This week’s been all about one thing for me: FOOD…and holy mother of Jesus…has it been good food. There’s three things you should never miss out on in life – a decent breakfast (your body will thank you), sweets that melt in your mouth (keeps you from turning into a bitter, callous person), and a bit of drink (always good for flushing your liver).
If not experiencing all three at least every week…well you’re just missing out on an important part of life. Let’s fix that void – starting now. Enjoy.
For The Weekenders: Breakfast, Sweets, and Sake…
Breakfast should be one of those things you appreciate and never miss out on…but that can be a tricky thing, more often than not for many people. If you’ve got a job or wake up early for your business, a lot of times breakfast can be neglected – which is a huge no-no. You deserve better. Your body deserves better. So head over to Plein Air Café and give your stomach what it needs (and wants).
If there’s ever a place that made a damn good breakfast, it’s Plein Air Café.
The presentation of the food is as awesome as the taste of the food itself. Conveniently located in the University of Chicago Hyde Park Campus, this is one place where you can, for lack of a better description, have that “European experience” with your breakfast…which coming from me (in being Portuguese and British) it’s really saying something (good job guys).
So this is the play, you’ve got two choices – either take your breakfast in the morning or…whenever you want really. All items on their menu are served all day – so if you missed that “11 o’ clock window” don’t sweat it – your Mascarpone Stuffed Brioche French Toast will be there waiting for you at 3.
Like a good drink, after a good meal it’s always great to have a nice chaser. So after you’ve had a great breakfast, satisfy your sweet tooth over at A Baker’s Tale – a great spot to take that one date you’ve been trying to impress for like…weeks now.
Don’t fudge it up.
Well. You can’t, really. At least not with this place.
The simplest way to describe A Baker’s Tale is to explain to you that it’s pretty much like walking into a story book. With “cute” little rhymes on their website and decor to back up the talk, this is the kind of place that surprisingly enough, girls will love and guys will think is pretty cool. Aesthetic enough to be pleasant and feminine, but neutral enough to feel like you didn’t step into Barbie’s playhouse (if not it just gets kind of…weird). The place is more Alice in Wonderland themed than anything – so that right there means be prepared for the “trippy” but cool.
Aside from the fact I’m into fitness, this is one of those spots where well…even I have my weaknesses. What can I say…the menu is cool, and great for those “cheat days.”
So if you end up heading here with one of those potential sweet summer flings that are “sugar conscious” – but forget the phrase even exist when they step inside a sweet shop (and they will with this one), this is your go-to spot. They don’t just do sweets either. You can take your pick from other items on their menu, like sandwiches, soups, and quiche. Let’s just not turn this into a Hansel and Gretel thing – contrary to popular belief, it’s never good to “fatten up” a date for the kill…if anything it just sounds creepy.
You got the breakfast buzz. You got the sugar high. Now I’d say it’s about time for that drink…so head on over to Ani – a fresh little Japanese restaurant over on North Lincoln Ave., open and ready to serve you not just great sake, but Karaage chicken (among other tasty menu items as well).
Like any true, authentic Japanese eatery, Ani understands this – when you drink, you want to enjoy that drink. Savor it. Experience it’s true flavor…and of course share it with close friends – and even closer “acquaintances.” There aren’t many places that remind me of my days in J-Land but, this is one of them – and for that, I’ve gotta say ありがとう.
So here’s my suggestion:
Swing by and check out the place, then book a table for you and your friends – pick a great view where you really get a chance to look around the place (plus check out the local “scenery”).
Step outside of your comfort zone and have a go at their best brews – besides sake there’s beer and many others, so don’t be shy.
Once you’re a bit oiled up, grab some of their noodles – if you leave here without trying the noodles well…you’re just dying for a slap.
If you’re looking to keep the liquor rolling, check out their sake mussels instead. Finish it off with a good bowl of miso, another round of sake, and once you’re stuffed don’t forget to mention ごちそうさまでした to the passing waiter/waitress. You’ll be thanked with a smile.
…and if you haven’t already – for God’s sake, add these places to your favorites under your smartphone’s GPS app.
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