Monday, September 7

Recent Foodie Finds

It's been awhile since I've had a chance to post, so this blog post is jam packed with delicious foodie finds and updates! It's a long post, but I promise it's worth reading!

Hawaii

A few weeks ago, I spent the week exploring the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai! Kauai is my favorite of the Hawaiian islands because its small, less touristy, and extremely lush and gorgeous.

Kauai
Kalalau Trail
Kauai
Hanakapiai Beach
Kauai
Hawaiian Flowers
Kauai
Hanalei Bay
Kauai
Sunset Over Hanalei Bay
While I was there I enjoyed the fresh fruits and juices, local plate lunches, and Hawaiian shave ice (which came in handy during the extremely hot days).

Moloaa Sunrise Fruit Stand

Kauai
Moloaa Sunrise Fruit Stand
Kauai
Moloaa Sunrise Fruit Stand
Art Cafe Hemingway
Art Cafe Hemingway Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Kauai
Breakfast at Art Cafe Hemingway
Kauai
Plate Lunch with Roasted Pork
Kauai Juice Co. 

Kauai
Kauai Juice Co.
Ono Ono Shave Ice

Kauai
Ono Ono Shave Ice
Of course I had to try some fresh fish, including tuna poke, sushi, and fish tacos.

Eating House 1849 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Kauai
Rainbow Poke at Eating House 1849

Kauai
Rainbow Roll at St. Regis Princeville
Island Taco
Island Taco Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kauai
Seared Cajun Ahi Taco at Island Taco
Lappert's Hawaii
Lappert's Ice Cream & Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I also saved room for my FAVORITE ice cream in Hawaii, Lappert's! Their macadamia nut ice cream is to die for!

https://www.lappertshawaii.com
Lappert's Ice Cream
On our last night in Hawaii, we enjoyed a traditional luau complete with roasted pig. It was a great experience!

Kauai
Pig Roast
Birthday Celebrations

This year's birthday celebration was as delicious as ever! From tuna tartare and lobster rolls at Fish Bar, seafood salads and pie at Joe's, and glasses of sparkling rose at Cindy's atop the Chicago Athletic Association, to Mexican comfort food at Estrella Negra and a delicious birthday cake from Sweet Mandy B's, I had a wonderful birthday celebration. And, did I mention, I went to Schwa for the official big birthday bash dinner (more on that meal in a later post)?!

Fish Bar
Fish Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Fish Bar
Tuna Tartare at Fish Bar
Fish Bar Chicago
Lobster Roll at Fish Bar
Cindy's
Cindy's - The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cindy's at Chicago Athletic Association
Chicago Athletic Association
The View from Cindy's
Estrella Negra
Estrella Negra Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Estrella Negra
Guacamole at Estrella Negra
Estrella Negra
Empanadas at Estrella Negra
Estrella Negra
Tamales at Estrella Negra
Sweet Mandy B's
Sweet Mandy B's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sweet Mandy B's
Sweet Mandy B's Birthday Cake
Joe's Chicago
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Joe's Chicago
Seafood Chopped Salad at Joe's
Joe's Chicago
Fried Chicken at Joe's
Joe's Chicago
Peanut Butter Pie at Joe's
Shaw's Crab House
Shaw's Crab House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Beer and seafood lovers should get excited because Shaw's Crab House recently released its SOB Ale (SOB stands for Shaw's Oyster Bar...get your mind out of the gutter!). The beer was developed in collaboration with San Francisco's Anchor Brewing. I visited Anchor Brewing when I was in San Fran in April, and it's a pretty amazing place!

Shaw's SOB ale is perfect with a variety of seafood plates including oysters, boiled shrimp, tuna tartare, and stuffed clams. I know because I tried them all together! Check out the SOB Ale at the Shaw's Chicago oyster bar!

Side note: I'll be at Shaw's 26th annual Oyster Fest this Friday slurping away...come join me!

Anchor Brewing
SOB Ale

Anchor Brewing
SOB Ale
Shaw's Chicago
Raw Oysters at Shaw's
Shaw's Chicago
Tuna Tartare at Shaw's
Shaw's Chicago
Boiled Peel & Eat Shrimp at Shaw's
Stuffed Clams at Shaw's
Note: my meal at Shaw's was complimentary; however, the opinions expressed herein are my own.

Fit Foodie Run

This Saturday I will be participating in Cooking Light and Health's Fit Foodie Run 5K as a race ambassador! The race weekend is the ultimate celebration of food, fitness, and fun!

I would love if you'd join me out on the course for a nice 5k run or walk, followed by great eats and drinks in the finisher's village! The post-run celebration includes celebrity chef demos and tastings, fitness demos, beer and wine tastings, and giveaways!

Use code FITFOODIEFRIEND when registering for FREE entry!

Fit Foodie
Photo Credit: The Fit Foodie 5K
The Fit Foodie 5K
Fit Foodie 5K
Food Adventures with Buick

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of testing out the 2015 Buick Regal. For one week I was cruising around the streets of Chicago in comfort and safety. I don't have a car in the city so it was awesome getting to explore parts of the city I don't typically visit. Have you seen those Buick commercials where people don't recognize that the car is a Buick ("That's not a Buick!")? Well, it's true, this isn't your grandpa's Buick. The car was sleek, modern and fully equipped with safety features, GPS, OnStar, Pandora and XM radio, in-car Wi-Fi, and a rear-view camera, to name a few features. I don't drive very often so it was nice having those extra safety features, especially when trying to parallel park.

Buick Regal
2015 Buick Regal
Photo Credit: Buick
Regal 2015
Buick Regal
While I had the car, I planned several foodie adventures around town including stops at Hot G Dog in Uptown, and Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits in Logan Square. I even planned a girls night out with some friends and we went to The Whistler in Logan Square, and A10 and Kilwin's Ice Cream in Hyde Park. A10 is fantastic and well worth a trip to Hyde Park!

Hot G Dog
Hot G Dog Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Uptown
Hot G Dog
Hot G Dog
Hot G Dog
Hot G Dog
Atomic Sausage with Pepper Jack & Guajillo Sauce at Hot G Dog
Spicy Chicken Sausage with Cilantro & Chipotle Sauce, Roasted Red Pepper & Hot Habanero Cheese
at Hot G Dog
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
Bang Bang Pie Shop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bang Bang Pie
Biscuit Sandwiches & Chocolate Pecan Pie at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits


The Whistler
Catalonia, Secret Chord, Shrinebuilder & Whiskey & Wine at The Whistler
A10
A10 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


A10 Hyde Park
Roasted Garlic, Olive Oil & Balsamic at A10
A10 Hyde Park
Housemade Focaccia at A10

A10 Hyde Park
Shaved Apple & Kohlrabi Salad with Manchego, Walnut & Mint at A10
A10 Hyde Park
Spinach & Feta Roman Pizza with Olives & Parsley at A10
A10 Hyde Park
Basil Rigatoni with Lamb Bolognese, Green Garbanzo Beans & 4 Year Gouda at A10
A10 Hyde Park
Bass with Pepper, Chimichurri and Heirloom Tomato at A10
Kilwin's
Kilwins Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Ice Cream at Kilwin's
Note: Buick provided me with a loaner vehicle to facilitate this post; however all opinions expressed herein are my own.

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