Thursday, August 11, 2011

They own 'em all


Boka Restaurant Group owns every amazing restaurant right now. Girl & the Goat, GT Fish and Oyster Bar and Perennial Virant, which is in my neighborhood. They are soon opening up Balena in the old Landmark spot.).

Bottom line, these people know what they are doing! I decided to go on a culinary tour for my birthday this year. Double-date dinner with my sister, her husband and my boyfriend involved Virant's local specialties like beef loin and carnaroli rice. That menu looks better and better every time I look at it. http://www.perennialchicago.com/pdfs/PV_Dinner.pdf. Here's a pic from that evening c/o Larisa (send me your blog deets!)

The following day I hiked over to GT Fish for birthday lunch with LC and Morgan where we had their infamous lobster roll (nothing to write home about) fish tacos and tuna poke.

I really enjoyed it!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I couldn't possibly go to bed before midnight last night.

I was running around hanging things up on the wall (see new prints from CB2 finally hung up!), cleaning and I couldn't possibly let my sister and brother-in-law's (and, well, his mom's) garden-fresh veggies go to waste. Did you get all that?

My sister's husband created a raised flowerbed and his mom planted a bunch of veggies when he was out of commission due to a broken leg (ice hockey is as dangerous as it seems). They have grown several beautiful tomatoes, perfectly-shaped cucumbers, various herbs, zucchini and eggplant even!! It looks amazing, and is fun for the kids to pick the veggies. Sure a few have been eaten by some animals, but a swift toss of those across to the other flower bed and we're back in business with the unharmed veggies.

Larisa and Mike kindly donated these tomatoes and cucumbers to their younger sibling and I made this colorful, fresh salad for lunch today (standard "everything" salad: EVOO and lemon dressing, almonds, cubed gouda, yellow peppers, spicy pickled peppers...whatever else I had in the fridge).

Delicious.

Thank you for sharing!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Spicy Shrimp Salad With a Side of Humility


I guess I know what's for dinner at some point this weekend! What a delicious recipe. I miss watching hours of Mark Bittman videos. What he did here is revisit an old video and just update the recipe. Why reinvent the wheel?

I think this is an interesting approach because it shows how Mark Bittman has repositioned himself in the market and how he's not afraid to admit his past wrong doings (promoting large amounts of shrimp which are harming the ecosystem). I hope I can also:
  • evolve in my career
  • reposition myself to be better than I was a few years ago and
  • be able to look upon my past as a learning experience and admit my wrong-doings
Enjoy the recipe and this food for thought. And of course, check out the comments!
http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/04/the-minimalist-spicy-shrimp-salad-with-mint/?ref=dining