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My favorite city

Posted Mar 31 2011 12:00am

Hello Friends! I’m (Steph) back! It’s crazy to me that I haven’t posted in an entire week! Kudos to Chloe with the help of Elizabeth for writing some great posts while I was out of town! :)

Where was I you ask? Take a peek at some shots I took of my favorite city:

Yup my friends, I was in Chicago! I was attending a conference Saturday through Tuesday in downtown Chi-town. The extra bonus of this business trip was that my college roommate and best friend Leah lives there!

I had a super trip. The conference was great; I attended a ton of interesting presentations. Unfortunately though, I didn’t really get to workout (I’m a wuss when it comes to running in the cold; it was in the low 30s). I did however, walk the 2 miles to the conference site a few twice, since I knew I’d be sitting all day.

Of course, the best part of my trip was hanging out with Leah, even though the time was squeezed in before and after conference sessions. On Sunday night, we went to dinner at this hip Indian restaurant, Veerasway . It happened to be the last night of “Chef’s Week,” which, if you’re familiar with Restaurant week, it’s basically the same deal. We got 3 courses (1 appetizer, 1 entree, and 1 dessert) for $33. Not bad, considering some of the regular prices!

One of the things I love about Leah is she shares my love of food, so we decided that we’d each order different things and share them all. That’s my kind of friend:)

We got:

crispy cardamom pork belly: duroc pork, upma, raisin chutney, micro cilantro

bindi chat fry: crispy okra, house chaat masala, red onion, fresh tomato, cilantro, lemon

tandoori roasted chicken: bone-in chicken, paprika, yogurt, ginger, cardamom

goan seafood curry: scallops, mussels, shrimp, coconut milk, garlic, serrano, red chili, lime

chocolate cardamom bread pudding

passion fruit meringue tart: cashew praline


We also got some garlic naan and goat cheese, onion & sweet pepper naan. Our waiter also brought us a selection of pickles:

There were pickled cauliflower, pickled mixed peppers, and pickled kumquats:

I think the kumquats were my favorite. They were an interesting combination of sweet, spicy, and sour. You can see a chili in there, and that’s some star anise and a bay leaf.

I also got a mango lassi:

I was really glad I ordered the lassi. Though it was super sweet, it definitely helped cool my mouth after the spicy seafood curry!

All the food was delicious here! I’m a big fan of Indian food, and I liked the modern twist on the cuisine:)

We also went out to eat the night before at The Publican . Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of the food; we ate it too fast!! I did have THE BEST brussels sprout salad that I’ve ever had. I hope to recreate it in the near future!

I love Chicago. The sights, the sounds, the smells. And, of course, there are all these great restaurants! Something about this city just draws me in. I will be back for sure, you can count on that!

: What is your favorite city? Why?

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