Thursday, April 24, 2008

Lustin' for Brunch?

I love breakfast and brunch foods. Seriously. I'd eat them for every meal. Hot diggity! I am also a seeker of spots. In CT it was actually kind of hard(except for MO's and a little place in Collinsville) to find little spots that were unique. I'm a snob and refuse to eat at IHOP--sorry...

I also come from the land of Pancake Houses. On the last leg of a drive home to Tennessee I once counted every restaurant which had the word pancake or flap-jack in it. 47. I. counted. 47. establishments. What do you think about that? Pretty cool aye? Makes you want live there?

I've found a few awesome places here in Chicago. I know there are MANY more. Chicago is a brunch kinda town which makes it my kinda town.

lula in Logan Square.

I went to this little gem with my friend Erica. The wait was long, but sooo worth it. The specials are to die for. And any place that'll serve me a blackberry bellini at 10am rocks my socks.

Victory's Banner in Roscoe Village.

This place will just make you happy. Simple as that. Bottomless Chai?Yes! Try something different and get the Uppama--a savory hot cereal with peas, tomatoes and onions, served with a sweet coconut chutney and yogurt...Mmm...

Southport Grocery

Bread Pudding Pancakes. That's all I have to say about that.

M Henry in Edgewater

Such a delight! I've only been once and am dying to go again. Brit and I tried the other day but the line was out the door and around the corner. When I was there I got the 'Vegan Epiphany'--only I got it with eggs...because I like eggs more then tofu.Yums.

Pick Me Up Cafe
in Lakeview/Wrigleyville.
I go here a lot---mostly in the wee hours of morn on Fridays and Saturdays. It's our go to sober up spot. I'll eat brunch at 3am. Their 'New Yorker' scramble is fantastic. Pesto and Goat Cheese. Bzam!

OK now a quick recipe. Steel Cut Oatmeal is far superior to regular oatmeal. Tastes better and is better for you. Gobble it up. You can put anything in it! This recipe is apples and peanut butter. But I also love it with pumpkin and almonds or bananas and walnuts!

Ingredients: 1/4 cup Steel Cut Oats
1 cup water/milk/soy milk/almond milk(I use half almond milk and half water)
Pinch of salt(Very important!)
Small Apple
Dash of Cinnamon
Smudge of Sugar/Splenda/Stevia
Dollop of Peanut Butter
Something crunchy(Nuts/Granola/Flax seed...)

On medium heat bring your chosen liquid to a boil. If it's regular milk watch it closely so it doesn't burn.

Add the oats!

In a small bowl combine the apples,sugar, and cinnamon and nuke in the microwave for 2 minutes. It will smell so good--don't fwwweak out.

Throw it in with the oats as they finish cookin'. Add the pinch of salt. When it's all done--not too thick--slop it in a bowl--dollop with the PB and add some CRUNCH! I did flax seed--but there are cruncher options...I was just out of them.

Now go eat some breakfast like yo mama told ya!

ps. The first video blog died. You will never see it. But it was good. Real good. We'll do another one.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Hot Chocolate

Oh what a night--Brit's birthday was a April 1st, but tonight we celebrated with decadent meal at a delightful place in Wicker Park called Hot Chocolate. I shall give you a play by play of what went down.

First off our waiter, Doug, was super cute. And SUPER flirty. He kept touching all of us and really liked us because we were all lookin' suuuuuper smokin hot. We couldn't figure out which one of us he was really into...I thought it'd be funny if we all wrote down our numbers and next to the number put decriptions of ourselves and then see who he called--but...then his curley haired girlfriend came in and he got all formal-like...which was OK. He still got a juicy tip. If anything go there for Doug.

Here's our app. These beer boiled homemade pretzels with cheese and mustard. Pretty freakin great.

Rachel's burger! So good. It had an egg on it--which is very Aussie.

I will not be showing you what Brit and I shared--we were not that happy. We got the "warm “calzone” of Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese and brioche, Served with sautéed local seasonal vegetables with a lemon-thyme pesto." It was ok. Not life changing, but what ruined things was the salad. Our new best pal Doug did not mention that the salad we ordered was a bread salad!!! Just croutons. Who wants a bread salad with a calzone? Not a good pairing. We love our carbs, but this meal had way. too. many. carbs.

JJ's Half and Half--which is half dark chocolate and half espresso. It was like chocolate coffee soup with homemade marshmallows. I tasted it and it reminded me of my grandmother Julia. I love her.

Happy Happy Birthday!! She got the chocolate X 2--which was just divine and a box of free treats...from Doug.

Rach and I shared the Pineapple Dessert--we like fruity desserts. We trick ourselves into thinking the "fruit" will balance out the carbs? Ha.

How freakin' cute is she?

Doug(on right)! And Patrick--one of the chefs? I think... We really only cared about Doug.

Here's some quotes about Doug: "I've never had a waiter go through the entire menu w/ me, recommending the good and letting me know to steer away from the bad."--Rachel Felson

"Doug's hands were so big and manly I wanted him to feed me my dark hot chocolate"--Also Rachel Felson

We have much more fun then you do.

PS The Video Blog is still on it's way. We had a busy week and instead of forcing you to watch 27 minutes of us being silly we thought we'd cut it down for you...still workin on it. Soon soon.

Monday, April 7, 2008

1st ever Messy Cookin' Video Blog!!

Oh man--a revolution is happenin'. Dani and friends are going live. Here's a little preview of the fun night we had...the whole video will be up soon. We made a feast!

Thanks to Tiff-tiff for editin' it and postin' it and being all pretty and stuff.