After a restful nights sleep where I think we both had about 10hrs & 8hrs sleep each (guess who had the 10!) we had a leisurely start to the day.
We had breakfast out at Butterfields (http://butterfieldsrestaurant.com/index.asp) & both of us elected to have egg Benedict. But that was not straight forward as were offered it with hash browns or grits. We knew what hash browns were & I’d heard of grits but not sure what they were, so i asked our waiter. The answer was “it’s hard to explain but they are like ground corn, i can bring some over for you to taste if you would like?” “yes please”. When they arrived they reminded me of porridge (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grits). On first taste they were a surprise that the American palate likes them as they usually have a sweet pallet. The waiter explained that they are usually eaten with a knob of butter in, so we tried that but that was not to my liking. Michele added a little maple syrup & that was OK but i prefered them just plain. They were however not what i would have had with eggs Benedict. good job we elected to have the hash browns. The eggs Benedict though were delicious.
After breakfast we’d offered to take Aunty Jilla out shopping again with us and rather than sit at Julie & Joe’s on her own (as Julie & Joe were at work, while Elle was at school) she accepted the offer to be put through the heavy shopping campaign Michele was intent on having.
The first shop of the day was Costco (http://www.costco.com). Once in the store you could have been at Costco in Haydock Park or even Trafford Park. It was all a similar shopping experience to the UK Costco but in $ not £. It was interesting walking round though that the more expensive cuts of meat in the UK (Steak & Lamb) was cheaper in the US, but the cheaper cuts of meat (Flank/skirt) was more expensive in the US – how odd. Michele bought ANOTHER pair of shoes, while Aunty Jilla bough some PJ’s & a LARGE bottle of Bacardi for Julie.
Now off for some more serious shopping this time to Oak Brook Mall (https://www.oakbrookcenter.com/en.html), we shopped here 2 years ago & Michele was intent on coming back to shop at Abercrombie & Fitch. Again she was not disappointed, with tee shirts & shirts for the kids. Then it was the Microsoft store & a look at the Surface Pro 4 (http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Surface-Pro-4/productID.325711500?s_kwcid=AL!4249!3!82559571893!e!!g!!surface%20pro%204&WT.mc_id=pointitsem+Google+Adwords+5+-+Surface+Pro+4%2F4&invsrc=search&ef_id=VyubxgAAAT-ZFqD9:20160511013118:s). I did tell her no though as i’m not sure we as a family will get the benefit. OK last shop of the day was Nordstrum (http://shop.nordstrom.com/?origin=tab-logo) nothing bought again (Yippee), Oh No i;ve been conned its not the last shop of the day as there’s a Macy’s (http://www1.macys.com/index.ognc?cm_sp=navigation-_-top_nav-_-macys_icon) on the mall too! I’m still having nightmares about our trip to New York City in November 2015 where i spent nearly 3 days in Macy’s!!
Back at Julie & Joe’s for a coffee & a chat after they both came home from work, then we left them to it & headed off to find some tea. Mcdonalds it is & a meal that was not overfacing us.
Tomorrow though is Chicago day, we are catching the train from Lisle to Union Station, Chicago for a day of spending time in my favorite city.
We may not be back in time for me to post an update tomorrow so you may have to wait until the morning after.