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Sometimes you can go home again

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Over the weekend Jason and I went back to our hometown so that he could work on his car and I could make my first pie with my mom. Salted caramel apple, if you must know. And it turned out amazing. Anyway, on Saturday night we went out to dinner and, as we walked through downtown Champaign, Illinois, we walked right past the Thai restaurant where Jason and I went when we were first dating back in high school.
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Blazer – The Limited (same) | Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Necklace – Rocksbox (similar) | Pants – Old Navy (same) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar)

We started reminiscing about going on some of our first dates there, wondering if the owner would still recognize us. She used to know Jason by name since he went there so often. It’s why he took me there. In fact, it’s the first place I ever ate Thai food. Pad Thai, of course. And it’s now who I compare all other Pad Thai to. Jason and I even had our picture taken there for a newspaper article about “young love”.

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I haven’t changed a bit! Except my hair color. I think this was a reddish blonde phase?

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Anyway, we decided that on our way out of town on Sunday we’d stop by for lunch. We could tell from looking in the windows that NOTHING had changed. Not the seat covers. Not the decor. Not the signage. Nothing. We even saw the owner through the window!

So, we went in for lunch. And when Jason walked up to the owner she exclaimed, “JASON?” Yep. And the food was as amazing as ever. And we sat in the booth in the back of that newspaper photo. We didn’t even look at the menu. We always get the same thing, even here in Chicago. But nothing we’ve found in Chicago is as good.

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So, “they” might say you can never go home again, but in this case that just isn’t true. We did go home. And it was amazing.

P.S. This might be outfit deja vu, too, for you. Because I’ve worn a variation of it before.

P.P.S Linking up with Lifestyle by Joules

18 replies on “Sometimes you can go home again

  1. Mike

    Whoa! That’s pretty awesome Erin! Talk about a walk down memory lane. It’s cool that the owner remembered Jason and even more cool that she kept the newspaper article with the picture of you both when you were there the first time.
    And who doesn’t love Thai food? I remember having it once and loved it!
    Great post today; thanks for sharing! And that’s some pretty cool graffiti art that you’re standing in front of. I love the lettering.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      For years she had the newspaper article hanging on the bulletin board just inside the front door. We were sad when she took it down. Good thing I had a copy in my scrapbook!

  2. Allyson Clark

    That newspaper article is so cute! And I have a similar place back home in Jacksonville, FL – Pattaya Thai. It was the first place I tried Thai. For 8 years in Chicago I tried to find a better place and never could! Guess you never forget your first 🙂

  3. Linda

    Wow Erin. You really haven’t changed a bit. Their food is also the standard from which I judge all other Thai food. Simply amazing.
    PS Jason is a very hard person to forget!

  4. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    This whole post makes me feel so warm and fuzzy 🙂 I love that picture of you two in the paper, I love how this restaurant meant so much to you, I love that the owner remembered Jason – all of this is just so adorable and lovely it makes my heart smile 🙂

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I’m so glad we went back. We were trying to figure out why we don’t go back more often when we’re in town and I think it’s because we’re rarely around for lunch for various reasons.

  5. Anne

    I never had Thai food until I moved to Chicago. Ben’s Noodles & Rice up in Edgewater. Same as you, I’ve never found any place better than my first! Although I didn’t have any cute dates there 😉

  6. valerie

    That is so cool! Loves places like that with all the memories, and the great food. An oldie but a goodie! And you two look the same from that newspaper article- adorable! What a throwback Thursday 🙂

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I didn’t even realize I was posting a throwback on Throwback Thursday! How perfect!

      I don’t think I’ve changed a bit but Jason? He looks like such a baby in the photo!

  7. Maggie

    Awww, young love <3 I can't think of any places from my youth that haven't changed, at least not near home. My brother and I went back to the "resort" in Michigan my parents used to take us to and it was the same.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      There are some things in our hometown that have changed drastically (like the restaurant where Jason and I worked in high school and college has closed) so it’s nice to have this one piece of nostalgia to go back to.

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