8 Summer Drinks to Sip Now: You’re on a porch in the sun, you’re surrounded by good company, and you’re sipping a cool drink. While we can’t provide the first two items in that delightful summer scene, The New York Times has published a few recipes for summer drinks that will complete the libation portion of the equation. The White Wine Mojito, Sherry Cobbler, and Bellini—to name just a few—look refreshing and perfect for a spell outdoors.
Wow, what a week! I’ve had the absolute pleasure of meeting a few new VERY cute people in my life. My friend Amy had baby Milo Jonah 2 weeks ago and my friend Naomi had baby Reese Lily this past Sunday. They are both beautiful and wonderful and I couldn’t be happier to know them. In honor of the new little ones, here are a few recipes for some baby things… baby potatoes, baby artichokes, and baby spinach to be exact. And I threw in Dutch babies, too because those are just delicious.
Baby spinach, green apple, and warm goat cheese salad:
Roasted baby potatoes with soy sauce:
How to prepare baby artichokes:
Mini Dutch baby pancakes with strawberry compote:
Congratulations to all the lovely growing little families!
Tonight called for a stop into an old favorite Yogorino for some toblerone chocolate sauce and raspberries and catching up with a great friend. It was delicious!
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I love this so much. It was an amazing experience to run amid a sea of red socks! The running community is really an incredible group I feel so lucky to be a part of.
My amazing post-run lunch celebration on Sunday at Percy Street BBQ. There was a faint smell of grill in the air after the race (probably from Citizens Bank Park) and I had to have a burger. I don’t eat a ton of red meat but this was one of those plates (or basket in this case) that was totally worth it: ground brisket burger with cheddar, onions, pickles and BBQ sauce, a side of potato salad and a big glass of sweet tea. We all also shared the pinto beans with burnt brisket ends and had appetizers of macaroni and cheese and turkey tails. It was all so so good and I savored every single bite.
Today was an amazing race day. The Broad Street Run is an incredible 40,000 person 10-miler that takes runners through Philadelphia straight down Broad Street. A few weeks ago an article was circulating about how amazing race spectators are— which was proven again this morning. On a surprisingly chilly and overcast morning, spectators came out, slowly at first and then as the sun burst forth so did they. They were on the front steps of their homes, in front of their churches, drinking margaritas and giving high fives. I even saw a patient right inside the front door of a hospital holding a big cheer sign. They were playing music and giving cheers and smiles, encouraging everyone to just push a little harder. And they were cheering for Philadelphia. For this amazing city that put 40,000 people on the street today, unafraid and decked in red socks, singing along to Sweet Caroline at the starting line. Each runner received this sticker (above) to wear over our hearts. I wore it with pride, carrying Boston and all the other emotional elements that come with a race like this right in my heart. Seeing the other purple Team in Training shirts, the bibs for the Boston fund, and the memory ribbons from the American Cancer Society were motivators as I continued to push harder. And the hard work paid off— earning myself a PR, great runners high, and an absolutely fantastic day. Congratulations Broad Street Runners!
It’s been about a month since our trip so it’s about time I post about our Stephanie Izard tour in Chicago. I am a huge fan of the Top Chef winner and was so excited to try her restaurant Girl and the Goat. We made our reservations 8 weeks in advance and 10:15pm was still the earliest we could get at this very busy spot. So, naturally, we decided to have brunch at her newer restaurant, a diner style joint across the street called Little Goat (she likes goat)!
One of the best parts of our goat-centric day? We had to wait about an hour to get into Little Goat, but luckily the weather was gorgeous and we spent our time walking around the neighborhood. And then when we sat down and ordered a ridiculous amount of food, the server must have liked us because he sent us over these free goat chili nachos: Absolutely amazing. Homemade chips. Pickled red onion. Goat chili… a great start to our food coma day. Also, getting free food is just really awesome.
Slip had the bulls eye French toast— French toast with an egg in the middle, fried chicken and syrup on top, and some kumquats as garnish. Talk about flavor combination perfection.
I had the corned beef hash— perfectly poached eggs over crisp, flavorful corned beef and equally crispy hash browns. I might be drooling thinking of this…
ZK had the unique breakfast spaghetti with clams and crab, which was crunchy from being tossed on the flat top before making its way to his plate:
And Allison had the equally unique parathas breakfast burrito— an Indian flatbread wrapped around eggs, an avocado bean salad, pepper sauce, and cheese:
We also shared some really tasty bacon, cheesy hash browns, and cheese grits, just for good measure.
After a long day of walking and exploring the city, we headed back to Allison and ZK’s to relax before our much anticipated dinner at Girl and the Goat. No, our 10:15pm table was not ready when we arrived— the place was still packed! We enjoyed some cocktails before being seated at a long communal style table, adjacent to another group, and I got to face the kitchen watching the chefs prepare all the small plates. I love seeing the chefs buzz about in an open kitchen, grilling, chopping, saucing, and plating. The atmosphere was friendly and with the help of our upbeat server and Allison’s expertise, we ordered about 9 small-ish plates to share from their menu that is split into 4 parts— veg, fish, meat, and goat. It was dimly lit and I was enjoying the company too much to take many pictures, but a few highlights included…
The goat empanadas:
I was told by a friend to order any and everything goat. This did not disappoint— a buttery, flaky crust filled with juicy goat meat on goat cheese and roasted tomato sauce.
And the questionably named “Pig Face”:
No actual face in here— this is more like breakfast on a small plate— some pork belly, crispy potatoes, and a sunny side up egg on top of some artistically drizzled sauces to make breakfast in one bite. As I ate this one I thought about what the Top Chef judges would say— was there too much going on on this plate, or was it creative genius? Personally I loved it. Other favorites were the sugo and the chickpea dish.
Overall I’d say I’m happy we went Stephanie Izard all the way— it was wonderful to do tastings at these highly touted restaurants. There are so many phenomenal restaurants to try in Chicago and I can’t wait to go back and try some more!
An old favorite for this Meatless Monday: Stuffed baked sweet potatoes. Delish.
Happy Race Week, Broad Street Runners!!!