Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tasty Tuesdays: The Too Busy To Cook Edition

{ view from Empire State Building, NYC }

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

I've become a lousy blogger.  Have you noticed? I haven't been posting much, haven't been able to visit my favorite blogs very often, and haven't cooked much lately either.  The lack of cooking I blame on a few busy weeks.  I took a whirlwind trip to New York City for work and then this past weekend went to Chicago to visit my sister.  I did spend quite a bit of time eating in Chi town, just not cooking.

Friday night we had drinks and small plates for dinner at Sable Kitchen & Bar located in Hotel Palomar in River North.  Sable is one of my sister's favorite spots for happy hour.  She watched the hotel and restaurant be built from the ground up from her office!  We enjoyed the mushroom flat bread with truffle oil, mussels, and cheese curds.  Delicious!

 Saturday night we had a wonderful meal at Riccardo Trattoria.  Loved this place!  We enjoyed everything we ate.  It is small and books up quickly, so make a reservation and treat yourself to a wonderful meal.  We tried to get in for my birthday in February, but it was already full.  I'm glad we made it there - it's a new Chicago favorite for us!

Finally, brunch on Sunday morning.  We went to Dunlay's on Clark for their famous Bloody Marys and ended up enjoying their food just as much.  Pictured above is the egg sandwich my sister ordered along with the house potatoes.  They were amazing - loaded with cream, and cheese, and herbs.

{ Dunlays famous Bloody Mary with beer backer }

I will be back next week with a recipe...I promise!

What did you cook this week?

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  1. Love Sable Kitchen! Thanks for hosting!

  2. Looks like a blast, I love NYC need to go back soon!

  3. Sounds like you've been busy! I'm having a hard time keeping up with my blog too. I wish time would slow down a bit. Glad you had a good time in Chicago and all the food sounds great!

  4. love, love, love, nyc - cannot wait to take the kids! thanks for hosting

  5. Thank you for hosting! We need a break every now and then :) Have fun and relax!

  6. Well, at least you got good foods:)

    Thank you for hosting the hop. Yours is listed here: http://bloghops.olahmomma.com/bloghop/tuesday.

    Already your follower.

    The Quiet Mom @ http://olahmomma.com/blog/creamy-cheesy-scrambled-eggs

  7. I recognized Dunlays from your photo immediately! It's my go-to brunch spot, love their bloodies and mimosas, and the outdoor patio when it's nice!

    And I also happen to be a Trattoria fan as well. I'm a fellow Chicago blogger, love your page!


  8. ooooh. in Canada we have Caesar's (like a bloody mary but with clamato juice rather than tomato)... but they are vodka laden breakfast of champions! haha :)

    While we miss you blogging, good on ya getting some traveling and eating in. I'm jealous.

    This week I've linked to 2 posts:

    1. CSA Week #11: Crazy Food Rant (again).

    2. Arborio Rice Pudding. To sweeten things up because I'm a little crazy in post #1.

    Happy link up day!

  9. So fun! Glad to have found you via Beauty and The Beard and am now following :)

  10. Alissa, Don't you love to eat breakfast out? This sandwich looks totally yummy, and I really WANT that Bloody Mary! Enjoy your week!

  11. I haven't done a Tasty Tuesday post in the past few weeks because I've been crazy busy too! I plan to remedy that situation this weekend!

  12. Hi Alissa. Its always nice to "get away" for awhile and act like a tourist. Great looking meals you had the opportunity to try. Thanks for hosting and have a great (relaxing) week-end.

  13. Love how the Freedom Tower looks in your photo. God bless NY! Next time you are here, let me know. We can visit.


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