April showers bring May flowers. The Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research kicked off its first week back with a Walk and Talk to the French Market.
It was a warm April day, and the sun was welcoming spring quarter with open arms. Just kidding. We quickly sauntered to the Brown Line while we dodged picturesque snowflakes and the occasional ball of ice.
We rushed down the stairs at Washington and Wells and headed toward the French Market. I did not realize that the French Market was located underneath the Ogilvie Transportation Center’s train tracks, which easily beats their food court.
The CMWR and its participants meandered through the market, jaws dropping at the sight of all the delicious French pastries and desserts, while experiencing a sensory overload of delicious smells.
Some of our participants decided to take part in the cocoa goodness that took all sorts of shapes in the form of truffles at Lolli and Pops. Mark L. decided to try a “beef stick” from Fumare Meats. Hana Y. scooped up a scrumptious enchilada at Buen Apetito.
A few of us tried some amazing burgers at Frietkoten. Collectively, we ate burgers with cheese, bacon, and apples, all of which included fresh hand-cut Belgian fries (fried twice!). (And a shout out to EDGEtern Sarah G. for these great photos!)
The French Market has numerous vendors that all offer something unique. They have a fresh produce store, a Greek vendor, and even a vendor that only sells gelato (what else do you need?).
If you are ever commuting via Ogilvie, take the stairs down immediately after you exit the train and check out the French Market and all its deliciousness. Or, if you are near the Loop campus and have some spare time for lunch, wander over to the French Market and get some truffles, or gelato, or a Belgian burger. Why stop at just one? It’s only a 20-minute walk from DePaul’s Loop Campus.
Feel free to join us for our next Walk and Talk event, which takes place on Monday, May 16, at 3 p.m. We will meet in Lewis 1600 and will depart shortly afterward to explore Chinatown and all of its awesomeness!