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September 2016



A Weekend in Charleston

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Back in July I spent an extended weekend in Charleston, SC for my sister-in-law’s bachelorette party and, as expected, I LOVED Charleston! The 90+ temps in July were no joke, especially considering I was 6 months pregnant, but I just stuck to black clothes to mask the sweat and accepted the fact that I was just going to be hot at all times! Charleston has so much to offer from its adorable southern charm (think colorful old row homes and brick-paved streets), to the nearby beaches, to a ton of great bars, breweries, and distilleries (which I intend to enjoy when we return and I am not pregnant!), and of course THE FOOD! So. Much. Amazing. Food. And that I got plenty of! Here’s a round-up of some of the best Charleston has to offer, we didn’t make it everywhere on this list, but all the more reason to return…

Charleston, South Carolina

Where To Eat

698 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Leon’s was my absolute favorite spot in Charleston – I loved it so much that I went twice! Leon’s is a little farther north on King St, but 100% worth the trip. Stop in at nearby Edmund’s Oast for a drink before or after. Obviously the food was AMAZING – I started with the grilled oysters, hush puppies, and the peach and heirloom tomato salad and finished off with an order of their famous fried chicken. Everything was delicious but the hush puppies were the best I’ve ever had, hands down. I would also highly recommend the peach salad – it’s somewhat of a weird combo of ingredients with mushrooms and a tofu cream dressing but it really worked! Of course you also have to try the fried chicken – I recommend the standard fried chicken over the fried chicken sandwich – I tried the sandwich on my return visit and while it was still really good, the fried chicken shines on its own. Finish off your meal with a cute little vanilla soft serve cone topped with sprinkles and you’re good to go! Did I mention they also have rosé on tap?!? They made me a fantastic mocktail, but yea, definitely need to return when I’m not pregnant!

Charleston, South Carolina, Leon's Oyster Shop

Charleston, South Carolina, Leon's Oyster Shop, Interior

Charleston, South Carolina, Leon's Oyster Shop, Grilled Oysters

Charleston, South Carlina, Leon's Oyster Shop, Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Charleston, South Carolina, Leon's Oyster Shop, Hush Puppies

Charleston, South Carolina, Leon's Oyster Shop, Fried Chicken

The Daily
652 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Just about a block or so from Leon’s is another one of my favorite Charleston finds – The Daily. We stopped in for a quick breakfast before heading out of town and I definitely regretted not checking them out earlier. In addition to quick breakfast eats like avocado toast and breakfast sandwiches and tacos, they also have a great line-up of smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, and most importantly, all your coffee and espresso needs. I HIGHLY recommend trying the Aztec Cacao smoothie – made with cold brew coffee, almond milk, banana, cacao nibs, cinnamon, cayenne and ancho pepper – I’m in the process of trying to recreate this at home!

Xiao Bao Biscuit

On Thursday night, our first night in Charleston, 8 of us had arrived into town and had a late dinner at Xiao Bao Biscuit. It’s a small space inside of what I think was possibly an old gas station, luckily they were winding down and were able to seat us fairly quickly (no reservations here – and not even a phone!). Everything we ate was delicious, we ordered a first round of several dishes that were brought out as they were ready and then ordered more of the dishes we liked until we were stuffed. The table’s favorite dish was definitely the Okonomiyaki, a Japanese cabbage pancake, topped with an egg of course, but like I said, everything was really good, including the cocktails!

Hominy Grill

We stopped into Hominy Grill for a later brunch/lunch on Friday and their famous Charleston Nasty Biscuit did not disappoint. Sadly we missed out on the breakfast menu but luckily this fried chicken sandwich with gravy is available all day. Our table shared a few apps – hush puppies, fried green tomatoes, and okra & shrimp beignets, but they weren’t our favorite – unfortunately they just tasted like fried things with no real flavor. I would stick with southern staples like this biscuits, shrimp and grits, etc – I think that is where Hominy really shines.

Charleston, South Carolina, Hominy Grill, Charleston Nasty Biscuit and Gravy

The Park Cafe
730 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

Our last dinner in Charleston on Saturday night was up in the air, but luckily I was able to get a reservation at The Park Cafe and it was perfect! Finding reservations for a group of 10 is no easy feat in Charleston, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, so I was super excited to hear they had an opening. It was a little farther north of the main King St. drag, which is probably why it wasn’t super busy, but it was perfect for our group’s “last supper” – delicious seasonal dishes, super cute minimal space, and not very loud at all so we could all hear each from each end of the table. The homemade pastas were a big hit at our table, but definitely do not miss out on the house-made ricotta and/or burrata, I’m fairly positive I could eat an entire order myself, SO good!


