Michigan apple picking

IMG_9480 MichiganDuring this rare, gorgeous autumn weekend in the Midwest, we headed over to Michigan with some friends to pick ripened apples at Big Dan’s U-Pick’em and check out the leaves changing from green to an entire palette of colors! Continue reading

Wasabi

The other night, we headed out to Wasabi in Logan Square, and I was thoroughly impressed with everything they placed in front of us, especially for the price!  We sat at the brightly lit bar that faced an enticingly drawn prawn.  Below it, those words apparently mean “Wasabi”.  Keeping the shrimp in mind, we started out with a pork belly spring roll.  This appetizer was pretty much every texture all wrapped up in one dish!  The flavors were bursting with intense savor and sourness.

Left: Wasabi sign Right: Pork belly and kimchee spring roll - berkshire pork belly, kimchee, glass noodle, microgreens, house tartar sauce

Left: Wasabi sign
Right: Pork belly and kimchee spring roll – berkshire pork belly, kimchee, glass noodle, microgreens, house tartar sauce

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Pleasant House Bakery and a stop in Maria’s

I FINALLY have time to write now that I am officially married!  Although I have a backlog of places to write about, I must introduce Pleasant House Bakery, an eatery that features Great Britain inspired savory meals and sweet snacks.  They aren’t exactly located next to an El station, but this family-owned shop is definitely worth a visit!

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BoHo Chicago

What a hiatus!  I’ve been so caught up with my research that this past month flew by, but thankfully I’ve still been eating. And one of my favorite new places is Bohemian House in River North.  Walking into this gem, you are transported out of the city and into a rustic yet modern restaurant, which is exactly what Jimmy Papadopoulos’ cuisine conveys.

Slow roasted beets - apples, smoked walnuts, caraway vinaigrette and molasses

Slow roasted beets – apples, smoked walnuts, caraway vinaigrette and molasses

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Northern City

Ever since restaurants in the actual Chicago Chinatown started becoming more touristy and less authentic, we’ve been venturing out to Bridgeport for Chinese food, of which my favorite restaurant thus far is Potsticker House.  But then we heard about Northern City, which was opened by one of the chefs who had worked at Potsticker House, we had to go and try it out!

Fuqifeipian

Fuqifeipian (spicy beef tripe)

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Singapore Botanic Gardens

P1160811 OrchidsToday is Thursday so I’m going to throwback to some months ago when I was still in Singapore.  One day, I just wandered around the city with a friend who currently lives in the city, and we ended up walking through the gorgeous Singapore Botanic Gardens. Continue reading

Sailing Lake Michigan

IMG_6776 SailingSummer has finally arrived in Chicago, and what better way to enjoy the weather than from out on Lake Michigan?  In case you don’t have a friend with a sailboat or one of those multi-million dollar yachts and don’t want to get on one of those overcrowded boat tours leaving from the Chicago River, then you may want to splurge a bit for an outing on one of Chicago Sailboat Charter‘s sailboats. Continue reading

Camping Luau

I’m not someone who goes camping for vacation, but when I heard there was going to be a pig roast at the Lena KOA (Kampgrounds of America), I was all up for it! This particular campground in northwestern Illinois has themed weekends, and the one with the pig roast is the annual Hawaiian Luau weekend!  But unlike a traditional Hawaiian luau where the kalua pig is roasted in an underground oven, this pig, provided by AJ’s Lena Maid Meats, was slow-smoked in a smoker.  And in order for the meat to be consistent all the way through, the butchers had cut it in half before smoking.

Pig roast

Pig roast

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