Delighted by these arrangements from Minneapolis-based Munster Rose
…is my favorite thing in the world right now and I guard it fiercely.
I start at Little Goat Bread, with a latte and a toasted plain bagel with half of the peanut butter butter (not a typo, rather peanut butter and butter combined) normally slathered on.
Then I head to Whole Foods, at a time where the shelves are fully stocked, the two-tiered carts are plentiful and it’s too early for toddler naptime so all is peaceful. I grab a freshly-squeezed juice as a reward for when all the bags are emptied at home.
Yoga at noon, with my favorite teacher - a lengthy sweat session that occasionally leaves me sore well into the week.
I get home in time to watch the end of the noon football games, jump in the shower, start my laundry. I take my time drying my hair.
Evenings are for a low and slow dish - sometimes beef stew served with crusty bread purchased at the bakery in the morning, tonight it’s red wine-braised short ribs minus a stolen glass for the cook. The aroma fills the house.
Looking for a recommendation…
I’ve never met a cardigan I loved the way I love my Pim + Larkin long cashmere cardigans. Alas, Piperlime no longer offers them (and Pim + Larkin seems to be an owned or exclusive brand). Most of my searches in the marketplace reveal Vince, Theory, etc. which are lovely… but not really practical for stocking up.
Can anyone point me in the direction of some quality, affordable cashmere cardis?
This is my favorite place in Chicago. What’s yours?
South Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
This recipe is a winner. I used teeny tiny Brussels from the farmers’ market so I didn’t separate the leaves. Still worked, still eating (I would suggest this makes way more than four servings.)
Andrew Belle - Pieces
I’m getting music suggestions from my yoga studio’s Facebook page now. Repeat jam o’ the week.
Last Friday, I was fortunate enough to attend the VIP opening of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams first Chicago location (thanks again, Jessi!). All the ice cream, all you can eat - FREE. I managed to restrain myself to tastes until my grand finale sundae - Bananas + Honey and Double-Toasted Coconut with Honey Butterscotch sauce and Salty Graham gravel topping. It’s only a matter of time before that’s known as “the Megan”.
Why should you go? They’re open from 11 am to 11 pm daily, the “small” is actually half scoops of two flavors (spectacular for the indecesive or hungry), it’s conveniently located next to the brown line, and we Chicagoans can finally try the seasonal flavors we’ve lusted over on the website.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, 3404 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL
Lately I’m Loving…
- Farmers’ Market Grapes. If you only get them at the grocery store, it can be eye-opening to realize how many variety exist within “red” and “green”. If you’re in Chicago, get them at Mick Klug Farms at the Green City Market. That sampler box pictured is a tremendous treat for your taste buds.
- Method All Purpose Natural Surface Cleaning Spray in White Rosemary It makes your kitchen smell like the south of France.
- The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes Is “historical thriller” a literary genre? This novel, about a Depression-era drifter who travels through time to commit a series of pre-determined murders, is a compelling read and notable for the peeks it provides into Chicago from the 1930s-1990s. I was shocked to learn the author is not a Chicagoan; instead, she’s South African.
- Love Dishonor Marry Die Cherish Perish A Novel by David Rakoff I implore you to use one of those codes offered on EVERY.SINGLE.PODCAST to listen to this novel for free on Audible.com. If you miss David Rakoff’s voice as much as me, it’s a treat to hear him read his last novel aloud. You’ll be surprised how the rhyming couplet structure doesn’t distract.
- Gnocchi with Kale This recipe uses Italian sausage, but like a total Pinterest nightmare, I substituted a variety of delectable mushrooms in lieu of the sausage. This is a perfect weeknight meal in that it cooks up super-quickly, requires no wacky ingredients, and needs a splash of white wine, so you’re already opening a bottle… you figure out the rest.
Ólafur Arnalds - Old Skin
Best musical discovery from this season of So You Think You Can Dance