Almost every time we talk I mention a new store or restaurant I have tried and she wanted to try them as well. We had a list of things to try and do which made for a busy weekend.
She came in around lunchtime so we headed to Chicago Bagel Authority for a tasty steamed bagel sandwich. It is a little shop right off the Armitage stop on the Brown Line. There are thousands of bagelwich options and instead of toasting the bagels they are steamed which make them warm, soft, and chewy. (sorry, I didn't take a picture)
Later we had a plan to head to Bucktown/Wicker Park for a quick dinner and then a painting class. We stopped by the new restaurant Melt, where they specialize in unique grilled cheese sandwiches. It was a cute place designed like a school cafe. I decided on the Santa Cruz which was really good. It came with a side of soup, but was nothing great, the star was the sandwich! My mom got the Provence, which was good too, but had a bit too much bread. I think we both agreed mine was better.
|Santa Cruz: tomato wrap, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, vegetable cream cheese, provolone, mushrooms|
|That's the original painting for the night on the right.|
|This is my "I'm a serious painter" pose|
We also tried a new (to me) place for breakfast called Bongo Room, per a recommendation. This place was really good. It has a small menu, but everything sounded good. (I think a small menu is usually a good thing because the place knows what they make really well.) We decided to split the breakfast burrito and white chocolate caramel pretzel pancakes. Yes, they were both amazingly delicious.
The pancakes were quite unique and not super sweet like we initially expected. They were pretty filling and were the perfect mix of salty and sweet. The burrito was also delicious. This was great place and I can't wait to go back!
I have been talking about the amazing cupcake shops that are here in Chicago and had to take my mom to visit. We both love cupcakes (but really who doesn't?), so we had to try a few... or ten. (We clearly have a cupcake addiction.) We went to Crumbs first. They make giant cupcakes that all look really pretty and taste good. The Raspberry Brownie Cheesecake was the best of these, but we only had tastes of each.
|Chocolate Milkshake, PBJ, and Raspberry Brownie Cheesecake|
|Chai, Lemon Coconut, and Pumpkin|
|Salted Caramel, Chocolate Coconut, Black & White, Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter|
We ate at a few other places like a great local bakery called Dinkel's where they have awesome doughnuts and enjoyed deep dish from Pizano's. Of course we had to visit my favorite, the Green City Market. We also just walked around the city and did some shopping. Traveling through and around the city involves a lot of walking which was good considering all the eating we did!
I always enjoy spending time with my mom and I was so glad she took the time to come visit me!
Have you ever participated in a painting class? What is your favorite cupcake?