Entries Tagged as 'Hawaii'

A Visit From Cousin Jessica

April 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment

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Dallas’s cousin Jessica from Honolulu lives in Brooklyn now and was in Chicago over the weekend. She was nice enough to make time to come out to Logan Square and meet Makai and have dinner with us. We wanted to go to Revolution, but there was a wedding reception there and they were jammed so we went next door to Chicago Diner, the popular vegetarian restaurant. Jessica has a mostly veggie diet, I’d only been there for brunch, and Dallas had never been there, so it worked out great. And actually, it was really tasty and baby friendly.

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Jessica was nice enough to bring Makai a few gifts, which I made him model the next day :). And for us, some totally decadent macarons that she brought from La Maison Du Macaron in New York and some amazing Belgian pastries from Hendrickx Bakery in Chicago. Leave it to the New Yorker to tell us where to get some amazing croissants in our own town!

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It was great to visit with Jessica, since it had been about four years since we last saw her! And good to introduce Makai to more relatives!

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Grandma J’s Local Kitchen

March 28th, 2014 · No Comments

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A few weekends ago, Jess and Sara and I got together for brunch and to check out Grandma J’s Local Kitchen. They’d been hearing great things about it, but somehow it had flown under my radar, so I was excited to give it a try.

Inside was very small and cute and kitschy and mismatched. It really does feel like you’re eating at your grandma’s house!

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To start we tried the deviled eggs with bacon and the fried pickles with roasted red pepper aioli. This was our first peek at the food and it was surprisingly gourmet. And. Delicious. The eggs were really rich and decadent!

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I tried the braised pork belly bennie (two cage free poached eggs with nitrate free bacon on top of French Bread and hollandaise comes with potato hash), Sara had The Works (two cage free poached eggs on top of potato hash with swiss cheese marinated mushrooms, crispy kale, bacon and fried tomato in a bowl comes with toast,house made jam) and Jess had Duck Three Ways (duck confit with a free range poached duck egg in a maltaise with duck fat fried hash).

Everyone enjoyed their food, but I was especially jealous of The Works that Sara got because it looked SO GOOD.

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Grandma J’s is BYO, so I brought a bottle of prosecco. For $6 we got the mimosa tray and they gave us three seasonal fruit juices (grapefruit, cranberry and orange), to use as mixers. That was a fun way to do mimosas!

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As a side note, I noticed on the menu that they had mac salad and then I noticed some Hawaiian-ish things on the wall… one spot said “tutu wahine,” which means grandma in Hawaiian.. but then realized that as I looked around, grandma was written on the wall in various languages all over the place. Still… the owner’s name is Layla Malia, so I’m going to guess that there is some kind of Hawaiian connection.

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After brunch we went to The Chop Shop to check out The Wicker Collective, a warehouse sale of multiple boutiques in Wicker Park. I didn’t get anything from the sale, but I did get some super yummy prociutto from The Chop Shop! I want to go back there for a meal.

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Hawaiian/Okinawan Sweet Potatoes in Chicago

January 3rd, 2014 · 3 Comments

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I stumbled upon these Hawaiian/Okinawan sweet potatoes at Mariano’s just before Christmas and bought them. Dallas steamed them and when he cut in: Bright purple. He said they were just like home. We were both afraid that these would be some kind of high-priced imposters.. but it was a good surprise that they were the real deal!

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