Posts in category "Splurges"

Matzah Balls + Cheeseburgers at Au Cheval

Matzah Balls + Cheeseburgers at Au Cheval
It was a cold and rainy night (also known as May in Chicago) when the hubby and I sat down at Au Cheval in the West Loop. The restaurant had maintained a near permanent resident status on my to-try list, so I was thrilled when an after work event nearby along with an improbable lack... Read more »

Common Threads' Cook-Off: A Recap

Common Threads' Cook-Off: A Recap
Chicago’s best chefs faced off Wednesday night at Common Threads’ Third Annual Cook-Off, cooking (and competing for votes) in one of four categories: in a shell, on a dish, in a glass, or on a stick. The competition was stiff, with chefs dishing out creative — and delicious — takes on the theme. It was... Read more »

Brunch at Little Goat

Brunch at Little Goat
On a beautiful, summer Sunday morning, the type of morning that is the reason for living in Chicago, I ate outside with friends at Little Goat. For those unaware (do you still exist?), Little Goat is the diner-style sister restaurant to Chef Stephanie Izard’s more refined Girl and the Goat, just across the street on... Read more »
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Maude’s Makes Aging Better

Maude’s Makes Aging Better
Strange fact about my husband and me: we’re birthday twins! We were both born on March 13, although please note that he is older. This all works out really well for me, because, as I get older, I find myself not liking my birthday at all. It’s nothing new (kind of like me?), just the... Read more »

A Belated Valentine’s Day at Tango Sur

A Belated Valentine’s Day at Tango Sur
This year, the hubby and I celebrated Valentine’s Day a bit late. I was in Cincinnati for work, and he was working 90+ hours on the job. Totally romantic, right (insert eye roll here)? While he was working, I got spend Valentine’s Day with our adorable 6-year-old niece who lives in Cincinnati. She took me... Read more »

When You Go to Girl and the Goat, You Get the Whole Goat

When You Go to Girl and the Goat, You Get the Whole Goat
Girl and the Goat.  It is so dang hyped. Everyone loves it. Everyone loves Stephanie Izard. Blah, blah, blah love fest. Well, there’s a reason for it, my friends, and that’s because Girl and the Goat is freakin’ amazing. Totally off the charts, worth-all-the-buzz spectacular. Not only is the food top-notch, but the service is... Read more »
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The Savoy: A Fresh Take on the Raw Bar…and Absinthe

The Savoy: A Fresh Take on the Raw Bar…and Absinthe
I don’t often rave about a restaurant. One, it would be disingenuous, and two, it would be annoying. But newly opened Wicker Park raw, seafood, and absinthe (legal) bar, The Savoy, deserves an unabashed rant. It is excellent. And reasonably priced. So here goes…. Executive chef Brian Greene (who could not have been sweeter when... Read more »

There’s No Need to go to Naples when Spacca Napoli is Right Here

There’s No Need to go to Naples when Spacca Napoli is Right Here
Ravenswood is one of my favorite streets in Chicago.  Starting around Irving Park, large, old industrial buildings line the street heading north.  And inside those buildings, an array of unique tenants have made themselves homes: Story Studio (one of my personal favs); Architectural Artifacts (an amazing spot for an event or to just get lost... Read more »

Falafel at Falafill: It’s the Real Deal

Falafel at Falafill: It’s the Real Deal
Finding good falafel in the States is often an epic challenge. In some cities, there are no options at all. In other cities, such as Chicago, falafel can be mediocre at best. But at Falafill in Lakeview, Chef Maher Chebaro has risen to the falafel challenge, proving to all that there is more to making... Read more »
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The Bristol: A Win All Around

The Bristol: A Win All Around
From the very beginning I had a good feeling about the Bristol. My cousin and I were going to celebrate her upcoming birthday and, as is often the case with us, we waited until the very last minute to decide where we would go. I called the Bristol on a Thursday afternoon for a reservation,... Read more »