All in What I Ate + What I Wore
Somerset, located in the glittering Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, is located inside of the Viceroy hotel. I met up with a couple of girlfriends on a snowy morning to catch up and enjoy some of the delicious food I had heard so many great things about.
I know a lot of people refer to New Year’s Day as somewhat of a “reset button”; however, for me, I feel like my birthday is my official start to a new year. I just celebrated by 26th birthday on the 13th and I’m already looking forward to what I’m manifesting as my best year ever. And to kick it off, Roosevelt took me out to a fantastic dinner at BLVD here in Chicago
One of the coolest parts about Chicago is that you can be in the middle of the bustling city surrounded by buildings and tourists one minute, and relaxing in the sand looking at open water the next. This past weekend I organized a beach day with some of my friends here in the city, and a few of us kicked off the day with brunch at Shore Club Chicago. The atmosphere takes you straight out of the city and drops you right off at a giant tent with the cutest, beachy vibe! It doesn’t even feel like you’re in Chicago!
Everyone has a favorite meal. For me, it's a steak dinner. A medium well juicy steak, with a side of broccoli and mashed potatoes. I love trying new restaurants and food, but one thing will always stay the same, and that's my love for a good steak. Speaking of good steak, GT Prime here in Chicago NAILS IT.
Okay- I am fully aware that my blog is unevenly biased toward brunch posts. But I can't help it! Because I love brunch so much, my friends know that they can ask me to go at the last minute, and I will. Brunch at 8 Bar Chicago was one of those spontaneous occasions, and I'm so glad that I went.
It has been a while since I've actually went out for what I could call "breakfast". I'm definitely more of a brunch girl, given that I can sleep in a bit longer and you know, the mimosas. But this particular time, I would definitely classify my experience at Eggy's Dinner as breakfast - and it was great.
Ah Fayetteville. My college town (Woo Pig Sooie!), and my home once I graduated and got my first "big girl job". I work for the same company today; however, they transferred me to Chicago a couple of years ago. Surprisingly, I have not been back to Fayetteville since I moved. Well, I went back once, but it was for one night and I got sick - so that doesn't count. I had to be in Fayetteville this past week for work, but decided to go down the weekend before so I could spend some time in a city that I lived in for over 5 years.
One thing that gets me through the work week is knowing that I have brunch plans that upcoming weekend. This time, I went to LoKal Chicago with Roosevelt for his birthday! This was my second time going in a matter of weeks, and ironically, as I’m writing this, I have plans to go back TOMORROW. Can I officially call this my new favorite spot?
If you’re into the Chicago food scene, you know you have to hit the restaurants of one of our most notable chefs, Stephanie Izard. She was the first female chef to win a season of Top Chef (go girl), and if you’ve tried any of her dishes, you understand why. While eating at her most popular restaurant, Girl & The Goat, usually requires a 60-90 day advance reservation (which is totally worth it), she has a couple of other restaurants that are a bit more accessible. The one I most recently visited was Duck Duck Goat, self-described as “Reasonably Authentic Chinese”.
I never say no to pasta. I love all different types of noodles, sauces & ingredients- you really can’t go wrong with it. I grabbed dinner with my Mom and boyfriend Roosevelt at Vapiano Chicago, where they do pasta WELL.
What makes a restaurant stand out for me is one that has the ability to transform your surroundings and make you forget where you were before you walked in. One of those restaurants is Summer House Santa Monica here in Chicago.