What I Ate: Chicago

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I haven’t had a fever in so long that I’ve forgotten what it’s like to feel like my brain is leaking out of my ears. While I’m holed up on the couch with obscene amounts of tea and a Sherlock marathon, I thought you all might like to see a handful of food photos of my recent trip to Chicago, where I attended the wedding of my husband’s creative partner in crime.

Just a note: these photos are of some of the places we ate prior to the wedding. Unfortunately, I was apparently too busy eating and hanging out with people to get any shots of the food at the wedding itself. (Perhaps someone will kindly lend me some….) It was so much fun: unique venue, amazing local food, great atmosphere, but the best part was the people. The couple’s friends are a group of absolutely brilliant minds–both in terms of degrees conferred as well as sheer abundance of creativity, wit, and geekery. I’m so happy that you’ve become my friends, too!

The wedding venue

 

In addition to the great food and drinks at the reception, the ceremony was beautiful. The couple and officiant took time to address the fight for marriage equality*; wedding-gift donations were given to a number of worthy charities, including The Trevor Project.

Speaking of which!: this week in the US, a record number of openly LGBT candidates were elected to our national and state governments, and four states–four!–with homogamous marriage issues on the ballot came out in favor of marriage equality.

Bravo!

Onto the food!

Ordering off the super sekrit menu: the short. Also, no mugs at this location.

I decided to try Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte for novelty’s sake. On the plus side, it’s quite smooth; on the down side, how do you even drink this? It’s so sweet!

While in town, I got to see Alli of What a Crock! . Understanding what my poor sandwich-deprived heart desires, she took us to Angel Food Bakery for lunch.

Warm Roasted Vegetables on seven grain roll: cheese, pesto, eggplant, kabocha, zucchini, tomato. Bless this sandwich.
Vegan Pumpkin Cupcake, Angel Food Bakery

For drinks and dinner, we went to Hop Leaf.

I believe this was a St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout.

Next: some of the wedding party went out to Heaven on Seven for Cajun. Definitely something we can’t get in Kanazawa!

Spiked Apple Cider, Heaven on Seven
Look at all that hot sauce!
Gumbo side
Veggie Po’ Boy

And dinner at Sable–the gastropub with the nerdiest cocktail bar ever:

Cocktail menu at Sable
“War of the Roses”

We had a set course menu of small bites of this and that, such as:

Truffle Deviled Eggs, Sable
New England Lobster Roll, Sable
Truffle Sliders, Sable

The restaurant also prepared some special vegetarian versions of the meat dishes for a vegetarian member of the wedding party–veggie-burger sliders, etc. And there was plenty of good wine!

We were only in the city a couple of days, but it was a great trip. Till next time, Chicago!

Chicago, you could be my kind of town…

Note

*As a feminist, I’m not a huge fan of Marriage the Institution, and I acknowledge that not everyone wants to get married for a variety of reasons. However, I wholeheartedly believe that the option ought to be open to any consenting adult who wishes to pursue it, regardless of sex or gender identification.

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