|Took this pic on the way to Streetfood Artistry from the L train|
As many of you know I'm from Chicago. I love Chicago. For me it's the perfect city. So when I knew I was going home this summer, I made it a point of making sure to try some new foods. I tried to get to as many places as I could. The weather was perfect this summer. Not too hot or cold. Made traveling around the city quite easy. Unfortunately time got away from me and I ended up not going as many places as I would have liked.
|Jerk 312 Fries|
|Puffs of Doom Puffs|
I won a ticket to StreetFood Artistry. I was excited to go because I wasn't able to make it to the Taste of Chicago this year. I was a little disappointed that the free ticket didn't include a wristband so I could partake in drinking alcohol and that there weren't more food trucks. One of the food trucks I did like there was Jerk 312. I tried the delicious spicy jerk fries. They were spicy, but not so spicy that I couldn't enjoy them. The Fat Shallot had a a grilled cheese with caramelized onions and spinach. That was really good. I only got a half and wished I had gotten a whole sandwich. The lemon gelato from Gelato D'Oro was refreshing. Puffs of Doom is a great idea, but I wish I liked them more. I tried the maple bacon vanilla and peach cobbler. The peach cobbler wasn't sweet enough for me. The maple bacon vanilla was ok. I think they would have tasted better warm too.
|The Fat Shallot Grilled Cheese|
Before my husband and I went to see Book of Mormon which was awesome, we went to an old favorite My Thai. I had the pineapple curry shrimp. It was delicious. Lots of flavor and plenty of shrimp. What I love about My Thai is that it's never difficult to get a seat, the food is served quickly, it's inexpensive and good.
|Gelato D'Oro Lemon Gelato|
Of course I did have some deep dish pizza. I went to my favorite place Giordano's where it's called stuffed pizza. I had the stuffed spinach. It's like eating a piece of heaven. Giordano's is my favorite place to have pizza.
|My favorite pizza stuffed spinach from Giordano's!|
I took the kids to Home Run Inn after the last day of camp. The kids had chicken and burgers. I had the Wild Rice Orzo salad. It has wild rice, orzo, nutty wheat berries, cranberries, corn niblets, toasted almonds and bell peppers dressed in a red wine vinaigrette sweetened with Stevia. It was good, but I think it would have been better served warm.
I managed to catch one food truck in the Loop. Flirty Cupcakes never lets me down. The kids had the oreo cupcake. I had the Beached Coconut. It had a thick layer of sweet coconut frosting. The cupcake was moist. Loved it.
|Beached Coconut Cupcake|
Went to lunch with my friend Paula at Kikuya Japanese restaurant in my favorite neighborhood Hyde Park. I had the combination platter with salmon teriyaki and California roll. The salmon was a bit charred the way I like it. The teriyaki sauce was perfect. I wish it included more vegetables. California roll was delicious.
Summer isn't over. If you are a foodie and are coming to Chicago there are still many foodie events to attend. Just check out The Local Tourist events calendar. Also Chicago Gourmet is September 27-29.
Not sure if we will be going home next year. The next time we go to Chicago I want to try more restaurants and food trucks. I would like to spend all of my time doing that! A Foodie's dream!