Eating My Way Through the Windy City

When you’re visiting Chicago, there is really only one thing you absolutely need to do. You have to go out for Cheese, Wine and Swine.

Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 6.21.44 PMThis is the tag line for the restaurant The Purple Pig, which specializes in everything pork. And since I only had one opportunity to eat there, I decided to make a pig of myself. My very cool editor from Gatehouse Media joined me for lunch and we got the Pig Platter (a selection of salami and cured porks) with a plate of artisan cheeses, bread and jam. I have not pigged out on such amazing meat and cheese since the time I was in Italy.  It was fabulous.PurplePig06.jpg copy

Lunch at The Purple Pig was a great way to downshift after appearing on Good Day Chicago that morning.  I had a great time chatting with Anna Davlantes about being Lost in Suburbia and she commiserated about how tough it is to get your cool back after you become a mom (although she admits she never got stopped by a cop while driving in her bathrobe).Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 9.27.03 PM


Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 6.19.03 PMAfter the interview, we demonstrated how incredibly inept we both are at the art of taking “selfies.”  Finally got a good pic, but not without some help from the camera crew.

The food fest continued that night at a restaurant called Niu, which specializes in Asian Fusion cuisine. We had some amazing sushi rolls which I neglected to take pictures of because I ate them too quickly.  I will tell you though that the one I had featured salmon, mango and red pepper flakes and it was crazy good.  The food was great, but the best part was having a couple of hours to hang out with friends I only get to see once or twice a year!

Sushi at Niu

Sushi at Niu

Needless to say, a trip to Chicago is not complete without some deep dish pizza.  As a Jersey girl, I prefer my pizza thin and crispy. But when in Chicago, you gotta do like the Chicagoans do so we went to Giordanos and I got a stuffed Super Veggie pie, which was incredible.

The Deep Dish Pizza at Giordanos

The Deep Dish Pizza at Giordanos

A couple of other places worth mentioning were Yolk, for the best breakfast/brunch in Chicago, City Winery for great flatbreads to go with their extensive wine list, and Emilio’s Tapas for, of course, awesome tapas.

Thanks to all my Chicago friends for the great restaurant recommendations and to those of you who joined me for some great food and conversation! (And yes, in case you were wondering, I did gain a couple of pounds while I was in Chicago, but it was worth it!)

xo  Tracy

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3 responses to “Eating My Way Through the Windy City

  1. imnotasupermom

    Niu was excellent. Good food with good company!
    I look amazing in that Niu picture! I should always be photographed from ten feet away.

  2. So glad you had a chance to sample the best in Chicago cuisine, and so sad that I didn’t get there early enough to join you guys at Niu. It sounds like it was such a fun evening.