Last Friday, we headed out to celebrate some recent FABULOUS news for my dear friend Christie. I feel weird revealing her personal life on my blog (my friends are troopers enough with my constant camera toting and blog talking) but let me just say, its big, amazing, and fabulous news. In short, she is getting a huge award/fellowship to finish her Ph.D in Italy! Oh yes, you read that right...ITALY. See, I told you it was big news! And what better way to celebrate big news than gourmet burgers, fancy fried pickles, and "adult" milkshakes :)
After a year of me living in Chicago, I think Christie has finally gotten used to my train photo opps :)
After hearing about The Counter, one of Chicago's favorite build-your-own burger joints, on Gilt City, I knew we had to try it. (And the discount deal didn't hurt either.) The "check yes or no" paper menu approach is broken down into 5 catagories: Choose your burger, cheese, toppings, sauce, and bun.
Hahaha, I love this picture. Jess and Christie were deep into burger building at this point. Though all the ingredients were amazing, fresh, and some pretty unique, it was totally overwhelming to narrow down your choices!
Me and my burger builder :) I decided to go with a beef burger with brie cheese, bacon, dried cranberries, lettuce, cucumbers, and apricot sauce on a pretzel bun. I know it sounds a little crazy, but...
...it was SO GOOD!
And to finish off the meal...adult milkshakes! We chose the Banana Split which was a banana milkshake with cherry vodka and whip cream. And not only was it delicious, but the Skyy cherry made it taste just like a one-sip banana split!
The fabulous guest of honor! I can't wait to see all that God has in store for her in ITALY, eeek!
Anyone else out there a major fan of build-your-own burger spots? The Counter has several locations across the country, so check out their website to see if there is one near you. And by the way, in case you're wondering, I am already scheming how I can get myself to Italy to visit Christie. I mean, I can't let her experience all that fabulousness without me? :)