The Plant

I love restaurants that equally cater to meat eaters and vegans alike! We found one – The Plant – we really enjoy in San Francisco at Pier 3 that offered a wonderful view of the amazing Bay Bridge Lights Show.  With all of the friends and family who plan to travel through Chicago this summer, we need to find one here. Stat!

What’s your favorite restaurant that caters to meat and non-meat eaters?

-nah

Seafood Risotto

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

A Sunday in Rome can be reminiscent of a Sunday in “The South” – most everything is closed.  Well, everything except for places of worship, shopping and eating.  We determined it would be the perfect day for finding ‘our’ Roman restaurant that we can reference the way some fondly recall their favorite Parisian bistro with the most flaky and delicious croissants. The best way to do so?  Eat our way through Rome.  Literally.  It began as a search for carciofi alla giudía – Jewish-style artichokes.  (I’ll always remember the Italian translation because I said it so many times that weekend.)  Eventually we were told carciofi was not in season 😦  As we walked and marveled at the architecture and historical sites, we ducked into restaurants savoring pasta, bread, risotto, lasagna, wine . . . I could go on.  Before you think we were being all types of glutenous, we would request a smaller size, if possible, and split it allowing our stomachs not to swell too much before diving into another locale.  There was no rhyme or reason to the choosing of our stops.  Eh, actually you could say we chose the books by its covers.  If their featured entree displayed on the chalkboard sidewalk sign enticed our taste buds, it was something we hadn’t yet had while in Rome and the outdoor seating provided an awesome backdrop and shade as a reprieve from the sun, a second later we were requesting a table for two.

At some point that afternoon after free limoncello shots and enjoying the freedom of walking the streets with beer in hand, we found ourselves back in front of the Pantheon.  If you’re facing the Pantheon, to the right are three restaurants that spill out onto the plaza.  The one in the middle, Di Rienzo, boasted a seafood risotto.  Done.

Of course, a classic The Harrises of Chicago photo –

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

Have a beautiful weekend!
-nah

Lunch @ IPO

Meetings for me in the Loop allow for us to join each other for lunch.  Last week, hubs snuck us into the W Hotel to surprise me with one of my favorite indulgences – truffle fries!!!  Sure they were the side dish to some very tasty sandwiches, but the truffle fries had my eyes . . . and heart.

-nah

A Taste of Ethiopia

It didn’t compare to my favorite Ethiopian Restaurant Asmara, but my taste buds were in desperate need of injera dipped in Ethiopian flavors.

What’s your favorite Ethiopian Restaurant?

-nah

NoMI

Why can’t Restaurant Week be Restaurant Weeks?  It’s difficult to cram so many restaurants into one short week.  Last year, we had such high hopes for a week of savoring numerous meals from various locales.  Eeehhh – didn’t happen.  Two restaurant stops.  TWO.  Right.  We laughed for days about our expectations.  Much more realistic this year, we made it to one.  I made reservations at NoMI Kitchen to surprise hubs with a pre-birthday celebratory lunch.

NoMI Kitchen is a swank restaurant housed in the plush Park Hyatt.  Since it rests on North Michigan Avenue, the dining experience includes a wonderful view of Chicago’s historic Water Tower and shoppers scrambling along Magnificent Mile.

Does your city offer a Restaurant Week?  

-nah