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M Burger

March 28th, 2012 · No Comments

I almost forgot that on Saturday we also ate at M Burger. Well, Misty and I did… Kelly and Tessa got something from another place in the food court in Water Tower Place. Which.. wow.. Tessa chose to have broccoli and cauliflower and a salad! I should have been eating that, but instead I indulged in a burger from M Burger. I always wanted to try this place, but never had a chance.

Misty and I both got the same thing: Doctor Betty. This is not listed on their regular menu and we both accidentally ordered off the M Burger secret menu. We saw the Nurse Betty burger (Tomato, Avocado, Pepper Jack) and when we went to order it were told there’s not actually a burger on it. It’s a vegetarian option. So when we asked if we could get it with a beef patty we were told that then it is called the Doctor Betty and then you are ordering off the secret menu. Also, Misty ordered hers with lettuce instead of a bun.

I thought the M Burger was alright. Something wasn’t hot enough. Maybe it was just the toppings, but it didn’t seem all that hot. I didn’t love it, but I’d give M Burger another try.. probably not this one in the bowels of the basement of the Water Tower, but there are several other locations in Chicago. I must say the chocolate shake was really tasty, though!

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Tozi Korean Barbecue

March 27th, 2012 · No Comments


Go Ki-Mandoo Pan fried beef dumplings, served with seasoned soy sauce.


Dolsot BibimBop Steamed white rice served in hot stoneware bowl with assorted vegetables & ground beef, topped with fried egg, served with red chili paste.


Not a great photo, but you get an idea of the modern decor.


Tons of banchan (side dishes)


Tessa trying out the chopsticks.


Wang Kalbi Beef prime short ribs with bone marinated in Tozi’s special sauce.


Dwe Ji Mok Sal Pork shoulder meat marinated in toi’s special sauce.


Tozi Korean Barbecue

For dinner, Misty and Kelly wanted something different, something they couldn’t get in Green Bay, which has limited ethnic cuisines available. They said they have Indian food and Japanese, Chinese, of course. So, I tried to rack my brain to figure out where to bring them and what they might like.

While they were off shopping, I went to get a manicure and pedicure. The owner of the shop I went to was this little short Korean lady who reminded me a little of Dallas’s mom. Her eyes, her accent. And then it hit me! We could go out for Korean food! I realized that Cho Sun Ok would probably be slammed on a Saturday night, so I quick texted Christine, who is Korean and knows the good places. She reminded me that a new place called Tozi had opened on Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. She visited once and liked it. I looked on Yelp and it seemed big and open, not too crazy busy and it even said it was good for kids. Plus, it was on the not too far from where I live and would even be on the way home if our shopping ran late, which it did. Done and done, I booked an Open Table reservation right there from the nail salon.

Luckily Kelly and Misty were both totally up for trying it, so I didn’t have to go back to the drawing board. We took a cab to Tozi from downtown and it was not too busy at all (it was early – around 6:30 p.m.). We ordered mandoo for an appetizer and it was very good. Tessa liked it so much she snatched up the last one before anyone could even make a move for it! We also tried the bibimbap, which I had high hopes for since my last few bibimbaps have been terrible letdowns. I’m happy to report that Tozi’s bibimbap was fantastic. The egg was runny, the stone bowl was hot, you could hear everything sizzling as you stirred it up. We all shared this dish and everyone loved it. Tessa kept asking for more and more. She is a great eater and very open to new things, I found.

We also decided to do some barbecuing. We took our waitresses’s advice and got some kalbi beef and a spicier pork. I loved the beef. It had a great marinade and the grill gave it a good char. I didn’t love the pork, but Kelly and Misty liked it. I think we all agreed that the beef was better, though!

Tessa, my bathroom buddy, would also like me to mention that the bathrooms had very pretty sinks and mirrors! The sinks were deep glass bowls and the mirrors were framed with pretty mosaic tiles. She was very impressed!

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Tessa Takes on Chicago

March 26th, 2012 · No Comments


Tessa’s first CTA ride.


Tessa going to the American Girl store.


Tessa at the American Girl Beauty Salon. Her doll has the red dress on.


Tessa with her doll, Rebecca (or Becky), after the doll’s hair was styled by the experts.


Tessa and Becky on the mega-tron inside American Girl.


Tessa with Woody, who is made of Legos.


Tessa with the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups outside the Hershey’s store.


Weighing in at 5 pounds, this candy bar at the Hershey’s store was pretty difficult for Tessa to hold up!


Tessa was drawn to the horse-drawn carriages. She got to pet this horse.


Uh, she was also drawn to shoes in every store.


Kelly is in trouble with this one!


Such a diva!


She loved the tackiest, sparkliest, highest-heeled shoes!


Tessa’s first taxi ride. (She was talking on the phone to her dad and sisters.)

Over the weekend my cousin Kelly, her 6-year-old daughter Tessa, and friend Misty came from Green Bay to visit me in Chicago. Tessa got an American Girl doll for her birthday recently and wanted to visit the store to get some accessories and things for her doll. She had saved up her money and gift certificates and everything to do this!

To get to Water Tower Place, where American Girl is located, we took the Blue Line to the Red Line. This was Tessa’s first train ride in Chicago. She was born in Washington DC and I have been on the Metro with her there, but she was very young. I wondered if this was the first big-city mass-transit train ride she could remember and enjoy.

Once we got to Water Tower, Kelly and Tessa were kind of on their own. Instead of going to American Girl, I opted to get a relaxing manicure and pedicure and Misty decided to do some shopping on her own. We met back up and did some more shopping. Then picked up Tessa’s doll at the American Girl Beauty Salon where she was getting her ears pierced and her hair styled (I’m not even joking about this). Then we did more shopping. And then Kelly called me into the American Store again because Tessa’s photo was appearing on the big screen in the store! And then we did more shopping. And then we did more shopping. And then we went to dinner. Long day, but fun day! Tessa had a great time, I think we all did. We sure did crash when we got home, though! We had grand plans of wine for us and a bath in the jacuzzi for Tessa and we all ended up just going to bed!

The next day we made a trip to the Lincoln Park Whole Foods (3rd largest in the world) and then Kelly, Tessa and Misty were off for their long drive home. What a fun weekend! Thanks for visiting me, Tessa! (And Kelly and Misty.)

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