Tuesday, May 4, 2010

my week in food

Because food is always fun to drool look at.

Went gallavanting about town with a friend and ended up finding the sweetest little cafe. Very clean, simple, and beautiful. And very purist, as in it's all about the coffee (no flavors to be added) and homemade delights like croissants and yogurt. We weren't hungry enough for that but of course I had to try a macaron and had to document it because they just put the one little macaron on a plate all by it's lonesome.
We're going back to this place.

Thennnn...cupcake tasting.
There are two places in Chicago that are really known for their cupcakes (okay, probably more than that but these are the two that we were familiar with). Some people swear by one, some think the other can't be beat. So we decided to find out once and for all. Went to both places, got a couple samples, and went home to do our own professional tasting.
The result: Full.

After work, my sweet work buddy and me decided we should try to make something gourmet. She had just heard about this Caprese Benedict that someone had had at a hotel. We opened my fridge and I just happened to have all the ingredients to make it:
-English muffins
-Avocadoes (we added these for fun)
-Fresh mozzarella
You can totally try this at home! The only hard part is poaching the eggs (my first was a fail, but then I sort of got the hang of it...sort of). We chopped the avocados and tomatoes and tossed them with a bit of lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper, but you can do that part however you want. Put that mixture on the toasted english muffins (we buttered ours), put the fresh mozzarella on top of that, then the poached egg (once again, salted and peppered), then a nice little dollop of pesto and you have yourself a delicious and (maybe) healthy dinner!

Really delicious waffle at breakfast with the girls (I know, you already saw this picture but I kinda wanted to look at it again, but that probably wasn't a good idea, cause now I want it again. Shame on you waffle, tempting me like that.)

And now, we skip to Friday, cause nothing I had in between was exciting enough to document...or I forgot to.
Got off work early to a gorgeous afternoon and decided it was only proper to have a picnic in the park. Picked up some cheeses and a baguette from the market. Not pictured: the spreadable triple cream cheese that was on the baguette with some of that fig jam: ...amazing.

Hope you have a great week in food and otherwise.


Micaela said...

oh my goodness esther, i just ate dinner but i could go for some of those DELICIOUS looking Caprese Benedictss! yuuum avocadoes are one of my weaknesses!

and those sweets... yum!

Indiana Jones said...

I have NEVER been that jealous of someone's week.
Tommrow i am definitely making you version of the caprese benedict (minus eggs, something about them puts me off)

Indiana Jones said...

a food tour would be great! and definitely french food. I've recently mastered making french onion soup without beef broth! (lots of gruyere though).
And having the caprese benedict at 11 is much much better then 2am ihop and going to sleep full of pancakes, mac n cheese, and icecream sundae. trust me haha.

Style Porn said...

Oh my god, SHUT YOUR MOUTH. This all looks like stuff I'd be more than willing to plunk down $8 for. You are an industrious little thing.

Jenn said...

i think that kitchen looks familiar!;)
i cant wait to try some cupcakes when we decide to visit! :)

happy thursday!

Lainey said...

Oh my goodness! I've never been so hungry before in my life! Love the waffles and the cupcakes. Mmm...I desperately want some now.

prince said...

i feel hungry now ..lol

Style with Benefits said...

It's not lunch yet, but now I'm hungry after seeing these pics. :) The waffles look so yummy!

xo, becs

iamronel said...

yeah these look yummy..grr btw can we have link exchange? if so please let me know thanks a lot..:)

Hippie Frou Frou said...

nomNOMnom to the max!

everything looks soo tasty!!

jess s//

xoxo Elizabeth Gomez said...

ummm its like 1:15am and now Im hungry.. bummer..thanks:( lol