31 July 2016

kitsch'n.

i've been trying to explore the places in our new hood, roscoe village. the top of the pack, you ask? kitsch'n, located right on roscoe near damen.

seeing as kitsch'n is "chicago's cult favorite comfort food & brunch destination," i was pretty pumped to try it out.

here's what i had ...

tofu scramble :
light & flavorful seasoned tofu sautéed w/ evoo, spinach, broccoli, roasted peppers, scallions, garlic & a drizzle of fresh basil pesto. 
here's the deal. the flavors, great. but this just wasn't a tofu scramble. when you're expecting a tofu scramble, you want a tofu scramble. also, i just feel like usually, a tofu dish like this would come with toast? potatoes? like how an egg scramble would come? ... nope. this was just this. what you see is what i got. 

kitsch'n is a roscoe village staple ... i've believe they've been here for close to 20 years. so clearly, this is a me problem. let's be honest. any place that has legit vegan options is a place we need to give a second chance. plus, le baby enjoyed his french toast sticks, so there's that. we'll be back!

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kitsch'n
2005 w. roscoe st.
chicago, il 60618

27 July 2016

roister.

guys, i've been majorly slacking off this summer. i know. i apologize. between moving, trips out of town + baby (how long can i blame baby for things? it's been almost a year...), it's been a busy summer!

so busy ... that me & the girls went to grant achatz's new restaurant, roister in the west loop, months ago. i can't even remember when we went.

roister's ish is that "the restaurant is the kitchen. the kitchen is the restaurant." all open ... you can see everything that's going on. super cool.

we cleared with the team there that they'd be able to accommodate le vegan (me, duh) & le gluten-free (mah gf, joelle), so we knew we were set. side note, it was hella dark in there & i didn't want to be that person & use my flash, so sorry for that.

here's what i had ...

grilled asparagus salad :
fennel & rice. 
tasty. a very loose interpretation of what a salad is, but that's just me. 

yukon fries :
soy dusted, rice vinegar, tofu mayo. 
these were the star of the meal. i mean ... delicious potatoes + a special vegan/tofu mayo!? kind of something i could eat 14 portions of. 

carolina gold  rice :
hoisin-glazed carrots, thai basil. 
i obviously requested no mushrooms & got extra carrots in return, so that was perfect. but tbh, i don't remember at this point how much i liked the dish. knowing my obsession with carbs, i'm guessing i finished the whole plate either way. 

of all the achatz restaurants i've been too, i'm going to say roister was my least favorite. yeah, the potatoes were bomb. but is that enough to save a meal? if i love something, i remember. trust me. 

listen. taste is personal. you may love it. it's not like i won't try it again!

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951 w. fulton market
chicago, il 60607