Back In The Chi

There are no words to explain how great it felt to be back in Chicago this past weekend. My husband and I drove in for a weekend filled with great friends and delicious food. It was a jam-packed few days, but we managed to squeeze in different plans with several friends. It was hard to leave after such an amazing weekend with my friends.

Thursday night a group of our friends got together at Davanti Enotecca for a fix of some of our favorite Italian. It was a fun night filled with lots of laughter, wine, and pizza.

Friday I went on an early morning stroll through Lincoln Park, followed by lunch outside with my Wine Club friends. We were lucky enough to have perfect fall weather, with sunny days and cool nights that allowed for activities outside.

Friday night, a group of my close girlfriends got together for dinner at The Savoy. This seafood, raw, and absinthe bar offered a robust selection of fish-centric appetizers and entrees that were light and inventive. The Autumn Vegetable salad, which was served warm, was a favorite. The Tomato and Burrata, was also great, but more of a standard. 

The Mussels were another favorite, with the Red Curry sauce that was so good, it couldn’t be wasted – we sopped it up with the crusty bread. For my entree, I ordered the Halibut, which was served with black forbidden rice, shiitake mushrooms, shishito peppers, with grilled tomato salsa. The fish was flaky and succulent, and the accompaniments had a unique smokey/spicy flavor, which I really enjoyed.

For dessert, we couldn’t resist the Peanut Butter Pie with Oreo crust. I don’t think this one needs an explanation, but lets just say, we left nothing to speak of.

The weather continued to be so beautiful, my friend and I took a Saturday morning walk on the lake. Taking in the Chicago scenery never gets old.

We got a last-minute invite to go to Chicago Gourmet by my friend and her husband. I was so excited to be able to attend this awesome event in Millennium Park, hosted by Bon Appetit and the Illinois Restaurant Association. The event showcased food and wine, from the celebrated Chicago chefs and master sommeliers. It was so fun walking around, tasting the different chef creations, and sipping on different wines and liquors.

Chef tasting by Arun Sampanthavivat 

The best thing I drank: Italian sparking red wine

The best sweet bite I ate: Brownie and marshmallow on a skewer 

The weekend ended with a late dinner at Mana Food Bar, another one of my Chicago favorites. Following dinner, I made a delicious, but dangerous discovery: Sanders Twisted Toffee and Pretzel Chocolate Bar. 

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