Tuesday, September 30, 2014

bd's Mongolian Grill in Bolingbrook, IL

So, right now there are three of us Chicago Foodie Sisters. One in the west suburbs. One in the south suburbs. One in the West Loop. We cover a lot of territory when we eat. And when we get together it is fun to visit some favorites of each other.

I recently went up to visit Becky for lunch and we wanted to head somewhere for a quick casual lunch, so she suggested bd's Mongolian Grill. I'd never been there, but I love Asian food and love places like this where you can customize your stir fry dish to add in just what you like.

There, of course, are tons of choices. You can select your meat, you veggies and then all your sauces and add-on. You throw it all in a bowl.

Then you take it over to the grills. :)

And they turn this...

 Into this!

So, thanks to foodie sis, Becky, for introducing me to a new place that I really enjoyed!

bd Mongolian Grill
619 Boughton Rd.
Bolingbrook, IL

Monday, September 29, 2014

Riviera Restaurant, Munster, IN

Went to breakfast recently with my awesome pals Lynnie, Jo-Ellyn and Patty. We had a morning appointment for a photo with a sponsor for the Lansing Autumn Fest that we have been hard at work planning for months. Since it was an early morning meeting, we decided we would all grab breakfast before heading different directions and getting our day under way.

A few places were thrown out there, but when Lynnie mentioned how good the Eggs Benedict were at the Riviera, I placed my vote for them. We all got in our cars and headed down there to meet for breakfast. I have been by this place a million times, I am sure, and somehow have never been there. It's a typical little diner ~ the old school type that I just adore. The waitresses buzz around with coffee pots eager to fill your cup, they chat with the regulars, your food comes out swiftly - huge portions that look amazing.

So, Jo-Ellyn got an omelet. I really wanted to dig into it. Look at that baby!

Look at what Patty got her healthy little self - a poached egg with a couple sausage links. I don't think she touched the carbs. I'm not a fan of poached eggs, but her meal still looked pretty good! :)

Lynnie got the Eggs Benedict Florentine - it's just like a traditional plate of Eggs Benedict, but they add in tomato and spinach - like Eggs Benedict couldn't already get any better. :) 

So, I also went with the Eggs Benedict Florentine, but since I don't like poached, I asked for my eggs scrambled. Oh, my! It was wonderful. Of course, you could pour hollandaise sauce on just about anything and I would love it. :) I totally recommend this dish if you stop in for a bite.

If you find yourself in Northwest Indiana, this little gem is definitely worth the stop for breakfast! :)

Riviera Restaurant
615 Ridge Road
Munster, IN
(219) 836-0001

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A day in pictures at Chicago Gourmet

Ok, there will be much to post about from my first experience at Chicago Gourmet this weekend, but I'm just going to start with a peek at the pictures from my phone. I got many more on my Nikon, but I'm kind of still in a food and wine induced coma, so those will come soon.

No matter how many times I make my way into the city, I'm like a little kid. That first skyscraper glimpse gets me so giddy!

It was a gorgeous day to be in the city!

Settling in at the Opening Ceremony Press Conference.

I was excited to see my favorite TV chef, Chicagoan Rick Bayless.

Ready to toast!

Chicago Foodie Sisters bloggers, Kelly and Carrie.

Book signing with Mr. Bayless. :) Meeting him was the highlight of my day.

And the tasting begins...

Hungry yet? For more on all the participating chefs and exhibitors, visit www.chicagogourmet.org.

Monday, September 22, 2014

From the inbox: Shaw's 26th Annual Oyster Fest Block Party coming up September 26

A yummy bit of info that arrived in the inbox today. Take a peek at what's coming up at Shaw's Crab House!

