Friday, October 14, 2016

Blue Door Kitchen + Garden

Before entering Blue Door Kitchen & Garden, I was already partial to the restaurant for its adorable blue and white facade. The spot features a decent sized indoor area with beautiful marble tabletops all set with blue and white china. The lovely outdoor area is filled with the same beautiful table set ups shaded by huge umbrellas in an enclosed garden. The look alone is enough to make it a favorite in my books.

On my first visit, I had the garden eggs benedict. While the portion was small, the dish was very flavorful and nicely plated. On my second visit, I tried the deviled eggs and those were delicious too. One thing I love about the restaurant is how simple bread isn't brought out as the first course. Instead, we received mini scones with jam (not pictured) and housemade humus with sweet potatoes chips.

I tried the chocolate pie and it came topped with ice cream and caramel popcorn. The pie was yummy but half way through I had my fill of chocolate! The service was great overall and how charming it was when the bills came out with a pretty postcard to take home. This is certainly one of my favorite spots in the Gold Coast. 

{Brunch: Garden benedicts + egg white omelet}

{The outdoor garden is enclosed and just charming}

{Latte + deviled eggs - the egg fillings change}

{Instead of bread, housemade humus with sweet potato chips were brought out. Yum!}

{Chocolate pie with ice cream and caramel popcorn, yes popcorn!}

Until next time! Hope you enjoyed reading this review of Blue Door Kitchen & Garden. 


Friday, July 29, 2016

Travel: New York Minute

I have always been fascinated by New York City and the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. People are always on the go with something new to do and exciting to see. Sitting back and watching sitcoms like How I Met Your Mother and dramas like Gossip Girl make the Big Apple such a destination to be. As much as I love my city of Chicago, I'll covet any trip to NYC. A few weekends a go, I found myself on the east coast visiting family. On one perfectly warm day, we drove into Manhattan and walked the streets of the concrete jungle.

I've been wanting to visit the Metropolitan Museum for a while now. With the yearly Met Gala on that first Monday every May, I've continuously seen how grand it is through the eyes of others. The Met Gala kicks off the opening of the annual fashion-themed exhibit and is attended by celebrities and socialites alike all dressed in theme and to the nines. This year the exhibit entitled Manus x Machina illustrated the use of hand and machine to create beautiful couture designs and showcased over 170 ensembles made as early as the 1920s. I loved seen all the pieces and marveled at the exquisite handiwork and the innovative machine-work. Admission fee to the Met is suggested and any amount of money can be paid for entry.