Put Away the Suitcases

With my due date under 2 months away, it’s officially time to put away the suitcases, relax and prepare for our upcoming arrival. To cap off the traveling, my husband and I made one last trip to Chicago this past weekend to see family and friends. It was the kind of weekend that was so nice, I’m still thinking about it on Wednesday! Even though the trip was planned last-minute, my friends saw to it that I try some new restaurants and enjoy the city that I miss dearly.

Friday night my friend and I tried the new Mott Street (from the Ruxbin team). The casual spot featured mostly Asian-influenced dishes and a variety of meats that I’d rather not think of by name while eating them. The highlight of the meal was the giant Oyster Mushrooms, which were roasted and pan-seared and served in a thyme and miso butter. The miso butter was so amazing, I could have eaten it with a spoon. Other standouts were the Stuffed Cabbage with kimchi stuffed with pork butt (ewww) and rice in a kimchi broth, as well as the Tres Leches dessert, with strawberries from the Ruxbin garden.
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Saturday, the weather was a little weird on and off, but the rain held out and ultimately it was a beautiful day in the city. In the morning I got some time with my adorable niece and nephew…
…followed by lunch at Little Market, manicures/pedicures, and very little downtime before a fun night out at Siena Tavern and a birthday party at Frontier. My friend had been raving about Siena Tavern, and thankfully, it did not disappoint. Although I have few pictures from dinner, I must report that the gnocchi with truffle cream and fried sage, along with the spaghetti with lump crab were particularly incredible. As if there weren’t already enough carbs on the table, I couldn’t resist the Parmesan-Sage Fries with lemon-garlic aioli. They were insane! How cool is this fresh herb wall that surrounds the bar?!
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Sunday morning, before we said goodbye, I had brunch with friends at Little Goat. I couldn’t resist grabbing some amazing treats from Little Goad Bread for the car ride home.

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