Chicago Trip

Took Mohamed to Chicago to celebrate his Birthday on the 12th. My friend Eunice had us over for dinner at her condo on Friday night. It was a gorgeous affair. The cake was soft like silk and was made with Greek yogurt and blackberry mousse. Yumm.
For some reason I am not able to post pictures here. I am getting all kinds of junk with letters and numbers.

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Anyway, on the way to Eunice’s condo I lost my iPhone in the taxi. Spent the entire weekend without it, and felt like I was so helpless.
The next day went to Chicago Art Institute. Loved going through the building. I need to go back and take every thing at a sedate pace.

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Went to lunch at hotel Sofitel and had a fantastic brunch.
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And finally went to the Alhambra place in the West Loop. It is a replica (sort of) of The Alhambra Palace in Spain. The place is exquisite and ornate, with beautiful architecture. The food was not bad, and the entertainment was so so with a lot of belly dancing.

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After I got home, I went to the US Cellular place and got me a new updated phone. Got back all the data and the photos that icloud had saved. Phew! So happy about that.

Now I need to figure out why I am not able to post pictures. For instance, when I go to post an image, this is what it shows. whoa! it does show the image in the published post. Pfffttt.

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About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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23 Responses to Chicago Trip

  1. whyzat says:

    I had the same problem with seeing photos until I realized that I was typing in the text only box. If yours is the same problem, there are tabs in the upper right corner of the box: one of them says “text” and I forget what the other one says. Maybe that will help you or you’ve already realized it.
    You trip sounds fun. There is a lot to see there.

  2. marica0701 says:

    Lovely photos!!

    There is a lovely Lebanese restaurant nearby, and they regularly feature a bellydancer for entertainment. I have been meaning to dine there so that I can see the dancing.

    Blackberry mousse sounds divine.

    • Zakiah says:

      I have really no words to describe the texture of the cake. it was like silk flowing through my mouth. I brought one home to serve at the book club meeting I had that Monday, and they all just went crazy over the dessert.
      I have seen some really good belly dancing in Beirut Lebanon, and so when I see ladies dance here, it leaves much to be desired.
      I had posted a lot more photos on xanga about the Chicago trip. Got a little disappointed when I couldn’t post the photos here initially, and so took off several of them. if you feel like you could go into my xanga post and view some of them.
      Love and hugs.

  3. sunsetdragon says:

    Happy you got your problem with posting photos taken care of. Love the iPhone 6 app for WP and do most of my photo posting from it.
    You and your Mr look so regal sitting in the chair that looks like a thrown.
    What a beautiful place the replica of the Alhanbra Palce is.
    Love the belly dancers and we have a group of young ladies here who belly dance is all of the parades and at all of the festivals and they are beautiful.
    Sorry you could not post all of your photos here and was not aware Xanga is still going. I mss the old Xanga before all of the changes.

    • Zakiah says:

      Ruthie, you can still go to xanga and see the posts and comment on them. You just cannot post on your blog there. I would love for you to stop by there sometime. You are so far ahead of me when it comes to computing. So there is an app for WP? I did not know that. I will have to play with it.

  4. sunsetdragon says:

    Opps fo rgot to say happy birthday to your husband.

  5. Wow – that cake looks very good. I’m glad the lost phone didn’t cause too much of a problem. I’ve always wanted to visit Chicago.

  6. What wonderful fun!!!
    Mohamed and I share a birthday week! Glad he had such good celebrations! Happy Belated Birthday to him! 🙂
    Wow…on the cake! 😮
    Love the dancers!
    HUGS and ❤ !!! 🙂

  7. It is a pleasure to read you,zakiah . Excepted the morning post for our friend Mae I did not hear much of you . but at first i WISH A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MOHAMED;
    But this is one of your posts that I like . You always distinguished and elegant in beautiful places .Sorry for your cell phone . I wonder about this system allowing to find again the photos . Perhaps a honest people will bring back the lost one to the police
    I hope your health is good
    Love ❤
    Michel

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you for your birthday wishes for Mohamed. He felt very proud of himself to be escorted by ladies!
      Thank you for the kind words and compliments dear Michel.
      I was quite distraught over the loss of my phone. But didn’t want to put a damper on poor Mohamed’s mood. I am happy that I got a new phone. The i-phones have an app that can save all the data, like photos and numbers and messages etc. I was very happy that I had that, and therefore I was able to get all my contact information back. Most of all the photos of my grandchildren.
      My health is good Michel, and I hope you and Janine are doing well.
      Love and best regards,
      Zakiah.

  8. christao408 says:

    Sounds like a fantastic trip. Would love to have a recipe for a chocolate cake made with yoghurt and blueberries! Hope you and your family are all doing well Dr. Z.

    • Zakiah says:

      I am sorry I missed this comment Chris. I wish I had that recipe. All I know is that she got it from Whole Foods, and it was made with Greek yogurt and had black berry mousse. I should check that out on google.

  9. Glad you got all the data, etc.
    Sounds like a wonderful trip. That cake looks great. hugs.

  10. rudyhou says:

    greek yogurt and blackberry? YUM. i would love that.

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