Hi everyone! So happy to be done with my cold finally, so with that comes another week of adventures. I decided to pay The Allis another visit – I had only been once and it was a little too quick to judge. Look at how gorgeous it is!! Chandeliers all around, the decor is so fancy yet approachable, and turns out you can buy the tea sets they sell! I sat upstairs last time so it was nice to see it from this angle. This time I met up with a new friend this time, Alyssa, to test out the tea service. We went the a la carte route (I’ll be back for the full service soon though!) and she got coffee with me trying the Canadian Ice Wine tea. I regret to inform you that this tea does not, in fact, have wine in it (aww) but it’s called that because it is processed like wine is. I don’t really drink tea a lot but this tasted pretty good to me! It’s black tea and it had a bit of sweetness to it. My only thing I would change for next time is maybe add a little honey to it. As for meals, I went for the famed avocado toast. Y’all – the avocado to toast ratio is ON POINT. There is so much and I was so happy with that. It was very similar to the way I make my own avo toast at home except the secret weapon for theirs is basil. It was very strong here – not in a bad way per se, just unexpected. I can’t wait to come again – the vibes and the food thus far are tempting me to make this my spot.
Next up, I got to go to another event at Pogo Boutique again (yay!) and got to meet up with Katie again for some free prosecco, makeovers and also bags with calligraphy by Ashlee Stewack. Isn’t she good?? If only my penmanship were that good! I had to rush back to the ‘burbs to meet up with some high school friends to a new-to-me place: Beacon Tap. It was so cute with all the little Christmas lights around! The best part was the specials/food – each day had a different special for food and drink. We got lucky enough to have the special be martinis that night – they were…wait for it…$4.00!! …And they were good! I opted for an appletini while my friends with with French ones. As for food, I got the polish sausage with tots – I skipped the ‘kraut and it was delicious. The buttery brioche toast topped it perfectly! My friends’ got the pretzel bites and the cheese curds – both pretty hard to mess up but also did not disappoint. I want to come back for trivia next!
Last but not least, Maddie and I got to check out Blue Door Farm Stand in Lincoln Park for a little brunch. Turns out there’s a few of these restaurants around the city (with slightly different names) in Gold Coast and a to-go one not far from the one we went to. First off, SUCH a cute spot! The decor was beautiful with all the rustic chandeliers and the marquee with the open kitchen. I hear the Gold Coast one has a patio – hitting that up come summer! I got the grapefuit mimosa to start (yum!), and they also can be made with OJ or cranberry juice too. It was very smooth with just the right amount of sweetness. After catching up a bit, we both decided on the diner classic. You definitely can’t go wrong with this! You get a choice of pancakes or toast, hashbrowns, bacon or sausage, and eggs your way – perfect! Needless to say, we will be back. Lastly, I did a little mini photoshoot around the area, because why knot! Perfect end to the week 😌.
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cal Spots I Checked Out: The Allis, Pogo Boutique, Beacon Tap, Blue Door Farm Stand
Events I’m Looking Forward To: Chicago Restaurant Week – is it bad I haven't made a rez yet?? (so many options it's hard to choose!), Makeup Party at Nordstrom with Katie, Super Bowl Parties, Chicagogrammers Happy Hour
See you in the next post!