Breakfast.Lunch.Dinner | Lakeview, Chicago

I can’t believe I have yet to share a food guide to Lakeview! Well, here it is!

All of these places are walking distance from the Belmont ‘L’ stop on the Red, Purple & Brown lines. Lakeview’s borders are very grey too me, it seems to be one of the biggest neighborhoods of Chicago. So, I tried to focus these go-to spots to a smaller radius, mostly on Belmont Ave. & Southport Ave.

:::BREAKFAST:::

::For Coffee & Scones:: BITTERSWEET BAKERY – I love their selection of pastries here. If you go early enough, they will usually have 8 different types of scones! (Insert “praise hands” emoji)! My favorite scone being their apricot scone. They also have great desserts if you want something to-go!

::For a hearty Breakfast:: ANN SATHER – This is a Lakeview and Chicago staple. Ann Sather’s has adorable Swedish charm and delicious food to match. This spot is very reasonably priced (each dish coming with two sides, one of them = two cinnamon rolls that will seriously make you fall off your chair)! I have heard amazing things about the Swedish pancakes, I however ordered an omelet with the cinnamon rolls and hash browns as sides. Very tasty.

:::LUNCH:::

:::Fahlstrom’s Fresh Fish Market – A great new addition to the area! We were hesitant to try this spot…just thinking a fish market can easily be a big flop. But, let me tell you that this lunch location is not to be overlooked! The clam chowder is to die for! I think it is better than those that I’ve tasted in San Fran. Their signature sandwich, the “Crabster,” is A-MAZING. So much crab! You can’t go wrong with this new neighborhood hit.

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:::DINNER:::

:::Ukai Japanese Restaurant – I know, I know I put seafood also for lunch…but this sushi is so delicious, I couldn’t leave it out! This spot is BYOB, which is nice too. They have great signature rolls, my fave being the Cubs Roll, Jake’s being the Spicy Rainbow. I didn’t get pictures of this place, but here is one of the inside from their Yelp site.

Ukai Japanese

:::DESSERT:::

:::Jeni’s Ice Cream – Unique flavors and homemade waffle cones…rockstar combo. I could just stand outside this little storefront and smell the air for hours. I could also probably spend my afternoon trying every flavor. My first round was the Wildberry Lavender with a scoop of the Toasted Brioche with Butter and Raspberry Jam. Any choice would be a good one! This is definitely going to be a reoccurring summer pit stop.

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:::LATE NIGHT:::

:::Music Box Theatre – It is worth going here just so you can see inside this building. The theatre holds so much history and elegance. They show many film festivals here as well as an eclectic assortment of older films. They just completed their bar/cocktail space as well!!Music Box Theatre Music Box Theatre Music Box Theatre

I hope you get a chance to stop in to some of these places on your next visit to Chicago!!

Happy Adventures,

Erika

A Perfect Day in Portland

Portland has a unique vibe and feel that is so inviting. Everywhere we went I kept thinking or saying aloud, “this place is so cool.” And the people are incredibly nice. I really could have spent all day at Powell’s Books and the whole experience at the McMenamins’ Edgefield was perfect.

Jake, Sam and I started our Saturday afternoon at McMenamin’s Edgefield, which is 74-acres of fun. It was built in 1911, and they utilize everything from the basement now wine cellars to the shed out back now distillery bar.  We happen to arrive during their Half Way to St. Patty’s Day celebration…so random, but a reason to celebrate I guess haha. Near the Distillery Bar they also have a putting area and also a little round of golf if you are interested! There is so much to see and many tasty beers to be had.

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Next stop was to grab dinner at the food carts on 10th and Adler. Again, so many to choose from–I went with a Super Falafel Pita and it was delicious.

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Around the corner was the Ace Hotel, accompanied by Stumptown Coffee Roasters. So much hip in one block. I kind of loved it.  Jake and Sam tried the coffee on Nitro…basically looked like a dark beer but tasted like an amazing cold bubbly coffee. Genius.

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Lastly, we took our time roaming the book covered shelves of Powell’s Books.  I love books, libraries, cozy reading nooks…those are all places that bring me comfort and help slow down time. I was extremely impressed with their selection and happy to see so many people there.

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The buildings didn’t disappoint either. This one was particularly design happy.

Portland | Scones in the Sky

Happy Adventures,

Erika

 

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

I love lemon and poppy seeds together…pancakes, muffins, scones, bread…it’s just a great pair.

I hope you try it…it’s delicious. Jake said it’s better than the lemon pound cake from Costco haha. So yeah, it’s pretty good. 😉

Poppy and Lemon

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:::Ingredients:::

1 2/3 cup of all-purpose flour

2 tbsp poppy seeds

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tbsp lemon zest

1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)

3 large eggs (room temperature)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp sour cream

1/4 cup milk

2 tbsp lemon juice

:::Lemon Glaze:::

3 Tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup granulated sugar

DSC_05091::Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2:::In a mixing bowl combine flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt. Set this mixture aside.

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3:::Next add lemon zest and sugar to a separate bowl, combine using your fingers, and until sugar is yellow and moist. Add butter to this sugar mixture until pale and fluffy. (I used spatula, but paddle attachment on mixer would work great.) Mix in eggs one at a time, finally add in the vanilla after the last egg.

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4::: In a third bowl, whisk together the milk and sour cream. Then warm it in the microwave until room temperature and no longer cold.

5::: Next, I poured half of my dry mix into a separate bowl (yes a lot of bowls being used…let’s hope you have a dishwasher ;)). Then pour half of your yellow sugar mixture into your starter dry mix, along with half  of the milk mixture and 1 tbsp of lemon juice. Then repeat with the second halves along with the second tbsp of lemon juice. Basically, slowly combining all mixtures along with the lemon juice.

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6::: Butter and flour a 4 x 8 inch bread pan, pour in your batter and cook for 45 minutes, then create an aluminum “tent” (not touching bread) and cook for another 10 minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean.

Once out of the oven, cool for 5 minutes then pour on the glaze:

7:::Combing lemon juice and sugar and heat in microwave until sugar is fully dissolved. Brush the glaze on layer by layer, letting it soak in.

After another few minutes, remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack. When storing, put into a closed container to keep in the moisture.

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Recipe Source : Cooking Classy 

Enjoy!

Erika

 

 

Birthday Banana Bread

Yesterday was my birthday! Woot! Woot! I had such a great time, hanging with friends, spending quality time with the hubby and exploring new places to eat in Chicago (which I will have to share in a later post).

Today, I would like to share the recipe for the delicious banana bread I made to kick off the birthday festivities.

Being “on call” for work can be a little stressful. My phone is glued to my hand, and I mostly end up staying home and getting to projects and recipes that I have been meaning to get to. I was on call on the 18th, and I’m happy to say something great came from it…this Banana Crumble Bread!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

:::Ingredients:::

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

:::CRUMBLE TOP:::

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

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:::Instructions:::

In mixer, beat together sugar, egg, and vanilla. Add butter and mix until smooth. Next, add the mashed bananas. Next, take your yogurt and milk and mix those two items in separate small bowl or cup until well combined (no lumps). Mix in that combination after the bananas.

In a separate bowl, combine your dry items: flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Slowly pour your dry mix into your other bowl of “wet” ingredients.

Take your loaf pan, spray with non-stick spray or coconut oil spray. Pour in batter.

To make the crumble topping: add all crumble top ingredients, use fork to mix and break up the larger “crumbles.” When pouring on top of the batter use your hands to press it into the batter.

Bake at 350 degrees, for 50 minutes (or until knife/toothpick comes out clean).

Enjoy!

Erika