|Mario & I at a fancy gala|
fundraiser last Friday ♥
May is already shaping up to be just as fun with a few more birthday celebrations, a trip to Starved Rock for a weekend of hiking, and visits to a couple of my favorite restaurants. I also have a few exciting changes/additions planned for this space, which I hope to roll out soon (well, as soon as I finish grading the giant stack of freshman comp papers that are currently staring me down). :-)
A few random (non-bacon) food highlights from April...
Vegan flourless chocolate cake from Rose's Wheat Free Bakery: I'm usually not a fan of vegan desserts, as they tend to have a weird taste and/or dry texture. The cakes & cupcakes from Rose's are definitely the exception. This cake was moist and had such amazing flavor (so much chocolate!). If I hadn't known better, I never would have guessed that it was vegan!
Sushi Samba: Can I just say how glad I am that Mario chose Sushi Samba for his birthday dinner? I looove that place! They didn't have my favorite dish from last time (I think it was just a Restaurant Week special), but this special roll more than made up for it. Salmon, tempura, cilantro, and wasabi-avocado crema... wow. Amazing. I can easily say that it was the best roll I've had in years... maybe even ever. It was that good.
Warm Chocolate Banana Cake at Sushi Samba: Chocolate banana cake with maple butter, a plantain chip, and vanilla rum ice cream (my favorite flavor combination!). OMG. I don't think I spoke a single word the entire time I was
Café com Leite Parfait at Sushi Samba: The birthday boy's dessert! :-) Milk chocolate-hibiki mousse, coffee ice cream, and milk foam. This was *almost* as delicious as my banana cake, but really, nothing can beat that banana/chocolate/maple combination for me.
SweeTart drink at Lady Gregory's: I don't remember exactly what this was called (it was one of the specials of the night) - the waitress referred to it at the "amazing SweeTart drink," so I'm just going to go with that. :-) It tasted exactly like she described it - a giant alcoholic SweeTart. Southern Comfort, sour mix, and some fruity something or other... so, so awesome.
Assorted desserts: These were from the many dessert trays available at the fundraiser event I mentioned above (which took place here). Everything was so cute; luckily, it all tasted as good as it looked! I especially loved the cake bite (upper row, middle) - it was filled with boysenberries, which was an unexpected & pleasant surprise. I also really loved the mini apple pie (upper right hand corner) - the buttery crust was bursting with fresh apple chunks (plus, there's the whole "everything is cuter in miniature" factor!).