If you have a sweet tooth you have to stop into Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe. It’s right in the heart of downtown Charleston and not only do they have an amazing case of baked goods greeting you as you walk in, they also have a crazy menu of boozy and/or espresso filled cocktails and milkshakes.

Charleston, South Carolina, Kaminsky's, Cake

Rita’s Seaside Grill

On Saturday we spent the day at Folly Beach and grabbed lunch at Rita’s Seaside Grille, mainly because it was the closest restaurant to where we were hanging out at the beach. Little did we know this was not just your average beach diner! We started with their ahi tuna and watermelon nachos which were delicious and I indulged in the shrimp ‘n grits – my belly was sticking out anyways, so no need to worry about a big lunch on a beach day! While I’m definitely no shrimp ‘n grits expert, this dish was so insanely good, I didn’t want it to end! If you’re near Folly I highly recommend checking out Rita’s.

Rita's Seaside, Folly Beach, Charleston, South Carolina, Shrimp and Grits


Unfortunately our plans changed and we didn’t make it to Husk, but I had to mention it because it is probably Charleston’s most well-known restaurant with James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock at the helm.

232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401

Sadly they didn’t take reservations for groups of more than 6, but when we return to Charleston FIG is on the top of my list for dinner!

Slightly North Of Broad (SNOB)
192 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

Up there with FIG, Slightly North of Broad is way up there on my Charleston to-do list.

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
476 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

A tiny little shop that puts out some amazing biscuits. On Fridays Callie’s also has fried chicken sandwiches which I’ve heard are worth the wait. They’re also open late night 10pm-2am on Fridays and Saturdays for the bar crowd.

Peninsula Grill
Planters Inn, 112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

Even if you don’t plan on eating a full meal here, make some time to stop in for a slice of their famous Ultimate Coconut Cake.

Tattooed Moose
1137 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403

Better-than-your-average-bar-food bar food. Try Mike’s Famous Duck Club.

The Macintosh

Locally-sourced, modern American fare, also home to the Bacon Happy Hour.

Cannon Green

Gorgeous space, outdoor seating, worth a visit.

167 Raw
289 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

For all your Charleston seafood needs.

The Grocery
4 Cannon St, Charleston, SC 29403

Another seasonal, local/regional restaurant with a menu that sounds unique and delicious.

Lost Dog Cafe

Another highly rated spot on Folly Beach.

Black Tap Coffee

Coolest spot in Charleston to get your caffeine fix.

City Lights Coffee

Another great choice for coffee in Charleston.


Where To Drink

Stars Rooftop

The Belmont

The Rooftop at The Vendue

Closed for Business

The Gin Joint

Edmund’s Oast


Where To Shop


My favorite shop in Charleston, and more candle scents than I have ever seen! It’s a little intimidating at first, but the staff is great at helping you find the scents you love from their massive scent library. Bonus, they have super inexpensive flat rate shipping so you can buy as many candles as you’d like for yourself and loved ones and have them shipped back home instead stuffing them in your suitcase! They also have candle making classes which I think would be super fun.

Charleston, South Carolina, Candlefish, Candles

The Commons

This tiny little shop is hidden down an alleyway so it’s easy to miss – but worth the extra search. Beautiful, minimal, American-made home goods – higher price point, but worth a browse.

Charleston, South Carolina, The Commons, Home Store

Candy Shop Vintage
9 Cannon St, Charleston, SC 29403

Great spot to find some super cool vintage jewelry, and also where you’ll find a great variety of Charleston Rice Bead jewelry.

Croghan’s Jewel Box
308 King St, Charleston, SC 29401

Even if you don’t plan on making a purchase, a stop at Croghan’s Jewel Box is a must when visiting Charleston. They have a super impressive selection of estate and antique jewelry and if you’re looking to buy a piece that won’t break the bank, check out their goldbug collection.

Charleston Farmers Market
329 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403

Pretty self-explanatory, open Saturdays April – November.

56 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401

Quirky little antique/vintage shop.

Hampden Clothing
314 King St, Charleston, SC 29401

Trendy women’s clothing boutique.

Finicky Filly
303 King St, Charleston, SC 29401

Another luxury women’s clothing boutique in the heart of Charleston’s shopping district.

Indigo & Cotton
79 Cannon St, Charleston, SC 29403

A little something for the men.

Mac & Murphy

Cute little paper/stationary shop.


What To Do

Rainbow Row

Pretty painted houses near the waterfront, one of Charleston’s most popular sites.

Charleston, South Carolina, Rainbow Row

Waterfront Park

Charleston, South Carolina, Waterfront Park, Pineapple Fountain

Folly Beach

Arthur Ravenel Junior Bridge

Firefly Distillery

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Charleston Tea Plantation

Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens




November 2015



Budapest Food & Drink

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It’s no secret that I love food. My mouth waters at the thought of a ribeye steak cooked to a perfect medium rare, a slice of pizza with the perfect crust:cheese:sauce ratio, or a generous slice of my favorite chocolate pie. Maybe your thing is fried chicken or a giant ice cream sundae. Hey, maybe a juicy peach is what really gets you going. We all have foods we love because they’re just flat out delicious, but I’m a firm believer that the foods we love the most become our favorites because of the memories that lie within each bite. Whether it’s a mystery fried dish from a street vendor, a perfectly plated course at a Michelin-starred restaurant, or that long-time family recipe you used to make with your grandmother, good food becomes great food when there’s a story.

Budapest, Farmers' Market, Paprika

One of my favorite ways to get to know a city is by eating and drinking my way around town, seeking out local spots, and creating as many new memories as I can possibly squeeze into one trip. The streets and alleyways of Budapest were filled with so many great bars and restaurants, each beautiful in their own unique way, and when we set out every morning I was nearly giddy with excitement to see what was hiding around the next corner. A broken camera left me with less photos than I’m used to on a trip, but my heart and mind will forever be full with all the wonderful memories. We had a feeling we’d enjoy our time in Budapest but had no idea we’d love it so much. If a trip to Budapest wasn’t already on your travel radar, I hope my experiences inspire you to get there sometime soon!

Budapest, Neon Lights,


Sas u. 3, 1051

Borkonyha Winekitchen is one of three Michelin-starred restaurants in Budapest, and one of our favorite meals of the trip. As soon as we were seated our server arrived and offered assistance choosing one of their many Hungarian wines; after my first sip of a fantastic sparkling white he chose, I handed him the reins and he brought glass after glass to pair perfectly with each course. They offer a very reasonably priced set tasting menu but we opted to order several dishes a la carte to create our own. From the squid ink bread (that we nearly inhaled) to the silky smooth duck liver to the flavorful lamb and everything in between, it was one hell of a meal. If you’re not able to get a reservation, I’d still recommend stopping in and trying to grab a seat at the bar to enjoy a glass of wine!

Budapest, Borkonyha, duck liver

Budapest, Borkonyha, beef tenderloin

Budapest, Borkonyha

Zeller Bistro
Izabella u. 38, 1077

We dined at Zeller Bistro on our last night in Budapest and it was the perfect way to end our stay in this beautiful city. Zeller is a family-owned and operated restaurant and from the moment you walk down the steps to the warmly lit cellar, you can tell they are all fully invested in giving you a memorable dining experience. I spoke with Anna, one of the owners, to make a reservation, and we were given a run-down of the menu, specials, wine list, etc by the other owner, Peter. We even had the most adorable youngster, clad in a full length apron, show us to our table and fill our water glasses. It was seriously adorable.

The food was fantastic – made with Hungarian ingredients but not your traditional dishes. Many of their ingredients including sausages and their tasty “Crispy Small Fish As My Mom Makes Them” come from family and friends at nearby Lake Balaton. Their wines are from family vineyards, they have their own beer from a friend’s brewery, and they make a wonderful elderflower champagne that everyone receives when they arrive. If you’re visiting Budapest I can’t recommend Zeller Bistro enough, just make sure to make a reservation!

Budapest, Zeller Bistro, Crispy Fish

Crispy small fish from Lake Balaton at Zeller Bistro

Liszt Ferenc tér 2, 1061

We had lunch at Menza once during our stay, but could have easily been convinced to return if we had more time. They have a large outdoor terrace that is the perfect spot to grab a glass of rosé and people watch to your heart’s content. The interior has a very cool retro/mid-century design so be sure to take a trip to the bathroom if you’re dining al fresco. The menu is filled with delicious Hungarian and European classics with a modern presentation. Mike’s Schnitzel was fantastic – super thin and perfectly crisp breading, and I loved my Beef Stew with homemade noodles, but the clear winner was the Garlic Cream Soup topped with a traditional Hungarian Lángos (lahn-gosh). Lángos is a simple yet amazing creation – essentially a large circle of fried dough (think giant doughnut without the hole) that is typically topped with sour cream, cheese and garlic. The cup of soup could have been an entire meal, so if you’re ordering a main course I would plan on sharing because it will not be easy to put your spoon down!

Budapest, Menza, soup, langos

Budapest, Menza, Grilled Goat Cheese

Budapest, Menza, Schnitzel

Budapest, Menza Restaurant, Goulash

Bock Bisztró
Erzsébet krt. 43-49, 1073

We dined at Bock Bisztró on our first night in Budapest and we were very happy with this decision. Their wine list is filled with Hungarian wines we weren’t familiar with, so we left our selections in the hands of our very competent waiter who came back with several winners. The cuisine is Hungarian with a bit of Spanish tapas flair thrown in. We ended our delicious meal with a shot of Pálinka, a traditional fruit brandy, because, when in Budapest! (*On a Monday night the dining room was completely full by the time we left and they were turning everyone away who stopped in without an advance reservation, so I would definitely suggest calling or e-mailing ahead of time to reserve your spot.)

Budapest, Bock Bisztro

Budapest, Bock Bisztro

Ráday u. 4, 1092

Costes is another Michelin-starred restaurant in Budapest and while we didn’t get a chance to dine here during our visit, I felt they were worth a mention since they were next on my list had we of stayed another day. Costes offers tasting menus with your choice of courses and wine pairings. Dishes are beautiful and elegantly plated. Costes is a step or two above Borkynha in terms of price point but a bit more relaxed (based on reviews and articles I read before our trip) than Onyx, Budapest’s third Michelin-starred restaurant.

My Little Melbourne
Madách Imre út 3, 1075

Our absolute favorite coffee/breakfast spot right around the corner from our Airbnb rental, I was so sad to leave My Little Melbourne behind! Their chocolate-filled croissants were buttery, flaky, and filled with gooey chocolate, and their croissant sandwiches (pictured below) were so fresh and delicious – does anyone else feel like the simplest things seem to taste better in Europe?!

Budapest, Croissant, Breakfast, Sandwich, My Little Melbourne

New York Café
Erzsébet krt. 9-11, 1073

If you’re feeling fancy, stop in to New York Café for your daily dose of whipped cream and all things gilded. New York Café is located inside the Boscolo Hotel and while I wouldn’t necessarily make a special trip here, it is definitely a very cool interior to see if you’re in the neighborhood. Thanks to a bit of jet lag I was up early walking around town one morning and stopped in for a cup of coffee with the entire place to myself!

Budapest, New York Cafe

Budapest, New York Cafe, Coffee

Hongrie, Dob u. 22, 1072

This teeny-tiny juice bar in Budapest’s Jewish Quarter is the place to go for all your fresh juice and raw/vegan/gluten-free treats. Juicy‘s tasty nectars are also sold at My Little Melbourne coffee shop nearby.

Budapest, Juicy, Juice Bar

Sarki Fűszeres
Pozsonyi út 53-55, 1137

If you spend any time exploring Budapest’s Margaret Island, Sarki Fűszeres is a cute little shop and café to visit nearby. Grab coffee, breakfast, and picnic snacks and wine for the island, or stop in for lunch and drinks on your way back.

Trófea Grill Étterem
Multiple locations

It’s not very often that I can recommend an all-you-can-eat (and drink) buffet outside of Vegas, but Trófea Grill Étterem in Budapest is definitely a buffet I can get behind. They’re a one-stop-shop if you’re looking to taste traditional Hungarian dishes, but they also have other offerings like sushi if that’s what you’re goulash-ed out. The beer, wine, champagne, and select cocktails don’t stop flowing until you say so – boozy buffet brunches are what afternoons are made for, right?! For only 20-22€/person, Trófea Grill is your best bet for a quick, inexpensive meal in Budapest.

Street Food Karaván
Kazinczy u. 18, 1075

Wandering the streets of Budapest, especially in the Jewish Quarter, it seriously felt like there was an amazing bar or restaurant around every corner – including a bunch of cool little spots tucked away in alleys like the Street Food Karavan. We passed this trendy row of food stands on our way to Budapest’s famous ruin pub, Szimpla Kert (see below), and stopped by afterwards to check it out. I went straight for the Lángos topped with goat cheese, roasted red peppers, and arugula; it was the perfect late-night bite to soak up the copious amounts of Hungarian rosé I’d consumed throughout the evening!

Budapest, Street Food, Karavan

Lion + Maven | Budapest

Gelarto Rosa
Szent István tér 3, 1051

With temperatures reaching the low 90s during most of our stay in Budapest, we made a point of working a daily gelato stop into our schedule. Gelarto Rosa was our first, and most frequently visited shop, and to be honest, we would have come back every day even if we weren’t dealing with record-breaking temps. Not only are their cones oh-so-pretty, their flavors were outstanding. My favorite was the basil-lemon; mixed with strawberry this was always the perfect refreshing treat!

Budapest, Gelarto Rosa, Gelato, Rose

Levendula Kézműves Fagylaltozó
Multiple locations

While their cones aren’t the rose petal masterpieces created at Gelarto Rosa, Levendula‘s gelato offerings definitely did not disappoint. They have several locations around the city including a small pop-up stand we found at Deák Ferenc tér. If odd flavors like Gorgonzola, Camembert, and Red Wine interest you, then Levendula is your spot. If you’re not quite so adventurous when it comes to frozen treats, don’t fret – Levendula has a solid line-up of other imaginative flavors that aren’t quite so out there. Fresh mint and raspberry was my go-to combo.


Caffeine Fix

My Little Melbourne
Madách Imre út 3, 1075

Mentioned above as our favorite spot for breakfast every morning, My Little Melbourne was also our go-to coffee shop in Budapest. They offer a full selection of espresso drinks and their brew bar next door deals exclusively in filtered coffee. They also offer a variety of fresh, raw juices from local juice bar JUICY as well as a variety of quality snacks – a great spot to fuel up before a day of sightseeing!

Budapest, Coffee Shop, My Little Melbourne

A few other coffee shops around the city that deserve an honorable mention…

Múzeum krt. 5, 1053

Espresso Embassy
Arany János u. 15, 1051

Tamp & Pull
Czuczor u. 3, 1093


Boutiq Bar
Paulay Ede u. 5, 1061

Another gem of a find just a block away from our apartment, Boutiq Bar offers tasty, inventive, expertly crafted cocktails at shockingly low (compared to similar cocktail bars in Chicago and other cities we’ve visited) prices. Speakeasy, laid-back kinda vibe – a great spot to end the night.

Budapest, Cocktails, Boutiq Bar

Holló u. 12-14, 1076

We were very pleasantly surprised to find several great beer bars in Budapest and LÉHŰTŐ topped the list as our favorite. Great selection of local and international craft beers and a lovely outdoor seating area – the perfect spot to grab a drink or two before dinner nearby.

Lion + Maven | Budapest

Szimpla Kert
Kazinczy u. 14, 1075

It’s nearly impossible to put into words the strange awesomeness that is Szimpla Kert. Szimpla Kert is Budapest’s first and most popular ruin pub – bars created inside abandoned, run-down buildings with unused outdoor space and decorated with an eclectic mix of vintage decor that many would consider garbage. We first explored Szimpla Kert one afternoon before heading out for dinner and I highly suggest a visit during daylight hours to fully appreciate this unique spot. At night the place is packed wall to wall but during the day it’s an almost quiet, peaceful spot to kick back and enjoy a beer or giant glass of rosé for under $2. Stay tuned for a separate post exclusively devoted to Szimpla Kert!

Budapest, Ruin Pub, Szimpla Kert

Budapest, Ruin Pub, Szimpla Kert

Gozsdu Udvar
Király u. 13, 1075

Have I mentioned that Budapest seemed to have an amazing surprise down every alley? Well, Gozsdu Udvar is no exception. This alley between Király utca and Dob utca is lined with bar and restaurants, all with outdoor seating along the alleyway. The perfect spot for a relaxed evening and a perfect people-watching perch.

Budapest, Gozsdu Udvar

DiVino Wine Bar
Multiple locations

If you’re looking to get a taste of Hungarian wine, or just relax and people watch outside of St. Stephen’s Basilica, DiVino Wine Bar is the perfect place to stop. They also have a second great location in Gozsdu Udvar.

Budapest, St. Stephen's Basilica, Divino Wine Bar

Hops Beer Bar
Wesselényi u. 13, 1077

Another great beer bar in Budapest with an impressive line-up of craft beers.

