Out of all of the sports played, football and hockey are definitely my favorites. However, I LOVE going out or staying in and watching football, specifically my Patriots. Now that I permanently live with a Steelers fan, clearly there is a perpetual household rivalry. Luckily there’s something we agree on, delicious game day food.
A year ago this weekend, two of my best friends traveled to NYC for an extended weekend visit. I was spending the summer interning in the big apple, but also hosted many friends who wanted to experience the NY life, which at times can be overwhelming, no doubt.
The Behind the Scenes series entails insight from behind the chef’s counter and a restaurant’s outlook of its past, present, and future.
Calling its home in the ever so popular Restaurant Row neighborhood and being sister location to Siena Tavern, Bar Siena has had big “success-shoes” to fill – even before opening. Developing its own style, groove, and even a new menu was a huge task to overcome. However, BS has leaped and surpassed all expectations. To hear the rest of BS’s story and for a sneak peak of how to make BS’s Prosciutto & Fig thin crust, keep following below…
One of the most difficult things about living with someone, dating someone, or just “talking” to someone is how to agree on what to make to eat? Of course we all WANT to eat pizza and cheesy tacos all the time (just like our +1s), but can we? Hell NO- not at least if you want to remain slender and sexy or in my case, in #shreddingforthewedding mode. Although it sucks choosing the “healthier” side of the spectrum over what our inner fat kid wants instead, we can go to sleep that night not feeling as guilty. Instead of caving and joining my man in eating the “unclean”goodness, I’ve found ways we can make the same types of food much healthier. Of course one can never truly replicate the same flavors or taste JUST as good, but you can certainly save yourself a few hundred (or thousand) calories and swap out a few components.
With all of this rain, cold weather, and anti-summer days here in Chicago, it’s easy to imagine yourself somewhere else. Since I just returned from a trip to California myself, I’ve been craving some sort of sun and summer-like temperatures even more. However, the good news is that no matter what kind of weather Chicago is “graced” with during the year (or even if funds are to tight to head to the Golden State), Summer House Santa Monica is opened all year round to offer us locals a dreamy West Coast oasis.
I will admit, every time I hear that another steakhouse is opening in Chicago I roll my eyes. I mean, who wants another froo froo, overpriced steak place in the city? Certainly not I. However, after a little research and word-of-mouth coaxing, I wanted to give Rural Society an unbiased shot – and I’m so glad I did.
Created to resemble a contemporary version of the cattle ranches and grill-fired kitchens of Argentina, chef Jose Garces opened (the second) Rural Society, giving an experience that is both rustic and luxurious.