WIAW – Chicago Eats (Again!)

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The last thing I should be doing now is blogging, but goodness knows I need a break from this and this and this.  Thank you, physics.  Also, now I have an excuse to share some of the delicious meals I ate while I was in Chicago over winter break.

First up, lunches (and a few dinners) out!  At school – and in NYC in general – most often I eat lunch at home or pack a lunch.  Going out for lunch is a bit of a treat, since my budget doesn’t support doing so on a regular basis.  At home, I had plenty of chances to go out to lunch (thanks, mom!), as well as friends to meet for lunches and dinners.

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Roasted mushroom and swiss chard with whipped goat cheese on niche – from Floriole (favorite local French bakery, I always eat here at least once when in Chicago!)

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pistachio croissant, split with mom for dessert.

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Chocolat a l’orange – a delicious drink from Uncommon Ground.  Orange blossom white tea, steamed (soy) milk, chocolate, orange zest.  They serve all their lattes in bowls!

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seasonal scramble!  eggs, goat cheese, sweet potato (scrambled in), brussels sprouts with a side of crispy potatoes.  This was still while I was in soft-food-only mode, recovering from wisdom teeth extraction.

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another Floriole lunch – the tartine with creamy feta, sunchokes/jerusalem artichokes (aka my new favorite root), parsley, caramelized dates and onions (I got it on the side since I don’t eat the onions). Must recreate this soon!

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A lunch special from Urban Vegan – an all vegan Thai restaurant!  My dish of choice was the pumpkin, eggplant & tofu something or other.  I ate every bite.

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Lunch at Ann Sather – a Swedish diner!  Looking at the menu was a bit of a flashback to last year, although the dishes they serve at AS are far from authentic.  Still, the flavors are there.  I started with a side salad with a delicious caraway dressing.

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For lunch, gigantic smoked salmon and dill omelet.  Simple, but hit the spot.

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One night I met up with my cousin at Native Foods Cafe – she’s vegan, and what better excuse than that to go to an all vegan restaurant?!  We started with the Saigon rolls.  YUM. that is all.  Actually, I want more of that peanut sauce now.

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For my main, I got my usual favorite – the sesame kale macro bowl.  I adore this dish.  And good thing I was hungry, because I probably would have eaten it all no matter what.

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The bowl comes with a side of cucumber salad.  We also each got a small dessert (vegan carrot cake cream cheese frosted cupcake for me, peanut butter parfait for her), but I was too involved in the food and conversation at that point that a picture just didn’t happen.

This is not by any means a comprehensive list of all the restaurants and cafes I visited while in Chicago, just a sampling of favorites.  And the best photos I have. The same goes for this next part – dinners at home! One thing I love about going home to Chicago, is getting to cook with my mom in a real kitchen (as opposed to my sad excuse for a “kitchen” in my nyc apartment).  Some of our dinners:

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Chelsey’s spinach, artichoke and white bean chili – not pretty at all, but basically tastes like spinach-artichoke dip in a bowl.

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A random breakfast that was strangely good – half a large banana, half an avocado, 2 eggs, coffee.  Totally different from my usual lazy-girl breakfast of toast or microwaved oatmeal!

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Chocolate chip chili and homemade jalapeno cornbread.  This was golden globe night, and one of the tastiest dinners we made!  That cornbread also tasted delicious with two runny eggs for breakfast one day.  Homemade baked goodies are the best.

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Simple teriyaki broiled salmon, garlic and ginger bok choy (plus a big unpictured salad with miso dressing).  I do love my Asian flavors.

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white beans & greens (super garlic-y!) and trader joe’s veggie gyoza.  No idea how this came together – but surprisingly it wasn’t my idea.  Hey, I guess I have to get my weird-food-combo gene from somewhere!

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And last meal in chicago – a (freaking complicated. but not really) salad from Potbelly at the airport.

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I also had a little bag of Nuts on Clark Chicago mix popcorn to keep me sane while waiting for a flight that was randomly delayed 2.5 hours.  Thank you, outdated technology at LGA.

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Other things I’m going to miss about Chicago? THIS FACE.  I’m so mad my phone somehow corrupted this picture on my sd card.  But it’s still adorable.

Do you like eating at cafés and restaurants? Or prefer to cook at home?

Favorite meal you’ve made recently?

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5 thoughts on “WIAW – Chicago Eats (Again!)

  1. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish

    Wow, this post contains some *serious* food porn. YUM!! I have no idea where to begin, as every single picture you posted contains something I’d devour in a heartbeat. I’m especially interested in the chocolat a l’orange and salmon omelet. Couple those two together, and you have one delicious brunch! :) Thanks for sharing, Rachel; it sounds like you had a fantastic time in Chicago!

  2. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Oh my GOSH! So much good food! That tartine looks BEYOND incredible! And now, not only do I have to go to the store for plantains, but I guess I’ll be looking for some of those sunchokes too! Lol

    Love the idea of chocolate chip chili! And man, it’s been SO long since I’ve had some good cornbread!
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    1. Rachel Post author

      Sunchokes are AMAZING they’re like potatoes that taste like artichokes. Brilliance. And if you’ve never made chili with cocoa in it, you’re seriously missing out!


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