26th Annual Shaw’s Oyster Fest Block Party: Sept. 26, 2014
A variety of oysters, gulf coast inspired bites and live performance from Brett Dennen  

(Chicago and Schaumburg, IL)— Shaw’s Crab House is bringing fresh seafood coupled with live music to downtown Chicago for the 26th annual Oyster Fest Block Party on Friday, Sept. 26th.  This year’s event not only kicks-off the celebration of Shaw’s 30th anniversary but also offers the most variety in east and west coast oysters ever seen at the festival, a revitalized menu starring southern coast bites and three live musical performances from folk/pop singer Brett Dennen as the musical headliner, Andrew Diehl and Odessa.

The Oyster Fest Block Party (attended by more than 3,000 happy oyster lovers in 2013) will take place on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and is located at 560 W. Grand Street (and the Chicago River). In addition to enjoying the freshest oysters on the half shell, guests will experience a new menu from Shaw’s and premiere BBQ joint, Bub City. 

The menu includes:
West Coast items: Shaw’s signature King Crab BitesDungeness Crab Cocktail, three varieties of West Coast OystersCioppino served in a bread bowl and Pacific Oysters Rockefeller
East Coast favoritesNew England ChowderLobster Roll, three varieties of East Coast OystersMaryland Crab Cake Burger and Steamers with drawn butter.Southern Coast cuisineSeafood Gumbo, Crawfish Étouffée, Oyster Po' Boy, Char Grilled Oysters and Fried Chicken Biscuit with Oyster Gravy

And to wash it all down, Goose Island Beer, Martin Codax Wines, Bridlewood Wines, Grey Goose and Bacardi.

While the week in Oyster Fest culminates with the block party, Shaw’s will be celebrating all week long beginning Monday, Sept. 22 with half-priced oysters special hot oyster dishes including fried oysters and Oysters Rockefeller, a nightly slurp-off competition and a Oyster Hall of Fame Dinner honoring Ben Llyod, Owner, President and Oyster Grower of Pangea Shellfish Company.

The nightly Slurp-Off during Oyster Fest week invites participants to slurp down a dozen oysters as fast as they can, hands-free, with the winners competing in Friday’s Grand Slurp-Off at the Oyster Fest Block Party at 9 p.m. for their chance to win a grand prize of $1,000.

Tickets are $25 per person for general admission and a limited number of VIP tickets (includes an elevated viewing area and full cash bar) are available for $75 per person. Tickets are for admission only; food and beverage tickets are sold separately; the Oyster Fest Block Party is cash only and ATMs will be available at the venue. All tickets can be purchased at: www.oysterfestchicago.com. For more information please visit www.shawscrabhouse.com or follow all the action #ShawsOysterFest.

Shaw’s Crab House, a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, features a 1940s-style take on the seafood dining experience, with retro leather banquettes, polished wood floors and Art Deco touches. The Oyster Bar provides a more casual setting for diners and serves up live music five nights a week at the Chicago location. Shaw’s—The King of Crab! For more info, call 312.527.2722 (Chicago) or 847.517.2722 (Schaumburg), visit the website at www.shawscrabhouse.com, tweet with The Shaw’s Mermaid at www.twitter.com/shellyfromshaws or keep up on Facebook at www.facebook.com/shawscrabhouse.com and www.facebook.com/ShawsCrabHouseSchaumburg.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Izaak Walton Shrimp Boil

When I was growing up in Dolton, Illinois one of the big events each year was the Shrimp Boil at the Izaak Walton League in Dolton. There were always tons of people and in recent years it has become a reunion where everyone from that grew up there goes back for a weekend to reminisce and party.

Earlier this year my husband joined the Griffith Chapter of the Ike's. It's a much lower key event than the one we've attended in Dolton, but it was a good dinner. They had cold or hot shrimp dinners. I got the hot - very nicely seasoned with potatoes, corn and sausage. Hubby got the cold dinner with a full pound of shrimp. Four of the five boys were with us and one is a big seafood lover. He really enjoyed the shrimp. They also had burgers, so that's what the other kids had. It was a nice night out with the family and I enjoyed my shrimp. :)