Au Cheval

We were able to meet up with my cousin Ariana one last time on our Chicago visit, this time for brunch at another Hogsalt restaurant, Au Cheval, an upscale diner. Like Maude’s Liquor Bar, we left the ordering in Ariana’s hands, and a tableful of amazing dishes soon appeared. The coffee was French press and nicely balanced, and every single dish we had was out of this world.

Omelette with roasted peppers, espellette, and fresh chèvre – perfectly cooked with a smooth and light texture.

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Maude’s Liquor Bar

Dinner at Maude’s Liquor Bar… I can tell you right off the bat that my photos will not come close to doing this food justice. We were meeting my cousin Ariana there for an 8:30 reservation, but since we took the train up we padded our schedule and got there at 8 to try one of their many appealing cocktails. We both settled on the St. Germain Fizz, a delicious blend of Nuit Blanche vodka, Aperol, and St. Germain. Despite it being a Thursday night, the place was packed and buzzing. The restaurant has a very lovely (and dim) ambience. Here’s a shot of the bar:

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Bangkok Food Tour

A 30-hour layover in Bangkok on our way to Bhutan? Sounds like it’s time for another food tour! Unfortunately, this tour was one of the more lackluster ones that we’ve done. There was some good food, but no real feeling of immersion, no real cultural or sightseeing stops (we briefly paused to look at the exterior of one wat), and no single food that really blew us away. I’m still glad we did it, as it got us out of our hotel and into the city center for a couple of hours, but it can’t hold a candle to the food tours we’ve done in Rome, Seoul, and Chiang Mai. Continue reading “Bangkok Food Tour”

Food Coma in Hongdae

Last week, I met a friend for lunch at Ciuri Ciuri, a fantastic Italian restaurant in Hongdae. It’s run by a Sicilian couple, and the owner himself waited on us and told us about all the dishes. I can’t wait to go back and try more of the menu! We shared an arancine to start, which is Sicily’s version of this fried rice ball that is found all over Italy (I had a version called suppli in Rome and first fell in love with this food). The rice mixture was a creamy risotto, fried perfectly, and the inside was a prosciutto and béchamel sauce. Ridiculously good!

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