My Gravy Girls and I thought it would be so fun to do a cooking class while we were all together. Monique found the cutest place that was perfect for us crazy ladies! We had a blast cooking at The Social Table in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. The food we made was delish!! The shrimp salad was definitely my favorite, I couldn’t stop eating it! I can’t wait to recreate it for my family.
If you’re ever interested in trying a cooking class I highly recommend it, especially if you go with a group of fun friends!
My girlfriends from Alabama planned a weekend up in Chicago and I was so excited to see them! We call ourselves the Gravy Girls. We all became friends a few years ago, Amy, Moniqe, and I lived in the same neighborhood in Alabama. Monique was new to the neighborhood and wanted to get together with some ladies, she met Amy and wanted to host a dinner and asked Amy to invite some friends over. Long story short we all got together (along with Meredith who couldn’t make it to Chicago) and while we were eating we talked about what gravy is to us. Monique made the most amazing dinner (her cooking is top notch) with her Nana’s gravy. Coming from the West I think of gravy as potatoes and gravy with pot roast or turkey. Amy thought of brown gravy over potatoes too, Meredith thinks of white gravy because that’s what she grew up with in the South. Monique is from New Jersey and upstate New York and her gravy is what I call pasta sauce. She has a recipe from her Nana and it is so good, I’ve craved it since moving away. So that’s how we became the Gravy Girls and breaking bread together is kind of our thing so while they were here we had to try out some top rated restaurants in Chicago. Chicago is known for it fabulous food and we weren’t disappointed once the entire weekend.
We went with a bit of a goat theme, we ate dinner at Little Goat Diner the first night the girls were in town. It was amazing!! If you’re there for breakfast/brunch I recommend their Bulls Eye French Toast, I went with some friends from here and it didn’t disappoint. For dinner we ordered the Machos Nochos, my picture doesn’t do them justice. They’re my favorite thing on the menu! You really can’t go wrong with anything though, it’s all pretty fabulous.
The next night we went to Girl and The Goat which is the original restaurant (Little Goat Diner is like her little sis). The owner/chef competed and won Bravo’s Top Chef. Both restaurants are located in the West Loop which I love, it has such a fun atmosphere. It’s really hard to get into Girl and The Goat so we were pretty excited that we managed to get a table. The food was so amazing, I loved everything we got. None of us had ever tasted goat and felt it necessary to do so while we were there. We ordered the goat empanadas and they were delish!! It’s a family style restaurant so we all tasted each others food and I can honestly say everything was really, really good! I’m hoping I’ll be able to go back at least once before we make our move. Try it out if you’re in town but don’t forget to make reservations (like three months in advance)!
We shared that we’re expecting baby #4 in November!! We’re so excited to have another baby. As of right now Elle’s hoping for a sister, Tommy’s hoping for a brother, and Billy says he’ll be happy no matter what. Joel and I are with Billy, just praying for a healthy baby.
More news… We’re making the move from Chicago to Salt Lake City this summer. Joel accepted a job for a freeze dryer company located in North Salt Lake. He’s been working there for the past month and traveling back and forth from work to see the family on the weekends. Fingers crossed we sale our house!!
My mom came to visit and help pack us up and move us out. When she got here she let me try her bronzer and I was obsessed! She went to Ulta and got one for me and a mini me version for Elle (since she steals all my makeup anyway). I’ve been using it everyday, it’s a must have!!
I have to add this because I’ve been blowing my insagram up with pics of peonies from my yard. They’re my favorite flower! I have about six bushes in my backyard so my house was filled with vases of them in every room. These are the last of them and it’s making me a little sad that my peony season is ending.
How cute is this blush!?! Nars Orgasm (sorry about the name, I swear I’m not a pervert) is the perfect blush with just the right amount of color. My mom and I love it so much! The normal size blush is about $30 but this special is $39 and almost twice the size. While I was at Nordstrom with my girlfriends I spotted it and grabbed one for my me and one for my mom. When I got home from my girlfriend weekend I found out that my mom had ordered one for each of us from Nars. They say great minds think alike, pretty sure my mom’s makeup preferences have rubbed off on me!
I’ll be sharing some of the fun things my girlfriends and I did in Chicago and our favorite spots we ate ate later this week so check back if you’re planning a trip to the windy city! Hope you have a great day!
** All of these pics are taken with my iPhone and were originally posted to Instagram. You can follow me @calicrest
We had a fun weekend celebrating Billy’s 9th birthday mixed in with a little St. Patricks Day celebration. We tried to convince Billy that they dyed the river green for him since it’s his favorite color but I don’t think he cared what the reason was, he thought it was pretty great. Downtown Chicago is one of my favorite places, I don’t think you can run out of new places to explore, there’s so much to do! I love that the weather is warming up and we can get outside and explore this new place we call home.
While we were downtown we went to The Doughnut Vault. Billy’s obsessed with donuts and is determined to try all the donut shops in Chicago, it’s going to take a while! We’ve heard that The Doughnut Vault has the best donuts in Chicago so we thought we’d give it a go. The line was long, super long, like wrapped around the block long but we were determined to try it and see if it lives up to the hype. They didn’t disappoint, they were delish! So if you’re in Chicago and craving donuts look them up and try them out. We also love Stan’s Donuts and I think Firecakes Donuts is my favorite but they have an ice cream donut so that’s almost cheating! Do-Rite Donuts will be our next donut stop.
We made it to Chicago!! We’ve been busy the last couple weeks unpacking, meeting new friends, neighbors, and just trying to get settled in our new home. We decided it was time to get out and be tourists in the city we now call home.
We rode the train into the city, rode the subway, busses, and did a lot of walking, it was a blast! The kids begged to go to the Zoo so that was the main attraction this trip. The weather was perfect, the animals were cute (especially the baby gorilla), and the price can’t be beat (the Chicago Zoo is free everyday, who knew??).
We had so much fun exploring, taking in the sites, and eating good food. I’m pretty sure you can go just about anywhere and the food will be amazing!
We ended the day with full bellies, tired feet, and some great memories. I can’t wait until our next trip to the city, I have a feeling I’m going to fall in love with Chicago!