Monthly Archive: November 2012

Thursday

22

November 2012

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Happy Tieks-giving!

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I’m sorry, I’m sorry…I just couldn’t help myself with that one!  Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope everyone is having a great day with friends, family, loved ones, or whomever it is that makes you happy!  I recently purchased a pair of Tieks for my wedding day and I fell in love so quickly that I couldn’t wait to share-and what a better day to share than the day before the crazy holiday shopping season officially begins?!

Tieks \\, noun. The most versatile designer flats in the world. Made of the finest Italian leathers and designed to fold and fit in one’s purse. Wearable all day, every day.

Tieks by Gavrieli are officially my new favorite ballet flat!  The fit, the feel, the look-I just can’t get enough!  From neutrals to brights to patterns, they have something for everyone and they come in sizes up to 13!  Their signature blue bottoms have given me that “something blue” for my wedding day and they’re so comfortable that I’ll have no problem wearing them all day long!

They also fold in half and come with a small carrying bag so they’re the perfect travel shoe…they’d fit perfectly in the shoe compartment of the Lo & Sons O.G. I’ve been eyeing!

I’m obviously pretty excited about my latest find.  Being 6’1″ I’ve purchased a LOT of flats in my day…and I’m happy to say that after years of “research” I’ve found the perfect one!  If you own a pair of Tieks or decide to try them out, let me know what you think!

Tuesday

20

November 2012

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GT Does Brunch

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Extra!  Extra! GT Fish & Oyster is now serving brunch!!

GT Fish & Oyster Does Brunch

Yes friends, you heard correctly.  As of this past Saturday, Giuseppe Tentori and crew at GT Fish & Oyster are now serving up brunch on Saturdays and Sundays and, as usual, it most definitely does not disappoint!

If you’re a regular follower of the blog, you may remember when I first visited GT Fish & Oyster with Mike back in August for my birthday.  I brought a friend along this time and I don’t think she knew what she was getting into when she agreed to join me on one of my foodie outings!

We started with drinks, obviously.  I tried both versions of their Bloody Mary-one with vodka and one with bourbon and she tried a Mimosa and a Bellini.  The Bellini was the stand-out, the hint of peach that wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet had us wishing we could drink these all day long!  The Bloody Marys were both great as well, I’m not a big fan of bourbon but this twist on the standard Bloody had me wondering if I had finally turned the bourbon corner.  When garnished with quail eggs, Neuske’s bacon, shrimp, and pickled vegetables…you really can’t go wrong!

GT Fish & Oyster Does Brunch

GT Fish & Oyster Does Brunch

Our server, Ray, was awesome-he dealt with our hungover Sunday afternoon antics, perfectly coursed out all the dishes we ordered, and his recommendation of the Chilaquiles was my favorite dish of the day!

If you’ve had lunch or dinner at GT, you know that the plates are smaller and you’re meant to order several and share.  The brunch portions were a bit larger, but we still ordered several because we (err, I) couldn’t decide!  We started with the Monkey Bread-warm, crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and topped with an orange cream cheese glaze-the perfect sweet start to our meal!

GT Fish & Oyster Does Brunch

Our next dish, the Smoked Whitefish Quiche, was my friend’s favorite dish and a close second for me-highly, highly recommend!  The smokey fish and the flaky crust were absolutely perfect!

GT Fish & Oyster Does Brunch

Next we had the Biscuits & Lobster Gravy…even more delicious than it sounds!  Big, tender chunks of lobster, tasty biscuits, and a perfectly poached egg…kind of crazy that this would come in as my 3rd favorite dish, just too many great things to choose from!

GT Fish & Oyster Does Brunch

Next up, fried pickles and my favorite dish of the day-the Chilaquiles with duck, salsa verde, queso fresco, and fried egg.  So flavorful, just the right amount of crispy, and the perfect fried egg on top.  The spices were spot on and you got a little kick at the end which sealed the deal for me!

GT Fish & Oyster Does Brunch

GT Fish & Oyster Does Brunch

For our final course we indulged in the priciest dish on a menu of incredibly reasonable offerings, the Steak & Eggs.  Again, perfectly cooked eggs paired with perfectly cooked beef tenderloin and crispy polenta with cheese sauce.  It was a great end to a delicious meal.

GT Fish & Oyster Does Brunch

The list of reasons to love GT Fish & Oyster just keeps growing, I’m looking forward to returning for brunch again very soon-Bellinis and Chilaquiles, please!

 

Friday

16

November 2012

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Holiday Shopping Soirée at Kate Spade

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Last night I attended an event at the Kate Spade store at 56 E. Oak St. in Chicago, hosted by Kate Spade, The Everygirl, and Vanity Fair.    Champagne and bite size hors d’oeuvres were passed as a large crowd of well-dressed ladies of Chicago shopped Kate Spade’s latest collections.

The store was BRIGHT and bursting with colors, something that is seldom seen in the winter months.

I wanted to grab every other thing I saw but I reined it in and picked 2 of my favorite pieces.  (Tequila Is Not My Friend Gia, Putting On The Ritz Studs)

Here are a few of the other pretty things that I was eyeing…

Left to Right, Top to Bottom:  SKINNY MINI BOW STUDSCRÈME DE LA CRÈME IDIOM PENDANT,  KALEIDOBALL ENCRUSTED BANGLE KATE SPADE SMALL SQUARE STUDS, METRO WATCH, PARTY PEARL DROP EARRINGS, GLITTERBALL GIA, NORMANDY DRESS.

Thanks to the Kate Spade Oak St staff, The Everygirl, and Vanity Fair for such a fun shopping event!


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