Not one single Hot Dog Eaten, but STILL my kind of town!
We were staying right downtown at the Hard Rock Hotel on Michigan Avenue, which made it a bit difficult to travel to the city's outskirts for those legendary Chicago Dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Yes, I know it's a tragedy of epic proportions...however we still ate good, walked away with TWO awesome wins at the UFC, and overall had a fantastic time!
Since we were downtown, most of the places right around us were fancy-shmancy, so it really didn't allow for us to dig into the cool, neighborhoody deli's and stuff that I love in Chicago so much. We got in late on Monday, and many places were already closed. The hotel concierge insisted we visit this place called GT's Fish & Oyster Bar. Never heard of it? Never had we. She said it was trendy. Do you hate the word "trendy?" So do we! Yet, we pressed on and we were glad we did...the restaurant was FANTASTIC!
It really wasn't trendy by L.A. or Seattle standards, so the atmosphere wasn't too pretentious and the furniture wasn't too weird-looking. The lighting, ambiance, and crowd were perfect. The food? Dee-lish! We got a little bit of everything...
|Tuna poke with mango, black sesame and cucumber. Poke in Chicago? Hmmm. I lived in Hawaii so it's pretty hard to impress me with poke but this was surprisingly good, fresh-tasting and the perfect texture that I like in a poke dish.|
|You must try GT's Oyster Po Boy Sliders with kimchee!|
|Later that week, weigh-ins took place at the historic, beautiful Chicago Theater. Which looks like this on the outside...|
|AND THIS on the inside. Clearly not my photo, and clearly not taken during weigh-ins....BUT|
|Glover Teixeira made weight for his fight against Rampage just fine!|
|Chris: "Stop....grrrr..telling the media...grrr...I'm an unknown fighter and let me fight Anderson!"|
Ed: "I never said that! Okay! Okay!!!"
(Many of you are probably reading this, going, "Who is that?")
|Gray Maynard and I catching up!|
|Myself and Sean Shelby, UFC matchmaker. Incredibly cool guy with a tough job--we had a blast!|
|FIGHT DAY!!! Great SEATS!|
|Backstage at the United Center - Glover Texeira getting his hands wrapped by the Pitmaster, John Hackleman!|
|And you if you were watching on Saturday night, you know that Glover Texeira won a unanimous decision over Quinton "Rampage"Jackson! Yay!|