We went with Chas to see the Shamrox at the new Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Close, 30 minute drive. Nice new arena. Lots of bathrooms.
The team is not so well. We left after 3.5 quarters, not wanting to get autographs. The game itself was a lot of fun. We got 5th row seats, and they were right over the home “dugout”, so that was fun. But it was hard to see around the players to the goal, and the action is *really* fast. So I might go up 10 rows to get a better view.
They were behind the Buffalo team 11-8 when we left, but had just scored twice. I assume they lost. Welcome to Chicago, guys, home of the losers.
Interesting that 75% of the NLL players are Canadian. Alberta has two teams, Edmonton and Calgary. Having been there recently, I can see you might need something to do there in the winter.
Afterwards, we headed east to Rt 59 and ate at Claim Jumper. We had nachos for appetizer. I had a 1/2 “tuna” sandwich and excellent chili, Chas had something, and Bette had a nice crabmeat salad. I had a house beer, hefeweizen. Too cold, and somewhat tasteless. Bette had a Long Island Iced Tea. Kind of weak and tasteless.
Good, and really cool decor, but there are better places.
Took a break from the TDI Dance Competition in which the Woodstock High Poms — sorry, Dance Team, old habits die hard — did great (to our eyes) in AAA Pom. While in Geneva, we hopped over to pick up Bette’s mom, and headed over to Honey, a new nouveau diner in the Glen Ellyn downtown area.
You walk in the corner door from the -5 wind chill and it feels like a bakery. Case with food in the front, welcoming people behind the counter. A hostess seated us. Ceiling old school tin, very sparse decorating, track lighting. Lots of wait staff in crisp white t-shirts.
We quickly got coffees – bottomless, strong and good. The menu had lots of good looking things. One was a special oatmeal, cooked then fried in a pan. Lots of good salads, sandwiches. Had to pick one.
I ordered the breakfast burrito with sausage ($8.95). Bette had the veggie burger (8.95) with fries on the side ($2.95). Grace had the steak sandwich ($12.95).
After 20 mins and another cup of coffee, the waitress brought out the two orders of fries, explaining the steak was taking a long time. We nibbled on them, they were wonderful, with some crusty salt thing and a hint of rosemary. They were, however, trending toward cold, but not cold enough to complain. They must have been sitting there waiting for the sandwiches. The table next to us spilled a huge hot chocolate and moved over and we watched them clean it up.
In all, a nice place with a good breakfast. A welcome change from the usual.
Honey 499 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL