Monthly Archive: March 2015

Sunday

29

March 2015

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Lazy Sundays

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Pink Peonies, Orange Flowers

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  • Best in Beauty: My latest green beauty obsession is the Fez Hand and Body Balm by Kahina Giving Beauty…aromatherapy and super moisturizer in one, this has become a staple on my nightstand.
  • Etsy Finds: Looking for a little something for someone special? I’m particular to the Tub Truffles sets, but all of the handmade soaps, scrubs, and other bath products from CeeCee & Bee are definitely gift-worthy.
  • Exciting Eats: A little bacon cheeseburger with cajun fries from Five Guys is one of my favorite fast-food indulgences. Thrillist put together a Five Guys “secret menu” and although a few creations might be a little out there, they do leave me with a serious craving for a juicy burg.
  • Insta Favs: Whenever I see one  of Caitlin McGauley’s colorful illustrations or paintings pop up in my Instagram feed, it instantly puts me in a better mood…and also has me reconsidering wallpaper.
  • Life Lessons: Whether you’re in your 30s or not, these 10 Life Lessons to Excel in Your 30s offer advice that we can all pull a little something from. “Don’t be afraid of taking risks, you can still change” is a wise little nugget that I’m going to hold onto as year 32 rolls my way later this year.

Wednesday

25

March 2015

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The Publican

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Can you believe that this visit 2 weeks ago was my first time at The Publican? I’ve had reservations a handful of times but for some reason or another we always had to cancel – thankfully, not this time. Executive Chef Paul Kahan’s other restaurants (Blackbird, avec, Big Star, Nico Osteria) are without a doubt my favorites in the city (along with Bavette’s, of course), and now, not surprisingly, I’m very happy to add The Publican to that list.

The Publican

When we walked into The Publican I couldn’t help but feel like the dining room was giving me a giant bear hug. Odd way to describe a restaurant – maybe – but the space felt so warm, welcoming, and familiar and that’s exactly how it made me feel. From the oversized heritage hog paintings to the rustic decor and long communal tables resembling a European beer hall, it was the perfect spot to settle in and enjoy a great meal with friends.

The Publican

The Publican

We arrived for our reservation just as they opened at 10am and as we waited for our Bloody Marys, complete with beer backs, the dining room quickly filled up and was buzzing with pre-St. Patty’s excitement. We lost track of time over pickled garnishes and good conversation with my cousin and her husband but quickly got back to business as we began to see some of the mouth-watering plates leaving the kitchen. The Publican’s menu changes frequently based on seasonal ingredients that are available locally. Responsible and exciting – I’m all about that farm-to-table thang.

The Publican, Bloody Mary

I ordered the Corned Beef & Cabbage and it officially put all other corned beef & cabbage that I’ve had and will ever have to shame. A sizable All-Clad bowl filled with smoked shoulder, cabbage, dill, cornichon, sour cream, and rye was set in front of me and I had to remind myself to come up for air. The fresh dill and the cool sour cream mixed with those tender chunks of beef and warm cabbage was The Business. Remember when I said the dining room gave me a great big bear hug? Well, this dish jumped in and did the same.

Other orders at the table were the Pork Schnitzel with black beans, potatoes, harissa aioli, and fried egg and the Dry-Aged Sirloin with cornbread pudding, mojo rojo, sunny side eggs, and radish. Both were really delicious dishes that everyone enjoyed, although I am very happy I went with my gut and gave the corned beef a try. It’s likely that it won’t be on the menu when I return, but that’s the beauty of a fantastic restaurant like The Publican – it just means another great dish will take its place, and I’ll have something new to gush about next time.

The Publican, Corned Beef & Cabbage

The Publican, Sirloin

The Publican, Schnitzel

 

The Publican is located at 837 W Fulton Market in Chicago‘s West Loop neighborhood.

 

Sunday

22

March 2015

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Lazy Sundays

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White Kitchen

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  • Insta Favs: Earlier this week Kelly introduced me to Willy Bear, a chocolate lab in Chicago who looks so much like Ruby that I’m wondering if they’re siblings! Willy’s owners take such fantastic photos of him, I definitely need to up my #rubygram game.
  • Exciting Eats: I am the QUEEN of condiments – there’s no such thing as too many dips, sauces, and spreads in my book. Bees Knees Spicy Honey from Mixed Made is my latest find, and I can’t get enough!
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