Yeah, it's not really restaurant week in Chicago, but it feels that way to me. I fully intended to use this week as a chance to restart my mojo, eat right and exercise. Instead, I've used this week to eat out. A lot.
Just in case you're inclined to follow in my delicious but not so healthy footsteps, here's a quick rundown of my week of culinary experiences.
A visit to Lula Cafe in Logan Square. My fella and I have been enjoying brunch there for many years, and it's still one of the best options for brunch in the city. Some weeks, I'd go so far as to say it's THE best brunch in the city. Their specials change from week to week, and sometimes they're better than others. Most times they're spot on, though. Go. Eat. And then nap. 'Cause you'll be full.
Vie in Western Springs. A friend from elementary school was in town for business, and we didn't want to drive all the way into the city for a tasty meal. Fortunately, there's an excellent option in the Western Suburbs complete with a Michelin Star.
I completely forgot that this is Barbecue Week at Vie, so not only did we have an amazing meal, it was that much more exciting because of the special menu. Yum! Also, their Carolina Style BBQ sauce was actually Carolina style, so extra points!
Yoshi's Cafe in Boystown. We eat here almost every week, and it never fails to deliver. Everything is good, and I mean everything. We've eaten here so often that I've had literally everything on the menu at some point.
Perinneal Virant. Our friends are in from out of town, so we thought this would be a fun option to share. Chef Paul's food is always so interesting and includes lots of local fare. I've also spent some time experimenting with his cookbook: The Preservation Kitchen. There are TONS of recipes for preserves and relishes, and the process of creating them is surprisingly easy. The book is also stunning!
So much for the diet this week. Next week, I'll get back on track but I plan to enjoy myself thoroughly until then!
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