14 May A Weekend in Chicago
The end of our Post-Peace Corps Road Trip landed us in Chicago to visit my brother and sister-in-law. Since we had been to Chicago once before and toured the city already, we didn’t get around quite as much on this trip- which was just fine with us!
In addition to our morning jogs through Lincoln Park (I always say that running is the best way to see a place) and spending quality time with my brother and sister-in-law, we went to two hot spots in the city that were new to us:
Montrose Dog Beach
If there is one place where my brother and his wife frequent more than any other place, it’s probably Montrose Dog Beach. Living in the city, there are limited places where dogs have big open spaces to run free. Being a beach, Montrose one ups the typical dog park- it’s like doggie heaven. When we arrived, the weather in Chicago had taken a sudden turn for the better, so dogs and dog lovers were out in full force.
Girl & The Goat
Since Jedd is an avid fan of most cooking shows, he knew exactly where he wanted to eat when we went out for dinner one night. Girl & The Goat‘s Executive Chef, Stephanie Izard, was the winner of Top Chef. Her restaurant also won a James Beard award.
Reservations at the restaurant were booked out 3-4 months in advance (except for the 11:30pm time slot), but fortunately for us, they allow a limited number of walk-ins at 4:30pm.
Among our favorite dishes were: roasted cauliflower with pickled peppers, pine nuts, and mint; roasted beat salad with green beans, white anchovy, avocado creme fraiche, and bread crumbs; wood grilled broccoli with rogue smokey bleu cheese and spiced rice crispies; pan roasted halibut with marcona almond butter, white asparagus, and blueberry nuoc cham; lamb ribs with marcona almond chopped salad and yogurt jus; fried oyster, egg salad, and caper bites; and the goat empanadas with grilled blueberries, miso-harissa aioli, and asparagus salad.
We would have had more pictures of the food but we were too intent on eating them to remember to photograph them. Each dish seemed to be better than the one before. We definitely recommend this place!
For now, we are back in Oregon, where we will be in and out sporadically for at least the next 9 months. We’re getting reacquainted with our lovely city of Portland, and we will no doubt be posting recommendations soon for things to see and do in the City of Roses. But before that happens, we have a big trip to Hawaii right around the corner, where we will be visiting Jedd’s family in Honolulu. Until then…
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