Thursday, March 31, 2016

Arriving In Seattle, March 7, 2016

It was time to bid adieu to Chicago and we flew to Seattle. We took an early United flight so that we could comfortably arrive in Seattle in the afternoon.  We picked up our car from Hertz and stopped by for a quick meal on the way to the city. Our room was not ready, so we drove to Pike Place market which happens to be located within the vicinity. Parking was a bit of a problem, we had to drive around a couple of times before finally finding a spot for our car. 

It was our search for the original Starbucks store that took us there. It was a nice sunny afternoon and there was a long line outside the store. We just walked around and get a bread from a Russian bakery, Piroshky bakery, over there. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Baffo Dinner, Again


We went back to Baffo again for dinner and tried different dishes there. Our amuse bouche were mini Arancini and they were delicious. My main was a big piece of Porchetta that I liked a lot and shared with a couple of people that I had dinner with.

We had other dishes with no pictures and a couple of desserts that we shared, below.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Ichiban Boshi Lunch

This was from a while ago. Our Plan A for lunch could not be executed because we had to wait 45 minutes for the table. I hate waiting for food, no matter how good the food is. There are so many other restaurants, there's no reason to wait for one that did not have a table for us immediately.

We went to Ichiban Boshi in Great World City instead, keeping our finger crossed that there was no line. It was past 1PM, technically it was still busy lunch time. We got a table there. Here are our choices. Kurobuta Uni Udon and steamed fish.

Chicago - March 6, 2016

It was Sunday, the weather was slightly kinder. Killing time in between appointments and meals, we walked along Magnificent Mile and took some pictures. 

Dessert Time - Eataly, Chicago

So, we eat and we eat again. In Chicago.

After we had our pizza and pasta on the 2nd floor, we went down to the first floor to get some dessert and coffee. From a few places there, we are the goodies we had:

Mandorlina, almonds based cake with fresh raspberry. it's not my favorite and I would not pick this one next time. 



Monday, March 28, 2016

La Pizza & La Pasta/Eataly - Chicago

Earlier in the day, by earlier, it was nearly noon, we had dim sum for brunch. A couple of hours later, we found ourselves, sitting down in one of the restaurants in Eataly, Chicago, to have some of their dishes. Here I was, trying not too have something to heavy and pick Caprese to share among the four of us. We had two more dishes to share, kind of, ravioli (stuffed with gorgonzola dolce and walnuts, served with pear butter and spiced walnuts) and pizza (Norcina, half of which without Italian sausage). They were so yummy. No regrets.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Life Kitchen -Chicago, Lunch

It was Friday in Chicago and we stayed away form eating meat. .... It's lunch time and we headed back to Lyfe Kitchen, because that's the only nearby place than we could think of that offers healthy vegetarian food. 

Here we were and we had:

Fish Tacos, with grilled mahi mahi

Veggie Burger

Quinoa crunch bowl

Simple greens

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Breakfast at Lyfe Kitchen, Chicago

Another day in Chicago and we needed to have breakfast. We decided on a nearby Lyfe Kitchen for some healthier meals.

Here, the three of us had:

Omelette with Avocado

Black coffee

Steel cut oats with dried cranberries, toasted almond, Greek yoghurt and pure maple syrup

Blueberry buttermilk pancakes with Greek yoghurt and pure maple syrup

Friday, March 25, 2016

Cheese Popovers

I always love popovers, especially with cheese on top. They are simple to make and good for breakfast. They are light and they do not take too much effort to make. 


1 cup flour (sifted)
½ tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 tbsp. melted butter
Grated Cheese as desired

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Put the popover or muffin pans inside. Sift together flour and salt into a bowl.

2. Whisk together eggs, whole milk, and butter in a bowl. Then add flour, whisking until combined (some lumps may remain). You can continue to whisk again to combine. 

3. Take out the pan from the oven and butter the molds using a brush. 

4. Pour batter into popover tin or muffin pan, filling individual tins two-thirds to three-quarters full. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top if you wish. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350° and continue baking until puffed and browned, about 20 minutes more.

5. Remove from the pans and put them on the rack. (You can pierce sides of popovers with a toothpick to allow steam to escape, I don't do this) Serve immediately.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Dinner At Baffo, Chicago

It was not my intention and plan to have dinner after we arrived in Chicago that afternoon. I thought, we just grabbed a light meal or salad for the evening, especially since we were going to fit into our dress on Saturday. But. Sometimes. Circumstances just forced us to change our plan. Italian food would not be my first choice as well. Again, we ended up here, in an Italian restaurant for dinner. 

Here we were, the three of us. Our mouse bouche was Savory Cannoli and we cleaned them up well.

We ordered two appetizers, burrata (above) and polpo (octopus) - below. All were small portions and both were good.

The mains were Triangoli (beef cheek, black truffle, castelmagno),

Risotto (whose else but mine!) (fontina, artichoke, black truffle)

Tajarin al nero (frutti di mare, breadcrumb, herbs )

Our dessert was Crema, salted caramel, saffron, apples, sesame. With these many small dishes and drinks, the three of us were very full indeed. Delicious food overall. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

SQ 16 - Second Leg's Meal

For our trip from Seoul to San Francisco, we were served dinner and breakfast.


 Starter: Hot smoked salmon and asparagus salad

Cod fish

 Green tea cake

Breakfast: muesli