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Foodie Happenings- Chicago

I’ve been terrible at blogging these days, but these openings/closings in the Chicago area caught me eye over the past week & I thought I would share:

  • Umami has plans to open in Wicker Park (awesome)
  • Dinosaur BBQ is also coming to Chicago - (they’re all over Upstate NY and have a Harlem location, good wings!)
  • Scoozi is closing after 28 years! This is our local joint, huge location, good food and super child friendly. I’m hoping LEYE fills the space soon, because it’s right next to our park, and child friendly options are slim in River North! 
  • DMK is opening in the LAO18 space on Hubbard, yay!
  • Celeste is a great new drinks spot, the milk punch is amazing and apparently they altered Ben Franklin’s recipe. 

Thanks everyone for the gift suggestions, incredibly helpful! I always try to find unique ideas, but sometimes crowdsourcing helps procure some really good ones. Case in point, a really great anniversary gift. 

We’re celebrating our five year anniversary next month, and I know the traditional gift is paper while the modern is silverware. A friend brilliantly suggested getting a personalized copy from the restaurant where we celebrated, Eleven Madison Park. I just rang over and ordered” I Love New York”, and Chefs Humm and Guidara will personalize it.

A perfect combo of traditional and modern - thanks to my A&M for the respective reminders :)

Photo Credit: First Two Images are mine, the last image via Epicurious. 

Gift Ideas

I have so many gifts to buy this month and I am looking for suggestions. Please help me out :)

  • 4 year old girl birthday gift: newish friend, so don’t want to go all out….BTW. what do you spend on gifts for people you don’t really know? 
  • 2 year old boy birthday gift -he loves Curious George, but probably has all the paraphernalia. What do 2 year old boys dig? 
  • My nephew’s baptism
  • 5 year Wedding Anniversary gift for the Mister…….this is the hardest one.
  • Easter Baskets for the kids: They will have plenty of candy, but what non-candy items do you fill your baskets with?
  • This weather is really wearing on me. Sick of sweaters, layers, and hibernation. Hopefully we get a taste of spring very soon. In the meantime, these are a few things I am loving:
  • Broadway in Chicago just announced its new season: my standouts being, Charlotte’s Web and Annie! Can’t wait to check them out later this year! 
  • Tomorrow is paczki day….after 2 years in Chicago, I may finally track one down! Do you guys have breakfast for dinner on Fat Tuesday? 
  • Belatedly finished reading last month’s book club book "The Engagements". Verdict: I tried to read this book three different times and really struggled. The history of the diamond advertising campaign and Frances Gerety’s diamond is forever tagline was the most only interesting thing. The book was very choppy, and I found that bouncing from the different characters/story was a disservice from the intended connection the author was trying to weave. 
  • Our next selection, is one of my favourites, so I am now going to read something engaging and something mindless.
scholasticreadingclub:

Can’t believe we’re already adding something to the summer-to-do list, but how could we skip a Madeline exhibit? (It opens on July 4th.) 

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Madeline’s publication, the New-York Historical Society will honor the beloved schoolgirl and her creator Ludwig Bemelmans with an exhibition of more than 90 original artworks.

More info at the New-York Historical Society site. 

Cool! Hope it makes its way to Chicago.

scholasticreadingclub:

Can’t believe we’re already adding something to the summer-to-do list, but how could we skip a Madeline exhibit? (It opens on July 4th.) 

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Madeline’s publication, the New-York Historical Society will honor the beloved schoolgirl and her creator Ludwig Bemelmans with an exhibition of more than 90 original artworks.

More info at the New-York Historical Society site

Cool! Hope it makes its way to Chicago.

Weekend Highlights

  • Visit to Eataly which was surprisingly & pleasantly quiet on Saturday morning. The kids devoured some pastries, we picked up some delicious meats, cheese and vino!
  • Trip to Nordstrom since both kiddos feet suddenly grew overnight. Feet measured & new shoes procured!
  • Dinner with good friends and their kiddos at a very kitschy, touristy Chicago institution, it was interesting(to say the least). Who wants to venture a guess?
  • Sunday supper: Tried out a new meatball recipe courtesy of the geniuses from the Meatball shop. Verdict: Delish!
  • Vino, Downton and finishing my book club book.

This weekend we set off for our first ever mother-daughter girls trip to New York. My little Valentine and I met up with our mother-daughter besties for lunch at Má Pêche and devoured a cornflake cookie from the Milk Bar. Delicious! Charlotte has inherited my love of food and had no shame in devouring the bowl of ramen. Afterwards, we took the girls to FAO Schwarz, the nutcracker and the enormity of the place, not lost on them. We couldn’t leave without giving the giant piano a whirl. 

The girls had a very special Valentine’s tea party with Eloise at the Plaza, which was super cute. A plate full of delicious treats, pink lemonade, story time. The girls got a gift card so they could “charge it” like Eloise….but $10 only goes so far (ahem, nowhere at the Plaza).

Saturday morning, we ventured around in the snow to one of my faves, Alice’s Tea Cup for lunch(scones are fab). A sprinkling of fairy dust, and some butterfly wings delighted the girls. I remember visiting while pregnant and anticipating the day I could take my daughter there! After a tasty lunch, we set off for Cinderella on Broadway- currently starring Fran Drescher & Carly Rae Jepsen. Our seats were great, especially for two littles (second row Mezzanine, no obstructions) and booster seats were available. The show was cute, but we all got a little restless towards the end. Can’t wait to go back and watch Matilda and Aladdin! Also, looking forward to seeing The Wizard of Oz,in Chicago!

Sunday we had a delicious brunch in the burbs, then in the evening an awesome dinner at Tertulia. You know when you have two close friends who you know will love one another, but have never met? This finally happened, resulting in one of the most entertaining dinners in my life. And…if you think the Alta brussels sprouts are the best in the world. Wrong. Get here now! 

Yesterday was a travel disaster, delayed flight, lots of time circling, and a nearly 3 hour drive home from O’Hare…yet still lucky that our flight wasn’t cancelled and our driver actually showed along with a car seat! 

Overall it was such a fun weekend to spend time with close friends, explore the city, and despite it no longer being “home”, it still felt familiar. I guess it always will hold a piece of my heart and huge memories. The good news is that I actually wasn’t bummed to get home to Chicago, I think the Mister was afraid I would want to move back ASAP!