Monthly Archive: July 2012



July 2012



Barn & Company Margaritaville Dinner

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Happy Friday!  Earlier this week Mike and I headed over to Barn & Company at 950 W. Wrightwood with a couple of our friends for a Margaritaville Dinner.  This was part of Barn & Company’s Dinner Series, with the focus being on the cocktails-and strong, delicious cocktails they were!  Amidst a month or so of brutally hot and humid days and nights, Tuesday night was absolutely perfect.  We sat on their outdoor patio, listened to the sounds of the steel drum band, sipped some mighty strong cocktails, and enjoyed a delicious summer buffet!


Our first cocktail of the night, a delicious margarita

The steel drum band

Tempura Shrimp and Tomato Bruschetta

Delicious Ceviche!

BBQ Chicken Thighs with Watermelon BBQ Sauce, Shrimp & Grapefruit Salad, Conch Fritter


Outdoor patio

BBQ baby back ribs, Summer fruit-watermelon, peaches and plums, Conch and Papaya Salad

Barn & Company’s sauce selection

The “Peruvian Honey” cocktail, my personal fav!





July 2012



Roscoe Village Burger Fest 2012

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Hey there!  I know its been a few weeks, but don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about you.  Its been awhile since I posted about one of my great loves-food-so I thought my trip to Roscoe Village’s annual Burger Fest would be a perfect post for today!

If you’ve ever visited Chicago in the summer, I’m sure you’ve seen at least one of the hundreds of festivals going on every weekend in this fair city.  From street festivals to music festivals, you’ve got Ribfest, Old Town Art Fair, Chicago Pizza Fest, World’s Largest Block Party at Old St. Pat’s, Taste of Randolph Street, Irish American Heritage Fest, Sheffield Garden Walk, Market Days, Retro on Roscoe, Oyster Fest, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, Do Division, the Air & Water show….the list goes on…and on…and on.  There’s basically something for everyone, every weekend…there’s never “nothing to do” in Chicago in the summer!

This weekend was Roscoe Village’s Burger Fest, which, as I’m sure you guessed, featured BURGERS!  From Bison to Black Bean, they had a pretty good assortment that was sure to please everyone.  Of course, some were better than others-but that’s why you vote, so at the end of the weekend someone gets to take home the crown for “Best Burger” at Burger Fest 2012…that equals 1 year + of bragging rights, my friends.  If you love burgers (how could you not?!) and can deal with the intense smoke and heat from all the grills and the dreaded double stroller making its way through the crowds of people, then I would definitely suggest giving Burger Fest a try!  This year it was a $6 donation and almost all of the vendors only took cash, so hit up the ATM before heading over.

Lots of smoke…lots of meat…

The band Rego

Rebecca on the tambourine

After watching Rego, it was time to get our burger on….

The Truffle Mushroom Slider from Rockit

Newbie Butcher & The Burger had a spot at Burger Fest this year…and from a friend’s reaction to their burger, I think they just may take home the gold…

The Bloody Mary Burger from Jury’s

You can’t have a Chicago street festival without roasted sweet corn!

Yes, that is a tub of melted butter for the sweet corn…sweet, creamy, delicious butter!

The Cortland St. Burger

And of course….no Burger Fest would be complete without a visit to Four Trey’s…our favorite dog-friendly neighborhood dive (complete with carpet and a seated Ms. Pac Man game!) 🙂

Biscuit, the singing Pug

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