a narrowbody and the return flight was so short.

We were offered breakfast but settled for coffee;Mrs 737 did ask for champagne but was told that they had run out of alcohol!

So, next trip is to Belgium in December via Eurostar to Brussels for the Xmas market: stay tuned:-)
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Old Oct 4, 18, 2:29 pm
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Great report!

You know you are at a good bar when the locals bring food to share with everyone else. Those rice-crispy treats on the bar in Wisconsin look great. I'm sure there was extra butter.
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