Monday, December 30, 2013

Merry Christmas!

I love Christmas. Everything about it. The laughter, food, chaos, secrets, music, everything! 
For my family, the Christmas festivities start with a big dinner on Christmas Eve. 
This year we went to Bucci, my very favorite restaurant here in town. It's eye rolling, finger licking, eat every last crumb off your plate good. There were also twinkle lights everywhere which is a surefire sign that it's a topnotch place. 












Stuffed and happy we rolled drove home, put our party pants on, opened a bottle of wine and watched the best of all the Christmas movies. 
We were happily relaxing when someone heard Santa, then we rushed upstairs and jumped in bed.

Christmas morning it was finally time for presents!  
I think we all were pretty happy. 



After pressies it was time to do some last minute Christmas baking.


I had to sample one . . . or three, you know, to make sure they were okay for the rest of the family to eat.  
We finally headed over in the late afternoon to join the rest of my family and swap presents, food, and gossip. 


Once everyone has caught up, our night becomes a night of eating (and shenanigans). 






I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Eataly

About a week ago I started hearing rumors about a new place in Chicago called Eataly. There are locations in New York, Italy and Japan but the Chicago store just opened two weeks ago. Part of me wanted to hoard this information to myself so that it doesn't get too popular but I'm just too excited not to talk about it!
The first floor is mostly a market. You can buy everything from fresh produce to sweets, gelato and cookware. 




Just when you think life can't get any better, head upstairs.

I came determined to try their pizza. Once you have pizza in Italy there's no going back and nothing compares so I decided to make the sacrifice of trying this out. For the benefit of all good pizza lovers of course. 

The wait was about forty-five minutes and with a promise of text when it was our turn, we headed off to explore the store. 
 With a stop at La Piazza first for some rosé. Naturally. 


Cheers. 

The second floor is part market where you can buy everything from wine to pasta to bread and part sit down restaurant. Take a look:
















After the quickest forty-five minutes passed, we got a text telling us to come on over. It was pizza time. 




Lauren and I went for a Margherita pizza. The true pizza of Italy. 
 I'm going to be completely honest with you. This was the best pizza I have had since Italy.
Everything was perfect from the basil to the cheese to the perfectly cooked crust with burnt edges. 
I mean, just look at this bad boy!


Whether you've been to Italy before or just enjoy Italian food, Eatly is well worth the trip. 
Go, get some wine, eat some food.  Then go downstairs and buy some more to eat later. 
If anyone is interested you can find them here

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