On the Road Eats: Park City, Utah

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Another awesome trip to Park City, Utah. The highlights- my daughter skied her first black, we all enjoyed the Olympic Park ropes course, zip line and 65 foot free fall and of course the food!

Hotel Park City, the Autograph Collection
Marriott has some great properties and I noticed that this was an all-suites hotel with a spa. Perfect! Every morning and afternoon they offered shuttle service to the mountain AND would drive you to town or dinner at night.  Plus there was a breakfast buffet every day!

Now for the restaurants –

Shabu:
Loved the atmosphere. Walk in, down the stairs and our table was ready (Thank you OpenTable!)  My daughter had a direct view of the sushi bar from where we sat so she was happy.   We ordered sake and some sushi, a couple appetizers and the black cod. Loved this spot!

Sammy’s Bistro:
Sometimes I will check the foodtv websites to see what restaurants the celeb chefs have profiled on their shows.  I found one for Park City and the whole family enjoyed it.  It was super casual(needed after skiing) and had a line out the door.  We even tried the “Chivito” Club Sandwich that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives and it was really good!  Need super casual and kid friendly with a great price point – THIS is your spot!

Blind Dog Restaurant & Sushi:
I did some google searches and found The Female Foodie.  I had been to a bunch of spots that she recommended in Park City but this one was new to me.  This spot is closer to the Marriott rather than on Main Street. We enjoyed another dinner and loved the quotes all along the restaurant wall.

Slapfish:
A seafood shack in Park City – ok, we are headed to the tubing spot close by so let’s try it!

Buona Vita:
We decided to try an Italian spot although our first choice was not open on Mondays. Although I was not a fan of what I ordered (too much bacon in the pasta with clam sauce- strange, right?), my husband said his Alfredo was good. And of course my daughter loved her spaghetti and meatballs.

Pasta with Clams (and Bacon)
Pasta with Clams (and Bacon)

Java Cow:
After a full Italian meal you head north on Main Street to get ice cream. Sorbet for me, ice cream for them, we were all happy.

Java Cow Sorbet
Java Cow Sorbet

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse:
Yes, if you live in a major city you can dine at Ruth’s Chris but sometimes after a full day of skiing you are just too damn tired to leave the hotel. So, an elevator ride away we dined on French onion soup, bone in ribeyes with creamed spinach and sautéed mushrooms, splurged on a very rich lobster Mac and cheese and finished with Creme Brûlée to share. Time for bed!

Fletcher’s:
Last night of the trip and we were celebrating my birthday so I chose Fletcher’s.  I did try a few new things although stuck with the same biscuits, salad, and dessert that I loved from the last trip!

Let me know if I should add another spot to my list for the next trip!
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On the Road Eats: South Bend, Indiana

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It’s been a long time since I posted and after dining in South Bend, I realized I needed to start sharing again!

I flew from DFW to Fort Wayne, rented a car and headed to South Bend. If I had had a little extra time I would have stopped at one of the many cute boutiques in FW so hopefully next time I can make that happen. The drive was pretty easy and in less than two hours I was checking into the Aloft South Bend.

Aloft South Bend
The Aloft is a newer hotel and located downtown. Parking was in the building and the staff was great during check in. There is a bar, a few social areas and a spot for breakfast. Plus you can walk to numerous restaurants in the area. My room overlooked downtown and I could see the Notre Dame campus. Fast forward to the next morning, I slept great, had a quick breakfast of lemon pancakes with fruit and granola in a breakfast bowl and started my day!

LaSalle Grill
I had looked up all the spots downtown and settled on LaSalle, a fine-dining restaurant and steakhouse. I normally would not choose a fine dining spot but they had a casual third floor lounge that got great reviews.  But, it was a Monday night so the third floor was closed and it was a super quiet night in the main restaurant. Since I was dining at 8pm I decided to order a light meal- the wedge salad with the herb dressing and the pan seared scallops over a roasted leek johnny cake with nueske’s bacon pomodoro. Both were fantastic! My server was great and she timed everything perfectly so I could finish my presentation due the next morning.

Cinco5 International
Full day meeting so we take our client to lunch and they choose Cinco5, a casual spot for Mexican and Thai food. Yes, Mexican and Thai. Since I had to pick one, I kept it simple and went with Pad Thai.  Half the table did thai, half did tacos.  The best part – private room for a group of 10!

Cinco5 Pad Thai-South Bend
Cinco5 Pad Thai-South Bend

Tortas Frontera
When flying through O’Hare and super hungry, this is your stop. Braised pork torta with pickled red onion, black beans and amazing bread. Cannot go wrong with Rick Bayless!

Have other favorites in Fort Wayne or South Bend?  Let me know!

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On the Road Eats: Chicago

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I recently changed jobs so unfortunately I will not be visiting clients in Chicago every other month like before.  The positive side…I will be heading to some new cities for other events and team meetings.  So for my last trip (for a while) to Chicago, I grabbed lunch in River North(repeat visit to a great spot), had dinner with a college friend at a great Italian spot, had a solo breakfast to get me through my day and grabbed a quick bite at the restaurant in my hotel before running to O’Hare.

Siena Tavern
Love this spot.  The food is great, the service is great and it is so convenient in River North.  After my last visit for lunch I knew I wanted to come back and I was taking a client to lunch.  We started with an appetizer of octopus..and it was delicious.  She opted for a salad, my other colleague did too.  I lived on the edge…..”Carbonara in a Jar”.  Yup, the super rich, super heavy loved by me pasta dish.  They present it in a jar with the egg, shake it up and serve it table side.  I eat it on the rare occasion (well, maybe more) and after making it halfway through, I called it a day with a big smile on my face.

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Davanti Enoteca – Taylor Street
Time for some time with my college girlfriend and some good food.  She suggested a spot in Little Italy, or close by.  Lots of plates to share and great conversation.  We started with the mascarpone polenta + ragù of the day(today was a slow braised pork) and it was fantastic.  We then moved onto the prosciutto–veal meatballs and the brussel sprouts.  If only I could eat like this every day!
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Yolk
IMG_6780I had a full day ahead of me and wasn’t sure if I would have time to grab lunch.  So I walked from the Blackstone Renaissance (love this hotel) to Yolk.  I needed something to keep me going for the next 8 hours and ordered Challah french toast with berries to start the day and a cup of coffee.  Add the chill in the air and my day in Chicago was starting just right!

 

 

Mercat
The Blackstone Renaissance has a great restaurant on the first floor.  I have dined at Mercat once before and with limited time to eat and catch a flight, it was the perfect option.  With a successful seminar behind me, I started with a Mojito, and then shared two small plates with a colleague. Gambas Al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp) and Costillas de Ternera – a flatbread with Beef Shortribs, Horseradish, Parmesan and Bacon Marmalade.  We ate and rushed back to O’Hare after two great dishes.  How I love this city!!!

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My Date Night Drink

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IMG_5288I’m not a big drinker.  Those that know me well call me a lightweight and frankly, I’m good with that.  I can sit with my one drink and slowly enjoy it while someone else has two and my bar tab is always the one people envy most. Couple that with no headache or hangover the next day and it really works for me.

So when I am out on a date night with my hubby or a night out with the girls, I needed the perfect drink.  I love champagne, enjoy vodka over other spirits and lemon is one of my favorite flavors.  So when I saw a French 76 on the menu at Houston’s, I was sold.

So how do you make it?  I have been served this drink up in a martini glass and in a champagne flute. Mix the below ingredients and you are ready for this very refreshing cocktail!

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 4 ounces of Champagne

Enjoy!!

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