I'll spare you my Marc Jacobs bag and new pendant from Bloomingdales, or the bag Deanna dreamed about for two days before going back to buy it, but I will share some of our dining adventures, which began with dinner at Cafe Spiaggia.
|Gnocchi with wild boar ragu and polopetti|
Also from Cafe Spiaggia:
|walleye and summer vegetables|
While in Chicago we had to go to Table 52, of course, and we planned to be there on one of the two nights he serves fried chicken. (It made not seeing Oprah not so heartbreaking.)
|Famous Art Smith's famous Table 52|
|and his mouth watering fried chicken|
|pork liver pate|
|salt roasted beets with goat cheese mousse and pistachio vinaigrette|
Lunches were less eventful, but we had one remarkable one, our best, when happened upon Feast in Bucktown.
|Greek lunch plate with rosemary chicken and hummus|
|cinnamon muffin top|
It certainly was a formula for success: 4 days to shop , 3 nights away for an equal amount of exceptional dinners (that we planned and made reservations for in advance)(try getting a reservation at any of Rick Bayless's restaurants...go ahead, I dare you), for 2 old friends.
Oh, and the highlight, the 1 thing that put me over the edge? A visit to the Mother Ship, the original Crate and Barrel which, truth be told, brought tears to my eyes.
|The Mother Ship|
|N. Michigan Ave entrance to C&B|