go cubs! Baseball is one of my favorite sports. I may be raised in Florida, but my all time favorite team is the Chicago Cubs. Our first stop for the day was Wrigley Field! There were statues of great cubs stars which was pretty awesome. I was so bummed out because I found out that later that day that there was a Cubs v. Marlins game and that Will Ferrel will be there. But oh well, there’s always next time!
go bulls! Our next stop was the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan anybody? Actually, his son goes to UCF and plays for our basketball team…which is pretty damn awesome!
go UIC? Then we headed to the University of Illinois at Chicago, aka UIC. It’s a pretty nice campus. But one thing I did notice that disappointed me terribly was that there was a lack of school spirit. Or maybe because I was just there for half an hour in the middle of summer school. I was so used to everyone at UCF showing off their knights pride, but here everyone was just wearing casual clothes. Boo.
go Chinatown! We were starving, so we decided to head down to Chinatown for some good food. I’m so sad that there’s no Chinatown in Orlando…or any official ethnic “town” for that matter. Anyways, the first thing I noticed in Chinatown was the smell. It was like the sewage system being thrown in your face. But I was too busy noticing all the different places in Chinatown to really care too much about the pungent smell. We went inside this store that had all sorts of things. Like huge Hello Kitty pillows, lucky chinese lucky things, statues, Chicago postcards. I actually ended up getting several Chicago souvenirs, a snowglobe and a buddha (well my cousin got it for me since it’s said that Buddha statues are lucky when given as a gift). Then we went explored this square that had the zodiac signs and their statues. I was a rooster, my mom was a tiger, dad was a snake and my cousin was a dog. Cool combination, eh?
go Joy Yee’s! We’re still in Chinatown, but I had to make a separate paragraph for this next place because it’s that special. We then ended up in Joy Yee Noodles because we were famished and we love this place. No seriously. This place is to die for! The menu was a gigantic book. Then there was a separate page just for their famous smoothies and bubble teas. I ordered their pomegranate lemon tea. SOOOO GOOD! But that’s just the drink. Let’s move on to the main entree shall we? We ordered the pineapple chicken and shrimp fried rice, Korean bbq, hot stone pot that had rice, salted fish and pork, and then pad thai. HOLY @*!&!(!!! I had a foodgasm. Everything was just amazing. I’m usually not a big fan of noodles or pad thai, but this one was great. The pineapple fried rice was inside a FREAKING PINEAPPLE for crying out loud. Don’t even get me started on that hot stone pot fried rice. When I first heard what it was (fried rice with salted fish and pork), I was like WTF? But then I tried it, and I could care less if I burned my precious tongue. It was soooo good!
The minute I got back to our place, I was exhausted. So like any normal college student, I took a glorious nap.