October 2016 | chicago foodie girl


Chicago Gourmet 2016

Chicago Gourmet: we came, we saw, we conquered ate and drank ourselves into a massive coma (as per usual!). The ninth annual festival (aka the biggest and most spectacular culinary event of the year) took place in Millennium Park the last weekend of September, and for the fourth year in a row, Diana and I were lucky to join over 200 of our favorite chefs, mixologists, and vitners, along with over 13,000 of our food-lovin' friends for a trip to culinary nirvana! Here's a bit of what we ate during our day of fabulous foodie fun...

Prosciutto-Butter Toast topped with dill from Monteverde (one of my new favorite restaurants and one of my favorite bites of the entire festival!)

Ceviche with scallops, shrimp, rocoto-aji Amarillo and leche de tigre from Tanta

Chilled Autumn Soup with ginger, apple, pumpkin, crème fraîche, and smoked salmon from Kinmont

Duck-Fat Hot Dog from The Duck Inn

Beef Tartare potato chip from Swift & Sons

Sliders from Hopsmith Tavern

Prime Rib Crostini from Rosebud Steakhouse

Tuna Pate from Autre Monde Cafe

Buffalo Mozzarella three ways from Coda di Volpe

Blue Velvet Coconut Donuts from Stan’s Donuts

Spiced Apple Cake & RumChata Gelato from Siena Tavern

Pumpkin Pecan Gelato from the Gelato World Tour

Disclosure: I received a complimentary media pass to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own. 


Recent Foodie Finds

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fab weekend and a great start to the week! After the intensity of the first few weeks of the new semester, I feel like I've finally hit my stride. We're well into the meat of the material and I finally know all of my students' names (I have to admit that it's getting more and more difficult to learn 120 or so names every semester #oldladyproblems); I've also finally settled into my new workout schedule at my new gym (I'm back to jumping around like a fool at Zumba), along with my new class schedule (I'm still working my way through a second master's degree).

I can't even tell how happy I am to say hello to October, aka my favorite month of the year *and* the start of my favorite stretch of the year (October-December). It's also the beginning of what my friends and I refer to as The Eating Season, starting with weeks filled with pumpkin, apple, and maple everything, then shifting into our favorite Thanksgiving foods, and finally ending with a month o' peppermint goodies. Soooo much goodness! Along with the usual fall awesomeness plans, which always include a visit or two to a favorite pumpkin farm/apple orchard, I also have an upcoming girlie/foodie trip this month - Diana and I are headed up to Toronto for a mini vacation. While I've been to Canada before (I grew up in Michigan, not too far from the Port Huron crossing), it has been years since I've been there. I've also never been to Toronto, so I am super excited to explore (and eat my way through) the city!

Here are a few of my recent foodie finds (follow me on Instagram for even more!)...

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Polar Pizza from Baskin-Robbins: chocolate chip cookie crust with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream, topped with cookie dough pieces, rainbow sprinkles, and drizzled with a marshmallow topping. Baskin-Robbins recently announced they were partnering with DoorDash to offer delivery service in Chicago. I was one of the lucky ones who was offered an opportunity to test the service... an ice cream pizza covered in cookie dough delivered to my door in under an hour?! Um, okay, twist my arm. ;-)
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