May 2013 | chicago foodie girl


Friday Five Restaurant Revisited: Gaudi Cafe

*Guest post by chicago foodie girl contributor, Diana

Hi All! Hope you're all having a great extended weekend!

I finally made it back to a restaurant that I reviewed recently on a "Friday Five" post and wanted to share some of the foodie porn with you. This was a restaurant I don't go to often but needed to make it a point to get back there again and I finally did!

I picked up my sister on Saturday and she had a taste for tapas but didn't want to drive too far away, nor sit in bumper to bumper traffic to go downtown. I remembered that Gaudi Cafe had a nice selection of tapas, along with salads, sandwiches, and breakfast all day, so I thought it was a perfect choice. We headed out to the Ukrainian Village I gushed all the way there about how much I enjoyed their food and how excited I was to go back there!

After perusing the menu, we decided to go for tapas and nothing else. We started with two wonderful plates of marinated olives and bacon wrapped dates:



Marcus Samuelsson!

Brazilian Mojitos from Coco

Happy hump day! I hope everyone is having a fantastic (or at least tolerable) week. :-) To be quite honest, I'm having a hard time keeping track of the days - I really only know which day it is by my gym class schedule (Wednesdays = Chisel fo’ Shizzel with my favorite instructor). While I'm still working (my summer classes start in two weeks), I have to say that it's soooo nice to finally have a little time off from the commute and from the constant high level of interaction. As I've mentioned before, I love my school, but I desperately need a little recovery/introvert time.

Thus far, my recovery has included quite a bit of time at the gym (making up for all of the days I missed during the semester), pleasure reading time (my to-read book and magazine pile is diminishing!), and some quality time with friends and Mario. As one of my favorite academic bloggers called it, it's time for me to become my Best Summertime Self! The first part of being my BSS included a fabulous weekend in which I met the totally adorable and so sweet Chef Marcus Samuelsson, discovered the best mojito I've ever had, and attended my first sumo match.



Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert

Anthony Bourdain + Eric Ripert = ├╝ber awesomeness

Last Friday, Diana and I attended what is totally the culinary equivalent of a rock concert: an evening with the super-awesome Antony Bourdain and Eric Ripert. The auditorium was packed with foodie fans, and as with any hot show, there were the requisite inappropriate screamers ("I love you, Tony!" "Come home with me, Eric!"), the note-tossers (I'm just going to guess that the notes two guys in skinny jeans & skull caps put on the stage pre-show contained phone numbers and invites to hipster bars), almost nonstop laughter & clapping, and a plethora of cheap beer.



Tasty Travels: California

*Guest post by chicago foodie girl contributor, Diana

Helloooo Foodies! Hope this finds you well. :)

Life's been pretty hectic lately with my job, but in between the madness, I found time to leave the Spring freeze of Chicago and head west to the sunny shores of Southern California. I spent a few days with my sister, then a couple of days on my own, then back home to reality. It was a great trip that I sorely needed. I hadn't gone on vacation in a couple of years and a break was certainly in order.

So let's get out of town and see what So Cal (I know people from California hate that term, but I'm lazy and it allows me to type less. HAHA!) has to offer...

We flew Virgin America. Great airline, comfy seats, accommodating staff. Next, to Jet Blue, they're my favorite airline. You're already in a sardine can, but on either airline, you definitely do not feel like a sardine. Being a lady of, um, size, comfort is important to me when air traveling. Thumbs up to VA!

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