Enjoying Delightful Delicacies on a Budget at Kendall College

Checking out the fixed price lunch at Kendall College.

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I had been meaning to check out the Kendall College Dining Room’s fixed price lunch for a few years now and finally did so, last week. Their three-course meal is $18 or $22 with a glass of house wine. My friend, Mark joined me on this particular culinary excursion.

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The dining room had quite the display of historic dishware, bakeware and other food preparation related things. We were seated right next to the kitchen so we had a direct, clear view of our food being prepared. There was a great window view as well.

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We started off with bread and honey butter, which made me so unbelievably happy! I have a certain soft spot for honey butter! It reminded me of the butter from Honey Butter Fried Chicken.

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I enjoyed delicious Metropolis coffee with the bread and butter, because, how could you not combine these things? Haha!

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I started my meal off with the pea and mushroom risotto, which was simple and packed with flavor. I really like combos that include a few well-balanced ingredients so I can really taste everything clearly.

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Mark got the radish salad as his starter. I ordered the pork chops as my entree and Mark ordered the salmon over lentils.

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We both finished up our meal with the vanilla creme Brulee, which was really good and not too sweet.

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Long Hiatus Broken! Ladies Cooking Night: Lazy Grocery Store Edition

Normally the three of us plan everything to a tee, sharing recipes, getting groceries together, and discussing things in great detail.

Sometimes life gets crazy and you still want to connect, but don’t feel like cooking up all the things. This calls for hitting up the deli section of your independent grocery store and creating a spread of alllll the appetizers. If you’ve never tried this, you should.

The three of us hit up Morse Market to grab the goods.  They have an extensive variety of food. The freshly made salads and bulk section are my favorite. Their chocolate covered cranberries are great.

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Grabbed chicken, potatoes, various types of salads and delightful desserts. We had yogurt salad, tofu salad, sea food salad and more. The curried tofu salad is my absolute favorite.

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Here’s to another lovely ladies cooking night.

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Pickwick Coffee Goodness

Earlier this week I stopped by Serendipity Labs for a PickWick Coffee pourover demo and tasting. Ah coffee, education and coworking spaces- 3 things I like in 1 place 🙂

Jenny and Justin did an amazing job describing the cafe, educating everyone about coffee and pouring delicious samples.

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PickWick has 2 locations, 1 in West Town and another in a tiny, magical, tucked away spot downtown. They serve super high quality coffee to the Chicago community and take that task very seriously. The cafe focuses on single origin coffee. Freshness is a top priority for them. They roast the coffee according to what it offers. Justin stressed that time, temperature and air are crucial factors for getting an amazing coffee.

Their Rwanda blend is bright and acidic.

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The Guatemala blend is floral and sweet.

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They also brought freshly baked croissants.

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I don’t think it gets any better than this 🙂 Can’t wait to come back to the cafe!

 

 

 

Milwaukee Day Trip! Cold Ones & Coffee

I’d been yearning to go on a little day trip to Milwaukee for some time now.  It’s pretty close to Chicago and has a lot of cool things to explore. So one rainy day in March, I drove down with my boyfriend to hit up a few cool spots.

1st stop: Stone Creek Cafe

The decor was very simple and rustic. The upstairs is huge! My favorite parts were the fireplace (which is perfect on a rainy day) and Cardamom latte 🙂

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The vibe was very laid back and community like. Seems like a perfect cafe to hang with friends or get some studying/work done.  Why doesn’t want some unicorn poop? Haha!

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Their branded merchandise was brilliant.

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2nd stop: Lakefront Brewery

Oh man, where do I even start? We got to the brewery an hour before our tour and ordered some brunch. I got the german hash, which had hashbrown, sausage and other amazing things. One of the best brunch items I’ve ever eaten!

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After we finished eating, we ventured inside for the brewery tour.

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The tour guide, was very knowledgable and sassy. What a great combo 🙂 Lakefront Brewery is the 1st place to make the Pilsner Wisconsin is famous for.  It was founded in 1987 and was the first in the USA to bottle fruit beer after prohibition was repealed. The current building was once an old coal fired power plant that was supposed to be torn down.

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Until we meet again Milwaukee!

Spreading the Warmth with Tiesta Tea

Volunteering with Tiesta Tea.

I love tea and volunteering for awesome causes. Combining these two things is just awesome. A little while back I was intrigued when I saw a Facebook boosted post about a Tiesta Tea event focusing on passing out goods, including tea of course to those less fortunate. I was all about that!

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We all gathered up and awaited our assignments. Everyone was divided into groups with 1 driver for each team. Tiesta succeeded in receiving several coat donations and warmth kits which included snacks, toiletries and more.

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We visited a number of shelters and helped distribute snacks, hot tea and kindness.

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Oh did I mention, we had a few celebrity appearances? Dee Brown volunteered right along with us.

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Afterwards we all went back to the Tiesta Teas office to relax with food, beverages and of course, tea! I’m really more of a whiskey girl, so I paired my whiskey with tea. Mmmm deliciousness.

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Great job guys in rounding up a good group and helping out those less fortunate. Till next year ❤

Chicago Grind Cafe-Cozy and Industrial

This is one of my favorite cafes on the North side. Jim Dababnah, who also owns Thai Aroma, took over the location in 2014. The calming atmosphere sticks out the most here! Chicago Grind pulls together the things I love most in life- good tea, delicious coffee, tasty sweets and food and books! Coming here has always helped me relax and lifted my spirits on bad days!

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The decor is a little industrial, but very welcoming, with dark wood tables, leather couches and a marble countertop.

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This table and delightful clock are my favorite.

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The lovely couches!

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They serve Bow Truss coffee and Benjamin teas. The daily specials written on a chalkboard outside give it a great touch! They also have $1 refills on their branded travel mug!

It’s just the right amount of noise, chill music and good decor. The books, communal table, specials and wonderful customer service really pull together the community feel.

Getting Caffeinated at the Metropolis Coffee Tour

Learning about, cupping and tasting Metropolis coffee!

I was recently at Metropolis coffee and saw sheets mentioning their Friday roastery tour/open house at 1 pm. I’ve always wanted to go on a coffee roastery tour and was really excited to attend 🙂 The Metropolis wholesale location is tucked away and very obscure.

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We all got to wear glorious hairnets! Haha!

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The wholesale location used to be a tannery and was recently converted. Metropolis opened in 2003 and focuses on doing everything by hand. Chris started off the tour by showing us the storage area.

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Metropolis works closely with many companies and prides itself on maintaining freshness and quality. Orders are done by Thursday and Coffee is roasted Fridays and shipped right away. Everyone gets fresh roasted coffee!

Coffee beans are green before they are roasted.

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Next, we check out the brewing process. Look at that beastly roaster! Metropolis takes careful care in their brewing process. A coffee blend combines 2 coffees. The coffees are roasted at different temps and combined later.

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Beans are roasted and run through the destoner to clear out sediment and other various things. This is a pit of things filtered out with the destoner. Pretty eye opening finds!

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Then the cupping! Inhale that amazing smell. We started off by smelling and then slowly poured hot water over the grounds. We let the coffee settle and then used spoons to stir and break up the grounds.

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The team showed us their special slurping technique. Ahh, deliciousness!

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The wheel has a range of different flavors, from tantalizing to downright gross. Cardboard yummy! The region the coffee beans are grown in determine its taste profile. Just like wine, there are many different flavors in the coffee. 

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I really loved this tour and recommend coffee enthusiasts to try this out 🙂 Big thanks to Josephine Reyes for taking photos for the blog 🙂

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