Photo shoot with Grandma and last days in the States

I am back in New Zealand after a long flight over the Pacific. It’s been great to be back with  Luke again and to catch up on our time apart. Today I am writing a big to do list of the things that need to happen before the movers come next Thursday. I thought it would also be nice to recap on my last few days in the States.

On Wednesday I went over to my Grandma’s to say goodbye. We decided to do a little photo shoot for fun.

Grandma loves cherry pie and scary dolls

Grandma also loves calling people on the phone (over and over and over all day long)

Grandma loves cuddling with the scary baby dolls

Grandma also likes posing like she's a mobster

On Thursday, I said goodbye to Mom, Dad, Natalie, Broca, the cats, and the snow.

See ya later, Mom and Dad

Ciao Nat Nat

One last lick from Broca

Bye Clarissa, Banshee (not pictured), and Salem (also not pictured)

Last time I will see snow for awhile

I flew from Cleveland to Chicago to spend the night with Jen before heading back to New Zealand. Rob was in Germany for work so it was just the two of us.

I got in around lunchtime, so we went out for lunch at this place near Jen’s called Southport Grocery and Cafe. It was so good.

My salad: beets, pickled fennel, goat cheese, pecans au poivre and a balsamic reduction

Hummus tasting platter to share

After lunch we walked around the shops for a few hours. There is an incomprehensible number of awesome jewelry and purse stores in Jen and Rob’s neighborhood. We got hungry again around 4pm, so Jen took me to Rise for a snack.  The food was awesome and I wish I could eat there everyday.

Edamame and Kirin Light

Niku Maki roll (shrimp tempura, avocado, spicy mayo, rolled in tempura crunch and topped with special yaku-niku sauce and cilantro

After chowing down, we went back to the apartment to chill out before dinner much later that night. I took some snaps of their kitties.



Time flew by and before we knew it, it was time to eat again. For dinner, Jen took me to Sunda a very hip and trendy ‘new asian’ restaurant. The  restaurant was buzzing with so many people and the food was just plain amazing.

Tuna sashimi roll with truffles, compliments of the chef

Rock shrimp tempura with glazed walnuts and creamy honey aioli

Crispy shrimp toast and spicy tuna jam

Baked Snow Crab Handroll - Alaskan Snow Crab, dynamite sauce, tempura crispies

Tail of Two Tunas Roll - Yellow Fin Tuna, pickled jalapeno, spicy mayo, super white tuna, fried shallots

Sisters at Sunda

To top off the evening we went and had a cocktail.

The next morning, Jen took me to Julius Meinl for good Vienna coffee and breakfast.

Strong and smooth

Almond croissant


Chicago was the perfect ending to my trip.

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