Thursday, July 4, 2019


Patience wanted a way to pay homage to Anthony Bourdain since a year has gone by since his death.  We just happened to be stopping in Chicago on our way back from Milwaukee, and she suggested (demanded?) we stop by Jollibee on our way through town.

I have no doubt that Patience saw herself walking in the footsteps as the great "food adventurer" Anthony that day...

We made it to Jollibee!
There are two Jolliebee restaurants in the Chicago area and this one was smartly attached to a Seafood City, frequented by many Asians.

Inside the Seafood City
Patience couldn't wait to try the Halo-Halo (HOLLA!), which was a frozen milkshake-like drink, but with this colored yam ice cream on top. There were also jello-like pieces in it, which were tasty, but the cannellini beans were just too weird for me. (You can see them at the bottom of the cup below.)

Patience is stoked to drink her Halo-Halo!
Jolliebee is known for their fried chicken (definitely could take on KFC), but there was also has a strange mix of other fast food and random sides thrown in.

I chose the one piece "Chickenjoy" with the "Jolly Spaghetti". I didn't think you could make spaghetti taste weird, but it did...

Chickenjoy with spaghetti
Patience chose the Palabok Fiesta noodles for her side, which tasted similar to Pad Thai, but with glass noodles. This was definitely the best side. Of course each piece of chicken came with a small container of gravy.

Chickenjoy with Palabok Fiesta
I am thinking the chicken sandwich or a burger may have been far safer choices, but the Peach Mango pie was just as tasty as McDonald's.

If you're up for a food adventure unlike most others I post about here, put this on your list for the next time you visit Chicago. At least know that I warned you...


Jollibee =

Photos by Patience Scanlon

PW Pizza Great Divide Beer Dinner 2019

I wasn't too familiar with Great Divide and this may have been their first time at PW Pizza for their beer dinner series. I admit that I do love their cans with the large letters... I'm sure it would grab your attention in the store!

We started off the night with their seasonal Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale. This was actually "not too sour" and seemed more like a sweet and fruity summer beer. This beer was purposely paired with a fruit salad as well, although the Spicy Watermelon Fruit Salad was a little too spicy for me! (The new chefs this year really like to heat things up!)

Spicy Watermelon Fruit Salad
I love the name of the first pizza...Wakey Bakey pizza, which is perfect for a breakfast pizza! There really were scrambled eggs on the pizza with lots of veggies and sausage gravy. This was paired with Colette, a farmhouse ale. I enjoyed another "easy to drink" beer, although it did ring up at 7.3% ABV.

Wakey Bakey Pizza
Yet, the Muffuletta pizza was the best, probably because I normally love olives on a pizza, but the salami and ham went great on top too. This pizza was paired with the Titan IPA, which helped to cut through the grease of the meaty pizza.

Muffuletta Pizza
I love the name Roadie for a beer and it makes sense to show a guy on a bicycle too. It's really a grapefruit radler, another seasonal beer, but the grapefruit was just too much for me. The stuffed banana muffin was amazing anyway, thanks to it being stuffed with chocolate ganache!

The edible flowers were so pretty too!

Breakfast of Champions

Great Divide Menu

Great Divide =

PW Pizza =

Photos by Patience Scanlon