Chicago Foodie Edition

Hello all! Although I have President’s Day off today, I had to take my car into maintenance early this morning, so there was no sleeping in for me. Ah well, at least I have the rest of the day to make that up.

As you know, I spent the weekend in chilly Chicago and we stayed at the Aloft Hotel located smack dab in the middle of many great foodie places in River North.

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  1. Beatrix, located inside the Aloft hotel, is apparently known for its caramel pie. I was not disappointed at all–in fact, we ordered another one the next night.
  2. Meli’s Cafe–went here and tried out the crab and spinach omelette–the portion was humongous. Definitely did not leave there hungry.
  3. Lyfe Kitchen–fresh ingredients and lots of vegetarian options–a definite must try if you’re in any of the city that has one.
  4. XOCO–this was a random finding just walking by the place and all I saw were the words “churros”. It was an instant sold for me and when I went in, we found out that the restaurant is owned by one of Chicago’s best chef as well as world-wide too, Rick Bayless. He also owns the Frontera Grill, which was a two hour wait for a table. We’ll have to come back to that one next time. Ordered the glazed churros–pistachio and hazelnut were both a big favorite.
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  6. Because Frontera Grill was such a long wait. Hubs and I decided to head over to Slurping Turtle instead for some ramen. I ordered the Seafood Kimchee Bouillabaisse that didn’t have the homemade ramen, but hubs was able to add some to my plate to try. Such a great place to come and warm up your belly from the Chicago temps.
  7. The next morning, hubs and I met up with one of my college friends, Sarah, who is a food and travel blogger in Chicago. Naturally I gave her the free reign to suggest where to go for brunch and she chose a Carriage House located in Wicker Park. We ordered the apple cider donuts to start as well as the shrimp grits and mushroom grits. This was the first time trying grits and I have quickly become a fan.
  8. Then for my last meal in Chicago, I wanted something light, so we headed for a quick happy hour oysters at Shaw’s Crab House.

Needless to say, my tummy left the city of Chicago well-fed and now it’s time to eat healthy again. I hope you enjoyed this foodie post and feel free to check out my instagram for the latest foodie adventure.


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  1. I’ve never heard of shrimp grits but it looks delicious! I’ll have to try it someday!