Easter, Pink Bows, and Cinnamon Donuts

by Lauren


In my opinion, there is no better way to celebrate Easter than to spend a weekend in Chicago eating fabulous meals, shopping, and sleeping in late. After a hectic school and work schedule, this was just what I needed, so when my Dad told me he would be in town Easter weekend, I planned accordingly! Here are some highlights from my weekend.

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Boka

Saturday night my Dad and I had dinner at Boka. If I could sum this Michelin award winning restaurant up in one word it would be: decadent. The food was deliciously gourmet and served to perfection by very knowledgeable waiters. We loved absolutely everything we tried. Our meal began with a tiny cup of carrot soup to " awaken the palate." Next we enjoyed the baby beet salad, which sounds simple, but was an absolute delight to the senses. 

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For our entrees, we tried the Lamb and the Alaskan Halibut. These were both wonderful and my Dad said that the lamb was some of the best he's ever  had! Coming from someone who has eaten in over 60 countries, that's saying something. 

The highlight of the meal for me were the desserts. We chose two contrasting yet complementary desserts. The first was the Milk Chocolate Cremeaux with an ingredient called "fizzy" that adds the foamy texture on top. This dessert was a little piece of heaven and included banana lavender sorbet, baby bananas, and cashews. For a contrasting flavor, we chose a fruity dessert: Grapefruit Parfait, made with champagne sorbet and lots of fresh grapefruit. It was incredible and was perfect paired with the chocolate. Our meal ended with two cocoa beans and red grapefruit jellies.  Yummm! I cannot wait to visit this Lincoln Park gem again sometime soon. 

Atwood Cafe

We attended the Easter service at Willow Creek Chicago, where they began by singing "Don't You Worry" by SHM. Um best church ever? Such a beautiful service.  Afterwards we headed to Atwood Cafe for some traditional yet scrumptious brunch fare. This restaurant has a very elegant atmosphere and was the perfect place to go dressed in our Sunday best.( I was finally able to wear my pink Sandro dress I found in Barcelona last summer!) We enjoyed the Atwood omelette and an Egg White Frittata made with spinach and mushrooms. We finished off our meal with a cappuccino. It was a lovely place to spend Easter brunch. 

With my Sandro dress I wore a strand of pearls and some pale pink chandelier earrings both from J.Crew, as well as some patent leather nude pumps and cream blazer by miila

BellyQ

For our last foodie excursion, we had dinner Sunday night at BellyQ in the heart of one of my favorite restaurant districts, Randolph Street. The decor at this Asian BBQ restaurant is a little industrial, and a whole lotta cool. As soon as I walked in, I knew this would be a very special meal. The menu at BellyQ is made for sharing so we picked out three dishes that caught our eye. We started with the Thai Style Fried Chicken served in a tangy sauce with a bit of kick to it. This chicken dish was finger licking good! Next, we had an interesting "pancake" topped with spinach and goat's cheese. This little crepe- like concoction was wonderful. Lastly, we ordered the Banana Leaf wrapped Salmon. The leaves added an earthy flavor to the fish that was sushi grade and cooked to perfection.

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We finished off our meal with two incredible desserts. First we had an ice cream that had the most intense vanilla flavor and made me wish that I could find that kind of vanilla in the grocery store! This ice cream had citrus flavored shaved ice on top and tiny tapioca balls as an accent. The best part of the meal for me were the Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts. I had heard about these delectable bites from fellow foodies, but had not tried them yet for myself. They were served warm and topped with a huckleberry jam that was the perfect complement. To die for!! We loved our meal at BellyQ! 

All three of these restos will definitely be added to our Hot Spots page so be on the look out! 

Have a lovely week!:)

xoxo

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