Rags to Riches

I’m at a bit of a loss for words.

My friends, I just had a near out-of-body food experience.

Before I get to that, let’s cut to lunch.

Remember dinner last night?  Well, I cooked up some pasta and basically threw all of my leftovers in it for lunch.

Now- don’t get me wrong.  This is actually a healthy and satisfying lunch.  There’s carbs (brown rice pasta), protein (organic baked beans and chicken sausage) and vegetables (carrot sticks).  It tasted good.  Wasn’t the most exotic thing I’ve ever eaten, but it got the job done.  And I’m pretty sure the net cost of this meal was approximately 89¢.

But sometimes a girl’s got to put her fancy panties on.

And tonight, that’s exactly what I did.

Now, I’m not a girl who likes clubbing and wearing fifteen inch stilettos with a three inch skirt.  Nor am I the kind of girl who enjoys dresses that don’t allow for eating due to their corset-like styling.  But man, if there’s fancy food- I’m there.

**Braisified (Life) Tip**

You will never know what life will bring you if you always say “no” to opportunities.


Tonight, I was invited by a coworker to be treated to a meal at the Four Seasons.  Now, it’s a school night, kids.  After the shenanigan that was Tuesday night I was tempted to stay in.   But it’s the FOUR SEASONS.  The restaurant there (appropriately named Seasons) is award winning!

So, after work we started our evening at Zed 451.  They have one of the best rooftops in Chicago.

I ordered a wine flight.

It was a Mark West pinot noir and two others.  The server took my menu away too quickly for me to remember what they were.  They were all good, though.  You can’t go wrong with a wine flight. 🙂

After our drink (or three) we walked over to the Four Seasons, I unbuttoned my pants and we got ready to EAT.

(I will preface the next section by saying that the lighting wasn’t ideal in the dining room.  But I had to take pictures of everything, so here we are.)

My appetizer:

Tuna tartare with toast, microgreens and a quail egg.

I’m not usually one to order tartare anything, but this was recommended and it was sooo buttery and mild.  I’d definitely order it again!

My entree:

Crispy chicken under a brick with veggies and a delicious au jus. Plus, the BEST polenta I’ve ever had:

I have a sneaking suspicion that the answer to my question “how did they make it so good?” is: “butter”, but I don’t care!  It was awesome!

This entire meal was amazing, but the standout, A+, teacher’s pet, can-do-nothing-wrong dish was my dessert.  I ordered the passion fruit chocolate soufflé and it was obnoxiously good.

It came with a little scoop of coconut sorbet and the little square on the lower left hand side is a piece of key lime fudge.

Check out the chocolate goo action:

I would like all of you to read the rest of this post with Berlin’s 80’s hit “Take My Breath Away” playing in your head.

It was one of the top 5 desserts I’ve ever eaten, and that says a lot!

You can see the passion fruit!

And the sorbet was awesome!

At one point our server tried to take the plate before I had licked it clean and I almost bit his hand.

Thanks to Amber and Michiel for an amazing meal!

And it just goes to show you- if you say “yes” to things without hesitation or second thought you can experience truly wonderful things.

That is how to take an average day of eating to a foodie’s paradise.

What’s the best meal you’ve been surprised with?

It’s Gonna Be a Long Day

I have to make this a short post this morning.  I was going to post last night, but this happened:

My book club met last night to discuss Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.

It was a very difficult book to read, but motivated a great conversation (go nerds!).  Book club is one of my favorite things, and we had extra fun last night which meant that I didn’t make my way to bed until slightly later than would have been ideal for a Tuesday night.

I also ordered a veggie burger with my barrel of wine.  We then went to The Fountainhead for some craft beers.  I went with the Avery Maharaja from Boulder, CO.  It was described as such: “this imperial ipa is regal, intense and mighty”.

It’s blurry.  Wonder why.

This beer was incredibly hoppy and delicious.

I’m off to consume antioxidants and massive amounts of coffee.

Have a good day!

When was the last time you stayed out past your bedtime on a weeknight?  Was it worth it?