The store front of Branca.
The next day I went to visit my family for the weekend in Peoria. It had been a two years since the last visit, so I was long overdue. Happily, we decided in the future it made more sense to start meeting in Chicago and spend time there instead of schlepping down state, which is vastly different from northern Illinois where we grew up.
The biggest treat waiting for me was my little two year old nephew Robert Michael. He is just too cute for words. I have now become a doting uncle through and through!