Monday, March 19, 2012

Breakfast Spot in Chicago


Sunday morning and eating breakfast out, somewhere in Chicago, seem


to go hand in hand for us.  It's a spontaneous event ... not a scheduled


date which makes it all the more special.  And it doesn't entail the usual


conversation of.... "Where do you want to eat?"  "I don't know ~ where


would YOU like to eat?" "Well.... what are you up for?"  "Hmmmm....


not sure.  Do you have any ideas?"  Seriously!  This can go on and on


and ON for some time.  And I know we aren't the only couple that has


mastered the art of talking in circles and detours!  But I think we would


reign supreme in a national championship if there was one!!


So, this morning, my dear husband suggested we drive to one of our 


favorite spots for breakfast.... Milk & Honey in Bucktown.




What??  No traffic driving in to Chicago?


What??? No driving around and around the block to find a spot to park?


What????  No line to get a table???


This was all too good to be true!  But we grabbed onto our good fortune 


with both hands and held on tight.  Breakfast and no stress... can't be 


beat!  




So what makes this restaurant so special?  Well, for one I love a place


where you aren't handed a "book" of menu items to peruse.  Too much


for a perfectionist like me.  Give me a limited selection and I can order


within five minutes.  I like a "help yourself" to your beverages where 


it's not dispensed out of a standard fountain machine.  Fresh ice.


Freshly sliced lemons for water.  And fresh coffee served in coffee CUPS,


not mugs.




And what entices us to return time and time again are two menu items


that we have not yet deviated from.  The Huevos Rancheros...... a


casserole only served on Saturdays and Sundays.  Served in individual


cassolet dishes, it is a mix of black beans, chopped fresh tomatoes, 


sweet onion, green peppers and scrambled eggs enhanced with herbs and


spices.  A tortilla blankets this melange and is then smothered with 


melted cheese.




To die for!!!  Oh... and I failed to mention that there is lovely sauce


served on the side that I could not even begin to describe other than


to say ~ just slap your momma!!! 


The other menu item that lands on our table every time is Orange Brioche


French Toast.  With a subtle hint of orange flavoring, the brioche is grilled, 


then smothered in real syrup and butter. A sprinkling of slivered almonds..


a dusting of powdered sugar.. and perfection has been created!  As the 


waiter slips this in front of you, you are instantly squealing with delight, 


knowing that each morsel will melt in your mouth.  Diet? That word is


temporarily eliminated from your vocabulary!




Time is well spent savoring every morsel along with a splattering of


conversation.  We are not ones to dawdle over the table making


small talk or no talk at all.  Observations of interesting people 


surrounding us, the decor (most places we choose have exposed 


brick walls, original hardwood floors showing the wear of traffic


patterns, and limited seating), and plans of what the rest of the


day will entail... those are the sounds coming from our direction.  


With full stomachs, we head out the door letting someone else


take our table by the window.  And the drive back to the 'burbs?
  


What??  No traffic AGAIN?? 


What??? No congestion at the Austin Blvd.exit ramp or Harlem exit ramp?? 


Unheard of!!!


We've got some good Karma going on today!!








4 comments:

  1. Hi I’m Heather! Please email me when you get a chance! I have a question about your blog. HeatherVonsj(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Sure, Heather... what 's your question?

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  2. Kadee, can I make reservations with you to eat here?????? I want one of each!

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  3. Ok... it's a deal! It won't be long now and we'll be able to do this!

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