Csak a jó sör
Kertész u. 42, 107

We stumbled upon Csak a Jó Sör (Only Good Beer) on accident while in search of another beer bar and we were shocked when we walked up to order and saw Founder’s All Day IPA on tap! Somehow a little keg had made its way all the way from Michigan to Budapest! This shop and bar carries an impressive collection of craft beers from around the globe, bartenders are very friendly, and the small space and vintage couches made us feel like we were back home having drinks in a friend’s basement – if we had a friend with an insane craft beer selection.

Budapest, Beer Bar



June 2015



LYFE Kitchen

Written by , Posted in Chicago, Restaurants

Mother Nature has been playing a little game with Chicagoans’ hearts as of late, but at this point I think it is safe to say that we have entered that magical time known as Chicago Summer. All I have to say is – FINALLY! There’s a reason Kanye West raps about summertime Chi in ‘Good Life’ – it’s a wonderful, albeit short-lived, time when the city is at its very best. It’s also just about the only thing that makes up for the cold, dark, seemingly never-ending months that make up a Chicago winter.

One of the first signs of summer in Chicago is the opening of all the fantastic patios around the city. It’s why summer in Chicago is also referred to as “patio season”. Bars, restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and the like open up their rooftops and line their sidewalks with all the tables and chairs they can possibly fit to accommodate the pale, Vitamin D-deprived souls who have braved yet another Chicago winter (or the smart visitors who just show up when the going gets good). I’m always up for checking out a new patio, so when LYFE Kitchen invited me over for lunch at their newest location in Streeterville, I couldn’t pass it up.

LYFE Kitchen Streeterville patio

LYFE Kitchen is an up-casual (upscale casual) restaurant with current locations in Illinois, California, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, and New York. They currently have 3 locations in the Chicago area (Streeterville, River North, and Evanston) and several more soon to come. Not only does LYFE (Love Your Food Everyday) Kitchen offer a TON of great tasting menu items – they have several menus catering to those with different diets like vegan or gluten-free. And the vegan and gluten-free menus are just as big as the regular menu! So basically you can eat really delicious, affordable food in a bright, beautiful setting and feel good about it.

LYFE Kitchen Streeterville

LYFE Kitchen Streeterville

To start out you have to try at least one of the amazing LYFE Waters or Smoothies. I tried the Hibiscus Beet, and Ginger Mint Chia LYFE Waters and the Kale Banana Smoothie. I loved the Hibiscus – super refreshing with a subtle hint of beet (I LOVE beets!), and the kale smoothie was the perfect not-too-sweet options, but my favorite was the Ginger Mint Chia. The mint and ginger were super bright and refreshing and I loved the texture of the chia seeds.

LYFE Kitchen Streeterville

LYFE Kitchen also has an impressive line-up of alcoholic beverages – the perfect excuse to kick back and relax on their patio. Wine, beer, or cocktails – they’ve got a little of everything. I think their Pomegranate Sangria would be especially refreshing on a warm summer night…

LYFE Kitchen Streeterville, Drink Menu

LYFE Kitchen Streeterville image courtesy LYFE Kitchen

Next up you can start with the Edamame Hummus Plate to share and I highly suggest following it up with one of their delicious flatbreads. I tried the gluten-free BBQ Chicken and Margherita flatbreads and I would definitely order both again. Their Mahi Fish Tacos, Quinoa Crunch Bowl with Grilled Salmon, and Art’s Unfried Chicken with roasted brussels sprouts, butternut squash, dried cranberries, cashew cream sauce, and dijon vinaigrette are 3 great options for mains.

LYFE Kitchen Streeterville

LYFE Kitchen Streeterville

LYFE Kitchen Streeterville

LYFE Kitchen Streeterville

Last but not least is dessert, and LYFE Kitchen’s Chocolate Budino is AMAZING! This is not something I would usually order, I’m not usually a pudding/custard type of girl, but thank GOODNESS I tried this. Chocolate, pomegranate, chia seeds, and toasted almonds combine for a little slice of heaven. The chocolate is rich and the sweetness of the pomegranate balances it out perfectly. I would come back just for the Chocolate Budino.

LYFE Kitchen dessert

Long story short – if you’re looking for a delicious meal that you won’t feel bad about eating, get yourself over to LYFE Kitchen. Friends with food allergies or special diets? LYFE has you all covered. Looking for a cool patio where you can throw back a cold one or two? LYFE baby!


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