Each Friday we're highlighting one of the lovely women in our community by learning about her favorite Chicago places and restaurants, hearing what websites she's all jazzed about, and gaining some inspiration from destinations she's dreaming of traveling to next.
It's 4 x Forth Friday
Places I frequent in Chicago: 1. The Starbucks in Lincoln Square — it's my Cheers, but with caffeine instead of booze 2. Pastoral in Lakeview — they have some of the best sandwiches I've eaten in my life. Oh, and my fiancé is the beverage director there (bonus!) 3. Grind Chicago — I hit up this coworking space on LaSalle in the Loop if I really want to get things done downtown. Chic space, blazing Internet, FREE COFFEE. 4. Gene's Sausage Shop — walking in, you feel like you're in Europe! This two-story grocery store has gorgeous cuts of meat, a small selection of fresh produce, and an incredibly fun assortment of imported ingredients and sweets (chocolate for days!)
Places I’ll go someday: 1. French wine country — we're planning our honeymoon there as we speak. I minored in French in college, so I look forward to flexing those language muscles again, too. 2. Napa Valley — sensing a pattern here? Two words: French Laundry. 3. Morocco — I can't think of anywhere more exotic and enticingly foreign to me. The COLORS of those open-air markets! 4. Vietnam — a friend is vacationing there right now. Her photos are exquisite, and I so want to experience it myself.
Best bites in Chicago: 1. Gather — our friendly neighborhood Michelin Bib Gourmand! Approachable farm-to-table fare, including a burger with simple ingredients that form the perfect flavor combination. 2. Nico — I just about fainted when we tried out Paul Kahan's newest spot in the Gold Coast's Thompson Hotel. Each dish was somehow better than the next. (I don't even love fish, and the branzino was to die for.) 3. Reno — all three meals at this restaurant are spot-on: Chewy bagels for breakfast, gorgeous sandwiches for lunch, heavenly pizza for lunch. And startlngly inexpensive, really good wines by the glass. 4. Spoon Thai — my favorite local Thai spot. It's across the street, and the loveliest green curry with chicken lives there.
Sites I lurve: 1. Eater Chicago — can you tell I love to eat? 2. Giphy — I use animated GIFs to express emotions in emails, so this site is a must-visit for my searches 3. Real Simple — this is my stumped-on-dinner go-to. Always something fresh and yummy to try! 4. Jezebel — at its best, this is where I go for my daily dose of injustice-fueled rage. Other times, it's good for cheap laughs and eyeroll-worthy cattiness.
Thanks for sharing your picks, lady! We're equally excited about Pastoral's sandwiches, love Gene's (looking forward to warmer weather so we can eat out on their rooftop), and agree that Real Simple always serves up fresh new ideas.