Apr 21, 2012
Hi friends, it's been a while, forgive me. Figured that it would be a little easier to do a little roundup of the recent restaurants that I've visited. Ok, so I'm a little short on time with my crazy work schedule, so this is actually out of some laziness, er necessity. Now where to start.
Nellcote: Another Randolph St. win. I went to Nellcote a few weeks ago and made the mistake of agreeing that I would be present at a reservation that occurred right when I landed at the airport. Sooooo I was an hour late, but just as I was arriving the food came out. Lucky me. I was a little frazzled coming in, but as soon as I sat down I noticed how adorable the decor was. Very romantic with a touch of modern. The similarities in decor vs. the owners' other restaurant, Old Town Social, were minimal at best, but you could tell that it was catered for the Randolph Street foodies. The food was your trendy standard small New American cuisine plates, but nonetheless impressed. My favorite was the lobster strozzapreti (for sure googled that at the table), flavored with pesto, which I don't usually even like, pine nuts and onions. Talk about melts. in. your. mouth.
Mexique: I've been to Mexique many a times before as it's a less crowded restaurant that's in our West Town neighborhood. So 1. walking distance 2. no reservations needed (usually) and 3. bomb.com oh, and 4. we had a $10 off coupon to take care of the tip overage. I usually order the tortilla soup dish with some sort of meat, but this time I went with the beet salad and pork belly risotto. Oh wait, that's still meat.
Lula Cafe: Another locale that isn't new to me, but one that is absolutely worth frequenting. I love how Logan Square is the new uppity hipster neighborhood and there are definitely restaurants to complement. Me and Sean woke up one early weekend day and decided it was early enough to beat the typical brunch rush. So we waited 20 minutes, even though we got there at 10am and they open at 9am, but the food is for sure, worth the wait. I think since we have been last they have expanded their restaurant, so goody about that as well. I had the french toast, and as boring of a brunch item that might be, I just love when french toast is made with the thickest of thick bread and the act of smearing it with a huge hunk of butter and syrup, just melts my heart to pieces. Although Sean ordered the Pulled Pork Pozole that was on special for the day and I was jealous for a second, I am always happy with a safe choice. This is why you never dine alone =)
Apr 16, 2012
Sean subscribes to the Wall Street Journal and as much as I love to read about the stock market, S&P zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, ok fine, it puts me to sleep. One section that I do love is the weekend Life and Culture section and this weekend Sean Brock's "Butter-Braised Asparagus with Shrimp and Lemon Hollandaise" recipe caught my eye. Sean Brock is a chef at Husk and McCrady's, both in Charleston, S.C., and is well known for his Southern, new American fare. I can't wait to make a trip down south for a visit to one of his restaurants!
I have never made Hollandaise sauce, but after viewing several youtube videos (how did anybody ever learn to cook on their own without them?), one failed try, a few eggs and sticks of butter, I had some creamy goodness on my hands. This is quite an easy recipe, because after I jumped the Hollandaise hurdle all I did was boil the broth mixture, braise the asparagus and poach the shrimp and voila! Sunday dinner. Definitely adding this one to the dinner rotation.
Apr 13, 2012
I can't get enough of neon these days. I know, it's all over every magazine as the trend of the season blah blah blah, but I feel like it's one of those 80s trends that should have never gone away. Like this neon green necklace that I bought from F21 for a whopping $14.99. It's jazzed up so many outfits that would have been so boring otherwise. Some other bright lovelies that I've also picked up are a hot pink chain necklace that was on sale at JCrew, also only $14, and the softest neon green tshirt from JCrew, also 50% off right now, and currently in stores.
Yea or Nay for neon?
Yea or Nay for neon?